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Session I: Opening Session

Moderator: H.E. Jargalsaikhan Enkhsaikhan, Chairman, Blue Banner; Former Mongolian Ambassador to UN

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 a 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.


Opening Remarks: Mr. James Flynn, International President, Global Peace Foundation

Mr. James P. Flynn is the 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.


Opening Remarks: Dr. Jai-poong Ryu, Founder and President, One Korea Foundation

Dr. Jai-poong Ryu is a Professor Emeritus at Loyola University, and Founder and President of the 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.


Opening Remarks: Mr. Inteck Seo, Co-Chair, Action for Korea United

Mr. Inteck Seo is the President of Global Peace Foundation – Korea and Co-Chairman of Action for Korea United, a coalition of over 800 NGOs committed to building a grassroots movement to support Korean reunification. Mr. Seo has been involved with the Global Peace Foundation in many of its 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 by setting the grounds of improved literacy, healthy, economic activity and safety.


Welcome Remarks: Mr. Odbayar Erdenetsogt, Foreign Policy Advisor of President of Mongolia 

Mr. Odbayar Erdenetsogt is the Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Mongolia. He earned his bachelor’s degree and Magistra Artium in international relations from the University of Dresden, Germany in 2006 majoring in North American Cultural Studies, Philosophy and Social and Economic History. Mr. Odbayar held multiple positions, as an attaché in the European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia serving as a desk officer for Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg during 2006-2007 and also serving as the Secretary of the Mongolia-EU Joint Committee during 2007-2009, as third and first secretary in the Mongolian Embassy in Berlin during 2009-2012, and as first secretary in the Department for Americas and Africa during 2012. He has been elected Executive Director by the Board of Governors of the International Think Tank of Landlocked Developing Countries (ITTLLDC) in 2018 after serving as Interim Director since 2012. After serving a stint of nine years at the ITTLLDC, he was appointed as the Foreign policy advisor to the President of Mongolia in August 2021.


H.E. Ochirbat Punsalmaagiin, Former President of Mongolia 

H.E. Ochirbat Punsalmaagiin is a former President of Mongolia from 1990-1997 and is a consulting professor at the School of Geology and Mining Engineering in Mongolian University of Science and Technology.  He had active profiles as Member of the Constitutional Court of Mongolia; Director of Ecological Center Science and Technology, University of Mongolia; Board Chairman of the “OCHIRBAT” Foundation; Speaker of Parliament State Khural of the MPR; Minister for  External Economic Relation and Cooperation Government of Mongolia; Chairman of the State Committee for External Economic Relation, and Minister for Fuel and Power Energy of Mongolia.                                                        


Hon. Tsogtbaatar Damdiny, Member, Parliament of Mongolia; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs 

Hon. Tsogtbaatar Damdiny (born January 14, 1970) is a Member of Parliament, State Great Khural of Mongolia. Previously, he was appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs (2017 – 2020), Minister of Construction and Urban Development (2014-2015) and Minister for Nature, Environment and Tourism in 2013. He introduced innovative concepts of Green Development for Mongolia, reduced down-payment for subsidized housing among others during his tenures. He served as the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2008-2011), and Foreign Policy Advisor to two Presidents of Mongolia (2002-2008). Received his Master’s Degree in Legal Studies (International Law) from the Australian National University School of Law (with Distinction) and Master’s Degree in Political Science (with Honours) from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia, and speaks English, Russian, Khmer and Thai.


Mr. Gregory May, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy to Mongolia 

Mr. Gregory May is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to Mongolia. Mr. Gregory May arrived in Mongolia in August 2019.  Mr. May joined the Foreign Service in 2000 and recently served as the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Shenyang, China.  Mr. May had two prior assignments in China at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou and at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.  He has also worked at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy.  In Washington, Mr. May served as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, as a Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center, and as an officer on the China and Vietnam desks. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Mr. May served as Assistant Director and Research Associate in Chinese Studies at The Nixon Center, a foreign policy think tank in Washington, D.C.  From 1993 to 1996, he worked as a journalist for International Community Radio Taipei, an English- language radio station in Taiwan. While in Taiwan, he also worked as a correspondent for Newsweek. Mr. May is originally from Austin, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas.  He also holds a master’s degree in China Studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.  He is married to Margaret May, and they have three children.


