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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.

Ahreum KIM

Team Manager (GSEF Secretariat) -

Ahreum Kim joined the GSEF Secretariat as Team Manager in March 2020. Before joining GSEF, she worked with a Korean human rights NGO, Human Asia, for two years and worked with the child–focus international NGO Save the Children Korea for eight years, where she gathered extensive professional experience in designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating over a hundred international development/humanitarian projects. She studied English and French at university and she holds a Master’s degree in International Studies.

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.

Jung Yuen PARK (Yun)

Team Manager (GSEF Secretariat) -

Yun (Jung Yuen Park) joined GSEF Secretariat in 2018 as Team Manager. 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 MBA from the IE Business School and a Master’s degree from the Carlos V Center, University of Madrid. Before joining GSEF, she supported an education coalition in Korea and advocated for the importance of civil society participation in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 working as Project Coordinator for the 'Hope is Education' NGO.


Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat) -

Benjamin Jouannes joined the GSEF Secretariat as Coordinator 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).

Martin HO

Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat) -

Martin Ho joined the GSEF Secretariat as Coordinator in February 2019. His main task is to develop projects in Asia, Northern America and English-speaking countries in Africa. Martin graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg with a Master’s degree in European Politics and has been working in the field of education and public diplomacy. Before joining GSEF, he worked as the Programme Coordinator at the European Union Academic Programme in Hong Kong to enhance the relation and strengthen the cooperation between the European Union and Hong Kong. He also worked at the Consulate-General of France in Hong Kong and Macao and the Office of the European Union in Hong Kong and Macao.

Sunmi JUNG

Coordinator (GSEF Secretariat) -

Sunmi Jung joined the GSEF Secretariat as Coordinator 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.