SPEAKERS

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Opening Session

  • H.E. Kim Young-sun

    Secretary General of ASEAN-Korea Centre

    Welcoming Remarks
    H.E. Kim Young-sun is the Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre. Before joining the Centre, he served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Indonesia from 2011 to 2014. His other postings include the Special Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Spokesperson and Deputy Minister for Public Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has also served in various countries including Lebanon as Ambassador, as well as in the US, Japan, Israel and Egypt. H.E. Kim received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Seoul National University in Korea, and a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the Graduate School of Keio University in Japan.
  • H.E. Le Luong Minh

    Secretary General of ASEAN

    Congratulatory Remarks
    H.E. Le Luong Minh is the Secretary General of ASEAN. Before assuming his post as ASEAN Secretary General, he was the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Vietnam. His other postings include Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs; Director-General for Multilateral Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Deputy Director-General and Acting Director-General for Department of International Organisations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 2004-2011; Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1997-1999; and Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva from 1995-1997. H.E. Minh studied Diplomacy at the University of Foreign Affairs (now the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam) in Hanoi, Vietnam, and received his degree in 1974. He also studied Linguistics and English Literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
  • H.E. Kang Kyung-wha

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of the ROK

    Keynote Speech
    H.E. Kang Kyung-wha is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. Prior to assuming her post as Foreign Minister, H.E. Kang served many years at the United Nations. Her previous postings include Senior Advisor on Policy to the Secretary General of the United Nations from February to May 2017, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs from 2013 to 2016, and Deputy High Commissioner at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2007 to 2013. Prior to joining the UN, she served as the Director-General for International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the ROK, and as Minister at the Permanent Mission of the ROK to the United Nations. She also assisted the Speaker of the National Assembly in parliamentary diplomacy. H.E. Kang graduated from Yonsei University with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. She also holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, the United States.
  • H.E. Alan Peter Cayetano

    Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines

    Keynote Speech
    H.E. Alan Peter Cayetano is the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines. Prior to his assumption of the country’s top diplomat post, he has dedicated 25 years of his life in public service. He was elected as Senator in 2007 and has a well-earned reputation for being a staunch enemy of graft and corruption. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, he co-headed the Philippine delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland on May 8-12, 2017. He began his journey as a public servant in Taguig: Councillor from 1992 to 1995, Vice Mayor in 1998, and Representative from 1998 to 2004. His commitment and uncompromising stance against corruption earned him two major Senate Committees – the Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and the Committee on Education, Arts and Culture. He assumed the position of the Senate Minority Leader during the 15th Congress (2010-2013); he came third in the 2013 senatorial elections; and was the Senate Majority Leader during the first session of the 16th Congress (2013-2016). H.E. Cayetano received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and his J.D. from Ateneo de Manila University.

Session I: 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and Prospects for ASEAN-Korea Relations

Politics and Security

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  • H.E. Ong Keng Yong

    Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

    Moderator
    H.E. Ong Keng Yong is the Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Concurrently, he is Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, non-resident High Commissioner to Pakistan and non-resident Ambassador to Iran. He also serves as the Chairman of the Singapore International Foundation (SIF). H.E. Ong served as the Secretary-General of ASEAN from 2003 to 2008. He started his diplomatic career in 1979 and served in various positions including High Commissioner to Malaysia from 2011 to 2014, and Press Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1998 to 2002. During the period of 2008 to 2011, he was the Director of the Institute of Policy Studies in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. H.E. Ong graduated from the then University of Singapore with a LL.B. (Hons) and Georgetown University with a M.A. in Arab Studies.
  • Dato' Steven CM Wong

    Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia (ISIS Malaysia)

    PRESENTER ㅡ Sub-session 1
    Dato' Steven CM Wong is the Deputy Chief Executive and Board Member of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. He has worked on ASEAN and Asia-Pacific matters for the past 25 years, serving on the secretariats of two ASEAN Eminent Persons Groups. An economist by training, he has worked on politics and international relation issues in the last decade. His latest research is on refugee and forced migration in Asia. Prior to joining ISIS Malaysia, Dato' Steven was the Executive Director of a Malaysian political think tank, and also held senior positions in the financial industry. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate education from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Dr. Lee Jae-hyon