Congressman GK Butterfield, Member, US House of Representative; Senior Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus 

Congressman GK Butterfield represents the First Congressional District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives as a young adult. He previously was elected as Resident Superior Court judge and presided over civil and criminal court in 46 counties of North Carolina. He later served on the North Carolina Supreme Court by appointment of the governor. In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans. Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Senior Chief Deputy Whip and is a past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and sits on the Committee on Energy & Commerce and as a member of the Subcommittees of Communications and Technology and Energy.


Dr. Joo-sung Kim, Former President, Korea National University of Education 

Dr. Joo-sung Kim is a former President of Korea National University of Education; Former President of the Korean Association of Political Thoughts and History; Current Chair Professor, Yangsan University; Current Vice President, Research Institute for Next Generation Strategy




Dr. Hyunik Hong, Chancellor, Korean National Diplomatic Academy 

Dr. Soon-jik Hong is a Visiting Fellow in Seoul National University Asia Center and received his Ph.D. in Economics from Chung-Ang University. He worked as Senior Research Fellow at the Reunification Economy Center of Hyundai Research Institute; Visiting Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for National Unification; Senior Research Fellow at Kookmin University Research Fellow at Future Korea Institute in Kookmin University. Dr. Hong has written many research reports on the North Korean economy, inter-Korean economic cooperation, and inter-Korean economic integration over the past 30 years.

Dr. Mabel Lu Miao, Co-Founder and Secretary General, Center for China and Globalization 

Dr. Mabel Lu Miao is the Co-founder and Secretary General of the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), Founder and Secretary General of Global Young Leaders Dialogue (GYLD) program, Deputy Director General of the Alliance of Global Talent Organizations (AGTO), Deputy Director-General of the International Writing Center of Beijing Normal University, and Secretary General of Policy Advisory Committee of Western Returned Scholars Association. Dr. Miao was received by the King of Belgium at his palace as the only one representative of young global leaders from Northeast Asia. She was also selected as 2020 Young Leader for Munich Security Conference (MSC). In 2021, as the only Chinese participant, posted the first question to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres at the Munich Security Conference Special Edition 2021; she was also appointed as Co-Chairman of Think20 (G20 Summit 2021 Think Tank) Task Force. Dr. Mabel holds a Ph.D degree in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Studies from Beijing Normal University; a visiting fellow at New York University and Harvard University; a post-doctoral fellow of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUS), and a Lien Fellow at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.


Dr. Nobuo Tanaka, Former Executive Director of International Energy Agency

Dr. Nobuo Tanaka is the Chair of the Steering Committee of Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF), CEO, Tanaka Global, Inc. and Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute for Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ); professor at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy; Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University; and President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.


Session II: The Post-COVID World: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies for Northeast Asian Peaceful Development

Moderator: Yeqing Li, Senior Fellow for Northeast Asia Peace and Development, Global Peace Foundation 

Mr. Yeqing (Victor) Li is a Senior Fellow on Northeast Asia at the Global Peace Foundation. He directs the Office of Strategic Partnership and coordinates an International Advisory Council for regional and global peace and development. He is also the Founding President of the China Society, former non-resident Senior Fellow of the Center for China and Globalization, former consultant at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, Co-Founder and President of the Global Young Leaders Academy. He earned his BA in Sociology from Peking University and an MBA from Georgetown University.


Mr. Enkhbayar Namjildorjb, Head of Economic Research Unit, Institute of Strategic Studies in Mongolia; Former Senior Advisor of Prime Minister of Mongolia 

Mr. Enkhbayar Namjildorjb is head of the Economic Research Unit, Institute of Strategic Studies in Mongolia; former Economist and Director of the Fiscal Policy Department and Macroeconomic Policy Department, Ministry of Finance; former Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Mongolia, Advisor to the Executive Director for Mongolia at the World Bank, in Washington DC, U.S.A.; former Economist, Mongolia Academy of Sciences; former Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Mongolia; Associate professor of the Department of Policy and Politics Studies, National Academy of Governance, Mongolia. 


