Invited Speakers

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  • AHN Chiyoung

    Incheon National University
    Dean, Academy of Chinese Studies

    Parallel Session 2

    AHN Chiyoung

    Incheon National University
    Dean, Academy of Chinese Studies

    AHN Chiyoung has been a professor at the Department of Chinese Language and Cultural Studies at Incheon National University since 2007, and has also served as the dean of the Academy of Chinese Studies at Incheon National University from 2020.
    He earned his Ph.D. in political science at Seoul National University and was an advanced scholar at Renmin University of China (1996-1999) and a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013-2014).
    He has studied the history of the Chinese Communist Party, focused on the transition to reform and openness in Chinese politics, and is currently studying China's political elite succession system and border issues.

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  • Andrey BYSTRITSKIY

    Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, Russia
    Chairman

    Opening Session

    Andrey BYSTRITSKIY

    Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, Russia
    Chairman

    Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Professor; Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia)


    In 1985-1991, Andrey Bystritskiy was engaged in research as a Senior Fellow at the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences. He has been in the media industry since 1991, starting as the Head of the Audience Research Department of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Company (RTR), author and host of radio and television broadcasts. In 1993-1996, Andrey Bystritskiy headed sociological research at the Company. From 1996 to 1997, he was in charge of the "Society" Department at the Itogi (Russian Newsweek) magazine. In 1997-1998, Andrey Bystritskiy was Deputy Director General for Information at TV Tsentr. Between 1998 and 1999, he was the Producer of the Russian news service on BBC. In 1999, he joined the Organizing Committee of the Unofficial Moscow Festival as one of its Co-Chairs, He was also a member of the Editorial Board of the Moscow Alternative newspaper and Chairman of the Mayak State Radio Broadcasting Company (main information radio in Russia). In 2000, Bystritskiy became the Director General of the Vesti State Television Company (an entity of RTR).


    From 2000 to 2008, he was Deputy Director General of RTR and the Director of the Department of Information Programmes of the Russia TV. In 2000-2013 Bystritskiy was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of international broadcasting company Euronews. Between 2005 and 2007, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Apologia monthly magazine. From 2008 to 2014, he was the Chairman of the Voice of Russia State Radio Company (Russian international broadcaster in 44 languages).


    Andrey Bystritskiy has been at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics since 2001, as a Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design since 2014. Since 2008, he has been the head of the Council of the Heads of Government and Public Television and Radio Organizations of CIS Countries. Since 2014, Bystritskiy has been the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club and the Chairman of the Public Supervisory Council of the Russian Ministry of Communications.


    Andrey Bystritskiy is a Professor and PhD (Pedagogics, 1989). He is a member of the Union of Writers. In June 2007, he received the Order of Honour.


    Andrey Bystritskiy is the author of books, including such works as Youth Subcultures and Russia's Intelligentsia During the Demise of the Soviet System (1991), and numerous publications in newspapers and magazines.

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  • BYUN Hakmoon

    Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Division of National S&T Data

    Parallel Session 1

    BYUN Hakmoon

    Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Division of National S&T Data

    BYUN Hakmoon is a postdoctoral researcher at the Division of National S&T Data of Korea Institute of Science and Technology Institute, South Korea.

    He majored in microbiology as an undergraduate, and received master's and doctor's degrees in North Korean science history from Seoul National University. His doctoral dissertation (2015) deals with the theory of 'Technological Revolution' and changes in science and technology policy of North Korea in the 1960s and 1970s.

    His publications include "North Korea's Vision of 'a Scientific and Technical Power' and the Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation of Science and Technology" (2018) and articles on the recent North Korean science and technology policy.

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  • CHOI Eunju

    Sejong Institute
    Research Fellow, Department of Unification Strategy Studies

    Parallel Session 1

    CHOI Eunju

    Sejong Institute
    Research Fellow, Department of Unification Strategy Studies

    Ms. CHOI is a research fellow at the Sejong Institute. She began to be interested in the North Korean economy from university, and received a Ph. D. Currently, she is studying the North Korean economy,
    inter-Korean economic cooperation, and Northeast Asian economic cooperation. She recently co-authored『 Demystifying The North Korean Economy

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  • CHOI Jangho

    Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
    Research Fellow, International Cooperation for Korean Unification Team

    Parallel Session 1

    CHOI Jangho

    Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
    Research Fellow, International Cooperation for Korean Unification Team

    CHOI Jangho is Head of International Cooperation for Korean Unification Team, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy.

    He joined KIEP in 2014. Prior to joining KIEP, Dr. CHOI obtained a bachelor's and a master's degree from Seoul National University (South Korea), both in economics, and a Ph.D. degree in economics from Oregon State University (U.S.A) in 2014. As for his Ph.D. thesis, he analyzes the impact of trade liberalization on multi-product firm's productivity via the adjustment of the number of, and amount of products.

    He shifted his academic interests from international trade economics to North Korea's economic studies. Now, his main research interests include North Korea's e-trade and international relationship, and economic cooperation in North East Asia. His recent working papers are: "Evading Sanctions by Detour Trade: a Case Study of North Korea," and "Food Balance Sheet Analysis Considering Food Culture in North Korea."