    Senior Fellow of Asan Institute for Policy Studies

    PRESENTER ㅡ Sub-session 1
    Dr. Lee Jae-hyon is a senior fellow in the ASEAN and Oceania studies program at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, Dr. Lee was a research fellow at the Korean Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and a visiting professor at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security at the Korean National Diplomatic Academy. Dr. Lee’s research focuses on Southeast Asian politics and international relations, East Asian regional cooperation, and non-traditional and human security issues. His recent publications include “Transnational Natural Disasters and Environmental Issues in East Asia,” IFANS Review (2011), “A 2+2 for the Future: The First Korea-Australia Foreign and Defence Ministers’ Meeting,” (2013) and “Identifying South Korea’s Regional Partners: On the Environment, Family Values, Politics and Society” (2015). Dr. Lee received his B.A. and M.A. from Yonsei University and his Ph.D. in Politics from Murdoch University, Australia.
  • H.E. Chung Hae-moon

    Former Ambassador of the ROK to Thailand

    Discussant ㅡ Sub-session 1
    H.E. Chung Hae-moon retired from the Foreign Service of the Republic of Korea in 2011 after 34 years of the distinguished career that spanned four different continents, including Asia, North America, Europe and Africa. He currently teaches as a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyung Hee University, and serves as a member of policy advisory committee of the Ministry of Personnel Management. Since March 2016, H.E. Chung has continuously represented Korea at the Meetings of the ARF Experts and Eminent Persons. Previously, he served as the Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre from 2012 to 2015. During his diplomatic career, he served as the Ambassador of the ROK to Thailand from 2008 to 2011, and the Ambassador of the ROK to Greece from 2004 to 2006, and the Minister of the ROK Embassy in Austria and the Permanent Mission of the ROK to the International Organizations in Vienna. H.E. Chung graduated from Seoul National University in 1976 with a B.A. degree in International Economics.

Economy

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  • H.E. Ong Keng Yong

    Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

    Moderator
    H.E. Ong Keng Yong is the Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Concurrently, he is Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, non-resident High Commissioner to Pakistan and non-resident Ambassador to Iran. He also serves as the Chairman of the Singapore International Foundation (SIF). H.E. Ong served as the Secretary-General of ASEAN from 2003 to 2008. He started his diplomatic career in 1979 and served in various positions including High Commissioner to Malaysia from 2011 to 2014, and Press Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1998 to 2002. During the period of 2008 to 2011, he was the Director of the Institute of Policy Studies in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. H.E. Ong graduated from the then University of Singapore with a LL.B. (Hons) and Georgetown University with a M.A. in Arab Studies.
  • Dr. Federico Macaranas

    Professor of Asian Institute of Management

    PRESENTER ㅡ Sub-session 2
    Dr. Federico Macaranas is a full-time professor at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), and concurrently the Chairman of the Economics Department of the institute. He served as the Assistant Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Philippines during the Aquino administration. From 1992 to 1996, he was Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs on numerous occasions, while holding the post of Undersecretary for Economic Affairs. His numerous publications include books and book chapters, journals as well as popular articles on human resource development; regional economic integration; regional, national and local competitiveness; science and technology in development management. Dr. Macaranas earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Cum Laude) from the University of the Philippines (1967) where he was conferred the Carlos P. Romulo Pin for Academic Excellence. He holds a Master of Science in Economics (1970) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (1975) from Purdue University under scholarship and fellowship grants from the Fulbright-Hays, Ford, Rockefeller, Krannert, and Asia Foundations.
  • Dr. Lee Choong-lyol

    Professor of Korea University

    PRESENTER ㅡ Sub-session 2
    Dr. Lee Choong-lyol is a professor of economics and a dean of College of Public Policy at Korea University, Sejong. He worked at the Korea Institute of Finance as a research fellow before moving to the university. He is currently the Director-General of the Korean Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Previously, he served as President of the Korean Payment and Settlement Association. Dr. Lee studied financial market and development economics for the past several decades, and has written many related papers and reports including “ASEAN-Korea Economic Relations: A Twenty-five Years’ Partnership of Cooperation and Development,” “Assessing the Financial Landscape for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Economic Community,” in Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies (2015). Dr. Lee holds B.A. degree in Economics from Korea University (1982) and received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University (1992).
  • Dr. Oh Yoon-ah