Mr. Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan 

Mr. Doug Bandow is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He previously was affiliated with the Heritage Foundation. He writes weekly columns for the American Conservative online and Previously a columnist for Forbes online, a nationally syndicated columnist with Copley News Service, and editor of the monthly political magazine Inquiry, he has been widely published in such periodicals as Foreign Policy, Orbis, National Interest, Foreign Affairs online, and Fortune, as well as leading newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He has written several books, including Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire and Tripwire: Korea and U.S. Foreign Policy in a Changed World. He is co-author of The Korean Conundrum: America’s Troubled Relationship with North and South Korea. He received his B.S. in Economics from Florida State University in 1976 and his J.D. from Stanford University in 1979.


Hon. Donald Manzullo, Former U.S. Congressman, Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the House Foreign Affairs Committee 

Hon. Donald Manzullo was a former President and Chief Executive Officer (2013-2018) of the Korea Economic Institute of America. Prior to his congressional service, Mr. Manzullo practiced law in Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor from Marquette University (1970) as well as a B.A. from the School of Government and Public Administration of American University (1967).


Dr. Kwang-kyu Nam, Professor, Korea University

Kwang-kyu Nam is Research Professor in SSK Research Center of Korea University and Director of Maebong Institute for One Korea. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science, Korea University. His areas of research cover the fields of North Korea Studies, Inter-Korean Politics, foreign policy of South Korea. He frequently appears in major mass media and newspapers in Korea as an expert on North Korean affairs. He served as the moderator in current issue programs on North Korea for four years at KBS radio and the Korean Broadcasting Station in South Korea. His publications include nine books and a collection of articles.


Dr. Emanuel Pastreich, Founder and President, The Asia Institute 

Dr. Emanuel Pastreich (Man-yuel Lee) is the founder and president of the Asia Institute (, a think tank that builds bridges between individuals in Asia and around the world to respond to the greatest challenges of our time: climate change, the impact of technological change on human society, and the rapidly shifting nature of international relations. He also serves as the director of the Earth Management Institute, a think tank dedicated to addressing the current environmental and technological crisis through global cooperation between concerned citizens and ethical research that produces solutions with direct applications. He also serves as vice president of the University for Brain Education, a graduate program that focuses on how a deeper understanding of the brain, of human culture and of the potential locked within us can create new solutions to the current crisis and serve as the basis for a sustainable civilization.


Dr. Elena Boykova, Senior Researcher, Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences 

Dr. Elena Boykova is a  Senior researcher at the Institute for Oriental Studies of the 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.


Ambassador Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Founder & President, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia; Former Indonesian Ambassador to USA and Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ambassador Dr. Dino Patti Djalal is the Founder and President of the  Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia and Former Indonesian Ambassador to the USA and Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia on 10th September 1965.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada); a Masters Degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada), and a Phd in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (London, UK). In 2004, Dino was appointed Special Staff of the President for International Affairs. In that capacity, Dino assumed many roles: Presidential spokesperson, foreign policy adviser to the President, speech writer.  From 2010 to 2013, Dino served as Indonesia's ambassador to the United States. In 2012, Dr. Dino won the prestigious "Marketeer of the Year", the same award that was won by President Joko Widodo. In June 2014, Dino was appointed Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, until October that year. In 2015, he founded the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia. In 2021, he was appointed to be Vice President of the Paris Peace Forum.


Dr. Jagannath Panda, Research Fellow and Coordinator of the East Asia Centre, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi, India

Dr. Jagannath P. Panda is a Research Fellow and Centre Head for East Asia at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi, India. He is the Series Editor for Routledge Studies on Think Asia. Dr. Panda is the author of the book India-China Relations: Politics of Resources, Identity and Authority in a Multipolar World Order (Routledge: 2017). He is also the author of the book China’s Path to Power: Party, Military and the Politics of State Transition (Pentagon Press: 2010). Dr. Panda has also edited a number of books to his credit. Most recently, he has published an edited volume Scaling India-Japan Cooperation in Indo-Pacific and Beyond 2025: Connectivity, Corridors and Contours (KW Publishing Ltd. 2019), and The Korean Peninsula and Indo-Pacific Power Politics: Status Security at Stake (Routledge, 2020).


