Meet the GSEF Team

 

Laurence Kwark

Secretary General (GSEF Secretariat)

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.


Munkyung YUN 

Team Manger (GSEF Secretariat)

Munkyung joined the Policy Team of the GSEF secretariat as a team manager in July 2016. Prior to joining GSEF, he served in the Seoul Metropolitan Government for more than 25 years of his career. Munkyung has worked in several key departments related to the sustainable development of Seoul particularly on the environment and climate change side.

Munkying led the Seoul Metropolitan Government Environmental Policy division (2013), Resources Recycling division (2014), Climate Change and Sustainability division (2014) and Design Policy (2015). He also led the planning for ICLEI World Congress in 2014. Munkyung received his bachelor's degree in English from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.


Jin Kyung CHOI

Team Manager (GSEF Secretariat)

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.


Suhyun KIM 

Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat)

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)

Jongduk joined GSEF Secretariat as a coordinator. Prior to joining GSEF, he interned at the United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), where he assisted with establishing the network of eGovernment policy practitioners among member states in the Asia-Pacific region. Jongduk holds a master’s degree in international public policy from the University College London (UCL). 


Sangmin KIM

Assistant Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat)

Sangmin joined GSEF Secretariat as an assistant coordinator and worked for the team since April 2016. Sangmin completed his undergraduate study in business management. Since he has been interested in the field of international cooperation and social economy, he is very glad to join the secretariat and engage with the global network of local governments and social economy actors from around the globe.


Mercedes CLAVET

Assistant Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat)