H.E. Ms. Battsetseg Batmunkh, Foreign Minister of Mongolia
Ms. Battsetseg Batmunkh graduated the National University of Mongolia with Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. Also, she graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the Institute of Finance and Economics in Mongolia and Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands. Ms. Battsetseg Batmunkh worked as Vice Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Mongolia between 2016-2020, and has been currently working as the Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Mongolia since January 2021. She speaks English and Russian.
Mr. Ankhbayar Nyamdorj, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia
Mr. Ankhbayar Nyamdorj graduated the School of Law at the National University of Mongolia with Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies and later graduated the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand with Master of Laws (LLM), specializing in law and legal affairs. Mr. Ankhbayar Nyamdorj worked as part of the Assistant Staff of the Secretariat Office of Parliament and has been working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia since 2007 as an officer, attaché, Deputy Director-General and Director-General. Mr. Ankhbayar Nyamdorj has been working as the State Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia since July 2020.
Prof. DAVAADORJ Begz Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies of Mongolia
The director of the Institute for Strategic Studies B.Davaadorj was born in West Mongolia. He holds bachelor degree and professional military education from the Military Institute in Soviet Union in 1982, the Military Diplomatic Academy of the Soviet Union in 1986. Later in 1999, he graduated Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies and earned Master’s degree on Military and Strategic studies. Prof. B. Davaadorj began his career as an Army officer in 1982, served in various positions from platoon to company at field military units, from officer to department head at Military intelligence agency HQ and Deputy Chief of General Staff. He also served as aide-de-camp of the Minister of Defense of Mongolia. During his career prof. Davaadorj appointed twice as Defense Attaché of Embassy of Mongolia to People’s Republic of China. He also served as Military adviser and Counselor to the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations. As an academic, prof. Davaadorj appointed twice as a director of the Institute for Strategic Studies in 2009 and 2021, and the Institute for Defense Studies. His is research area is security and foreign policy studies, especially Northeast Asia, China and Russia.
Ms. Mandkhai Batsuren
Ms. Mandkhai Batsuren is the Director-General of Department of Multilateral Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia. Ms. Mandkhai Batsuren entered the foreign service in 2008. Since then, she has been serving at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and has been working in different capacities in the Ministry, and in diplomatic Missions abroad. Ms. Mandkhai Batsuren holds a BA in International Relations from the Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO), and a MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).
COL Munkh-Ochir Dorjjugder
Munkh-Ochir Dorjjugder is a career military officer, security practitioner, academic and former intelligence officer. Since 2021 he has been affiliated with the Executive Office of the National Security Council of Mongolia as its Head of Strategic Policy, Analysis department. Prior to that, he served as senior fellow/military analyst at the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) (2018-21). His previous assignments include a number of key positions in the Mongolian military and intelligence community, notably Director of Military Intelligence (J2) (2015-17), Director for Administration, Ministry of Defense (2012-15, 2017-18) and Director for International Cooperation, Ministry of Defense (2009-2010). Col. Munkh-Ochir was also actively involved in academic community; besides NISS, he was Director of the Institute for Defense Studies (2011-12), senior fellow at the Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS) (2000-01, 2003-07) and visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution (2010). In 2015, he was posted as military advisor to Permanent Mission of Mongolia to UN and other international agencies in Vienna and was involved with Mongolia’s chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Forum for Security Cooperation (OSCE FSC). He is a graduate of the National University of Mongolia (1996) and the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA (2003) and completed the senior-level course at the NATO Defense College in Rome (2017). Col. Munkh-Ochir is an active supporter and contributor to the annual Ulaanbaatar Dialogue conferences – he served as moderator of four sessions of UBD in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022.