Session III: Envisioning & Advancing a Free and Unified Korea

Moderator: Dr. Jai-poong Ryu, Founder and President, One Korea Foundation 

Dr. Jai-poong Ryu is a Professor Emeritus at Loyola University, and Founder and President of the 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.


Dr. Baasanjav Lkhagvaa, President, Mongolia Forum on Korea Unification 

Dr. Baasanjav Lkhagvaa is the President of the Mongolia Forum on Korea Unification and author of “Here comes United Korea”. Formerly posted in North Korea and Republic of Korea. He was born in Chandmani soum of Khovd province in 1947. He graduated from National University, Mongolia in 1970 and graduated from University of Kim-Il Sung in Pyongyang in 1975. In 1995, he became a Ph.D in Mongolian Academy of Science specializing in Korean Unification. He previously worked in Mongolian Embassy in Pyongyang and Seoul as a diplomat; a visiting professor in Osaka University, Japan and Dankook University, South Korea; as a first head of Department of Korean Studies in National University of Mongolia and, as a researcher-consultant in Strategy Research Institute.


Dr. Jin Shin, President, Institute for Peace Affairs 

Dr. Jin Shin is the President of the Institute for Peace Affairs; Chairman of the 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 for 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.


Mr. Chong Wang, Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of Center for US Studies, Zhejiang International Studies University; Senior Fellow, Charhar Institute 

Mr. Chong Wang is a Senior Fellow of Charhar Institute, a leading think tank on international affairs and public diplomacy and a distinguished professor of Zhejiang International Studies University and executive director of Center for US Studies. Dr. Wang has published four books. His first, Behind the Ballot, was a detailed primer on American politics. His second book, Gaps, is a bestseller comparing Chinese and Western cultures. His third book, The Fifth Revolution, discusses interactions between new media and Sino-U.S. relations. He co-authored a fourth book, What the Chinese Really Want. Dr. Wang's experience spans traditional and new media and Internet company operations. He graduated from Shandong Normal University and Peking University, and obtained his Ph. D. from Wuhan University in 2014.


Mr. Richard Lee, President, Alliance for Korea United USA 

Mr. Richard Lee is the President of the Alliance for Korea United USA. He has dedicated his professional life to elevating the quality of life for Korean Americans via civic engagement. Richard currently serves as President of the Republican National Coalition for Asian Advancement. This organization is dedicated toward social welfare and political empowerment of Asian Americans in the United States. He became the first Korean to serve as president of the Human Rights Commission in Westchester County, NY in 2013. He also served as the president of Korean American Association of Manhattan from 2007 to 2011. During his tenure, Manhattan and New York were chosen as the most well-rated in the US related to economic growth. He also became the president of the Federation of Korean American Association of Greater New York in 2008. Richard was instrumental in arranging the building of a Korean traditional sculpture on a street in KoreaTown in Manhattan with cooperation from the New York mayor.


Colonel (Retired) David Maxwell, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense Democracies (FDD) 

David Maxwell is a retired US Army Special Forces Colonel who has spent more than 20 years in Asia and specializes in North Korea and East Asia Security Affairs and irregular, unconventional, and political warfare. He had command and staff assignments in Korea, Japan, Germany, the Philippines, and CONUS, and served as a member of the military faculty teaching national security at the National War College.  He is the editor of Small Wars Journal and a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). FDD is a Washington, DC-based, nonpartisan research institute focusing on national security and foreign policy.


Dr. Markandey Rai, Senior Advisor, UN-HABITAT 

Dr. Markandey Rai is Senior Advisor of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). Dr. Rai is also Chairperson of the Joint Advisory Committee, which advises UN offices at Nairobi (UNON) on administrative issues. He has served UN-HABITAT in various roles for seventeen years and was elected President of the Nairobi Staff Union 2000-2003. In January of 2006 he was the recipient of the Hind Rattan Award. Dr. Rai has served on the boards of academic, cultural, and social bodies in different countries.  In 2009 he addressed EU presidency seminar at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm and Global Parliamentarians on Habitat conference in Washington, DC. Dr. Rai is a member of GPF’s Global Leadership Council.


