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 Suk CHOI

Team Manager (GSEF Secretariat) -

Jung Suk Choi joined the GSEF Secretariat as Team Manager in July 2020, on secondment from the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), for which she has worked since 1999. She has extensive experience in fields of budget management, public office election management and etc. She graduated from Sookmyung Women’s University where she majored in public administration.

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)

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.

Gaeun MOON

Program Officer (GSEF Secretariat) -

Ga Eun Moon joined the GSEF Secretariat in April 2021. Her responsibilities include Asia Policy Dialogue, PR for GSEF activities and international development cooperation projects. Prior to joining GSEF, she worked at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Rural Development Administration. She has professional experience in event organization, international cooperation and translation, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations.

Yunsu KIM

Intern (GSEF Secretariat) -

Yunsu Kim joined the GSEF Secretariat in March 2021. Prior to joining GSEF, he worked with an international NGO where he took an active part in international development cooperation projects such as the eradication of malnutrition project in Afghanistan through sustainable soybean farming and underground water drilling project in Tanzania mainly focusing on improving the availability of drinkable water for the community. He has experience in the fields of international cooperation, media, and fundraising. He studied political science and international studies.


Intern (GSEF Secretariat) -

Se-A Mun joined the GSEF Secretariat in March 2021. She studied English, management, international law and she received her Bachelor's Degree in International Economics and Law from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. She supports GSEF2021 forum preparation and other GSEF projects as well as communication through website and social media.