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The Future of Korea
October 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Panelists: Representatives of the Korean Economic Institute, Washington DC
Three expert panelists will assess the future of Korea in light of global trade issues, North Korean nuclear threat and Pacific maneuvering by China. Our expert panelists include: Jang Hohyun (Minister for Economic Affairs, Embassy of the republic of Korea), Zachary Alexander Rosner (Republic of Korea Desk Officer, U. S. Department of State), and Jenna Gibson (Director of Communications, Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI)).
Minster for Economic Affairs
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Jang Hohyun is the Minister for Economic Affairs at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Jang served as Director General for the International Economic Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Strategy and Finance in Korea, working with inter-Korean economic cooperation and international economic affairs, including multilateral economic cooperation, FTAs and the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF). As Deputy Director General for the International Finance Bureau, Mr. Jang was responsible for strengthening cooperation with international financial institutions, such as the IMF, World Bank and regional development banks. He also was in charge of discussions with Asian economies regarding to the Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization and the Asian Bond Market Initiative.
Mr. Jang has also served as an Advisor in the Executive Director’s Office at the IMF in Washington D.C. and as a Director in the International Economic Affairs Bureau. There, he oversaw the preparations for the 2005 APEC Summit in Busan and the 2010 G20 Seoul Summit. Mr. Jang received his M.A. from both Seoul National University and Vanderbilt University and his BA from Korea University.
Zachary Alexander Rosner
Republic of Korea Desk Officer
Office of Korean Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Zachary has served as a Republic of Korea Desk Officer since November 2013. An American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow, he is responsible for environment, science, technology, and health affairs for South Korea.
Zachary received his Ph.D. in 2012 from UC Berkeley while studying the cognitive neuroscience of learning and memory. Through the National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute, he collaborated with universities in China and Taiwan to study cultural differences in cognition. During graduate school, he served as President of the Graduate Assembly of Students in Psychology and worked as a consultant and teacher for UC Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program.
Zachary holds a BA in biology and a BS in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, where he graduated with Highest Honors. Zachary grew up in Cleveland and attended Orange High School. While he has lived in the Netherlands, China, and Taiwan, he still roots for the Cavs, Indians, and Browns.
Director of Communications
Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI)
Jenna Gibson is the Director of Communications at Korea Economic Institute of America. She joined KEI in 2015 as the Associate Director for Communication Technology and Programs. Her duties included managing KEI’s website and creating multimedia packages, along with organizing programs. She now runs KEI’s media relations and outreach along with managing KEI’s online presence.
Before joining KEI, Jenna lived for two years in Cheonan, South Korea as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. There, she taught weekly English lessons to more than 700 middle school students. In addition, she led Fulbright Korea’s annual literary magazine and served as a mentor for incoming scholars. Jenna earned a Masters of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University in 2015. While at Georgetown, Jenna concentrated in global politics and security, with a particular focus on human rights and communications in East Asia. She graduated with a degree in journalism and international studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011.