Dr. Vladimir Ivanov, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Stimson Center 

Dr. Vladimir Ivanov is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Henry L. Stimson Center. Based in Moscow, Russia, Ivanov leads programmatic activities aimed at promoting better understanding between Russia and other countries to avoid inadvertent conflict escalation and enhance policy alignment on issues of common concern. Prior to joining the Stimson Center, Ivanov served as Director of the Russia and United States Program at the EastWest Institute (EWI) and Director of the EWI Moscow Office. In these capacities, he led recent U.S.-Russia non-governmental expert dialogues on military cooperation and strategic stability and coordinated Track 2 efforts in combatting terrorism and narcotrafficking, particularly in Afghanistan.  Ivanov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) and also holds a PhD in history from MGIMO. He started his professional career as a professor of public relations at MGIMO, later becoming a journalist and a public relations manager for Fleishman-Hillard, Inc. and Sibirsky Aluminium Group in Moscow.


Dr. Sachio Nakato, Professor, Ritsumeikan University 

Dr. Sachio Nakato is a Professor of International Relations of the College of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.  His current research interests are international relations of Northeast Asia, U.S.-Japan relations, and North Korean foreign policy.  Professor Nakato received his Ph. D. from Ritsumeikan University, M. A. from Ritsumeikan/American University, and B.A. from State University of New York at Oneonta.  Professor Nakato has been a visiting fellow at the Center for Asian Studies, American University, and Graduate School of International Service, Sookmyung Women’s University.


Session IV: Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone (NEA-NWFZ) and Stakeholders’ Roles for North Korea’s Denuclearization: Implications to a Unified Korea    

Moderator: David Caprara, Strategic Advisor, Global Peace Foundation 

Mr. David Caprara serves as Strategic Advisor and former 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 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 Volunteers at the Corporation for National and Community Service. He advanced multi-stakeholder support for the launch of the Global Peace and Development Service Alliance (GPDSA) in Africa and Asia furthering advancing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.


Ambassador Jargalsaikhan Enkhsaikhan, Chairman, Blue Banner; Former Mongolian Ambassador to UN

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 a 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.


Dr. John Endicott, Honorary President, Woosong University; Limited Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Architect and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee 

Dr. John E. Endicott is Honorary President of Woosong University and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, SolBridge International School of Business Daejeon, Republic of Korea. Before his recent service as the President of Woosong University, he served as Professor and Center Director in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he founded the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy. Dr. Endicott previously had a distinguished career in the United States Air Force and following retirement, he became the Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies with a civilian rank equating to Major/Lt. General. Dr. Endicott has served as Chairman of the Interim Secretariat of the Limited Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone for Northeast Asia since 1996, and both were nominated for the 2005 and 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.


Dr. Kyung-young Chung, Adjunct Professor at Graduate School of International Studies, Hanyang University; Policy Advisor for National Security Office, Blue House 

Dr. Kyung-Young Chung is an Adjunct Professor at the Hanyang University Graduate School of International Studies and a Policy Advisor for the National Security Office of the Blue House. He was a policy practitioner at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combined Forces Command and troop Commander along the Demilitarized Zone, and National Security and International Security at Korea National Defense University and The Catholic University of Korea. Among many publications 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. He received his PhD in international politics from the University of Maryland in the United States, Masters of Military Art and Science, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, and Master’s of Science for Systems Management, Graduate School, University of Southern California.


Colonel (Retired) Charles T. "Chip" Sniffin, Former Policy Maker, US Department of Defense, President and CEO, Bright Spot Tours 

Colonel Charles T. Sniffin (USA, Retired) served in various command and staff assignments in the United States, Cold War era West Germany, and the Republic of Korea from 1979 - 2006.  Following retirement from active duty he served as a DoD civilian on the Joint Staff from 2006 to 2017. Army service highlights included two tours with the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea.  As the Chief of Protocol UNC/CFC/USFK, from 1995 to 1997, he assisted with the preparations for and conduct of the ROK / U.S. Security Consultative Meeting and Military Committee Meeting in 1995, and the Presidential Summit between President Bill Clinton and President Kim, Young Sam, on Cheju Island, in 1996. Subsequently, as the Secretary of the Combined and Joint Staff UNC/CFC/USFK, from 2001 to 2003, in addition to supervising the command's protocol operations, he supervised the staffing and administrative processes that ensured senior command leaders had the timely and accurate decision products necessary to execute their mission responsibilities.