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  • CHOI Ji Young

    Korea Institute for National Unification
    Research Fellow, North Korean Research Division

    Parallel Session 1

    CHOI Ji Young

    Korea Institute for National Unification
    Research Fellow, North Korean Research Division

    Dr. CHOI is a research fellow at the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU). Before joining KINU, she worked at the Bank of Korea from 2011 to 2019. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Korea University in 2001, 2004, and 2011, respectively.
    Her main research interests are industrial structure, demographic issues, informal economy and prices and exchange rates of North Korea. She has published many articles and policy studies in these fields, including "The Impact of the Reinforced Sanctions on the Korean Economy: Focused on the Ripple Effects from Trade Shock," The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, 2020; "Quantitative Analysis of North Korea's Openness and Gains from Trade," Journal of Korean Economic Analysis, 2019, [in Korean] coauthored with Hyeok Jeong and Changyoung Choi; "Estimation of Formal and Informal Sectors in Social Accounting Matrix for the North Korean Economy," Economic Analysis, 2017 [in Korean]; and "Price and Inflation in North Korea," North Korean Studies Review, 2015 [in Korean].

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  • Thomas GOMART

    French Institute of International Relations, France
    DIrector

    Opening Session

    Thomas GOMART

    French Institute of International Relations, France
    DIrector

    Dr. Thomas GOMART(PhD in History at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and EMBA at HEC) is Director of Ifri. He previously was its Vice President for Strategic Development (2010 2015) and the Director of its Russia/NIS Centre (2004-2013).


    Before joining the think tank industry, GOMART was a scholar (Assistant Professor at La Sorbonne, 1996-1999), a cadet officer in the Army (2000), and a policy entrepreneur (2001-2004). Joining lfri in 2004, he set up the Russia/NIS centre. His academic and professional background has been closely related to post-Soviet space, but also to wider international issues (security, energy, and digital governance). As Lavoisier Fellow at the State Institute for International Relations (University-MGlMO — Moscow), Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Security Studies (European Union — Paris) and Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of War Studies (King’s College — London), Gomart has acquired a diversified international experience.


    As Researcher, he is currently working on Russia, digital governance, country risk, and think tanks. He recently published Notre intérét national. Quelle politique étrangére pour to France? (ed., with Thierry de Montbrial), Editions Odile Jacob, 2017; L’affolement du monde - 10 enjeux géopolitiques, Editions Tallandier, 2019 (Prix Louis Marin and Prix du Livre de Géopolitique); “What is A Think Tank? A French Perspective", Etudes de l'Ifri, November 2019; as well as « Le COVID-19 et la fin de l'innocence technologique », Politique étrangére, vol. 85, n° 2, Summer 2020.


    Thomas GOMART has been a member of the Strategic Review Committee on the Strategic Review of Defence and National Security 2017 (French Ministry of Armed Forces). He is a member of the scientific committee of the Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence (IHEDN). He is also a member of the editorial board of the French journals Politique étrangére, Etudes, and Revue des deux mondes.

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  • HA Bumsig

    National University of Kaohsiung
    Professor, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literature

    Parallel Session 2

    HA Bumsig

    National University of Kaohsiung
    Professor, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literature

    HA Bumsig majored in Chinese and Cross-Strait Relations at the National Development Institute of the Taiwan National Political University. In January 2009, he received a Ph.D. for “China's Policy on the Korean Peninsula at the Current Stage: An Analysis from the Perspective of Geoeconomics” and lectured at Kookmin University in 2009. Since 2010, he has served as Lecturer, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in Korean Studies in the Department of East Asian Language and Literature at the Taiwan National University of Kaohsiung, and currently serves as Professor. His major interests include international relations in Northeast Asia, cross-strait relations and inter-Korean relations, the Korean peninsula issue, and Korean politics and policies. He has co-authored “The Art and Wisdom of Diplomacy and International Negotiation,” “Taiwan-South Korea Relations: Exchange, Cooperation and Policy Comparison,” “The Development of Taiwan-South Korea Relations: Past, Present and Future,” and published many articles in Issues and Research, Journal of Political Science, Taiwan Democracy Quarterly, and Mainland China Studies, which are core journals listed in the TSSCI (Taiwan Social Sciences Citation Index).
    HA has served as Director of the Korean Research Center at the Taiwan National University of Kaohsiung since its establishment in May 2017. As Director of the Center, he has cultivated new scholars and fostered future Korean studies talent by providing venues for exchanges among Korean studies researchers as well as Taiwanese and Korean scholars, through organizing annual conferences and seminars, conducting Korean studies research projects and holding lectures on Korean studies in humanities. The Center, currently the only Korean research center in Southern Taiwan, serves as a platform for Korean studies and contributes to the development of Korean studies in Taiwan into regional studies. 

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  • HATOYAMA Yukio

    Former Prime Minister of Japan

    Opening Session

    HATOYAMA Yukio

    Former Prime Minister of Japan

    Born on Feb. 11 1947, Yukio HATOYAMA is the 93rd Prime Minister of Japan (2009–10). He belongs to the HATOYAMA family which had produced four generations of politicians including his grandfather, Ichiro HATOYAMA, who served as Prime Minister between 1954 and 1956.


    Yukio HATOYAMA was educated as an engineer, earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Tokyo (1969) and a doctorate at Stanford University (1976). He taught at Senshu University in Tokyo since 1981 and began his own political career as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, winning election in 1986 to the House of Representatives as a member from Hokkaido. In 1996, he joined the newly formed Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), serving as Co-Leader. He became President of DPJ from 2009 and he served as Japan's 93rd Prime Minister from September 2009 to June 2010. He also received Order of Friendship of Russian Federation in 2011 as well as Vietnam Friendship Medal in 2013.


