Meet the GSEF Team


 

Laurence KWARK

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

Laurence Kwark is the Secretary General of the GSEF Secretariat. Prior to joining 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.

Jinah EUN

Team Manager (GSEF Secretariat) - dooly3h@gsef-net.org

Jinah Eun joined the GSEF Secretariat as Team Manager in July 2019. Before joining GSEF, she was Manager in the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG)'s Sports Policy Division. She was mainly in charge of the city’s elite sports policy by supporting and supervising the Seoul Sports Council (SSC), which plays a key role in training and developing athletes, investments in sports facilities, and promotion of school sports. Since beginning her career with the SMG in 1994, she has held various important positions in the field of urban environmental policies, human resource development and so on. She majored in English Language and Literature at the University of Seoul and obtained a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-St.Louis (United States). Her key interests includes global solidarity in the area of sustainable urban development and human resource training.

Jin Kyung CHOI

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

Jin Kyung Choi is a 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 Director of ‘Cooperation and Participation in Overseas’ in the Mongolian office where she directed various projects including child care centers and other educational and welfare 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.

Jung Yuen PARK (Yun)

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

Yun (Jung Yuen Park) joined GSEF Secretariat in 2018 as Team Manager. She has professional experiences in the fields of international development, education, communication, advocacy, marketing and research in Spain, Germany, Nepal, Rwanda and Korea. She holds an MBA from the IE Business School and a Master’s degree from the Carlos V Center, University of Madrid. Before joining GSEF, she supported an education coalition in Korea and advocated for the importance of civil society participation in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 working as Project Coordinator for the 'Hope is Education' NGO.

Benjamin JOUANNES

Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat) - b.jouannes@gsef-net.org

Benjamin Jouannes joined the GSEF Secretariat as Coordinator in January 2019. He contributes to the development of GSEF projects, focusing primarily on Europe and West Africa. Prior to joining GSEF, he worked as Events Coordinator on governance and development projects at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He also worked with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in Singapore and the French Cultural Institute of South Korea. Benjamin holds a Master’s degree in International Cultural Policy and Management from the University of Warwick (UK).

Martin HO

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

Martin Ho joined the GSEF Secretariat as Coordinator in February 2019. His main task is to develop projects in Asia, Northern America and English-speaking countries in Africa. Martin graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg with a Master’s degree in European Politics and has been working in the field of education and public diplomacy. Before joining GSEF, he worked as the Programme Coordinator at the European Union Academic Programme in Hong Kong to enhance the relation and strengthen the cooperation between the European Union and Hong Kong. He also worked at the Consulate-General of France in Hong Kong and Macao and the Office of the European Union in Hong Kong and Macao.

Sunmi JUNG

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

Sunmi Jung joined the GSEF Secretariat as Coordinator in January 2020. She has extensive experience in Business Management mainly focusing on Forecasting, Budgeting, and Human Resources. She majored in Hospitality Management at University of Nevada-Las Vegas concentrating on international tourism and event management. Prior to joining GSEF, she has worked at various multinational companies in Las Vegas and Seoul including Hilton Grand Vacations, Klook Travel Technology, MGM Resorts International, and Caesars Entertainment.

Gloria LAGUNA

Intern (GSEF Secretariat) - glaguna@gsef-net.org

Gloria Laguna joined the GSEF Secretariat as an intern in January 2020. Graduated in International Business Administration at the National University of San Marcos, Lima-Perú. Awardee of the Korean Government Scholarship Program and candidate for Master in Development Policy at KDI School of Public Policy and Management. She has experience in International Cooperation, Public Policies and Sustainable Development. She worked as a Consultant of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Lima, Peru where she supported the management of PAGE Peru, an initiative of the United Nations System to promote a National Green Growth Strategy. She also worked at the Peruvian International Cooperation Agency (APCI) and at the National Superintendence of Migration of the Republic of Peru.

Mitsuko Juarez CASTRO

Intern (GSEF Secretariat) - mit.juar@gsef-net.org

Mitsuko Juarez Castro joined the team for an internship at the GSEF Secretariat from January of 2020. Her experience background covers language education, cultural promotion, corporate identity, communication, marketing and research. She is a valedictorian bachelors graduate in Communication in Digital Media from the Technological institute of Monterrey in Mexico. She also studied Fine arts and Cinema in the Univerzita Karlova in Czech Republic and now she is a KGSP (Korean Global Scholarship Program) awardee completing her final year of the Masters in Visual Design from the Sungkyunkwan University. She has experience working in various marketing, social and design enterprises and in the Federal Mexican Institute of Water Technology in projects geared to improve the quality of life and promote social equity and environmental sustainability for the marginal communities in Mexico.