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Forum on Denuclearization and Economic Integration - Speaker Bios

International Forum on One Korea:  Free & Unified Korea: Northeast Asia Regional Collaboration on Denuclearization and Economic  Integration

 Speakers

Opening remarks:

Mr. James P. Flynn is International President of the Global Peace Foundation. As the executive officer of a large, global network of chapters, he provides leadership and management for Global Peace Foundation’s diverse portfolio of peacebuilding and international development work. His robust leadership is reflected in the planning and convening of Global Peace Leadership Conferences on four continents and in the preeminent Global Peace Convention, as well as in the organization’s branding, educational content, and operational management. Mr. Flynn has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than thirty years, and served as an educator, international conflict mediator, interfaith facilitator, and grassroots leader of family strengthening and youth violence prevention programs.

Mr. Inteck Seo is President of Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Korea and co-chair of Action for Korea United, a coalition of over 850 NGOs committed to building a grassroots movement to support Korean reunification. Mr. Seo has been involved with many of GPF’s ground-breaking initiatives to advance awareness and advocacy for Korean reunification and overseas development work. He was instrumental in the launch of the All-Lights Village Project that uses solar powered lanterns to spark community development through improved literacy, entrepreneurship, economic opportunity and security.

Dr. Jai-poong Ryu is a Professor Emeritus at Loyola University, and Founder, One Korea Foundation. BA from Law College Seoul National University: PhD/sociology from University Minnesota. Main interest areas: macro-sociological interpretation of history, conflict resolution, and social institutions, also served as advisor to two Baltimore mayors and US Census Bureau, in 2015 for the 70th commemoration of Korea’s liberation and division, Ryu led OKF for 1Dream1Korea Campaign at Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Hill with Global Peace Foundation.

H.E. Ambassador Dr. Jargalsaikhan Enkhsaikhan is the Chairman of Mongolian NGO Blue Banner and Former Mongolia Ambassador  to the UN. He is an international lawyer and diplomat. As diplomat he served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, represented his country in the Soviet Union/Russian Federation, Austria, Italy, Croatia, at the United Nations in New York and at international organizations based in Vienna.  He also served as the foreign policy and legal advisor to the first democratically elected President of Mongolia and as the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council of Mongolia when the State Great Hural (parliament) considered and adopted the country’s first concepts of national security, foreign policy and the basis of military doctrine in 1994. 

 

Roundtable I: NE Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone and Unified Korea

Moderator: H.E. Ambassador Dr. Jargalsaikhan Enkhsaikhan  Chairman of Mongolian NGO Blue Banner and Former Mongolia Ambassador  to the UN. 

Dr. John E. Endicott is a President of Woosong University, Vice-Chancellor and Acting Dean of SolBridge International School of Business of Daejeon, Republic of Korea. Dr. Endicott’s areas of specialization include all aspects of Japanese and Korean studies, Asian security studies, with special emphasis on the Korean Peninsula, American defense policy, and professional military education. He received his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University in cooperation with Harvard University. He has a Master’s Degree in Law and Diplomacy, and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs also from Fletcher; His Master’s Degree in History is from the University of Omaha, and his B.A. in Political Science (cum laude) is from The Ohio State University where he was inducted into the American academic society Phi Beta Kappa. In October 2010, Endicott was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctorate Honoris Causa) from the University of Toulouse. His published books include Japan’s Nuclear Option (Author), The Politics of East Asia (Co-author), American Defense Policy (Co-Editor and Contributor), and Regional Security Issues (Co-author). He founded the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy in 1990 which had as its main focus the integration of policy with technology. In 1991 he introduced the concept for a Limited Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone in Northeast Asia (LNWFZ-NEA) which continues to be examined in international forums. Dr. Endicott has served as Chairman of the Interim Secretariat of the Limited Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone for Northeast Asia since 1996. Both Dr. Endicott and the Limited Nuclear Weapons Free Zone for Northeast Asia Program were nominated for the 2005 and 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.  On 2 March 2017, he was honored by Woosong University by creating a new school that will stress the social sciences at Woosong: the Endicott College of International Studies.

Dr. Tarja Cronberg is a Distinguished Associate Fellow with the SIPRI European Security Programme. Cronberg has a long record of activities both as an academic in security and peace studies and as a politician in foreign and security policy, with special focus on non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. Most recently she, as a member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee and subcommittee for Security and Defence, worked with the Iran nuclear issue as the Chair of the EP´s delegation for relations with Iran. In December 2013 she led the first official delegation (in six years) of the EP to Iran.

Dr. Robert Gallucci is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. He previously served as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy for the U.S. Department of State, focused on the non-proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He was the chief US negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994 and served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs and as Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission following the first Gulf War. Upon leaving public service, Ambassador Gallucci served as Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University for 13 years before he became president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Mr. John Everard served in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office for twenty-seven years, working in Austria, Bosnia, Chile, and China (twice). He served as Ambassador three times, in Belarus, Uruguay and lastly in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from 2006-2008. After his retirement from the diplomatic service in 2008 he was appointed Pantech Fellow at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University from 2010-2011. He was then appointed as Coordinator of the United Nations Security Council Panel of Experts established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1874 (dealing with sanctions on the DPRK). He withdrew from that position in November 2012 and has since written extensively for the media, broadcast and lectured, both on Korean issues and on international affairs generally. He is a Patron of the UK Defence Forum. He published a book Only Beautiful, Please in 2012 that described his experiences of living and working in the DPRK and discussed some of the challenges presented by that country.

Mr. Tong Kim is a former Senior Korean Language Interpreter at the US State Department with 27 years of service, interpreted for four American Presidents – Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.  Tong Kim participated in almost all U.S.-DPRK meetings that took place between 1991 and his retirement in 2005, including the 2000 meeting between Secretary of State Madeline Albright and Chairman Kim Jong Il of North Korea’s National Defense Commission. He visited North Korea 19 times for negotiations. He taught diplomacy at Korea University in Seoul 2006 and 2014 as a visiting research professor, and diplomatic negotiation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC  2010 -2012 as an adjunct professor. Tong Kim is a visiting scholar at Korea University and concurrently a visiting professor with the University of North Korean Studies since 2005. He is Washington correspondent for The Korea Times and has been writing a biweekly  column for the paper since January, 2006. He also is a fellow with The Institute of Corean-American Studies. 

Dr. Jagannath Panda is a Research Fellow and Coordinator of the East Asia Centre at MP-IDSA, New Delhi. He joined IDSA in MP-2006. Dr. Panda is in charge of East Asia Centre’s academic and administrative activities, including Track-II and Track 1.5 dialogues with Chinese, Japanese and Korean think-tanks/institutes. He is a recipient of the V. K. Krishna Menon Memorial Gold Medal (2000) from the Indian Society of International Law & Diplomacy in New Delhi.He obtained his doctorate (PhD) from the Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS), School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2007. He received a Master in Philosophy (MPhil) from the Department of Chinese & Japanese Studies (now East Asian studies) and studied Master of Arts (MA) at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. 

Dr. Anastasia Barannikova is a research fellow at ADM Nevelskoy Maritime State University (Vladivostok). Her research interests include (but not limited by) regional (Northeast Asia) security and nuclear non-proliferation; Korean Peninsula, DPRK foreign and domestic policies, DPRK nuclear and missile program, nuclear posture. Barannikova is the author of more than 100 publications in scientific journals, newspapers and blogs, including articles in Russian, English, Chinese, Korean, Mongolian and Japanese languages. She is also a speaker /presenter / security expert at the number of international conferences held in China, DPRK, Japan, Mongolia, ROK, and Russia.

Dr. Kyung-Young Chung is an Adjunct Professor at the Hanyang University Graduate School of International Studies. He received his PhD in international politics from the University of Maryland in the U.S. He was a policy practitioner at the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has published “Challenge of National Security and Determination toward Unification” in 2017 and “The Signing of a Peace Treaty and the Future of U.S. Forces in Korea” in 2018, East Asia Institute.

