8:00 PM (USA EDT)/9:00 AM (Seoul): Opening
Co-Emcee: Mr. John Dickson is a Senior Advisor on Economy and Government Relations at the Global Peace Foundation and president of 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. John serves on the steering committee of the UN’s Alliance of NGOs for South South Cooperation and serves on the boards of several significant civil society organizations including the Latin American Presidential Mission. Mr. Dickson is a co-founder and chairman of the Global Young Leaders Academy.
Co-Emcee: Mr. Jong-chun Park has been Secretary-General of the Action for Korea United, an alliance consisting of over 1,000 Korean Civic groups for ONE Korea since 2012. He used to be a member of the Peaceful Unification Advisory Council and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Youth Commission for the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation. In addition, he also serves as Secretary General for ONE K Global Campaign Committee to garner global support for Korean Unification through K-pop. He received a master degree in NGO studies from Kyung-Hee University, Seoul.
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.
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.
Hon. Jong-Kul Lee is a Representative Standing Chairman of Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation. He was a five-term member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and former floor leader of the Minjoo Party. He is President of the Korea-China Cultural Association and also served as Chairman of the Korean Basketball Association and vice-Chairman of Asia Basketball Federation. In his distinguished political Career, he served as Chairman of the Special Committee on Job Creation and Committee of the Education, Science, and Technology and Chairman of the Korea Pact on Anti-Corruption & Transparency Committee. He was previously the senior executive of the ruling Uri-Party and currently serves as a member of the Defense Committee.
8:15 PM (USA EDT)/9:15 AM (Seoul): U.S. Congressional-ROK National Assembly Roundtable
Donald Manzullo (R) was a member of the US Congress, Don Manzullo chaired the House of Representatives Small Business Committee and also chaired the Asia Pacific Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee. In that role, Congressman Manzullo led several bilateral parliamentary exchanges. Following his congressional career Congressman Manzullo was appointed the president and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America. He is the co-founder and heads the Institute of World Affairs and Trade at Rockford University.
Hon. GK Butterfield (D) represents the First Congressional District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives. 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.
Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, is in his thirteenth term as the Representative of the 5th District of New York. He has devoted his energy and skill to serving one of the most diverse constituencies in the United States. Congressman Meeks is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the first black Member of Congress to serve as Chair of that committee. Meeks is a multilateralist with decades of experience in foreign policy. He believes that the United States should build coalitions and work with other countries to build a stable and prosperous future. His own diverse district in New York was an excellent preparation for foreign diplomacy and policy. He is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, where he served as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions which oversees all financial regulators such as, FDIC, Federal Reserve and all matters pertaining to consumer credit and the stability of the banking system.
Republic of Korea (ROK)
Hon. Sang-min Lee is a five-term member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea from the ruling Minjoo Party and a lawyer specializing in taxes and consumer affairs. He is currently a member of Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee and President of the Parliamentary Diplomacy Forum on European Union. In his distinguished political career, he used to be chairman of the Special Committee on Judicial Reform for 20th National Assembly and chairman of Legislation and Judiciary Committee for 19th National Assembly.
Hon. Sang-hyun Yoon (People Power Party) is a four-term member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea from the People Power Party. He is currently a member of the Culture, Sports, and Tourism Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Unification for the 20th National Assembly, first Vice Floor Leader and Secretary, and Chairman of the International Committee of the ruling Saenuri Party. He received a Master of Diplomacy Degree and Ph. D. in International Politics from George Washington University.
Hon. Kwang-jae Lee is a three-term member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea from the ruling Minjoo Party. He is currently Chairman of Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee of the National Assembly. In his distinguished political career, he used to be 35th Governor of Gangwon Province and Chief Secretary for monitoring State Affairs to President Roh Moo-hyun. He also served as Head of K-New Deal Committee and Special Committee on overcoming COVID19 for the Party.
Ambassador Tae-yong Cho is a member of the National Intelligence Committee and the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Unification, National Assembly of Korea from the People Power Party. He is Chairman of International Committee, Deputy-Chairman of the fourth Policy Coordination Committee of his political party, an advisor to the Vulnerable Class Committee and the North Korean Human Rights Committee, member of the Special Committee on Foreign Affairs and Security, and a research committee member of the National Assembly Global Diplomatic and Security Forum. In addition, he served as the first Vice-Chief of the Blue House National Security Council, the first Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, the Korean Ambassador to Australia and the Korean Ambassador to Ireland. He also served as Director-General for North Korea Nuclear Affairs Bureau and Director-General for North America Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Hon. Yong-sun Lee is a member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea from the ruling Minjoo Party. He is currently a member of Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee and Chairman of the External Cooperation Committee for the Party. He also serves as chairman of the Steering Committee for the Korean Parliamentarians Meeting to support Democratic and Peaceful Change in Myanmar. In his distinguished political Career, he used to be co-representative of Democratic United Party and Senior secretary for Civic and Social Agenda to President Moon.
Hon. Sung-ho Ji is a member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and a North Korea human rights activist. He was born in a small mining village in North Korea, near the Chinese border. Mr. Ji was a homeless child, who at 15, lost his left arm and leg in a train accident. He traveled 10,000 km on crutches through China, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand to reach freedom in South Korea in 2006. He established Now Action and Unity for Human Rights (NAUH) in 2010 to raise global awareness of DPRK Human Rights and support North Korean refugees. Mr. Ji has received many prestigious international awards. Former U.S. President Donald J. Trump introduced Mr. Ji as a symbol of hope for the world in his first State of the Union speech in 2018. Mr. Ji won a proportional representation seat at the South Korean National Assembly in 2020 to continue his ceaseless mission to liberate and support the people of North Korea.