    Since leaving the frontline politics, Yukio HATOYAMA has remained active in private sector. He is currently President of East Asian Community Institute (EACI) since May 2013. He also serves various positions such as President of Yuai Foundation, Honorary Advisor of International Academic Society for Asian Community and Supreme Advisor of Japan-Russia Society.

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  • HYUN Seung-soo

    Korea Institute for National Unification
    Research Fellow, Peace Research Division

    Parallel Session 2

    HYUN Seung-soo

    Korea Institute for National Unification
    Research Fellow, Peace Research Division

    Dr. HYUN is a Research Fellow at the Peace Research Division of the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU). He obtained his Ph.D degree from the University of Tokyo, majoring in political science. His main research area is Russian and Eurasian International Politics, Korea-Russia Relations and Conflict and Terrorism. He became a senior researcher at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1994 to 1999, and he was a HK research professor at Hanyang University from 2009 to 2014. Also, he was a research director at the Korean Association of Slavic Studies in 2013 and the Korean Association of Eurasian Studies in 2014. He has written a number of publications, such as Border Security in Neighboring Countries and Unification Environment on the Korean Peninsula: Border Cooperation to Realize Peace and Prosperity on the Peninsula, Multilateral Approach for Advancing the Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative and Partnership with Eurasia and China’s Rise & Central Asia. 

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  • JEONG Se Hyun

    The National Unification Advisory Council, Republic of Korea
    Executive Vice-Chairperson

    Special Lecture 2

    JEONG Se Hyun

    The National Unification Advisory Council, Republic of Korea
    Executive Vice-Chairperson

    JEONG Se-hyun currently is Chairman of the Board in Korea Peace Forum and now he serves as the Executive Vice-Chair of National Unification Advisory Council from September 2019.

    He spent more than two decades at the Ministry of Unification which he first joined as a researcher on communist countries at then-Board of National Unification in 1977. In 2002 he was appointed as the head of the Ministry and assumed the post until June 2004 serving two consecutive Presidents, Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun. He was also credited with boosting inter-Korean cooperative projects including Kaesong Industrial Region, a landmark site of Inter-Korean cooperation. He also worked at Korean think tanks - now-Sejong Institute and Korea Institute for National Unification - as their ranking member.

    In addition, he was the visiting scholar to Kyung Hee University and Myongji University as well as the Endowed-Chair Professor of Ewha Womans University and Kyungnam University. Moreover, he previously served as the 11th President of Wonkwang University and the 6th President of Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, one of South Korean NGOs that most actively engage with North Korea.

    He holds three degrees from Seoul National University: bachelor in political science and diplomacy and master and doctorate in international relations. He focused his postgraduate studies on Chinese studies earning master for analysing Han Fei, a Chinese philosopher, and doctorate for Mao Zedong's foreign policy.

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  • Steve KILLELEA

    Institute for Economics and Peace, Australia
    Founder & Executive Chairman

    Opening Session

    Steve KILLELEA

    Institute for Economics and Peace, Australia
    Founder & Executive Chairman

    Steve KILLELEA A.M is a global philanthropist focused on peace and sustainable development, with a long, successful career in high technology and international business development.


    More than 20 years ago, he established The Charitable Foundation, now one of the largest private overseas aid organizations based in Australia providing life-changing programs to some of the poorest communities in the world including, emergency and famine relief, environment rehabilitation, and rehabilitating former child soldiers.


    Steve’s deep commitment to peace has earned him two Nobel Peace Prize nominations. He is the founder of the independent think tank the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and the Global Peace Index (GPI), the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. IEP is a highly impactful non-profit and non-partisan research institute known for innovative analysis on the relationship between business, peace and economic development, used by many international organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank. Steve serves on the President’s Circle for Club de Madrid, the largest forum of former world leaders working to strengthen democracy. He is also trustee and treasurer for Religion for Peace, the world’s largest organization working on inter-religious challenges.


    As an entrepreneur in the high technology industry, Steve founded and built one of Australia’s leading publicly listed IT companies. Integrated Research has a 30-year heritage providing its PROGNOSIS performance monitoring software for business-critical computing and IP telephony environments. Through Steve’s direction as CEO and then chairperson, IR has an impressive world-class customer base and its software is used by many of the world’s top organizations in more than 50 countries.

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  • KIM Rakki

    Incheon Foundation for Arts & Culture (IFAC)
    Chief Manager, Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation TF

    Parallel Session 2

    KIM Rakki

    Incheon Foundation for Arts & Culture (IFAC)
    Chief Manager, Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation TF

    KIM Rakki began studying history after entering Inha University's history department in 1989 and received a doctorate in Korean history at the university’s graduate school in 2007. After serving as a standing member of the rural area historical records at Siheung City Hall in Gyeonggi-do, he has worked in various departments of the Incheon Foundation for Arts & Culture (IFAC) since 2007.
    Although his major is Korean Ancient History, especially Goguryeo History, KIM continues to study and explore the entire Incheon area with the aim of researching the local community based on data and evidence, especially focusing on various historical and cultural resources of Incheon as a border area and studying the "recovery of daily life" before the division.

