Conference Committee

Jim Bisbee is a M.A. candidate at SAIS concentrating in Korea Studies. He received his Bachelors from Trinity College in 2005 with a double major in economics and international relations. He has worked across a broad spectrum of professions, ranging from architecture to education. Before starting school at SAIS, he was teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. He plays a mean bass.

Hangyul Chang is pursuing a master’s degree in International Relations at SAIS, with a concentration in Japan and Korea Studies.  He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Colby College in 2008.  Before attending SAIS, Hangyul worked as an assistant language teacher in Yamanashi, Japan through the JET program for three years.  Hangyul plays a mean game of billiards.

Trevor Clark is pursuing his master’s degree in International Relations at SAIS, with a concentration in China Studies and International Finance. He received his bachelor’s degree in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University in 2007. Prior to attending SAIS Trevor spent three years working as a Legislative Correspondent in the US Senate, and one year teaching English in Shenzhen, China.

Yun Han is a M.A. candidate at SAIS concentrating in Japan Studies. She received her B.A. from the George Washington University in 2012 with a major in International Affairs and double minors in History and Japanese. Yun spent her junior year studying abroad at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. She has had some experience working for international education exchange. She loves ancient Egypt.

Amy Killian is a first-year M.A. student at SAIS, concentrating in Southeast Asia Studies. She spent the last two years working with democracy and civil society groups in India. She has also worked with Freedom House’s Southeast Asia programs on freedom of expression and freedom of association, and served as a Kiva Fellow in Cambodia. She received her B.A. in Political Science and South Asian Studies from Davidson College.

Jung Min Kim graduated from Korea University in Seoul, Korea, with a B.A. in psychology and received professional training as a translator at the Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea. Shortly after, she worked as a translator for the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, interpreting for government officials in international meetings and translating policy papers, speeches and correspondence on topics ranging from industry and technology to energy and trade. Currently, Jung Min is pursuing an M.A. in international relations at SAIS with concentrations in international economics, Korea Studies and China studies.

Jamie Lee is pursuing a master’s degree in international relations at SAIS, focusing on Korea Studies with a specialization in Emerging Markets. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in music from Dartmouth College in 2007. Jamie has interned for the Trade and Employment Programme at International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland and worked in investment banking in New York. Currently, she serves as the web editor on the board of SAIS Review.

Shanah Lee is a first-year M.A. candidate at SAIS with a concentration in Conflict Management and China Studies. She received her B.A. in International Development and Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2008. Prior to SAIS, Shanah worked as an Executive Assistant of Consul General at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle. She has also interned in Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) on the issue of North Korean Human Rights and North Korean defectors in Seoul, Korea.

Yesel Lee is a first-year M.A. student at SAIS, concentrating in Korea Studies. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. Business Administration and B.A. Political Science dual degree. While studying at Berkeley, she studied abroad in Paris, where she deepened her interest in international affairs and relations. As an undergraduate she assisted on research on diplomatic relations in Asia and the Middle East, which cemented her interest in Asia. After graduating she worked as a consultant and spent a year in Mumbai working for an NGO dedicated to empowering and motivating youth to participate in societal development.

Olivia Ma is a M.A. candidate at SAIS with a concentration in China Studies. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Pennsylvania State University in 2011. She coordinated a project regarding China’s healthcare reform when she interned at the Center for Strategic and International Studies during the summer of 2012. Currently, she is working as a short-term consultant at the World Bank in the education sector of the Middle East and North Africa Department.

Sean Nelson is currently a student in the International Relations and International Economics M.A. program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he is pursuing a dual focus in China Studies and South Asia Studies. He received his BA from the Johns Hopkins University in 2007, with a dual major in International Relations and East Asian Studies and a minor in History. Prior to attending SAIS, he worked in international marketing in Beijing and information technology in Washington, DC. During the summer of 2012, he interned with the US Department of Commerce in New Delhi. Growing up in Boston, he worships at Fenway Park. He makes a mean curry that can burn through your soul.

Angela Choi is the Program Coordinator at the U.S-Korea Institute/Korea Studies at SAIS, and is serving as the adviser/coordinator for SAIS Asia Conference. Prior to joining SAIS as a staff, Angela worked as a research intern at the U.S. – Korea Institute, providing support to the research on South Korea’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) programs. Angela earned her M.A. in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University, with a concentration on modern Korean and Japanese studies, and a B.A in East Asian Studies and American Studies from Wellesley College. She has also studied at Japan Women’s University and Waseda University where she conducted research on issues regarding gender roles and equality in Japan.

Narae Choi is a researcher at Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, where she is working on comparing the political economy of South Korea and Japan. Narae graduated from SAIS, concentrating in both Korea and Japan studies. While at SAIS, she focused on examining bilateral relations between the Koreas and Japan as well as Japan’s historical colonial ideology and its policies towards colonized territories. Narae completed her B.A. in International Relations with East Asian Studies concentration at Johns Hopkins University. She’s a bit obsessed with her new pup, a lab-beagle mix, Korus (Korea-US FTA).

Carla Freeman is the faculty advisor to the SAIS Asia Conference. She is currently Associate Director and Associate Research Professor in the China Studies program at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). At SAIS, she teaches Chinese environmental policy and the international relations of Asia. A second generation “China hand,” she has lived and worked between Asia and the United States for her entire life. Before coming to SAIS, she served as Program Officer for civil society and community development with a focus on sustainability at The Johnson Foundation. Prior to that, she was a political risk consultant with a portfolio that included China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam. In addition, she held several academic positions, including directing the global studies and international affairs program at Alverno College while concurrently a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She completed her B.A. in Southeast Asia and History at Yale University, a certificate in Chinese language studies in Beijing Foreign Languages University, and a certificate in political science from Sciences Po in Paris. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from SAIS, writing her dissertation on the political economy of reform in China focused on its heavily industrialized Northeast region.

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