Prof. Lakhvinder Singh known as “Father of India-Korea  strategic partnership” for the pioneering role he has played in the evolution of this relationship is Chairman of India-Korea Business and Policy Forum in Seoul. He is also the director of the peace program at the Asia Institute in Seoul and heads the Korean Peace Movement which is working in the area of peace and conflict resolution in Korea. He holds two doctorates, one in Korean studies from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea, and the other in international politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India. He also received a senior fellowship from Harvard University in the Practice of Trade Policy in the United States. Prof. Singh is a central figure in Korea-India relations and was recently honored with honorary citizenship by Seoul Govt. Professor Singh has more than 20 years of experience living in Korea and is well known in business and academic circles. He has more than 200 published papers and articles to his credit. His journal, the Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report, is an important source of information about contemporary business in Korea. In 2014, he published a book entitled South Korea-India Strategic Cooperation.

Vladimir Ivanov, Ph.D., is the Director of the EastWest Institute's Moscow Office. Before his current position, Vladimir was responsible for overseeing and managing EWI's Fiscal Transparency Program, including the publication of a series of studies on fiscal flows between the Federal Budget and the Regions. He was also responsible for EWI's project on reforming regional finances in the Kaliningrad Region, as well as research and development activities in the area of public finance in Russia with a focus on its relationship with the developing private sector. Vladimir currently is involved in all EWI projects with a "Russia dimension," particularly Protection and Counter-terrorism and the U.S.-Russia Constructive Agenda Initiative. His previous professional experience includes work in the fields of social sciences research, business journalism, public relations, journalism and public relations management training, and strategic business planning. Vladimir is the author of numerous articles published in the Russki Telegraf and Vremya Novostej on Russian economics. He received a B.A. in International Journalism and a Ph.D. in History from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). 

Dr. Jin Shin is the President of the Institute for Peace Affairs; Chairman of Department of Political Science and Diplomacy and Director of the National Strategy Institute, Chungnam National University. Dr. Shin Jin has spent more than 20 years as a researcher and educator with his aspiration to contribute to peaceful reunification of South Korea and North Korea. He has been given a number of awards, including the Fulbright Scholarship and Research Award from the Ministry of Unification. He has served as a visiting scholar at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University. His published works mainly focus on North Korea's international relations, which is related to the reunification of the Korean peninsula. In preparation of reunification, the Korea Ministry of Unification asked the Institute for Peace Affairs, its most important partner, to co-build education programs about reunification for all educators in Korea.

Dr. Hao Su, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Diplomacy and founding director of the Center for Strategic and Peace Studies at the China Foreign Affairs University. He was Chairman of the Diplomacy Department, Director of the China’s Foreign Relations Section, General Secretary of the East Asian Studies Center, and Director of the Center for Asia-Pacific Studies within this university. He is also affiliated with some institutions in China, such as, President of Beijing Geopolitical Strategy and Development Association, member of Chinese Committee for Council of Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP) and Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC); board members of China Association of Arms Control and Disarmament, Pacific Society of China, China Association of Asian-African Development Exchange, and the China Association of China-ASEAN.

Kyung hwan CHO is a fellow at the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS) in South Korea. He is also security policy advisor to Gyeong-gi provincial government in South Korea. He joined the Sejong Institute in the summer of 2017 as a visiting research fellow after serving for more than 30 years as a senior government officer in the field of national intelligence and foreign affairs. He earned a PhD in public administration from Sung-kyun-kwan University in 2019; his dissertation was “A Study on the Policy Formulation of THAAD Deployment in the Korean Peninsula”. He also earned a MBA from the KDI School in Seoul in 2004 and a BA in public administration from Chung-Ang University in 1986. His research focuses on national security, the South Korea-US relationship, and inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation.

Dr. Alicia Campi, is the current President of Asia Politics and History Association and former President of the Mongolia Society from 2007 to 2019. Since 2013, she has been a Research Fellow at the Reischauer Center, SAIS/Johns Hopkins University where she teaches a course on the ‘Construction of Northeast Asia.’ In 2016 she became the coordinator of the U.S. State Department’s Northeast Asia regional studies course at the Foreign Service Institute.