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  • KIM Su han

    The Incheon Institute
    Research Fellow, Urban Management Research Division

    Parallel Session 2

    KIM Su han

    The Incheon Institute
    Research Fellow, Urban Management Research Division

    KIM Su Han is Research Fellow in the Urban Management Research Division, at The Incheon Institute, South Korea.
    He received a Ph.D. in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and an M.A in the School of Government of Peking University, China. His current research interests include Regional Development Strategies in China, Korea-Sino City Diplomacy, Cross-border Cooperation and Peace in the Yellow Sea Region. 

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  • KIM Heungchong

    Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, Republic of Korea
    President

    Opening Ceremony / Opening Session

    KIM Heungchong

    Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, Republic of Korea
    President

    Dr. KIM Heungchong had served at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) for nineteen years before he leading the institute as President since June, 2020.


    He has been deeply involved in the policy-making process of the Korean government in the fields of economic, trade and diplomatic policies. Dr. KIM was among the Advisory Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Finance & Economy of Korea, and had been a key advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the Korea-EU FTA during the negotiation process. He also advised the Ministry of Strategy and Finance on G20, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on APEC and Korea’s mid to long-term diplomatic strategy, and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on ASEM and Brexit. He was a visiting scholar in UC Berkeley as a Fulbright Scholar and held visiting positions at Ifri (Paris), VUB (Brussels) and Marmara University (Istanbul). He served at both Sogang University and Ewha Womans University as Adjunct Professor. He is the President-elect of EUSA-Korea (European Studies Association of Korea) in 2021.


    Dr. KIM’s expertise includes trade policy, European studies, and regional integration. He has published more than 70 papers and books, and has actively contributed to various newspapers and TV programs in Korea and abroad. Before joining KIEP, Dr. KIM was an Honorary Member of the High Table in Christ Church, Oxford. Dr. KIM read economics at Seoul National University and the University of Oxford.

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  • KIM Jiyoung

    Ministry of Unification
    Professor, Institute for Unification Education

    Parallel Session 2

    KIM Jiyoung

    Ministry of Unification
    Professor, Institute for Unification Education

    Professor KIM Jiyoung is a professor at the Institute for Unification Education in the Ministry of Unification. He received a doctor’s degree in political science from Warwick University in the UK. He served as a researcher at Hanyang University's Institute of Chinese Studies (2014-5) and Seoul National University's Institute of International Studies (2015-6), and lectured on North Korean politics, Chinese politics, and international politics at Incheon University and Inha University.
    Currently, he is conducting research on discourse analysis research methodology of international politics, diplomatic discourse and real comparison of China and North Korea, and political and economic approach to information technology development. Recent publications are: A Study on the Peaceful Reconstruction of Incheon’s West Marine Space: Focus on the West Sea Peace Cooperation Special Zone ≪Incheon Urban study≫ (2019), China's aggressive periphery diplomacy and South Korean perspective ≪The Pacific Review≫ (2018), Korean reconstruction of Chinese diplomatic discourse ≪Asia-Pacific Study≫(2018), Political and Economic Implications of North Korea's Information Technology Development in the Kim Jong-un Period ≪Asia-Pacific Study≫(2018) etc. 

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  • KIM Il han

    Dongguk University
    Researcher, DMZ Peace Center

    Parallel Session 1

    KIM Il han

    Dongguk University
    Researcher, DMZ Peace Center

    KIM Il han obtained his Ph.D. in North Korean studies at Dongguk University and currently serves as Researcher at the university's DMZ Peace Center. His main interests are on the North Korean economy,
    North Korean agriculture and the history of DMZ disputes. He has conducted studies on economic management mechanisms including the North Korean market, and also maintains a close interest in the institutionalization of inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation by sector, and the (quantitative) methodology for analyzing the North Korean system.

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  • KIM Soojung

    Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade
    Associate Research Fellow, Northeast Asia Industry Division

    Parallel Session 1

    KIM Soojung

    Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade
    Associate Research Fellow, Northeast Asia Industry Division

    KIM Soojung is Associate Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade and conducts research on the North Korean industry.

    In 2017, she was granted a Ph.D. in Economics from Korea University, majoring in Development Economics (Dissertation title: Three Essays on the Sustainable Development: Focusing on the Environment, Life Satisfaction and the Development of Economictransition Countries). Research topics of interest are inter-Korean industrial cooperation and North Korea's sustainable development and green & energy transition.

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  • LEE Yongheon

    Incheon Metropolitan City
    Inter-Korean Exchange & Cooperation Division, Assistant Mayor for Communication

    Parallel Session 2

    LEE Yongheon

    Incheon Metropolitan City
    Inter-Korean Exchange & Cooperation Division, Assistant Mayor for Communication

    LEE Yongheon, Officer of Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation

    From 2007 to 2009, LEE Yongheon was a member of the Military Questionnaire Truth Investigation Committee and investigated the facts of the military questionnaire.
    From June 2010 to March 2011, he served as an investigator for the “Investigation of the Damages of Forced Mobilization against Japan and the Support Committee for Victims of Forced Mobilization Abroad”.

    While serving as director of the Foreign Cooperation Bureau, Movement for One Korea from 2012 to 2017, he supported the operation of a children's nutrition bread factory in North Korea, creating a meeting between the two Koreas.

    From September 2017 to April 2018, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism conducted a survey on the facts of the blacklist of culture and arts.

    Since 2018, while serving as the Incheon Metropolitan City Inter-Korean Exchange & Cooperation Officer, Incheon Metropolitan City has been striving to build peace and trust on the Korean Peninsula as a hub city for inter-Korean exchanges.