Dr. Mendee Jargalsaikhan
Dr. Mendee graduated from the Mongolian National Defense University and received his MAs from the US Naval Postgraduate School and the University of British Columbia. He obtained his PhD in political science from the University of British Columbia. Mendee served as political science and language instructor at the National Defense University, the Chief of the Foreign Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Defense, Defense Attaché at the Embassy of Mongolia in Washington, DC, senior expert at the Institute for Strategic Studies and Deputy Director of the Institute for Defense Analysis. He was the first Senior National Representative at the US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, the Asia Studies Visiting Fellow at the East West Center in Washington, and Post Graduate Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
Dr. Mimura Mitsuhiro
Dr. MIMURA, Mitsuhiro is a Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute for Northeast Asia, University of Niigata Prefecture (ERINA-UNP) in Niigata, Japan. His specialty includes North Korean law and economy, economic cooperation in Eurasia. He is one of the rare Japanese scholars who regularly exchanges thoughts directly with North Korean scholars in Pyongyang. Supported by colleagues in both Koreas, China, Russia, the U.S., the E.U. and Japan, his research has deep insight on Northeast Asia. His recent research can be accessed through https://researchmap.jp/mimura?lang=en
Mr. Adrian Tan
Mr. Adrian Tan is the Executive Coordinator, Policy Research Office; Head of Strategic Planning, Coordination and Projects, and Deputy Director of Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Prior to joining RSIS, Adrian was with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) for two decades. His current research interests relate to the politics of Southeast Asia. He has a Masters in Arts from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the National University of Singapore.
Dr. Satu P. Limaye
Dr. Satu P. Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and Director of Research, East-West Center in Washington, and interim director of the Professional Development Program. He created and directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. He publishes and speaks on Indo-Pacific regional issues and supports various US government, foundation, fellowship, and professional organizations. He recently served on the Center for New American Security (CNAS) Task Force on the US-Philippines Alliance, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Senior Study Group on the North Pacific, Project 2049 Study Group on the US-Australia Alliance, and Global Taiwan Institute-Taiwan Asia Exchange Foundation project on Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy. He serves on the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) Advisory Council and editorial board of East Asian Policy and regional editor of Global Asia.
Ms. Sarah Soh
Sarah Soh is Associate Research Fellow with the Regional Security Architecture Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore, and a Master of Science in International Relations from RSIS. Sarah had previously worked for the Ministry of Education and the National Heritage Board prior to joining RSIS. Her research interests include Singapore and geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific, Singapore foreign policy, small states diplomacy and security.
Dr. Leszek Buszynski
Leszek Buszynski is an Honorary Professor with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, Canberra Australia. From 1994 to 2010, he was professor of International Relations in the Graduate School of International Relations at the International University of Japan. Prior to this appointment, he was director of the Graduate Program in Strategic Studies with Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University from 1988-1994. His first appointment was as a lecturer in the Political Science Department of the National University of Singapore where he taught from 1980-1987. He completed a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1975 and graduated with a Ph.D. from the same School in 1980.He was coeditor with Do Thanh Hai of Maritime issues and Regional Order in the Indo Pacific Palgrave Macmillan 2021, and The South China Sea: from Regional Maritime Dispute to Geostrategic Competition (Routledge 2020). He was the sole author of The Geopolitics of the Western Pacific: China Japan and the United States (Routledge 2019).
Mr. Nicholas Millward
Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies Mongolia Connect Director, Friends of Mongolia US Co-Director, Rotary Peace Fellow
Mr. Peter Borup
Chairman of NCSD, board member at aprendio.io and The Shipping Collective. Former CEO at Norvic Shipping, J. Lauritzen and Norden Shipping. Also various roles at AP Moller Maersk. Furthermore advisor to Niels Brock Business and Computer Science departments, Copenhagen.
Mr. Noboru Miyawaki
Noboru Miyawaki is a professor of Ritsumeikan University. His work focuses specifically on the geopolitical review of Eurasian politics. He gained the Award of Excellence from Japan Association of Simulation and Gaming in 2020, and published the single-authored book of The CSCE Human Rights Regime(Kokusai shoin, Tokyo, 2003), International Politics on War and Democracy (Nihon Keizai Hyouron sha, Tokyo, 2021). He was a vice president of Japan Public Policy Studies Association from 2020 to 2022, and a visiting researcher of National University of Mongolia from 2017 to 2018, IERES, George Wahington University from 2009 to 2010, and Institute fuer Friedensvorshung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universitaet Hamburg from 2000 to 2001.