Mr. David Caprara serves as International Vice President with the Global Peace Foundation developing strategic partnerships with national and regional entities, think tank initiatives and Global Peace Leadership Conferences. He has served over the past decade as a longtime nonresident fellow with the Brookings Institution.  Caprara prior served in the Senior Executive Service in two US Administrations as deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and director of VISTA at the Corporation for National and Community Service.  He advanced multi-stakeholder support for the launch of the Asia-Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance and the Africa Peace Service Corps at the U.N. in Asia and Africa advancing the 2030 development goals.

Mr. Inteck Seo is President of Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Korea and co-chair of Action for Korea United.

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Ambassador Batbayar Tsedendamba (PhD) is a distinguished diplomat and a renowned scholar of Mongolia. Prior to joining Mongolian Foreign service in 1998 he has been working as the Director of the Institute of International Studies, Mongolian Academy of Sciences during 1990-1998. He has worked as Director of Policy Planning at Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs three times in 1998-2000, 2008-2009, and 2013-2014. His most recent assignment was Ambassador of Mongolia to the Republic of Cuba in 2015-2018. He was a visiting fellow in Woodrow Wilson Center for International scholars, Washington D.C. in 2001-2002, and a fellow in Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in 1996-1997. He is Editor-in-Chief of Mongolian Journal of International Affairs, published annually in Ulaanbaatar. He is also known for his extensive research on NEA security and his books and articles on Mongolia’s foreign policy issues were published in Japan, India, Korea, China, Russia and the USA.

Dr. Wang Danning is a professor at the School of Global Women Development, China Women's University and a member of the Charhar Institute, a leading non-Government think tank on international relations in China. She received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from Peking University and her  doctoral degree in Anthropology from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Before she joined the China Women's University,  she taught and did research in the Chinese University of Hong Kong for 12 years. Her research specialties cover gender and family studies in East Asia, China studies, urban anthropology and economic anthropology. Starting in 2015, Dr Wang has involved in the Northeast Asia/Korean Peninsula peace and security activities. She participated in the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue, Ulaanbaatar Process, Arxan Forum in Inner Mongolia, and  conferences organized by the Global Peace Foundation and Charhar Institute.

Dr. Alexander Zhebin is the Director of the Center for Korean Studies at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a Russian political scientist and specialist on Korean affairs. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1975. Dr. A.Zhebin spent 12 years in North Korea as a journalist and a diplomat. He joined Institute of Far Eastern Studies (IFES) in Moscow in 1992 and received his Ph.D. in political science in 1998 from the IFES. 1998-2001 - first secretary, counsellor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the DPRK. Director of the Center for Korean Studies at IFES since 2004. Fields of research: political developments in the DPRK, Russia-Korea relations, security situation in Northeast Asia and nuclear problem on the Korean peninsula. Dr. A.Zhebin authored three books, chapters in several collective works and numerous articles in academic journals and newspapers at home and abroad. Membership: Russian Political Science Association (RPSA), International Political Science Association (IPSA). Moscow Journalist Association, Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE).

Dr. Elena Boykova is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Elena Boykova specializes in Modern history and cultural development of Mongolia, Russian-Mongolian relations, Mongolia’s foreign policy, problems of security in North-East Asia. She graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds Ph.D. (Hist.) from the Institute for Oriental Studies, RAS. She is the author of three books, more than 100 articles in Russian, Mongolian, English and Japanese, editor-in-chief of more than 10 books. She is a member of the International Association for Mongol Studies, of the Permanent International Altaistic Conference (PIAC), of the Mongolia Society (USA), of the China-Mongolia-Russia Think Tank “China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor”, a member of the Presidium of the Russian Society of Mongolists.

Mr. James P. Flynn is International President of the Global Peace Foundation. 

