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Asian Women in Leadership: A conversation with Florence Lowe-Lee and Jaehyang So

The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and the Sejong Society of Washington, D.C. proudly present
a roundtable conversation on Asian women in leadership.

Florence Lowe-Lee, President and Founder of the Global America Business Institute (GABI)
Jaehyang So, Director of Trust Funds and Partnerships at the World Bank

They will share with us their distinguished professional journey as well as any cultural barriers and leadership challenges they faced in their career.  This will be an opportunity to hear frank advice in their respective field in international consulting and international development.

Tuesday, May 21, 2015
Rome Building, Room 812
1619 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Please RSVP here.

Light dinner will be served from 6:00-6:30 PM.  The session will begin sharply at 6:30 PM.

Ms. Florence Lowe-Lee is Founder and President of the Global America Business Institute (GABI) in Washington, DC. As President of GABI, she oversees the organization’s fellowship programs and education/outreach activities on nuclear and renewable energy issues. Since its establishment in May 2011, GABI has sought to inform policy circles in Washington, DC on various policy-relevant energy topics, with a focus on Korea’s energy situation, international civil nuclear cooperation, renewable energy R&D collaboration, and nuclear fuel cycle issues.

Previously, Ms. Lowe-Lee served as the Treasurer and Director of Finance and Publications at the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) for 19 years. At KEI, she was frequently interviewed by the U.S. and Korean media on current issues concerning U.S.-Korea bilateral relations. Ms. Lowe-Lee also organized and supervised programs involving senior officials from Korea and the United States, as well as visits by Korean government officials and National Assembly members.  She also worked as Deputy Director of Operations for the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee, where she participated in the senior committee decision-making process.

Ms. Lowe-Lee holds a B.A. in Neuroscience from Mount Holyoke College and received an M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.


Ms. Jaehyang So is the Director, Trust Funds and Partnerships at the World Bank. A Korean national, Ms. So joined the World Bank in 1992 as a Young Professional. She has worked throughout World Bank’s front line and corporate units focusing on privatization of utilities, financial and corporate restructuring of state owned enterprises, and infrastructure operations in East Asia, South Asia, Eastern and Central Asia, and Africa. Prior to her current position, Ms. So was the Manager of the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), one of the longest running global partnership programs of the World Bank, where she led the development and implementation of the program’s results management and monitoring systems and significantly leveraged the financial mobilization efforts and resources of the program. Ms. So has also served in selected corporate assignments throughout her career, including Adviser to the Managing Director, supporting the World Bank Group’s strategy, budget, and resource mobilization efforts. Prior to the World Bank, Ms. So was a corporate strategy consultant at Monitor Company, a management consultancy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, advising Fortune 100 level companies.

South Korea’s Demographic Shift: Political and Social Implications

The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and the Sejong Society of Washington, D.C.present:

 Dr. Katharine H.S. Moon

SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies and Senior Fellow,
Center for East Asia Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

*Light dinner provided

Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building (BOB)
Johns Hopkins SAIS
1717 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C., 20036

South Korean society today is experiencing an unprecedented demographic change as foreign residents now make up more than three percent of the current population and are projected to reach 10% by 2030. Hundreds of thousands of naturalized Korean citizens originating from China, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe and the over 200,000 “multicultural children” of half Korean parentage are new additions to the traditionally homogeneous ethnonational society.  The presence and increase of multi-ethnic Koreans and long-term foreign residents prompt serious questions and transformations for South Korea’s domestic politics and foreign policy.

On April 14, Dr. Katharine H.S. Moon, SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies and Senior Fellow in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, will discuss her recent research on the evolving demographics of South Korea and what this shift toward a multicultural society means for South Korea’s democracy.

Light dinner will be available during reception starting at 6:00pm. Event will commence at 6:30pm.

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 Dr. Katharine (Kathy) H.S. Moon is the inaugural holder of the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies and Senior Fellow in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution. She also is a professor of Political Science and Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies at Wellesley College. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Smith College and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, Department of Politics. She was born in San Francisco.  Kathy Moon’s analytical approach is to bridge domestic politics and foreign policy.  She is currently working on a book that analyzes the impact of demographic change (including defectors and immigrants) in South Korea on Korean democracy and foreign policy. She is the author of Protesting America: Democracy and the U.S.-Korea Alliance (2013), Sex Among Allies: Military Prostitution in U.S.-Korea Relations (1997 & 2002), and numerous articles on the Koreas, U.S.-East Asia relations, and women/gender in international relations.  Moon’s op-eds and media interviews have been circulated worldwide. For details, see http://www.brookings.edu/experts/moonk