Mr. Matthew Wittenstein
Matthew Wittenstein is Chief of Section for Energy Connectivity at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). Matthew supports member States in their efforts improve the sustainability and security of their energy systems through increased cross-border power system integration, and by enabling efforts to ensure secure and sustainable supplies of critical raw materials. Recent work includes capacity building for energy regulators and utilities in South East Asia, an assessment of the potential to develop a “green power corridor” in North-East Asia, and supporting increased cooperation on sustainable energy among the countries of the Pacific. Matthew is also ESCAP’s focal point for the global Working Group on Transforming the Extractive Industries for Sustainable Development. Prior to joining the UN, Matthew was a Senior Electricity Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he focused on the economics of generation, the challenges of encouraging investment in clean energy technologies, and electricity market design. From 2011 to 2014, he was a Fellow at the US Department of Energy. Matthew holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, with a concentration in international economic policy.
COL Tamas Kisvari
Defence, Military and Air Attaché at the Embassy of Hungary in Beijing Accredited to China, South-Korea and Mongolia (OF-5)
Dr. Ganbold Baasanjav
Dr. Ganbold Baasanjav is the Head of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) East and North-East Asia Office based in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Prior to joining ESCAP in 2019, Dr. Ganbold worked extensively for the government of Mongolia as a career diplomat, serving as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2013-2018) and Vietnam (2004-2008), and more recently as the Ambassador-at-large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Sustainable Development. Earlier he served as the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Director-General of the Departments of Public Affairs and Asia and the Pacific respectively, and in the Embassy of Mongolia in Pyongyang, DPR of Korea. He earned his BA in International Relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Russia, MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, and PhD in Law from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea.
Mr. Christopher Green
Christopher Green is senior Korean peninsula consultant for International Crisis Group and an assistant professor in the Korean Studies department of Leiden University in the Netherlands. A former manager of the Seoul-based Daily NK, Christopher has published widely on North Korean politics, economy, ideology and culture, as well as contemporary South Korean broadcast media portrayals of resettled North Korean migrants.
Dr. Bomi Kim
Dr. Bomi Kim is a Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Strategy. Her research interests are in North Korean military, with a focus on nuclear and missile program, party-military relations, and military diplomacy. Currently, she is a member of various government committees, including the Ministry of Unification advisory committee, the Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Peaceful Unification Advisory Council. Dr. Kim is also a non-executive director of Korea Institute for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control (KINAC). She holds a Ph.D. in North Korean Studies from University of North Korean Studies and a B.A. in Political Science from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Ms. Yejin Ha
Ms. Yejin Ha works at UN-ESCAP East and Northeast Asia Office as a Programme Officer responsible for Energy Cooperation and Power Interconnection projects in North-East Asia. Ms. Ha also serves as the secretary to the North-East Asia Power Interconnection and Cooperation Forum (NEARPIC). Prior to joining UN-ESCAP, Ms. Yejin Ha worked in UN-OCHA in Geneva as an administrative officer providing administrative support to OCHA field offices in Africa. She also worked in UN-HABITAT (Nairobi, Kenya) as a human settlements officer responsible for conducting research on urban economic growth and development and carried out projects on building private public partnerships for poverty reduction.
Mr. Michal Lubina
Michal Lubina is Associate Professor of Political Science at Jagiellonian University, Poland. His research he mostly focuses on Russia-China relations and on Burma/Myanmar.
Dr. Sun Ru
Dr. Sun Ru is research professor of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR). She currently focuses on international strategic situation and Asia Pacific security. She was a visiting scholar at University of Groningen and Columbia University.She co-authored Humanitarian Intervention: Western Theory and Practice(2003) and authored Ad Hoc Multilateralism: Regional Cooperation on North Korean Nuclear Issue(2009).She also wrote many book chapters, papers and articles in leading Chinese journals and newspapers. Her recent publications include “NATO'Pivot to Asia Pacific in China-U.S. Global Rivalry ” “US-ROK Alliance's Cooperation Related to China”.
Mr. Antoine Maire
Antoine Maire holds a doctorate in political science and is an associate fellow at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS). He has developed expertise in the Indo-Pacific and more particularly in Northeast Asia. He also has a solid knowledge of the political and economic developments in Mongolia since 1990. He has notably published Les Mongols, Insoumis at Atelier Henri Dougier (2016) and La Mongolie Contemporaine. Chronique politique, économique et stratégique d'un pays nomade at CNRS Editions (2021).
