Building Trade Ties with South Korea’s Emerging Female Leaders Networking Reception

The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) present:

"Building Trade Ties with South Korea’s Emerging Female Leaders Networking Reception"

The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invite you to a networking reception with South Korea’s Emerging Female Leaders group.

In recent years, the Republic of Korea has been at the forefront of negotiating free trade agreements with partners in all regions of the world. Yet the diplomats and negotiators tasked with forging these deals have been almost exclusively male. As highly educated and qualified Korean women are entering government service and related private sector jobs at increasing rates, they have few female role models and mentors to offer advice and support their career growth and success. This reality can have a limiting effect on their career trajectory and ability to reach positions of leadership, and impacts the overall interests of the country.

In light of this, the Asia Society Policy Institute is pleased to launch its latest initiative: Building Trade Ties with Korea’s Emerging Female Leaders in partnership with the Korea Foundation. In this exciting new program, the Asia Society Policy Institute is hosting an outstanding group of 7 early career South Korean female trade professionals – 4 from the government and 3 from the private sector – for a 10-day program with the goal of empowering them to be leaders and strengthen ties between the U.S. and Korea. This new initiative aims to promote the career development of these up-and-coming women in trade, provide them with training and mentorship to thrive in their respective careers, and support their professional development as the Republic of Korea’s next generation of female trade negotiators and experts.

Light refreshments will be provided by McLarty Associates and wine courtesy of the Embassy of New Zealand.


Wendy Cutler (Program Chair) is Vice President of the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Managing Director of its Washington, D.C. Office. In these roles, she focuses on building ASPI’s presence in Washington by strengthening its outreach as a think/do tank and on leading initiatives that address challenges related to trade and investment, as well as women’s empowerment in Asia. She joined ASPI following an illustrious career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), including serving as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. At USTR she worked on a range of U.S. trade negotiations and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region, including serving as the Chief U.S. Negotiator to the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

Eunhee Bae is a second secretary in the East Asian Economic Affairs Division in the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). She joined the Ministry last December after she finished a traineeship at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul. As a diplomat, her main duties have been managing South Korea's economic relationships with China and Mongolia.

Sunghwa Chung is a senior deputy director in the FTA Agreement Services and Investment Division of the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). Currently, she is participating in negotiations on services and investment for a Korea-China FTA and has worked on Korea’s trade negotiations with China, Japan, Israel, New Zealand, Peru, Colombia, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Boyeun Kim is a deputy director working in the Korea-U.S. Trade Division in the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). In her capacity as a trade policy and negotiation expert, she has participated in several trade negotiations, including the Korea-Philippines FTA, the Korea-China FTA, the Korea-Canada FTA and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). In addition, she was in charge of ministerial meetings of both the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Sung Min Koh is a deputy director at the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). In that capacity, she was first involved in FTA negotiations around goods, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and China-Korea FTA. Later, she moved to the WTO dispute settlement division where she was in charge of coordinating South Korea’s defense team for the WTO Korea-Radionuclides dispute.

Jahye Park is a senior manager at the Hyundai Motor Group. Since 2011, she has been in charge of foreign governmental affairs for both the U.S. and Latin American markets, working particularly on trade and commerce. She has been involved in several FTA strategies providing input from the Korean automotive sector, including with Peru, Colombia, MERCOSUR, and the U.S. Recently, she has focused on the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) and prospective tariffs on autos and auto parts to mitigate her company’s risks.

Song-I Seol is a deputy general manager at the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), a Korean private sector trade association. She advises and provides support for Korean businesses that are involved in trade remedy cases, and organizes public-private consultation mechanisms that connect Korean policymakers and trading companies. She also conducts in-depth studies on U.S. trade policy and international trade issues.

Ji Yeon Song is an attorney at Kim & Chang, one of the most prestigious law firms in Korea. Since she joined Kim & Chang in 2011, she has been counseling a broad range of multinational and domestic corporate clients on various corporate and regulatory matters, with a focus on antitrust and international trade issues. She has represented clients in a wide range of industries in international trade issues, including WTO litigation, trade remedies and non-tariff barriers. She has also advised Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) and other Korean government agencies on various trade issues.


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Phone: 202-869-3775


Oct 01 2019


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


$25 Non-Members

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McLarty Associates
900 17th Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006


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