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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.

Featuring:
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
6:00-7:30PM
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.

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

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 – Asian Women in Leadership: A conversation with Florence Lowe-Lee and Jaehyang So

Understanding Sexual Violence in Conflict: Regional Views of the Comfort Women Legacy

Featuring:

Shu-Hua Kang | Executive Director, Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation

Mina Watanabe | Secretary General, Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace

 Bonnie Oh| (Moderating) Distinguished Prof of Korean Studies (Retired),
Georgetown University
 

Thursday, March 12
10:00AM – 12:00 PM
Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

 Please join the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and Asia Policy Point in commemorating International Women’s Day this month with a discussion by two spokeswomen for the survivors of sexual slavery.  Ms. Mina Watanabe and Ms. Shu-Hua Kang have devoted their careers to the care of and advocacy for victims of sexual violence and trafficking in Asia, and will be in Washington after presenting at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York.

Shu-Hua KANG is Executive Director of the Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation (TWRF). TWRF was established in 1987 by a group of lawyers, scholars, and social workers to fight on the behalf of girls illegally forced into prostitution. In her 9 years at TWRF, she has devoted herself to promoting awareness about institutionalized sexual slavery by the Japanese military during WWII (“comfort women”), as well as to the prevention of gender violence in Taiwan. She is the executive producer of Song of the Reed, a documentary depicting the stories of Taiwanese “comfort women” survivors, as well as the chief editor of the book The Reason to be Strong, which shares the recovery processes of these survivors. She is currently leading a team in preparing for a women’s rights museum in the memory of Taiwanese “comfort women.”  http://www.twrf.org.tw/

 

Mina WATANABE is Secretary General of the Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace (WAM) based in Tokyo, which focuses on violence against women in conflict situations including military sexual slavery during the Second World War (the “comfort women”). Founded in 2005, WAM was a recipient of the Catholic Pax Christi’s International Peace Award in 2007. She has worked in women’s NGOs and parliamentarians’ offices with a focus on women’s rights, and was actively involved in The Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal for the Trial of Japan’s Military Sexual Slavery held in Tokyo in 2000.  http://wampeace.org/en/

 

 Please RSVP here

This event will be webcast HERE.

Understanding Sexual Violence in Conflict: Regional Views of the Comfort Women Legacy

Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 – Understanding Sexual Violence in Conflict: Regional Views of the Comfort Women Legacy

Seeking Program & Research Interns

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS is seeking program and research interns for immediate hire. Multiple positions are open, duties will vary. Current areas of research include: North Korea political, economic, and social development, North Korean WMD issues, US-ROK nuclear cooperation, US-ROK cooperation in Southeast Asia, US-ROK cooperation nuclear security, US foreign policy to both Koreas, energy security cooperation in Northeast Asia, ROK renewable energy policies, and more. Candidates with a background in security and Asia issues preferred for immediate open positions.

Interns generally are asked to work on a variety of tasks including research assistance, event attendance and reporting, logistical support for events and projects, and other things as necessary. They may work with USKI staff and/or Visiting Scholars on various projects.

Successful candidates should have an interest in Korea and/or East Asia policy and be at least a sophomore in college or higher; graduate students and post-grads are encouraged to apply. Foreign language skills are a plus, but not necessary. Strong writing and editing skillls are preferred. Must be able to multitask, prioritize, meet deadlines, and work well both independently and in small groups.

USKI internships are unpaid and interns are expected to work at least 4 days a week.

To apply, please email cover letter, resume and short writing sample to Michelle Kae, Research Assistant at mkae1@jhu.edu. Only those chosen for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Young Professionals Paper Series (YPPS) 2015: Call for Papers

The Sejong Society of Washington, D.C. is issuing a call for papers for the Young Professionals Paper Series 2015. YPPS is designed to promote and publish original work by graduate students and young professionals who are interested in writing about issues related to Korea. Through YPPS, Sejong Society strives to create an avenue for individuals interested in Korean affairs to publish quality research.

Selected papers will be published by Sejong Society and the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS. Papers published through YPPS will be accessible to the general public and may serve as a useful resource for those working in or studying Korea-related issues.

For YPPS 2015, Sejong Society aims to select up to 5 papers. Authors of selected proposals will receive guidance from the Directors of Research at Sejong Society throughout the duration of the program. Graduate students and young professionals are encouraged to apply by following the guidelines and information below.

Paper Guidelines

Proposal submission deadline: January 4, 2014.

  1. Originality and  Deliverability
    All papers that are submitted to YPPS should be original work. Selected papers should not be published and presented elsewhere in any form. Papers should demonstrate the interests or expertise of the author. The author must be solely capable of delivering the proposed research.
  1. Topics
    Essentially all topics related to Korea are welcome, subject to review and approval of Sejong Society. Topics may be related to: international relations, politics, economics, business, trade, development, culture, history, law, diplomacy, security, defense, and others.
    Regardless of regional scope (i.e. South Korea, U.S.-South Korea, China-Japan-South Korea, etc.) the paper should maintain an emphasis on either South Korea or North Korea.
  1. Form
    Research papers, policy papers, analytical papers, and others are welcome, subject to review and approval of Sejong Society.
  1. Length and Quality
    Final papers should not exceed 10-12 pages in length, single spaced. Content should be substantiated by credible references and research at the graduate level.
  1. Publishing
    Sejong Society, in collaboration with the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS, will edit and publish final papers as part of YPPS 2015. Papers will be available to a wide audience in Washington, D.C. Final papers will be published in mid-2015.

Submitting a Proposal

Interested authors should submit:

  • A single-spaced, 1-page proposal of providing details on the paper and topic. The proposal must include the following:(a) Objective (what the research seeks to achieve)
    (b) Purpose (why the topic should be explored)
    (c) Context/background
    (d) Anticipated relevance or anticipated impact of study
    (e) Research approach
  • Proposal should include:
    • Full Name
    • Age
    • Email Address
    • Telephone
    • Affiliated Institution or employer
    • CV/Resume

Sejong Society will be accepting proposals until January 4, 2015. Submit proposals to: ypps@sejongsocietywdc.org.

“The ABCs of North Korea’s SEZs,” by Andray Abrahamian

Cover of "The ABCs of North Korea's SEZs," by Andray AbrahamianIn recent years, North Korea has put greater emphasis on economic growth, resuming economic experimentation and putting in place new measures to try to attract foreign investment. More and more, Pyongyang seems to be placing its bets on developing Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to serve as the main engine of that desired growth. While an SEZ strategy is hardly new for the North, the establishment of new SEZ laws and specialized zone development plans seem to indicate a better understanding of what it takes to attract foreign investors.

In this new USKI Report, Andray Abrahamian, Executive Director of Choson Exchange, examines the political and economic drivers of North Korea’s SEZ development policy and its established zones, and spotlights SEZs with the greatest growth potential. Abrahamian also draws insight from site visits and discussions with North Korean officials, businesspersons and academics to further explore the limitations, challenges and opportunities for North Korea’s new and planned SEZs.

Download the USKI Report, “The ABCs of North Korea’s SEZs,” by Andray Abrahamian.