Mr. Jason Veysey
Jason Veysey is a Senior Scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Deputy Director of SEI’s Energy Modeling Program. He leads energy and greenhouse gas emissions modeling, policy analysis, and capacity building projects; contributes to the technical development of SEI’s modeling tools, such as the Low Emissions Analysis Platform (LEAP) and the Next Energy Modeling system for Optimization (NEMO); and conducts research on modeling methods, GHG emissions mitigation, the water-energy-food nexus, grid integration of variable renewable energy, and communicating modeling results. He has significant experience building integrated energy system models and using long-run scenarios to inform climate and energy policy, including evaluating issues of path dependence, policy interactions and robustness, and energy transitions. Mr. Veysey served as an Expert Reviewer for the mitigation volume of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report. He is currently leading SEI’s global Initiative on Integrated Climate and Development Planning, a program that is helping lower-income countries produce integrated plans for NDCs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mr. Erik Danielsson
Erik Danielsson is director of the Nordic Centre for Strategic Dialogue and is passionate about leveraging research on Trans-Atlantic-Pacific geopolitics to help key stakeholders’ best position themselves in the complex and ever evolving global security environment. Mr. Danielsson holds a Master of Arts in Asian Studies concentrating in Politics and Security from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He also holds a BSc degree in Political Science from the Swedish Defense University and a BA degree in Asian Languages and Cultures, with a focus on Korea, from Stockholm University. His main research interests are disaster risk reduction in the DPRK, Swedish-Mongolian bilateral relations and the security environment on the Korean peninsula.
LTG Jaromír ZUNA
Defense Attaché of the Czech Republic in Beijing
Dr. Sonja Bachmann
Dr. Sonja Bachmann (Austrian) Dr. Sonja Bachmann works in the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (UNDPPA) Asia and the Pacific Division, leading the Team on Northeast Asia and the Pacific with a focus on peace and security issues on the Korean Peninsula, engagement with Pacific countries and the Pacific Islands Forum. Ms. Bachmann has previously worked as Deputy in the regional field office of Kandahar, in the UN Mission in Afghanistan, as Senior Adviser to the UN Envoy in the Cyprus Negotiations, the Nepal peace process and as a Senior Peace and Development Advisor in the UN Multi-Country Office in Fiji. Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Bachmann has worked in the World Bank on community driven development. She also spent a year in Peru advising the Peruvian Government on investment promotion and sustainable tourism. Dr. Bachmann holds a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MA, and a PhD in political science from the University in Vienna, Austria. She is a national of Austria.
Mr. Yuefeng Shi
Yuefeng Shi is a Master's candidate in American University SIS (School of International Service). His major research interests are International Relations theories (such as Constructivism, Global IR, etc), Northeast Asia, and International Organizations. In 2021, Yuefeng became a youth member of the Futuring Peace in Northeast Asia project, which was held by the UN DPPA. (Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs)
Ms. Emma Coïc
Emma Coïc is policy officer for North-East Asia (Japan, Korea, Mongolia) at the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS) of the French Ministry for Armed Forces. She holds two MA in Political Science (Sciences Po Aix and the University of Freiburg in Germany) and has previous work experiences in South Korea, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
Mr. Xun Wang
Program Officer from International Cooporation Department of National Energy Administration of China. He holds degree of Master of Science, Cranfield University.
Mr. Pyungrae Lee
Pyungrae Lee is a research professor, at the Institute of Central Asian Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. He is a historian working on modern Mongolian history. In February 2021, He retired from college, and currently, he is writing a manuscript on modern Mongolian history and contemporary Mongolia's foreign relations. Prof. Lee graduated from Department of History, Dankook University with degree of Master of Arts. In 1997, he defended doctor of history from Institute of History and Etnology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences.
COL Altankhuu Badarch
Colonel Altankhuu Badarch is an expert at the Institute for Strategic Studies, National Security Council of Mongolia. Altankhuu graduated from the Mongolian National Defense University, received his LLM in International Law at the University of Glasgow, UK and Master in Defense and Strategy, National Defense University, PRC. He studied national security and strategy at US Army War College. Altankhuu worked as an inspector at Immigration office of the International Exit and Entry checkpoints, officer, senior officer, head of section, division, and department in Border Protection service and deputy head of the General Authority for Border Protection. He worked at the Executive office of National Security Council of Mongolia. Altankhuu is working towards his PhD in national security at National Defense University of Mongolia.