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  • LEE Hyun-Ju

    Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements
    Associate Research Fellow, Korea Peninsula & East Asia Research Center

    Parallel Session 2

    LEE Hyun-Ju

    Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements
    Associate Research Fellow, Korea Peninsula & East Asia Research Center

    Dr. LEE Hyun-Ju is currently working at the Korean Peninsula and East Asia Research Center of the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS). She mainly conducts research on inter-Korean economic cooperation, development cooperation in the Northeast Asia including the border area between North Korea and China, and Economic Relations between Korea and China. She served as an expert member of the Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation from 2018-2020 and is currently a member of the Ministry of Unification's self-evaluation committee. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from Renmin University of China in January 2011 and later served from 2011 to 2014 at Korea Energy Economic Institute (KEEI), a state-run think tank as well.

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  • LEE Yong Shik

    The Incheon Institute, Republic of Korea
    President

    Opening Session

    LEE Yong Shik

    The Incheon Institute, Republic of Korea
    President

    President LEE Yong-shik, a representative local researcher, has exerted efforts to present solutions to the city's problems at various levels. Starting with student movements, he has continued his practical activities in the field of strengthening the community through the expression of civic spirit and improving the quality of life of citizens based on his experiences in democratic movements and civic movements.

    After obtaining a Ph.D. (Doctor of Public Administration, Feb. 1992), LEE gained five years of research experience at the Korea Research Institute for Local Administration as a senior researcher in the field of local finance. Since then, he has taken the path of a local researcher as a member of the Incheon Institute's founding member (formerly Incheon 21st Century Research Center, Apr. 1996). The experience of having to carry out research tasks in various fields due to the lack of sufficient early research personnel was an opportunity for him to grow as a comprehensive local researcher.

    While living and working in Incheon, LEE witnessed firsthand how the city, which had been a surrounding city of Seoul under the Cold War regime, underwent quantitative growth in a distorted form and thus came to deal with serious urban problems. He experienced firsthand the citizens' survival crisis caused by the division and conflict of the two Koreas, the deformed expansion of the city, and the resulting deep spatial and communal wounds. With a sense of duty to find a solution for this issue and apply it to reality, President LEE, formerly research director and deputy director, now focuses on encouraging researchers on their work as the head of the local research institute.

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  • Jean H. LEE

    Korea Center, Woodrow Wilson Center, U.S.A.
    Director

    Opening Session

    Jean H. LEE

    Korea Center, Woodrow Wilson Center, U.S.A.
    Director

    Ms. Jean H. LEE is a veteran journalist and analyst who serves as Director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

    As a foreign correspondent, LEE led the Associated Press news agency’s coverage of the Korean Peninsula as bureau chief from 2008 to 2013. In 2011, she became the first American reporter granted extensive access on the ground in North Korea, and in January 2012, she opened AP’s Pyongyang bureau.

    As a journalist, LEE made dozens of extended reporting trips to North Korea, visiting farms, factories, schools, military academies and homes in the course of her exclusive coverage across the country.

    During LEE's tenure, AP’s coverage of Kim Jong Il’s 2011 death earned an honorable mention in the deadline reporting category of the 2012 Associated Press Media Editors awards for journalism in the United States and Canada. LEE also won an Online Journalism Award in 2013 for her role in using photography, video and social media in North Korea, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in feature reporting in 2013.

    She worked as a reporter for the Korea Herald in Seoul, South Korea, before being posted with AP to the news agency's bureaus in Baltimore; Fresno, Calif.; San Francisco; New York; London; Seoul, South Korea, and Pyongyang, North Korea, after covering assignments in Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the United States. She joined the Wilson Center as a Public Policy Fellow in 2015, served as a Global Fellow from 2016 to 2018, and returned as Korea director in April 2018.

    LEE is a native of Minneapolis. She has a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and English literature from Columbia University, and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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  • LEE In-young

    Ministry of Unification
    Minister

    Opening Ceremony

    LEE In-young

    Ministry of Unification
    Minister

    LEE In-young currently serves as Minister of Unification of the Republic of Korea.


    In 1987, LEE was the Chairperson of the 20th Student Council of Korea University as well as the inaugural Chairperson of the National Council of Student Representatives, which was South Korea's biggest college students' organization. He started his political career in 1999 at the Millennium Democratic Party (MDP). 


    LEE was elected to the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea in 2004, 2012, 2016 and 2020, and was elected Member of the Supreme Council of the Democratic Party in 2010 and 2012. He served as the Chairperson of the Special Committee on Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation of the National Assembly in 2018 and the 20th Floor Leader of the Democratic Party in 2019.


    In July 2020, LEE was nominated as Minister of Unification in the Moon Jae-in government. 

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  • LEE Young-Hoon

    SK Research Institute
    Research Fellow

    Parallel Session 1

    LEE Young-Hoon

    SK Research Institute
    Research Fellow

    LEE Young-Hoon is a research fellow at SK Research Institute for SUPEX Management, a think tank for SK Group in South Korea. Prior to joining SK Research Institute, he was a North Korean Economist at the Bank of Korea and the Korea Institute for National Unification.