 

Roundtable II: Regional Economic Integration Strategies

Moderator: Mr. John Dickson is president of the World Trade Partnership. He has founded World Trade Centers in Okinawa and Afghanistan, and has secured licenses for others.  Mr. Dickson was the founding chairman of the World Trade Centers Association’s Committee on Peace and Stability through Trade, organizing initiatives highlighting the contribution of the private sector to peace and stability. Mr. Dickson is a senior advisor on economy and government relations for the Global Peace Foundation based in Washington DC. John serves on the steering committee of the UN’s Alliance of NGOs for South South Cooperation and is a founder and serves on the executive council for the Native American Leadership Alliance. Mr. Dickson is a board member of the US India SME Council, and advisor to Global Policy Insights. He is a co-founder and chairman of the Global Young Leaders Academy.

Mr. Nanjin Dorjsuren is the Founding Director of Mongolian Institute of Northeast Asian Security and Strategy, former Chief of the Center for International Security Studies at the Institute of Strategic Studies of Mongolia and former Head of the Mongolia Secretariat of the Council of Security and Cooperation in Asia Pacific. He received his bachelor’s degree in international relations from the School of International Relations at the National University of Mongolia, Master’s degree in Policy Science from Ritsumeikan University in Japan, and Master of China Studies from Zhejiang University in China. His primary field of study includes Korean Peninsula issues, China and Japan.  He was one of the main organizers of Ulaanbaatar Dialogue for Northeast Asian Security, initiated by the Mongolian President.

Dr. Seong-Hyon Lee, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Chinese Studies at the Sejong Institute in Seoul and a Senior Research Fellow (nonresident) at the Center for Korean Peninsula Studies at Peking University. Previously, he was Director, Department of Unification Strategy at the Sejong Institute. He authored numerous policy briefs on national security and foreign policy on the topic of China, North Korea and International Relations of East Asia. He has lectured at Harvard’s Kennedy School, Stanford University, The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, University of Pennsylvania, Seoul National University, the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) in Washington D.C., among others. His comments and columns appeared at CNN, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, The Korea Times, Chinese CCTV, the Straits Times, Hong Phoenix TV, among others. He is a graduate from Grinnell College, Harvard University, and Tsinghua University (Ph.D. in political communication and global communication). He was the 2013-14 Pantech Fellow of Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC). 

Mr. Hyun Seung Lee, as the son of a high-ranking official, Hyun-Seung Lee was raised in an elite environment with the most prestigious opportunities available in North Korean society. After graduating summa cum laude from Pyongyang Foreign Language School, he volunteered as a sergeant for the Korean People’s Army. Promoted from a young age to the Korean Workers Party, he served as Chairman of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League in the Dalian, China branch while studying at China Dongbei University of Finance and Economics. He then worked in DPRK-China business relations as Deputy General Manager at Korea Miyang Shipping Corporation, an entity owned by the Kim regime. With the start of a series of Kim’s brutal purges, he and his family defected in 2014 and is now settled in the United States. Currently, Hyun-Seung is a highly sought-after consultant for a variety of think tanks and NGOs in the Washington, D.C. area.

Mr. Ingill Ra has travelled the world for decades and holds a masters degree in religious education, social welfare and interfaith peacebuilding at universities in Korea and the United States. Mr. Ra has been a member of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), serving as director and committee member of the Social Responsibility Department.  He has also led strategic partnership programs to eradicate hunger and poverty as the director of partnerships and resource mobilization at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO UN). Currently, he is a co-chair of Asia Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance (APPDSA).   Ingill is also  Secretary-General of the Global Peace Foundation Korea, providing  leadership and management for its diverse portfolio of peacebuilding and operations management.

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Dr. Mimura Mitsuhiro is a Senior Research Fellow at the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA) in Niigata, Japan. He received BA in Foreign Study (Korean) from Osaka University of Foreign Studies, and BA, MA and Ph D. from Osaka University. Upon graduation he has been working for ERINA. His area of study includes North Korean law, North Korean economy, and Inter-Korean Relations and Northeast Asian economic cooperation. Since 1996, he has visited North Korea more than thirty times. He often visits various cities in Northeast Asia for academic exchange. He is one of the rare Japanese scholars who are able to exchange thoughts directly with North Koreans scholars in Pyongyang. Supported by colleagues in both Koreas, China, Russia, the U.S., the E.U. and Japan, his research has deep insight on Northeast Asia.  Based on his unique experience, he advocates a new perspective of integrated North East Asian economy.