Dr. Lori Forman
Dr. Lori Forman joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in 2011, bringing a unique international background in corporate, government, academic and non-profit sectors. An expert on international economic development and foreign aid, civil society and public-private partnerships, Dr. Forman earned a Ph.D. from Keio University, and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. Prior to joining APCSS Lori held senior corporate positions with Microsoft and Dubai Holding. In government she held senior positions including the U.S. Alternate Executive Director on the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank and Assistant Administrator for Asia and Near East of the US Agency for International Development. Dr. Forman also served in the NGO sector for 11 years, as the Director of the Japan Program of The Nature Conservancy. Dr. Forman began her post-graduate career in Washington D.C., serving as the Senior Political Analyst for the White House pollster.
Prof. Gregory Gleason
Gregory Gleason works in the areas of comparative foreign policy and political economy. Gleason’s teaching, research and practical work focuses on the countries of the former USSR. Gleason served as U.S. Advisor to the Uzbekistan Ministry of Defense in 2018-2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Gleason joined the Marshall Center in September of 2007. Prior to joining the Marshall Center, Gleason taught international relations and comparative politics at the University of New Mexico, where he continues to be Professor Emeritus of Political Science. Gleason was a research fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center. Gleason’s research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences as well as other public and private foundations. Gleason graduated from the University of California, Irvine (1974) and completed graduate studies at the University of California, Davis (1984).
Mr. Paul Dziatkowiec
Paul Dziatkowiec was appointed Head of Diplomatic Dialogue in 2021. Prior to that, for nearly a decade he served as Project Manager in various roles at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), an organization that mediates between protagonists in armed conflicts. At HD, Paul was involved in mediation efforts in diverse conflict settings including Nigeria, Myanmar, Thailand and most recently Ukraine, where he led HD’s efforts to help find a solution to the conflict in Donbas. He was also engaged in various regional and geopolitical dialogue initiatives. Also at HD, for five years Paul managed the Oslo Forum, the leading international mediation event that convenes peacemakers, world leaders (up to head of state level), peace process actors and conflict parties. Paul had previously served in the Australian diplomatic service for over a decade. He was Australia’s Deputy Ambassador in Nairobi and, as Deputy and Acting Ambassador, covered a range of countries including Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. Concurrently, he was Australia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Nairobi. During his diplomatic career, Paul engaged in various multilateral negotiations at the UN, in Geneva, New York, and Nairobi, which included negotiating resolutions and delivering statements on behalf of Australia, on political, security, human rights, and environmental questions. Previously Paul was posted to the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv, and acted periodically as Australian’s Representative to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, during the second intifada. Paul has also represented the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva, and worked as a Human Rights Officer in the Australian Foreign Service, both during the formative years of the UN Human Rights Council. Earlier, after the signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement he deployed as a Peace Monitor to Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, where he was involved in raising public awareness of the agreement, following up ceasefire violations, and arranging weapons disposal and community reconciliation processes. Paul has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Queensland University, as well as three Master’s degrees in International Law, International Relations, and International Policy Studies from the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, and the University of Sydney respectively. He has written a number of articles and publications on various aspects of mediation, humanitarian and human rights issues.
Mr. Aidar Kurmashev
Head of the Department of Asian Studies at Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Studied at L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University with a degree in International Relations, Bachelor (2007 - 2011), Master (2012 - 2014), PhD (2016 - 2019). Defended his thesis on the topic "Transformation of Kazakhstan's Foreign Policy Behavior" in 2020 at the Institute of Diplomacy of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Worked as Chief Analyst at Media Development Fund (2020-2022), Director of Department for Information, Analysis and Monitoring at N.Nazarbayev Center for Development of Interfaith and Intercivilization Dialogue (2019-2020), Chief Specialist for Planning and Control at JSC Kazcontent (2019), Project Coordinator at RTRC Qazaqstan seconded to Ministry of Information and Communications (2017-2018), Lecturer Faculty of International Relations at Eurasian National University (2014-2016). Has over 20 publications scientific journals mainly in Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey, etc. Focused on middle power foreign policy behavior, soft power incl. information and communication policy, political technologies.
