201 S. Grant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
Second Secretary for Economic Affairs
South Korean Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Diplomat at Ministry of Foreign Affairs
U.S. Department of State’s Office of Korean Affairs
- Program Description
On March 15, 2012, the Korea – U.S. Free Trade Agreement was signed and implemented, with the goal of increasing exports by billion of dollars annually for both countries, in addition to creating new export-related jobs. In recent years, the alliance between the United States and South Korea has expanded into a comprehensive global partnership, and South Korea’s role as a regional and global leader has continued to mature, as is exemplified in their hosting the 2010 G20 Summit. Additionally, cultural and social ties between the peoples of the United States and South Korea continues to grow. South Korea, on a per capita basis, sends the highest number of students to the United States to study of any industrialized country.
Join us as we hear from two leaders who are highly qualified in the realm of Korean foreign policy and international relations:
Ms. Youjin Oh joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in August, 2007 and was appointed as Second Secretary for Economic Affairs at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea on Aug 17, 2015. Her past work experience includes North Korean Nuclear Policy Division, Protocol Division, International Security Affairs Division, and ASEAN Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul. She holds a BA in International Relations from Seoul National University and a MA in Public Administration from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and also finished coursework for a Ph.D. in international affairs at Peking University.
Ms. Vanna Chan is the South Korea Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Korean Affairs where she covers inter-Korean relations, Korean politics, human rights, and consular issues. Ms. Chan joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2009. She previously served as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina; as a Political-Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania; and as a Political Military Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. She has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, and master’s degrees from Columbia University and the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po). Ms. Chan is from Minnesota.
This program is made possible by the World Affairs Councils of America and the Korean Economic Institute.
– Ronald Reagan,
Former United States President