S. Korea and US Trade: A Panel Discussion

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S. Korea and US Trade: A Panel Discussion

A panel discussion of representatives from the US State Department, the South Korea Embassy, and Korean Economic Institute.

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Hudson Valley Community College 80 Vandenburgh Avenue Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium Troy, NY 12180

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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On Wednesday November 30th, we will be hosting a panel discussion of representatives from the US State Department, the South Korea Embassy, and the Korean Economic Institute.

Snacks and hors d'oeuvres from local Korea restaurants: Sunhee's Farm and Kitchen and Son of Egg will be served.

Free parking available at Parking lot B. Join us at the Bulmer Telecommunications Center at 5:30pm for networking and hors d'oeuvres, the panel discussion begins at 6pm.

HVCC Campus Map, the BTC is building number 1 on this map.

This event is FREE and open to the public, donations are greatly appreciated.

Moderator: Kathryn Bamberger, Global NY Representative for Northeastern New York at Empire State Development

Katheryn's public service career has been dedicated to assisting New York Companies sell their products and services outside of the United States through providing technical assistance, grant funding and leading trade missions, including to Seoul.

Mr. David Anthony Rodriguez, Political-Military Officer, Office of Korean Affairs

Mr. Rodriguez previously served as the Political Officer in WHA’s Office of Mexican Affairs, Programs Officer in Embassy Lima’s INL Section, Political-Military Officer at Embassy Tokyo, and Vice Consul at U.S. Consulate General Monterrey. He also worked as a civil servant in EAP’s Office of Regional Security and Policy. Mr. Rodriguez also served as HECFAA’s Vice President for Foreign Service.

Mr. Rodriguez is a 2008 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow. He earned an M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and B.A. degrees in Geography and International Relations from Florida International University. Mr. Rodriguez was born in Miami, Florida to Cuban parents. He is part of a Foreign Service tandem couple and has a four-year old daughter.

Mr. Mark Tokola, Vice President of Korean Economic Institute

Mark Tokola retired as a U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor in September 2014. His last posting was as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at US Embassy London. Previously he had served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassies in Seoul, Republic of Korea; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and, Reykjavik, Iceland. Among his other postings were two tours at the US Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at Embassy London, and Economic Counselor at US Embassy The Hague.

Mr. Tokola served as Director of the Iraq Transition Assistance Office (ITAO) in Baghdad and received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on implementing the Dayton Peace Accords while serving as Political Counselor in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He holds a BA in International Relations from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and an LL.M. in European Community Law from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Mr. Tokola serves on the Board of Governors of DACOR: An Organization of Foreign Affairs Professionals, and on the Board of Trustees of the Bacon House Foundation.

Mr. Chang Woo Lee, Public Affairs Officer of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Mr. Chang Woo started his current post to the United States in February, 2022. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2010 and was promoted to 1st Secretary in 2019, before his first overseas post as to Maputo, Mozambique. From 2010 to 2019, he served as desk officer of such divisions of protocol, Peninsula affairs, territorial and maritime affairs, Asia-Pacific I (Japan), and North America I (the United States) of the Ministry. Mr. Lee also served as executive assistant to Special Representative of the Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs in 2013.

He earned a B.A. in political science at Seoul National University in 2005, and later graduated from SAIS, Washington DC in 2016 and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo in 2015 with respective master’s degree in public policy. He was commissioned as 2nd lieutenant of the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) in 2005, and honorably discharged as 1st lieutenant after serving for two years as personnel officer(S1) of the Army’s 37th Division.

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