Ms. Jeongshin Park
Jeongshin Park is a Political Affairs Officer in the Asia Pacific Division of the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), covering China and Japan. Prior to this, she was part of the Afghanistan Team of DPPA. Before joining the United Nations, she worked as a Security Council Researcher at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, responsible for the Middle East and the North Africa region. She also spent time working for the International Rescue Committee in New York, assisting the resettlement of refugees and conducting MENA regional conflict analysis. She has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from New York University and a Master's degree in Conflict, Peace and Security Studies from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
Mr. Mark Tokola
Mark Tokola is Vice President of the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI). He retired as a U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer in September 2014 after a 38-year career with the U.S. Department of State. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassies in Ulaanbaatar, Seoul, and Reykjavik. Mark Tokola received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on implementing the Dayton Peace Accords while serving in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Mark Tokola holds a BA in International Relations from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and an LL.M. in European Community Law from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Ms. Ijun Kim
Ijun Kim is a Future Generations Global Ambassador at the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, a Leader to the Future at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, and a Strategic Advisory Committee Member for the Global Cooperation Futures Initiative at Cooperation Canada. She is working to apply foresight to policymaking to better address issues of intergenerational equity and peacebuilding, which was her focus during the Youth Foresight Fellowship at UNICEF Innocenti. She further explored this topic through the Master of Jurisprudence program at the University of Washington School of Law. She aims to continue engaging various stakeholders in open dialogue to represent the perspectives of youth and future generations in critical matters such as peace, human rights, and climate change.
Dr. Seiichiro Kimura
Seiichiro Kimura (Ph.D., P.E.jp) joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2018. Specializes in cost-benefit analysis, techno-economic analysis with market penetrating simulation in the energy system. He started his career at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2004, and was engaged in development of hydrogen energy until 2010. After working for International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research of Kyushu University, he became an associate at the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management between 2014 and 2018, where he was engaged in research on interconnecting electric power systems with the aim of increasing energy self-sufficiency through its own resources and eventually becoming a nation capable of suppling energy to other countries (energy-exporting nation). He received B.Sc. from Tokyo University of Science, M.Sc. from Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. from Kyushu University. At Renewable Energy Institute, his research focuses on interconnectors and market design for electricity system reform.
Prof. Geng Yan
Professor Geng Yan is a Deputy Dean of National Strategy Institute, Tsinghua University. She specialized in international politics.
Mr. Fang Long
Mr Fang is a Chairman of Beijing Silk Road Friendship Consulting Co.,Ltd. He specialized in international economy and trade.
Ms. Liang Xin
Miss Liang is a research assistant of National Strategy Institute, Tsinghua University. Her research field is international relations.
Mr. Frank Aum
Frank Aum is the senior expert on Northeast Asia at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He oversees the Institute’s work on Northeast Asia and focuses on ways to strengthen diplomacy to reduce tensions and enhance peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. From 2010 to 2017, he worked at the Department of Defense, including as special counsel to the Army General Counsel, special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, and senior advisor on North Korea in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During this time, he advised four secretaries of defense on issues related to Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula. Aum also served as head of delegation for working level negotiations with the Republic of Korea on U.S.-ROK Alliance matters, and received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Aum previously worked as a corporate attorney, and also has extensive experience in the public and non-profit sectors. He completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Jeju Island, South Korea and worked as a speechwriter in the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In addition, he worked to strengthen the Koreatown community in Los Angeles at the city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and the Korean American Coalition (KAC). Aum received his bachelor's from Dartmouth College, his master's from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Yesukhei Enkhtuvshin
Yesukhei has spent last 14 years in the diplomatic service, and has been recently appointed as Director of the Investment Research Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia on 5th of November, 2021. Upon obtaining Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations in 2009, he started his career at the Ministry of Foreign affairs as officer at Diplomatic Protocol Department, where he coordinated various official visits, including VVIP visits at level of Head of State and Government. He was also credited for his contribution in organizing number of international conferences and events. In 2012, he was promoted to Third Secretary and was transferred to Department of Europe, and later appointed as Deputy Director of the same Department in 2015. In 2016, Yesukhei was assigned as Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of Mongolia in Paris, where he was also tasked to serve as Deputy Permanent Delegate of Mongolia to UNESCO. Following completion of his mission in France, he was returned to the Head Quarters and was appointed as counsellor at the Department of Asia and Pacific, MFA. At the Department of Asia and Pacific, he was responsible for Mongolia-India, Mongolia-Australia and Mongolia-New Zealand relations. He holds Master’s degree in International Relations from University of Business and international Studies in Geneva. He had been previously elected as President of Young Diplomats Club within the MFA.
