Meet the GSEF Team

 

Laurence KWARK

Secretary General (GSEF Secretariat) - lkwakr@gsef-net.org 

Laurence Kwark is the Secretary General of the GSEF Secretariat. Prior to joining the GSEF, she served as UN representative for Pax Romana ICMICA in Geneva, where she also had served as the Secretary General for five years. Over her 30 year career, she has devoted herself to improve human rights and social development in many developing countries particularly in Asia and the South America region. She has worked for many leading organizations including Terre d’avenir, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, Lebret-Irfed Centre and EMPSA. Laurence holds a master’s degree in sociology from EHESS (Ecole des hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris). She is a French citizen, fluent in Korean, French, English and Spanish.



Jin Kyung CHOI

Team Manager (GSEF Secretariat) - jkchoi68@gsef-net.org 

Jin Kyung Choi is the team manager of the GSEF Secretariat. She has extensive experience in improving the quality of life in disadvantaged areas in developing countries. Prior to joining GSEF, she served as a director of ‘Cooperation and Participation in Overseas’ in the Mongolian office where she directed various projects including running child care centers and other educational programs in Ulaanbaatar. Prior to working in Mongolia, she worked on many development projects with local NGOs in Asia and Africa. She also has experience in working with Korean adult overseas adoptees at Global Overseas Adoptees Link/G.O.A.L.



Kyoung In KO (Kiko)

Team Manager (GSEF Secretariat) - kiko@gsef-net.org 

Kyoung In Ko joined the GSEF team as a policy team manager in July 2017. Prior to joining the GSEF, she has worked in the Korean ministry of industry for 9 years and started her career at the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) in 2012. As a member of SMG, she worked in the fair-trade sector and witnessed the birth of GSEF in 2013, since then she got interested in social economy and hoped to be a member of GSEF secretariat. She studied urban administration at university.


Suhyun KIM 

Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat) - shkim@gsef-net.org 

Suhyun is very excited to join GSEF as a coordinator. After attaining a bachelor’s degree in social work, she has gained extensive overseas volunteer work experience including as a field worker for the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in the Dominican Republic. She was also responsible for the operation for the Paraguayan branch of Good Neighbors International. Suhyun has a strong understanding of cooperation with local governments, civil societies and local communities in developing countries. 


Jongduk JUNG

Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat) - jd.jung@gsef-net.org 

Jongduk joined GSEF Secretariat as a coordinator. Prior to joining GSEF, he gained experiences through internships in UN Project Office on Governance, Science and Technology Policy Institute and Korea Rural Economic Institue. Jongduk is interested in the dynamics of social economy and social welfare provision. Jongduk holds a master’s degree in international public policy.


Seungjae JUNG 

Assistant Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat) - sjae17@gsef-net.org 

Seungjae joined GSEF Secretariat as an assistant coordinator. She studied Hispanic Philology at university and interned in relation with Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Republic of Korea in El Salvador. After the internship, she got passionate about international cooperation, and went to the Dominican Republic as a researcher in the local agriculture projects. She got the idea of the importance of Social and Solidarity Economy from her experiences in Latin America and is willing to learn further from various projects of GSEF.


Jihyun KIM 

Assistant Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat) - jhk0427@gsef-net.org 

Jihyun Kim is an assistant coordinator at GSEF. When she first entered college, she was on the pre-med track, but instead, became interested in investment and corporate analysis. She majored in Chinese and International Management, and studied abroad in Peking University. During her time in China, she reassessed the potential of China and fell in love with ancient Chinese texts and its history. She has experienced start-ups and conglomerates, but currently, she is working at GSEF to discover the new model and its fair distribution of wealth. Some of her hobbies include cross-fit, Kali & Arnis, and other forms of extreme sports. Aside from these, she’s also interested in profiling, building houses, drawing, playing MIDI Controller and data analysis.


Jieun SONG 

Assistant Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat) - jesong@gsef-net.org 

Jieun joined the GSEF Secretariat as an Assistant Coordinator in March 2017. She majored in Korean and Korean literature at university. Before joining the GSEF, she pursued her career as a Korean lecturer and a researcher on Korean language examinations. She has just started her new career in the field of social economy and hopes to grow further with the GSEF.


Jiyeon CHUNG 

Assistant Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat) - skylightmoon@gsef-net.org 

Ji Yeon Chung is an assistant coordinator of the GSEF Secretariat. She has a master’s degree in Sociology. Her research spans the health cooperatives movements, cooperatives, social movements, and public health care system. She became interested in Social Economy with an interest in how to maintain non-profit values and make it sustainable in capitalistic societies. Her recent interest is in the "space" that social economy constructs and its "boundaries". In GSEF Secretariat, Ji Yeon has had a great opportunity to learn about the networking of global social networks with her precious colleagues.


Myungeun LEE 

Intern (GSEF Secretariat) - mlee06@email.wm.edu 

Myungeun Lee is excited to join the secretariat as an intern. Myungeun is interested in the field of not-for-profit work and aspires to attain a wide variety of experiences through her time at GSEF.She has had previous experiences in working to empower minority communities through grassroots movement and assisting on passing secondary and post-secondary education, childcare and women's rights legislations. In her free time, Myungeun loves to travel (if she can afford it), watch movies, and sleep in. She is currently a senior at the college of William & Mary.