    Research Fellow of Korea Institute for International Economic Policy

    Discussant ㅡ Sub-session 2
    Dr. Oh Yoon-ah is a research fellow at Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) and currently serves as the Head of Southeast Asia and Oceania Team within the Department of Asia-Pacific. She joined KIEP in 2011 after having received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ohio State University with regional specialisation in Southeast Asia. At KIEP, she is responsible for the research on Southeast Asian and Oceania economies and their economic relations with Korea. Her major research projects include Southeast Asia’s labour migration, urbanisation and economic engagement with China. Dr. Oh has also conducted research on Myanmar’s economic reforms and the development challenges of the Philippines. Her research interests include ASEAN economic integration, industrial upgrading, and development cooperation in Southeast Asia.

Session II : Socio-Cultural Cooperation Between ASEAN and Korea

Sub-session 1: Embracing Diversity for a Participative and Inclusive Community
(Keyword: People Mobility)

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  • Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn

    Senior Fellow of Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS Thailand)

    Moderator – Sub-session 1
    Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn is a senior fellow of Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University. He is also editor-in-chief and executive director of Myanmar Times. He has been a journalist for more than three decades covering Thai and regional politics. He began his career as a reporter in 1983 and became the paper’s foreign news editor in 1986. He served in various bureaus including Cambodia and Vietnam. After a year in Oxford University as Reuter Fellow in 1994, he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary General of ASEAN in Jakarta in 1995 before returning to journalism. He was named the Human Rights Journalist of 1998 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Amnesty International. From 1999-2000, he was President of Thai Journalists Association. He went to Harvard University as Nieman Fellow from 2000 to 2001. He served as a member of jury and from 2005-2007 as its chair of Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize organised by UNESCO.
  • Ms. Moe Thuzar

    Senior Researcher of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

    PRESENTER ㅡ Sub-session 1
    Ms. Moe Thuzar is a lead researcher at the ASEAN Studies Centre of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. As an ISEAS Fellow, she is also coordinator of the Myanmar Studies Programme at ISEAS. Under her ASEAN research, Moe monitors regional integration moves under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. Her research focus for 2017-18 is on migration issues and climate change/environmental cooperation in ASEAN. Ms. Moe also monitors Myanmar's ongoing transition issues, and was involved in advising Myanmar's ASEAN chairmanship in 2014. She will focus on Burma/Myanmar's post-World War II diplomatic history for her Ph.D. research.
  • Dr. Kim Jee-hun

    Professor of Inha University

    PRESENTER ㅡ Sub-session 1
    Dr. Kim Jee-hun is an associate professor of sociology in the Department of Social Studies Education, Inha University, Korea. His primary research is on the connections between Southeast Asia and East Asia in the fields of transnational migration, education and families. In particular, he works on Korean transnational migrant families in Southeast Asia and Korean-Southeast Asian intermarriage families in Korea, focusing on their family relationships and children’s schooling issues. He received his doctorate in Sociology from Oxford University. Previously, he was an assistant professor at Sogang University in Seoul, and held visiting scholar positions at Columbia University, New York University and the National University of Singapore.
  • Dr. Kim Hyung-jun

    Professor of Kangwon National University

    Discussant ㅡ Sub-session 1
    Dr. Kim Hyung-jun is a professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Kangwon National University, Korea. He has researched on the issues of Islam and socio-cultural changes in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. He is currently working on development of Islamic economy in Indonesia and organisational characters of an Islamic organisation, Muhammadiyah. His recent publications include Revolusi Perilaku Keagamaan di Pedesaan Yogyakarta (2017), “Islam and Halal Consumption: Indonesian Law of Halal Product Certification” (2017, in Korean), “Regional Mobility from East Asia to Southeast Asia: The Case of Education and Retirement Migration” (2016), and “ASEAN Identity and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community: Developments and Limitations” (2016). Dr. Kim received his Ph.D. from the Australian National University.
  • Dr. Vannarith Chheang