Dr. Leonid Petrov graduated from St. Petersburg State University, where he majored in Korean History and Language. In 2002, he obtained a PhD in History from the Australian National University. Between 2003 and 2012, Dr. Petrov worked at the Academy of Korean Studies in Seongnam, Intercultural Institute of California in San Francisco, Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, and the University of Sydney. He was involved in projects sponsored by the Australian Research Council: “North Korea’s Quiet Transformation”, “Northeast Asia and the Korean War: Legacies of Hot and Cold Wars in Contemporary Constructions of the Region”, “Historical Conflict and Reconciliation in East Asia”. Currently, Dr Petrov is a Senior Lecturer at the International College of Management in Sydney (ICMS) and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. 

Victor Gao is Vice President of CCG, the Chairman-Elect of the National Organization Committee of the IGU (International Gas Union)/the WGC 2024 (World Gas Conference) 2021-2024; Chairman of China Energy Security Institute; Vice Chairman of China Beidou Industrial Promotion Organization, Chairman of OBOR Group of Hong Kong, a member of the Beijing Energy Club, a Member of the Global Counsel of Asia Society in New York City, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Energy Intelligence Group in London; an advisor to Saudi Aramco and a member of the Board of Directors of several listed companies in Hong Kong. Victor was Deng Xiaoping’s English interpreter in the 1980s.  Victor served as the China Policy Advisor at the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission in 1999 and 2000.  Victor’s prior investment banking experience included senior positions with Morgan Stanley (Vice President of Morgan Stanley Asia, in the Merger, Acquisition and Restructuring Department), CICC (General Manager of the Investment Banking Department, Head of M&A Practice, and Head of CICC Hong Kong Investment Banking Department) and Daiwa Securities (Co-Chairman of China, Executive Vice President and Managing Director).  Victor’s corporate management experience included senior positions with CNOOC Limited as its Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Company Secretary, Member of the Investment Committee, and Director of CNOOC International. Victor holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a M.A. in International Relations from the Political Science Department of Yale Graduate School, an M.A. in English from Beijing University of Foreign Studies, and a B.A. in English from Suzhou University, and is a licensed attorney-at-law in the State of New York.  Victor Gao is a guest professor at the Law School of Suzhou University and is a member of the Board of the Directors of Suzhou University.

Mr. Yeqing (Victor) Li is a Senior Fellow on Northeast Asia Peace and Development at the Global Peace Foundation. In this capacity, he directs the International Advisory Council which is composed of a group of top scholars from Korea, USA, China, Japan, Russia, Mongolia, India, etc., to facilitate international support for nuclear-free and Korean-led peaceful unification as well as peace and development in Northeast Asia and beyond. He is also the Founding President of the China Society based in Washington, DC; former Non-resident Senior Fellow of the Center for China and Globalization, a leading independent think tank in China; former foreign direct investment consultant at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group; Co-Founder and President of the Global Young Leaders Academy and Founding Executive Director of the International Young Leaders Assembly (IYLA) which has empowered over 10,000 young leaders from more than 150 countries; former President and current Honorary President of Peking University Alumni Association - DC Metropolitan. He earned his BA in Sociology from Peking University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Sourabh Gupta is a resident senior fellow at the Institute for China-America Studies (ICAS) in Washington D.C. He is a senior Asia-Pacific international relations policy specialist with two decades of Washington, D.C.-based experience in a think tank and political risk research and advisory capacity. Key area of expertise pertains to the intersection of international law, both international maritime law (Law of the Sea) and international trade and investment law, with the international relations of the Asia-Pacific region. Areas of specialization include: analysis of major power relationships and key flashpoint issues in the Asia-Pacific region; analysis of outstanding territorial disputes and maritime law-related developments in Asia; and analysis of developments in World Trade Organization and Asia-Pacific investment, trade and economic regionalism-related policy and politics. He is a member of the United States Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (USCSCAP) and was a 2012 East Asia Forum Distinguished Fellow.