    He also served as advisor to South Korea's Ministry of Unification and the Advisory on Democratic Peaceful Unification.
    He has written many books and papers on North Korea and inter-Korean economic cooperation. His recent research publications include "Exploring Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation from the Perspective of Peace and Innovation (2019)", "Outlook for North Korea's Economic Policy and IT-based Inter-
    Korean Economic Cooperation" (2018), North Korean Service Industry (2017, co-authored), North Korea Nuclear, Today and Tomorrow (2016, co-authored), "North Korea's Monetary Finance Status and Recent Assessment on its Financial Measures: Focusing on Inflation, Dollarization, and Private Financing" (2015).
    Dr. LEE received his Ph.D. in Economics from Korea University and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge.

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  • PARK Namchoon

    Incheon Metropolitan City
    Mayor

    Opening Ceremony

    PARK Namchoon

    Incheon Metropolitan City
    Mayor

    Park Namchoon is a South Korea public servant and politician who currently serves as the mayor of Incheon.


    The seventh popularly-elected mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City has been realizing the vision of building ‘Incheon, the city where people want to live; where people build the future together,’ step by step. Moreover, focusing on citizens as the administrative center, He will continue the commitment to finding and implementing effective policies that promote the happiness of Incheon’s citizens.


    He served as a Chief Secretary to the President for Personnel Affairs in 2006 and contributed to creating a creative and energetic government organization. In 2016, he was elected as the 20th member of National Assembly while serving as a Secretary to the Public Administration and Security Committee of the National Assembly, and served for three years in the Democratic Party of Korea.


    Before managing state affairs, he graduated from the Department of Public Administration at Korea University School of Law and M.Sc. in International Transport, University of Wales, United Kingdom.

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  • T.C.A. RAGHAVAN

    Indian Council of World Affairs, India
    Director General

    Opening Session

    T.C.A. RAGHAVAN

    Indian Council of World Affairs, India
    Director General

    Dr. T.C.A. RAGHAVAN retired from the Indian Foreign Service in December 2015 while Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan (2013-15). He had earlier served as Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan (2003-2007) and High Commissioner to Singapore from 2009 to 2013.


    During his last posting in New Delhi (2007-09) in the Ministry of External Affairs Dr. RAGHAVAN was Joint Secretary dealing with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. He has also served in Kuwait, the United Kingdom, and Bhutan. Posts earlier held in the Ministry of External Affairs include Director of the Office of the External Affairs Minister (2000-2003).


    He was awarded a PhD by the Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1992 for his dissertation relating to the economic history of India.


    His current interests are historical research, strategic analysis and the diplomatic and intellectual history of modern India. He writes, lectures and participates in discussions on issues relating to Indian and South Asian diplomatic history, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and South East Asia.


    He is the author of (i) Attendant Lords, Bairam Khan and Abdur Rahim- Courtiers and Poets in Mughal India, awarded the Mohammad Habib Memorial Prize by the Indian History Congress in December 2017. (ii) ‘The People Next Door- The Curious History of India’s relations with Pakistan’. (Harper Collins, 2017). His latest book is entitled "History Men: Jadunath Sarkar, G.S. Sardesai, Raghubir Sinh and their quest for India's Past" (2019).


    He assumed charge as Director General, Indian Council of World Affairs on 24th July, 2018.


    His current interests are historical research, strategic analysis and the diplomatic and intellectual history of modern India. He writes, lectures and participates in discussions on issues relating to Indian and South Asian diplomatic history, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and South East Asia.


    He is the author of (i) Attendant Lords, Bairam Khan and Abdur Rahim- Courtiers and Poets in Mughal India, awarded the Mohammad Habib Memorial Prize by the Indian History Congress in December 2017. (ii) ‘The People Next Door- The Curious History of India’s relations with Pakistan’. (Harper Collins, 2017). His latest book is entitled "History Men: Jadunath Sarkar, G.S. Sardesai, Raghubir Sinh and their quest for India's Past" (2019).


    He assumed charge as Director General, Indian Council of World Affairs on 24th July, 2018.

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  • SEONG Kyoung Ryung

    National Research Council for Economics, Humanities / Social Sciences
    Chairperson

    Opening Ceremony

    SEONG Kyoung Ryung

    National Research Council for Economics, Humanities / Social Sciences
    Chairperson

    SEONG Kyoung Ryung is the 7th (current) Chairperson of the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences (NRC). As the Chairperson, he represents and governs the 26 government think tanks of Korea, which provide expertise and scientific research for policy makers. Since taking office, Chairperson SEONG has renewed the efforts to design and support policy strategies for Korea by bridging the gap between theory and policy. Most notably he contributed to the establishment of the policy framework for “Inclusive Growth” and the “Korean New Deal.” Internationally, Chairperson SEONG Kyoung Ryung spearheads NRC think tanks’ efforts to expand their network in support of the “New Southern Policy” and “New Northern Policy” by establishing new cooperative relationships and pushing forth research regarding Korea’s measures against COVID-19 with institutions in Korea and abroad.

    Chairperson SEONG’s expertise is in Sociology in which he received a Ph. D. from Stanford University. He also had an extensive career as Professor of Sociology at Hallym University where, until his recent retirement, he taught for more than 30 years and had also served as the Dean for the College of Social Sciences.

    He provided his services to the government as the Chief of Staff for Policy from 2007 to 2008 at the Office of the President. He is also noted for his leadership as the Chairman of the Presidential Committee for Balanced National Development where he led and established the policy measures to organize Innovation City and cluster in Korea.