Dr. Yoshinori Kaseda, Professor, College of Asia Pacific Studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University 

Dr. Yoshinori Kaseda received his Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University. His research interests include Japan’s security policy, Japan-U.S. relations, and international politics over North Korea’s nuclear development. His recent works appeared in such books as The North Korea Crisis and Regional Responses (East West Center, 2015), United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific (Cambria Press, 2015), One Korea (Routledge, 2016), Regional Institutions, Geopolitics and Economics in the Asia-Pacific (Routledge, 2017), Identity, Culture and Memory in Japanese Foreign Policy (Peter Lang, 2021), and The Dokdo/Takeshima Dispute (Brill, 2021).


Dr. Vladimir Sotnikov, Senior Research Associate, Institute of Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences; Senior Lecturer, People’s Friendship University of Russia

Dr. Vladimir Sotnikov is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ph.D. (obtained from the Moscow State University for International Relations under Foreign Ministry of the USSR). Currently he is also a political analyst regularly contributing interviews to Russian and Foreign TV and Radio networks (Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazzera English, BBC, Euronews, Al-Hurra (New York) etc. on the issues of Nuclear Non-Proliferation in Korean Peninsular, South Asia, Global Disarmament, Syria, Iran, regional conflicts and conflict resolution in crisis areas of the world. Besides that he is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Foreign Languages, People’s Friendship University of Russia.


Dr. Hao Su, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Diplomacy and Founding Director of Center for Strategic and Peace Studies, China Foreign Affairs University 

Dr. Hao Su is a 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.


Session V: Lessons Learned from the Greater Tumen Initiative: Northeast Asia Economic Integration Toward a Free and Unified Korea 

Moderator: John Hancock Dickson, Senior Advisor on Economy and Government Relations, Global Peace Foundation

Mr. John Dickson is a Senior Advisor on Economy and Government Relations at the Global Peace Foundation and president of the World Trade Partnership. He has founded World Trade Centers in Okinawa and Afghanistan, and advised on 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. He 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, Founding Director, Mongolian Institute of Northeast Asian Security and Strategy

Mr. Nanjin Dorjsuren is the Founding Director of Mongolian Institute of Northeast Asian Security and Strategy (NGO). He has worked at the Institute for Strategic Studies since 2009. He received his Master’s Degree in Policy Science from Ritsumeikan University, Japan. Primary fields of study include Korean Peninsula, China and Japan issues. He published several articles in domestic and foreign journals. His latest book is "Developing the Independent Economy of the DPRK: Policy and Challenges.”


Dr. Qsyng Chun, Chairman, Network for the Future Economic Education 

Dr. Qsyng Chun is Chairman, Network for the Future Economic Education; President, Korea Financial Education Association; Goodwill Ambassador, Korea Consumer Agency Association; Former Director of Economics Education Department, Korea Development Institute; Professor, Sookmyung Women’s University; Financial Supervisory Advisory Committee; Member of Financial Education National Strategy Establishment TF; Financial Services Commission; Economic Education Consultant for the Ministry of Education; Special price policy deliberation member of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance. 

Dr. Chun has participated in a number of economic and financial-related programs hosted by KBS, MBC, EBS, KTV, and Far East Broadcasting Station, serving as a moderator, lecturer, and production advisor.

Dr. Chun's books include “If you don’t have a rich dad, study finance first”, “The story of production, consumption, and distribution told by economists”, and “Economics is a habit”. “A Guide to Financial Life of Major Generations” and many others.


Dr. Leonid Petrov, Senior Lecturer, International College of Management in Sydney (ICMS); Visiting Fellow at the College of Asia and the Pacific, the Australian National University

Dr. Leonid Petrov is a visiting Fellow at the College of Asia and the Pacific of the Australian National University. He 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.


Mr. Hyun-seung Lee, Fellow on North Korea Studies, Global Peace Foundation 

Mr. Hyun Seung Lee is a North Korean Escapee and a Fellow on North Korea Studies at the Global Peace Foundation. Hyun-Seung Lee is a former Deputy General Manager of the Korea Miyang Shipping Corporation (business entity of the DPRK regime), who graduated from China Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, where he was the chairman of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League, Dalian China branch. After completing his military service in 2005 with the rank of Sergeant, he was granted membership in the Korean Workers Party. Despite his prestigious background, a series of brutal purges by Kim Jong Un forced him and his entire family to defect in late 2014, making their way first to South Korea. Subsequently the entire family emigrated to the United States (2016) where Hyun-Seung has been engaged with several Washington DC think tanks and NGOs in consulting roles.


