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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.

Jung Yuen PARK (Yun)

Senior Program Officer, Forum Manager (GSEF Secretariat) -

Yun (Jung Yuen Park) joined GSEF Secretariat in 2018. She is in charge of GSEF's biennial forums, GSEF2018 Bilbao and GSEF2021 Mexico City. 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 Executive MBA from the Instituto de Empresa IE Business School and a Master’s degree from the Carlos V, University of Madrid, and Bachelor's degree from the Seoul National University. Before joining GSEF, she worked at UNICEF Rwanda, UNDP Nepal and Korea Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).


Senior Program Officer (GSEF Secretariat) -

Benjamin Jouannes joined the GSEF Secretariat 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).

Sunmi JUNG

Program Officer (GSEF Secretariat) -

Sunmi Jung joined the GSEF Secretariat 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.