Hon Don Manzullo is Former Chairman, US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia Pacific; Former President, Korea Economic Institute of America.  Don Manzullo is well-known as a staunch advocate for small business, manufacturing, and trade between the United States and Asian economies. For 20 years, Congressman Manzullo represented the 16th District of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving on the Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, and Small Business Committees. For six years, he served as Chairman of the House Small Business Committee and for another six years, he served as the top Republican on the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, including chairing this pivotal subcommittee during his last two years in the House. Mr. Manzullo also served on two other subcommittees dealing with international economic, trade, and monetary policy.  Mr. Manzullo has been recognized for his leadership on various legislative issues, including receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Small Business Exporters Association, the Leadership Award from the Coalition for Employment through Exports, and the prestigious Wings of Liberty Award from the Aerospace Industries Association. 

Catherine Forslund is the Isabelle Ross Abbott Professor of History and Women's Studies, the dean of first-year studies, and the chair of the history department at Rockford University. She teaches U. S., Latin American, and Asian history and has worked extensively with local, federally funded Teaching American History programs. Her publications include works in diplomatic and women's history such as We Are a College at War: Women Working for Victory in World War II (2010), Anna Chennault: Informal Diplomacy and Asian Relations (2002), and "Worth a Thousand Words: Editorial Cartoons of the Korean War" in the Journal of Conflict Studies (vol. 22, 2002). She contributed a chapter on Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt to A Companion to First Ladies (2016), part of the Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History series. Her  research interests include Vietnam War–era and other editorial cartoons.  

Dr. Louis D’Amore is Founder and President of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT). He has been instrumental in promoting the travel and tourism industry as the world’s first ‘Global Peace Industry’ since the founding of IIPT in 1986. His concept of ‘Peace through Tourism’ includes peace with nature and accordingly, he has been a pioneer in socially and environmentally responsible tourism since conducting the world’s first comprehensive study on the future of tourism in the mid-1970’s and subsequently in 1993 developing the world’s first “Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism.” In 1992, as part of celebrations of Canada’s 125th birthday as a nation, Dr. D’Amore conceived and implemented “Peace Parks across Canada” resulting in 350 Peace Parks across Canada. There are currently more than 450 IIPT Peace Parks in regions throughout the world.

Dr. Craig Steffensen  is an independent  consultant  specializing  in  program design and project management.  He served as the Director of the Asian Development Bank’s North American Representative Office (NARO) in Washington, D.C. from May 2013 - January 2018. An American national, Mr. Steffensen led NARO's efforts to mobilize finance, share knowledge and experience, establish and deepen partnerships, and raise public awareness of ADB in the US and Canada. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Steffensen served as ADB’s Country Director for Thailand, leading ADB's re-engagement with Myanmar (2011-2013); Country Director and Team Leader for Afghanistan (2001-2004 and 2007-2010), serving at the forefront of efforts by the international community to assist in Afghanistan’s recovery and reconstruction; Head, Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Unit, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan (2004-2007), coordinating the preparation of a comprehensive action plan for regional cooperation in transport, energy and trade in collaboration with eight Central Asian countries and five development partners; and Resident Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Bangkok at the height of the Asian financial crisis (1997-2001). He has also held long-term assignments with the World Bank in Lao PDR (1994-1996) and Washington, DC (1983-1984); The Asia Foundation in Thailand and Cambodia (1991-1993); US Agency for International Development in Thailand and Washington, DC (1984-1990); and the US Peace Corps in the rural Philippines (1979-1981). Mr. Steffensen holds a Master’s degree in development economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1983), and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Purdue University (1979). Mr. Steffensen resides in Stockholm, Sweden and Washington, DC.

Dr. Jai-poong Ryu is a Professor Emeritus at Loyola University, and Founder, One Korea Foundation.