Meet the GSEF Team


Laurence KWARK

Secretary General (GSEF Secretariat) -

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.

Hae-Kyung SEO

Team Manager (GSEF Secretariat) -

Ms. Hae-Kyung Seo was Manager of Global Urban Partnership Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government. She is in charge of the city’s policy-sharing projects, Seoul’s urban policies promotion to the international community, and has the mission to attract more international organizations in Seoul. Since beginning her career in the public sector in 1992, she held various important positions city in the areas of economy policy, legal affairs and environment. She majored in Sociology from the Chonnam National University. Her key interest includes urban diplomacy, sustainable urban development, and knowledge-sharing of urban policies.

Jin Kyung CHOI

Team Manager (GSEF Secretariat) -

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) -

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.


Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat) -

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) -

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.

Sewon LEE

Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat) -

Sewon Lee joined the GSEF Secretariat as Coordinator in 2019. Prior to joining GSEF, Sewon worked at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Malaysia for several years where he was in charge of supporting administrative affairs and conducting research and analysis on Malaysian economy and trade. He holds a double major degree in Food Science & Technology and Public Administration. Before graduating, he gained experience in numerous positions such as an internship he undertook at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) National Committee for the Republic of Korea and volunteering at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

Alexandra CHENU

Assistant Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat) -

Alexandra Chenu joined the GSEF Secretariat as Assistant Coordinator in April 2019. She is mainly in charge of assisting the team in the development and implementation of GSEF projects, primarily in West Africa. Alexandra graduated from high school with a specialisation in Marketing and she holds an Advanced Technician's Diploma (BTS) in Sales and Marketing of Tourism Products. Désireuse de se rendre utile à la population, elle a par la suite intégré la formation PREMICOL (Préparation aux Missions des Collectivités Locales) dispensée par le Centre de Gestion du département Ille-et-Vilaine (France). Elle a depuis travaillée dans des collectivités territoriales, en particulier au sein de municipalités au service de la population.