9:10 PM (USA EDT)/10:10 AM (Seoul): Special Remarks/Keynote Speeches
Ambassador Dr. Ho-Young Ahn is the President of the University of North Korean Studies, a premier institution for research and education of North Korea related issues. Ambassador Ahn used to be the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to the United States (2013-17). He has also served as Deputy Minister for Trade, First Vice Foreign Minister, and Ambassador to the European Union. Ambassador Ahn studied international relations and law at the Seoul National University (BA), the Georgetown University (MS), Korea National Open University (LLB) and the Georgetown Law School (LLM). He received a Ph.D degree (Hon) in political science from the Kyung-Nam University.
Dr. Edwin Feulner is the Founder and former President, the Chairman of the Asian Studies Center, and Chung Ju-yung Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions located in Washington, DC. Dr. Feulner was awarded the Gwanghwa Medal, Order of Diplomatic Service by the President and National Assembly of Korea, and the Presidential Citizen Award, the second highest civilian award in the United States, conferred by President Ronald Reagan. He has received honors from the governments of Taiwan and South Korea, among others. He is the author of eight books, with a concentration in East Asian affairs and a contributor to numerous journals and magazines. An expert on Korea, Dr. Feulner has spoken on many topics such as the “Role of Civil Society and Global Cooperation in Furthering a Unified Korea,” and at a GPF forum at the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, “The Power of Freedom in Addressing the Divided Human Family: Empowering the Voice of North Korean Defectors.”
9:30 PM (USA EDT)/10:30 AM (Seoul): Keynote Speech
Dr. Hyun Jin Preston Moon is the founder and chairman of the Global Peace Foundation (GPF), established in 2009 and currently active in 24 countries. Working across lines of identity – from culture, ethnicity, religion, and beyond – GPF works to foster the moral, innovative leadership necessary to resolve the most pressing issues in our world today. Dr. Moon’s disciplined focus on a common vision, universal principles and shared values guides GPF in building innovative models of peace, development and a global network of multi-sectoral partners. Even while addressing local issues, numerous regional and international level conventions, forums and programs, enables the organization to garner lessons and best practices for a global community. Dr. Moon has a lifelong passion for empowering young leaders, particularly in emerging countries. He founded Service For Peace in 2002 to provide international service learning opportunities for youth of diverse backgrounds who work together to address urgent social needs. Service For Peace is now established in 27 nations and has special consultative status with the United Nations. Dr. Moon is the author of Korean Dream: A Vision for a Unified Korea, which won the Book of the Year in 2014 by the Readers’ Newspaper in Korea.
9:50 PM (USA EDT) / 10:50 AM Seoul: Policy Discussion Panel
General (Rtd.) Vincent Brooks, Chairman of the Korea Defense Veterans Association (KDVA) and former commander of all Korean and United States forces in the Republic of Korea (ROK). He is a career Army officer who served in the U.S. Army for over 42 years, from his entry into West Point in 1976 until his retirement from active duty in 2019 as a four-star general. Most recently, from 2016 until his retirement, he was the commander of all Korean and United States forces in the Republic of Korea. He serves as a Director for three public boards (Diamondback Energy Inc., Jacobs Inc., and Verisk Analytics Inc.); and two non-profit boards (Vice Chairman of the Gary Sinise Foundation, and Chairman and President of the Korea Defense Veterans Association). General Brooks is also a Consultant Principal with WestExec Advisors, a visiting Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Texas with both the Clements Center for National Security and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Brooks holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies and holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from the New England School of Law and an honorary Doctor of Humanities from New England Law | Boston. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt is a Senior Fellow and Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute and is Senior Adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). He is also a founding member of the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and a member of the advisory council for the Korean Economic Institute (KEI). His many books on Korean affairs include The Population of North Korea and The North Korean Economy Between Crisis and Catastrophe. His AB, MPA and Ph.D. are from Harvard and his M.Sc is from the LSE.
Ms. Soo Kim is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and a former analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). At RAND, her research has focused on the foreign and defense policies of the Korean Peninsula, China, Japan, Indo-Pacific, and Russia, as well as current issues in intelligence and homeland security. Kim previously served as an adjunct professor at American University and management consultant for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Kim is currently a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University SAIS. She earned a BA in French from Yale University and MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University SAIS.
Col. (Rtd.) 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.
General In-Bum Chun graduated from the Korea Military Academy. He commanded the ROK Special Forces and retired in 2016 with the rank of Lieutenant General. CHUN studied at the US Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk VA and the US Army War College, Carlisle PA where he received a Masters Degree in Military Strategy and a Masters degree from Seoul National University in Public Administration. He also has a PhD in Political Science from Kyungnam University, Korea. He was a fellow with the Brookings Institution, USKI at SAIS and the Sam-Nunn School of International Affairs in Georgia Tech, GA. CHUN is the most highly decorated Korean officer since the Vietnam war with a US Bronze Star, three US Legion of Merits and the only Korean to receive the USSOCOM Medal with numerous awards, citations and medals from the Korean people.
Dr. 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. 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.
Mr. Hyun-Seung Lee escaped North Korea when he was 29 years old. He engaged in trade and economic relations between China and North Korea through his managerial role in a business entity under the DPRK regime. He 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 and elite-level education, 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.