    Vice-Chairman of Cambodian Institute for Strategic Studies

    Discussant ㅡ Sub-session 1
    Dr. Vannarith Chheang is the Vice-Chairman of the Cambodian Institute for Strategic Studies. He also serves as a Visiting Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, and a consultant at the Nippon Foundation in Tokyo and adjunct Senior Fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace where he previously served as the Executive Director from 2009 to 2013. Dr. Chheang was a lecturer of Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Leeds from 2013 to 2016 and also a technical adviser to the Cambodian National Assembly in 2011 and assistant to Cambodia’s Defence Minister from 2011 to 2012. He was honoured a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and a World Cities Summit Young Leader. Dr. Chheang obtained his B.A. in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in 2002 and M.A. in International Relations from the International University of Japan in 2006. He received his Ph.D. from the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in 2009.

Sub-session 2: Working Together Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Community
(Keywords: Education and ASEAN-Understanding)

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  • Ms. Rahimah Abdulrahim

    Executive Director of the Habibie Center

    Moderator ㅡ Sub-session 2
    Ms. Rahimah Abdulrahim is the Executive Director of the Habibie Center – one of Indonesia’s leading think tanks focusing on democracy and human rights. In addition to running day-to-day operations of the Habibie Center, she advocates for peace policy and strengthening democracy in Indonesia, and works to enhance relations between Indonesia and other countries. She is also currently an Asia Global Fellow as part of the 2017 cohort at the Asia Global Institute of Hong Kong University. In 2015 she was selected as a Yale World Fellow. In 2001, Ima was awarded the APSA Congressional Fellowship from the Asia Foundation which allowed her to work in the US Congress lending her greater insight into the workings of a functioning democracy. Ms. Ima earned her Bachelor of Human Science in Political Science and Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Heritage from the International Islamic University Malaysia. She holds an M.A. in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK.
  • Dato' Dr. Abdul Rahman Embong

    Principal Fellow of the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, National University of Malaysia

    PRESENTER ㅡ Sub-session 2
    Dato' Dr. Rahman Embong is an emeritus professor in sociology of development, and principal research fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia). He is concurrently Principal Fellow at the Malaysian Institute of Integrity (INTEGRITI) (2015-2017). He was President of the Malaysian Social Science Association between 2000-2010, and since then, has been appointed as the Special Advisor for the association. He is the founder and the editor-in-chief of the Southeast Asian Social Science Review, a biannual journal published by the Malaysian Social Science Association. Dr. Rahman was leader of the research team responsible for formulating Malaysia’s National Integrity Plan which was launched by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badaw in 2004, and is an expert resource person for a number of international agencies such as UNESCO and UNDP. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sultan Mizan Royal Foundation (YDSM) since its establishment in 2005.
  • Dr. Kim Hyung-jong

    Professor of Yonsei University

    PRESENTER ㅡ Sub-session 2
    Dr. Kim Hyung-jong is an assistant professor in the Department of International Relations at Yonsei University, Wonju, Korea. Previously, he served as an assistant professor in the Department of International Relations at Changwon National University and as a senior lecturer in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Malaya. His areas of research include ASEAN and East Asian regionalism. He has authored a number of journal articles and has presented papers at domestic and international conferences on regionalism and normative matters in international relations. Dr. Kim received his Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the University of Malaya.
  • Dr. Yoon Jin-pyo

    Professor of Yonsei University

    Discussant ㅡ Sub-session 2
    Dr. Yoon Jin-pyo is a professor of political science at Sungshin University in Seoul, Korea. His main area of academic interest is comparative politics of Southeast Asia, ASEAN and East Asian Community Building, and relations between Korea and Southeast Asia. He served as the president of Korean Association of Southeast Asian Studies (KASEAS) and the Director-General of Korean Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (KISEAS). Recently, he published Understanding of Contemporary Southeast Asia (in Korean, 2016). He edited Constitutional System and Democracy in Southeast Asia (2014), Southeast Asian Phenomenon in Korea (2012), Southeast Asian Perceptions of Korea (2011), New Asia Initiative of Korea and Cooperative Measures (2009). Dr. Yoon graduated from Department of Political Science, Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina in the United States.