Mr. Zolboo Dashnyam, Director of Institute of International Affairs, Mongolian Academy of Sciences

Mr. Zolboo Dashnyam is the Director of Institute of International Affairs, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, who is a current lecturer at the University of Humanity in Ulaanbaatar specializing in “Mongolian Foreign Policy” and “Regional Studies.” Prior to his current positions, he had served as the head of the Sector of Regional Studies and International Organisations; head of the Sector of European studies; Senior expert at the Sector of Archives under the Cabinet Secretariat of the Mongolian Government. Mr. Dashnyam co-edited several publications and papers since 2002. He speaks, reads, and writes Chinese and Russian in addition to high proficiency in English. Mr. Dashnyam is a Ph.D. history graduate from the Ulaanbaatar University; visiting scholar to National Chengchi University, Taiwan in 2018; South-South Institute in Dakar, Senegal and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India certified.


Mr. Craig Steffensen, Former Director, North American Representative Office, Asia Development Bank (ret.) 

Craig Steffensen is an independent consultant specializing in program design and project management.  He served as Representative to the Asian Development Bank’s North American Representative Office in Washington, D.C. from 2013-2018. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Steffensen served as ADB’s Country Director for Thailand, leading ADB's re-engagement with Myanmar; Country Director and Team Leader for Afghanistan; Head, Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Unit, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Resident Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Bangkok at the height of the Asian financial crisis. He has also held long-term assignments with the World Bank in Lao PDR and Washington, DC; The Asia Foundation in Thailand and Cambodia; US Agency for International Development in Thailand and Washington, DC; and US Peace Corps in the rural Philippines. Mr. Steffensen holds a Master’s degree in development economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Purdue University.

Dr. Yuhua An, Professor, Graduate School of China, Sungkyunkwan University

Dr. Yuhua An is a  Professor at the Graduate School of China, Sungkyunkwan University; Korea Securities Depository (visiting researcher); Expert member of the National Intellectual Property Committee; Policy Advisor, Economic Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Visiting Researcher, R&D Department, Korea Securities Depository.




Dr. Soon-jik Hong, Senior Research Fellow at the Future Korea Institute, Kookmin University

Dr. Soon-jik Hong is a Senior Research Fellow at the Future Korea Institute in Kookmin University and holds a doctorate in economics from Chung-Ang University. From 1994 to 2017, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Reunification Economy Center of Hyundai Research Institute and as a visiting Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for National Unification. He has written a number of reports on the North Korea economy and economic cooperation and integration between North and South Koreas. In particular, he did research work about the investment plans and cooperation of the Hyundai Group’s Mt. Geumgang tourism business and Kaesong Industrial Complex. He was also involved in the Moon Jae-in government’s new economy initiative on the Korean Peninsula.


Session VI: Youth Leadership in Northeast Asian Peaceful Development

Moderator: Mr. Otgonbaatar D., Assistant Research Fellow, Graduate School of Mongolia

Otgonbaatar is an assistant research fellow at the Graduate University of Mongolia. He is a graduate of Yonsei University in South Korea, where he received an MS in Public Administration. He mainly studies North Korean issues such as South and North Korean relations, North Korean civil society, economy, and military. He has been studying security environments and strategies in Northeast Asia since 2016. He is also the author of numerous articles on North Korea’s foreign policy as well as on Northeast Asia’s countries' policies towards the Korean Peninsula. In 2012-2016 D.Otgonbaatar was also Head of the Project cooperation department at Governor’s Office of Capital city. 


Ms. Nomunsor Soronzonbold, Assistant Director, My Club Mongolia 

Ms. Nomunsor Soronzonbold is a senior at Duke Kunshan University majoring in Institutions and Governance with a focus in Economics. She is currently at Duke University fulfilling her major requirements. She is passionate about fighting desertification and deforestation.