Hon. Bryon WILFERT
The Honourable Bryon Wilfert served for 26 years of elected political office both as a Municipal Councillor and as Member of Parliament. He served as Junior Minister of the Environment, as well as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and National Defence. He served as Vice President of APPECD Asia Pacific Parliamentarians Environment Conference Development) based in Korea. Bryon holds a Master of Arts in Political Economy (U of T), Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) (U of T – Rotman School), and holds an Accredited Municipal Clerk and Treasurer (AMCT) in Municipal Administration from St. Lawrence College. He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun – Gold/Silver Star from His Imperial Majesty and the Prime Minister of Japan for his tireless work on Canada/Japan relations. He holds the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals. He has received three times Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow awards. He is Senior Associate at Tactix Government Relations & Public Affairs in Ottawa, Vice President – International Relations with Emission Technologies International Inc., and Honorary Consul General for the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Bryon serves as Chair of the Canada/Pakistan Business Council and Advisor to the Canada/Vietnam Trade Council. Bryon is a Member of Board of Director of the NATO Association of Canada; a member of Advisory Board of Macdonald Laurier Institute; and an Oversight Committee Member of Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC). Bryon played an active role during Canada’s mission to Afghanistan. He is a Vice Chair of the Special Canadian Committee on Afghanistan of Shadow Minister of National Defense; Vice Chair of the National Defense Committee, Member of the Special Afghan Documents Committee. He had three trips to Afghanistan in 2006, 2008, 2010 and had meetings with Former President Karzai, MPs of the Afghan Parliament, Tribal Elders, Canadian Allied Forces and Afghan Soldier. Bryon also visited to Kabul, Kandahar and Zhari District. The Honourable Bryon Wilfert, has spoken on International Relations in various universities. He has also been a Master of Ceremonies at various events over the years.
Dr. Vladimir Valerievich Evseev
Dr. Vladimir Evseev is Head of the Division for Eurasian Integration and Shanghai Cooperation Organization Extension of the Institute of CIS Countries. Не is also Deputy Chairman of the Expert Advisory Board affiliated with the Committee for CIS, Eurasian Integration and Compatriots Relations, the State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament). Dr. Vladimir Evseev was served as Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS Countries from 2016 to 2019. Then he was Leading Research Fellow in the Center for Post-Soviet Countries Studies, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies. After then Vladimir Evseev came back to the Institute of CIS Countries. Vladimir Evseev has military experience. After graduating from A. F. Mozhaysky Military Space Academy (St. Petersburg) in 1986 Mr. Evseev served in the strategic missile troops (Yoshkar-Ola, 1986-1991) and the military research institute (Moscow region, 1991-2001). He received a Ph.D. in Engineering in 1998. In 2005 Dr. Evseev graduated from U.S. Defense Department Senior Executive Course at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu (Hawaii). Dr. Vladimir Evseev is co-author of the monographs: “Beyond Nuclear Deterrence: Transforming the U.S.-Russian Equation” (2006), “Nuclear Weapons after Cold War” (2006), and “Iran, Uranium and Missiles” (2009). He is author of the book “Influence of the International Trade of Nuclear Materials and Technologies on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime” (2006), monographs “Military-Political Aspects of the Iranian Nuclear Problem” (2010), «Central Asia: Internal and External Threats: 1991–2011» (2012), “Prospects of the Iranian Nuclear Programme during President Hassan Rouhani” (2013) and about four hundred books and articles. His research interests include Eurasian Integration, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, regional aspects of the international and regime security, nuclear non-proliferation and ballistic missile defense.