Sub-session 3: Exploring Cultural Cooperation for a Dynamic and Harmonious Community
(Keywords: Keywords: Popular Culture and Cultural Policy)

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  • Dr. Bui Hoai Son

    Director of Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies

    Moderator ㅡ Sub-session 3
    Dr. Bui Hoai Son is currently Acting Director of Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies. His main research topics are cultural management and media studies. He is one of key members to draft the National Strategy of Cultural Industries in Vietnam to 2020, Vision to 2030, and also head of national team of the report for 2005 UNESCO convention. His publications include Cultural Management in the Process of Reform and International Integration in Vietnam (co-author, 2014), Sociology of the Art (2015). Dr. Son received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (1977) from the Vietnam National University, Hanoi, and obtained his Master’s degree on Arts and Heritage Management (2002) from the North London University in the United Kingdom. He received his Doctor of Cultural Management (2007) from the Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies.
  • Ms. Rahimah Abdulrahim

    Executive Director of the Habibie Center

    PRESENTER ㅡ Sub-session 3
    Ms. Rahimah Abdulrahim is the Executive Director of the Habibie Center – one of Indonesia’s leading think tanks focusing on democracy and human rights. In addition to running day-to-day operations of the Habibie Center, she advocates for peace policy and strengthening democracy in Indonesia, and works to enhance relations between Indonesia and other countries. She is also currently an Asia Global Fellow as part of the 2017 cohort at the Asia Global Institute of Hong Kong University. In 2015 she was selected as a Yale World Fellow. In 2001, Ima was awarded the APSA Congressional Fellowship from the Asia Foundation which allowed her to work in the US Congress lending her greater insight into the workings of a functioning democracy. Ms. Ima earned her Bachelor of Human Science in Political Science and Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Heritage from the International Islamic University Malaysia. She holds an M.A. in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK.
  • Dr. Shim Doo-bo

    Professor of Sungshin University

    PRESENTER ㅡ Sub-session 3
    Dr. Shim Doo-bo is a professor at the Department of Media and Communication at Sungshin University in Seoul, Korea. He conducts research on media and communication with critical, cultural and historical perspectives, and his recent research has focused on the Korean and Asian popular culture. He co-authored and edited several books including, Pop Culture Formations across East Asia (2010), and has published essays in diverse journals. In particular, his 2006 article “Hybridity and the rise of Korea popular culture in Asia” has been translated into French, Chinese and Thai, and was selected as the most-read article by its publishing journal Media, Culture & Society. Dr. Shim served as the president of the Korea Speech, Media & Communication Association in 2016-2017.
  • Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn

    Senior Fellow of Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS Thailand)

    Discussant – Sub-session 3
    Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn is a senior fellow of Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University. He is also editor-in-chief and executive director of Myanmar Times. He has been a journalist for more than three decades covering Thai and regional politics. He began his career as a reporter in 1983 and became the paper’s foreign news editor in 1986. He served in various bureaus including Cambodia and Vietnam. After a year in Oxford University as Reuter Fellow in 1994, he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary General of ASEAN in Jakarta in 1995 before returning to journalism. He was named the Human Rights Journalist of 1998 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Amnesty International. From 1999-2000, he was President of Thai Journalists Association. He went to Harvard University as Nieman Fellow from 2000 to 2001. He served as a member of jury and from 2005-2007 as its chair of Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize organised by UNESCO.
  • Dr. Chung Jong-eun

    Research Fellow of Korea Culture and Tourism Institute

    Discussant ㅡ Sub-session 3
    Dr. Chung Jong-eun is a research fellow of Korea Culture & Tourism Institute, the only public research institute for cultural policy supported by Korean Ministry of Culture. He is also an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Korea. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Aesthetics at Seoul National University and obtained his Ph.D. in Cultural Policy at Glasgow University in the United Kingdom. His major research interests are cultural and creative industries policy, cultural start-ups, arts management, social aesthetics. Previously, he was a research director in Knowledge Division at METAA, one of Korea's leading cultural consulting firms.
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