Mr. Paul Kyu-min Lee, President, Divided Families USA; Program Specialist for Youth Programs, US Institute of Peace 

Mr. Paul Kyu-min Lee is a program specialist for youth programs at the US Institute of Peace (USIP), and the President of Divided Families USA, an NGO that advocates for a formal mechanism for Korean Americans to reunite with their relatives in North Korea, and co-produces the Divided Families Podcast, a platform for connecting stories of family separation. Paul previously worked in the China and North Korea program at USIP. Before joining USIP, Lee worked in the Asia program at the Carnegie Endowment. Paul graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s in political science and speaks Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, and Spanish.


Mr. Daehyun Park, CEO, Woorion, NK Escapee 

Daehyun Park is originally from South Hwanghae in North Korea, Park Dae-hyeon is a founder and CEO of Woorion, an NGO and social network that connects North Korean refugees living in South Korea to educational opportunities, scholarships, job openings, housing, social services and support, and other important information about resettlement and life in South Korea. He lived in England for much of his teens and speaks excellent English. He is also a student in the school of business and management at Kookmin University in Seoul. Park Dae-hyun is passionate about helping North Korean refugees and plans to start a microfinance initiative to help would-be North Korean business people.


Byeongju Lee, School of Social Welfare (Diplomacy for Korean Unification & Development Cooperation), Soongsil University 

Byeongju Lee is Undergraduate Student, School of Social Welfare (Diplomacy for Korean Unification & Development Cooperation), Soongsil University; Panel in Global Peace Youth Concert (GPY); GPY Peace Creator; student & teacher in GPY Korean Dream Language Class; supporter in LiNK (Liberty in North Korea); supporter in Center for North Korean refugees; executive in Cre8on (Appropriate Technology Community).


Mr. Nicholas Lee, Secretary General, Global Peace and Development Service Alliance (GPDSA)

Mr. Nicholas Lee is a global peace-builder, a social activist with more than 17 years of global experience in social program development, strategic partnership, volunteer recruitment, youth leadership training, and creative donation-drive project (The Power of 10 Sen). He is currently serving in the Global Peace Foundation Thailand and Cambodia Chapters as a Country Coordinator. In 2019, he was appointed as the Secretary-General for the Global Peace and Development Service Alliance (GPDSA), a service-based knowledge platform promoting global collective efforts to achieve the 2030 SDGs.


Mr. Zhanjie Zhao, Senior Manager of the Global Young Leaders Dialogue Program, Center for China and Globalization  

Mr. Zhanjie Zhao is Senior Manager of External Cooperation and Public Relations of Center for China and Globalization (CCG). He is also the Program Manager of Global Young Leaders Dialogue (GYLD) Program initiated by CCG. GYLD is a unique communication, education, and professional development platform for young achievers with diverse regional, cultural, disciplinary, sectorial, and professional backgrounds across the globe. He has taken an active role in planning, organizing and participating in a series of activities of the program: the launch event, GYLD forum, GYLD China Tour, GYLD Mid-Autumn Festival Meetup etc. With his efforts, CCG has established good relationships with the government, private sector and academic world and other external partners. He majored in International Culture and Communication and completed his Master’s Degree at the University of International Relations in Beijing.


Dr. Danning Wang, Research Fellow, Charhar Institute

Dr. Danning Wang is a research fellow at Charhar Institute, a top think tank for China's foreign affairs. She is also a professor teaching at China Women's University. Before she joined CWU, she had taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and two American universities in the New York City area. She is also the founder and co-chair of the Belt and Road Cultural Exchange Foundation for Women. She graduated from Peking University with a bachelor's degree in sociology and later she received her doctoral degree in anthropology from the City University of New York. 


Mr. Leonard Faustino, President, Global Peace Youth Philippines 

Leonard Faustino is the Program Director for Youth Development of Global Peace Foundation in the Philippines.  He leads a series of exchange programs in various communities in the Philippines with volunteers coming from Korea, Japan, USA, Brazil, Panama, Mongolia and Taiwan. He is one of the speakers during the Youth and Service Forum at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC and served as moderator for the high level youth session of the International Young Leaders Assembly at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York. He was awarded as one of the outstanding students of the Young Men Christian Association.