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  • Kathleen STEPHENS

    Korea Economic Institute of America, The Korea Society, U.S.A
    President & CEO, Board Chair

    Opening Session

    Kathleen STEPHENS

    Korea Economic Institute of America, The Korea Society, U.S.A
    President & CEO, Board Chair

    Ambassador (ret.) Kathleen STEPHENS is a former American diplomat. She was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea 2008-2011. Other overseas assignments included postings to China, former Yugoslavia, Portugal, Northern Ireland, where she was U.S. Consul General in Belfast during the negotiations culminating in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, and India, where she was U.S. Charge ‘d Affaires (2014-2015).

    Ambassador STEPHENS also served in a number of policy positions in Washington at the Department of State and the White House. These included acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2012), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2005-2007), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2003-2005), and National Security Council Director for European Affairs at the Clinton White House.

    STEPHENS was William J. Perry Fellow for Korea at Stanford University 2015-2018. She is a Mansfield Foundation Distinguished Fellow, Pacific Century Institute board chairman, vice-chair of the board of trustees for The Asia Foundation, and the Chair of The Korea Society.

    She has been President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America since September 2018, based in Washington, DC.
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  • TANAKA Hitoshi

    Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute, Japan
    Chairman

    Opening Session

    TANAKA Hitoshi

    Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute, Japan
    Chairman

    Hitoshi TANAKA is Chairman of the Institute for International Strategy at the Japan Research Institute, Ltd., and a senior fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange. Prior to joining JCIE in September 2005, he served for three years as Japan’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs where he was a top advisor to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on a broad range of issues, including relations with North Korea, China, Russia and the United States. As one of the main intellectual architects of Japan’s foreign policy, he has been a key actor in shaping Japan’s approach to East Asia.

    Before being named Deputy Minister, he held various posts at the Foreign Ministry including Director General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau and Economic Affairs Bureau; Consul General in San Francisco; and Deputy Director General of the North American Affairs Bureau. In 2006-18, he was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo. Mr. Tanaka holds a B.A. in law from Kyoto University and B.A./ M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University. He is the author of Mienai Sensou [The Invisible War] (2019: Chuokoron Shinsha, Inc.), Nihon Gaiko No Chosen [The challenges for Japan’s diplomacy] (2015: Kadokawa Ltd.), Reimagining Japan (2011: McKinsey), Purofeshonaru no Kosho ryoku [The logic of strategic negotiation] (2009: Kodansha Ltd.), and Gaiko no Chikara [The power of diplomacy] (2009: Nikkei Publishing Inc.), and also JCIE’s English newsletter, East Asia Insights (http://www.jcie.or.jp/insights).

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  • Mirko TITZE

    Halle Institute for Economic Research – Member of the Leibniz Association, Germany
    Head of the Centre for Evidence-based Policy Advice (CEP)

    Special Lecture 1

    Mirko TITZE

    Halle Institute for Economic Research – Member of the Leibniz Association, Germany
    Head of the Centre for Evidence-based Policy Advice (CEP)

    Mr. Titze acts as the head of Centre for Evidence-based Policy Advice at the Halle Institute for Economic Research – Member of the Leibniz Association.

    This Centre was founded in 2014 and represents a platform that combines high quality research and policy advice with teaching. Its overarching objective is to improve the foundation of causal impact analysis of policy intervention in Germany. The IWH-CEP directly addresses shortcomings regarding the current practice of evaluations, particularly in the fields of state aid for firms and regions as well as financial markets interventions. By bringing together the implementation of methods for causal impact analysis, the provision of full data on funding processes and interventions in financial markets and an intensive knowledge transfer between policy-makers, the scientific community, and the public, the Centre produces credible policy advice that lays the ground for reproducibility, replicability, and generalizability of results.

    Mirko TITZE joined the Institute in 2006. He started his career at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, where he graduated in 2000. Mr. Titze received his PhD-degree from the same university in 2004. In 2014 he habilitated at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. From 2011 to 2013, he worked as an interim professor at the chair of Regional Policy at the faculty of Spatial Planning at the TU Dortmund University. Mr. Titze is affiliated at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, where he holds teaching classes in bachelor and master programs in economics.

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  • Asle TOJE

    Norwegian Nobel Committee
    Political Scientist, Member

    Opening Session

    Asle TOJE

    Norwegian Nobel Committee
    Political Scientist, Member

    Asle TOJE (b. 1974) is a roving Political Scientist. He is the former Research Director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, and a current member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. After completing his PhD in Cambridge (2006) TOJE has lectured and taught at universities in Europe and beyond. Among his scholarly works are “The European Union as a Small Power” (London, Macmillan, 2010) and “Will China's rise be peaceful? The rise of a great power in theory, history, politics, and the future” (Oxford University Press, 2018). TOJE is a syndicated columnist and a frequently used pundit in the international media.


    Asle TOJE is Norwegian. He grew up in Byremo, Norway’s ‘deep south’. He has since lived and worked in a number of countries, including Germany, France, Belgium, England, and the United States. He was educated at the the Universities of Oslo and Tromsø and received his PhD from Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. He speaks English and Norwegian and dabbles in German and Spanish.


    While at Cambridge, TOJE worked on three main fields of study: international relations theory, war studies and European studies. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis, titled " American Influence on EU Security Policies, 1998-2004," under the supervision of Geoffrey Edwards. Toje moved to New York City in 2005 to join the doctoral fellows program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. His academic tutors were Kenneth Waltz and Jack Snyder.


