Chairman, Asia Future Institute
Former Chairman Foreign Affairs Committee National Assembly of Korea
Former Presidential Press Secretary


Day 1 – 13 Nov 2017

SESSION ONE: The New Geopolitics: The Role of China in an Uncertain World | 10.50 am - 12.30 pm

Dr. Jin Park is currently serving as the Chairman of Korean-American Association (KAA) which was created to promote mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation between Korea and the United States. He is also leading the Asia Future Institute, an independent policy think-tank designed to conduct research on the U.S.-Asia relationship and promote Korea's role in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr. Park served in the 16th, 17th, and 18th Sessions of the National Assembly in the central Jongno District in Seoul. While in politics, he served as the Chairman of Foreign Affairs, Trade and National Unification Committee of the National Assembly (2008-2010). In that capacity, he passed the KORUS FTA, North Korea Human Rights Act, ODA Law and PKO Law in his own committee. During 24 years of his distinguished political career, he served as the Presidential Secretary for Press Affairs and later Political Affairs under the Kim Young-sam administration (1993-1998) and was elected parliamentary member in August 2002 in Seoul. During his three terms in the national assembly (one term lasts four years) he served as the member of the Science, Technology, Information and Communication Committee (2002-2004), a ranking member of the National Defense Committee (2004-2006), Intelligence Oversight Committee (2006-2008), Chairman of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee (2006-2008) and a ranking member of the Knowledge Economy Committee (2010-2012).

He graduated from the College of law at Seoul National University (BA), Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (MPA), New York University Law School (LLM) and received a doctorate degree (D. Phil.) in politics from St. Antony's College, Oxford University. He is a registered member of the New York State Bar and a regular member of the Seoul Forum for International Affairs. He has been serving as a Global Fellow (2014-present) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. Dr. Park is also teaching as a distinguished Chair Professor at the Graduate School of International and Area Studies of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

He served in the Korean military as a Navy officer, Lieutenant JG (1980- 1983) lecturing naval cadets in the Korean naval academy. He is married to Yoon Hee Cho, a violinist, and has a son and a daughter.