    TOJE was the Research Director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute from 2012-2018, when he was selected to be a member of the prestigious five-member Norwegian Nobel Committee, a position he will hold until 2024.Toje lives in Norway but is a sought-after international speech holder and panelist. He is also a foreign policy analyst and adviser to several government agencies and non-government organizations. He is a columnist in several Norwegian newspapers and frequently contributes commentary in the international media, on foreign policy questions.


    TOJE has given lectures at some of the world’s leading universities, he has also been enlisted as a speaker at venues ranging from the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, to Valdai Conference, the Raisina Dialogue and the Astana Club.

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  • WANG Weina

    Greater Tumen Initiative
    Senior Programme officer

    Parallel Session 2

    WANG Weina

    Greater Tumen Initiative
    Senior Programme officer

    WANG Weina is currently the Senior Programme Officer of the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) Secretariat and has been working in the Secretariat since 2011.
    Prior to her position in the GTI Secretariat, WANG Weina worked as the First Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce in charge of China’s regional and sub-regional economic cooperation with OECD, ASEM, GMS, CAREC and GTI. Previously, she worked in the Chinese Embassy in Paris and was in charge of China’s cooperation with OECD. Before her tenure in Paris, she also worked for more than eight years in the area of development cooperation with the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg, and has gained rich experience in the identification, management and evaluation of technical and economic cooperation projects. Ms. WANG studied and wrote many articles on EU Economic and Monetary Integration, Peer Review of OECD, Sub-regional cooperation, etc.
    Ms. WANG holds an MA in French Language and Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University in China.

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  • WU Chun-Fang

    National Quemoy University Peace Research Center
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow&Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Parallel Session 2

    WU Chun-Fang

    National Quemoy University Peace Research Center
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow&Adjunct Assistant Professor

    WU Chun-Fang is a Taiwanese. After getting a Ph.D. in Sociology at Seoul National University in South Korea, she currently works at the Peace Research Center of National Quemoy University in Taiwan. Her doctoral thesis explored how Kinmen island to reposition in cross-strait relations and play a role in maintaining exchanges from the perspective of cross-strait tourism exchanges. And further explore the peace process between China and Taiwan, and the role of Kinmen as a peace promotion media.
    Her hometown is Kinmen Island. After demilitarization, Kinmen has played an active role in maintaining the peaceful exchanges between China and Taiwan. Now in Kinmen, the people on both sides of the straits can feel the preciousness of the freedom of exchange and the preciousness of peace.
    Due to the experience of studying in South Korea, she is very concerned about the development of the border areas in South Korea and the role that border areas can play under the exchange between South and North Korea. And she hopes to share the experience of Kinmen with South Korea and even the whole world, so as to promote peace in East Asia.

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  • Li XIANGYANG

    National Institute of International Strategy(NIIS), Chinese Academy of Social Studies(CASS), China
    Director

    Opening Session

    Li XIANGYANG

    National Institute of International Strategy(NIIS), Chinese Academy of Social Studies(CASS), China
    Director

    Li Xiangyang is a senior research fellow and director-general of National Institute of International Strategy (NIIS) in CASS. He is president of Chinese Society of South Asia, of Chinese Society of Asia-Pacific and deputy president of Chinese Society of World Economics, of Chinese Society of Emerging Economies. And he is also a member of the International Economic and Financial Advisory Committee of China’s Foreign Ministry, of the Expert Committee on International Development Cooperation of China's Ministry of Commerce.


    He received BA in Economics from Central University of Finance and Economics, and his MA and Ph.D. in Economics from Graduate School of CASS in 1983, 1988, 1998 respectively. In addition, he studied at Tilburg University of Netherland in 1996. He served as deputy-director, Institute of World Economics and Politics in CASS, from 2004-2009, and then entered present institution.


    Li’s scholarly interests cover international economics, firm theory, globalization and regional economic integration, China’s foreign strategy. He has published numerous works in these fields.

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  • YANG Moon-Soo

    University of North Korean Studies
    Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Parallel Session 1

    YANG Moon-Soo

    University of North Korean Studies
    Vice President for Academic Affairs

    YANG Moon-Soo is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor at the University of North Korean Studies. His B.A. is on Economics, Seoul National University in 1985, and M.A. and Ph. D. are on Economics, Tokyo University, Japan in 1997 and 2000, respectively.

    He was a reporter at Maeil Economic Daily Newspaper in 1988-1991 and Research Fellow at LG Economic Research Institute in 2000-2002.

    His research interests include North Korean Economy, Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation and Economic Integration of the Korean Peninsula.

    He published the following books and articles: The Marketization in North Korean Economy, "Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation for North Korean Development," and "Reformulating South-North Korean Economic Integration."

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  • ZHU Yonghao

    Fukushima University, Japan
    Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

    Parallel Session 2

    ZHU Yonghao

    Fukushima University, Japan
    Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

    Dr. ZHU Yonghao is a Professor of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, National University Corporation Fukushima University, Japan. He is also an Executive Director, The Association for Northeast Asia Regional Studies, Japan; Collaborative Researcher, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan; Collaborative Researcher, The Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia, Japan; Visiting Professor, Northeast Asian Studies College, Jilin University, China; and Visiting Professor, Faculty of Economics and Finance, Guangdong Ocean University Cunjin College, China. He received his Doctor of Commerce degree from Meiji University, Japan. His research interests are International Trade, Northeast Asia Regional Economic Cooperation and Northeast Asia Logistics. His personal website is https://search.adb.fukushima-u.ac.jp/Profiles/3/0000254/profile.html.

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