Liqing Zhang

Director of Center for International Finance Studies

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Liqing Zhang is author, coauthor or editor of numerous publications on international economics and finance issues, particularly in the areas of capital flows, exchange rate, financial development and economic globalization. Holding a Ph.D. degree in Economics in Renmin University of China, he was senior visiting fellows at World Bank (1995), Tilburg University (1996), Petersons Institute for International Economics (2004) and Columbia University sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation (2005), and Australia National University (2009). He is the vice president of China Society of World Economy. He has advised many governmental departments in China, including People’s Bank of China and State Administration of Foreign Exchange over the past decades, and served as the member of Approval Committee of Listed Companies with China Securities Regulation Commission.

Liqing Zhang holds lots of prizes and awards as a teacher, researcher and administrator. Among them, the most important ones include: Distinguished Teacher in Finance by the Liu Hongru Financial Education Foundation (2015); Special Governmental Allowance by the China State Council (2010); Distinguished University Teacher Prize by Beijing Municipal Government (2010); New Century National Outstanding Youth Prize by China Ministry of Personnel (2007); 21st Century National Excellent Youth Prize by China Ministry of Education (2005)

Liqing Zhang often joined the Asian Economic Panel (New York/New York/Tokyo/Seoul) and International Policy Advisory Group (ADB/Columbia University), the most influential groups mainly participated by distinguished Asian economists. He also serves as the Chinese coordinator of the German Development Institute and the DAAD project in Germany.

Sakata Yasuyo

Professor at the Kanda University of International Studies

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SAKATA Yasuyo is a Professor at the Kanda University of International Studies, Japan. She specializes in Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia security.  She held several research positions including research fellow at the Research Institute for Peace and Security (Tokyo), visiting research fellow at Yonsei University’s Institute of Modern Korean Studies (Seoul), and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University (Washington, D.C.). She has participated in councils and projects at the Japan Ministry of Defense and thinktanks such as the Japan Institute for International Affairs, Tokyo Foundation, the National Security Archives, and dialogues such as the Japan-Korea Forum (MOFA), Japan-Korea Future Dialogue (GENRON NPO-East Asia Institute), Pacific Forum CSIS, the Asan Institute for Policy Studies (Seoul). She gives lectures at various government institutes and university programs including Campus Asia. She authored various publications on Korean security, U.S.-ROK-Japan, Japan-Korea security issues including The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance ed. G. J. Ikenberry, T.Inoguchi, Y. Sato (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). She is board of directors member of the Japan Association for International Security.

Sang Gu NAM

Research Fellow of Northeast Asia History Foundation

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Dr. Sang gu NAM currently holds the position of Research Fellow at Northeast Asia History Foundation. Before taking his current position, Dr. NAM worked at Korean Embassy in Tokyo, Japan in 2013, and from September 2012 to January 2013, he served as a visiting researcher at Hitosubashi University.

His primary research area is the study of historical interpretation in Korea-Japan relations. His notable research includes the description of the Dokdo issues in Japanese history textbooks, the issues of Yasukuni Shrine, the post-war measures taken by the Japanese government, and the issues on sexual slaves under the Japanese colonial rule.

Dr. NAM holds a B.A. degree in History Education at Kangwon National University, a M.A. degree in History-Modern History of Japan at Chiba University, and a Ph.D degree in Japanese Studies: Modern History of Japan at Chiba University.


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The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) is an intergovernmental organization established with a vision to contribute to peace, stability and prosperity of the East Asian Region. Upon the agreement signed and ratified by China, the Republic of Korea, and Japan, TCS was inaugurated in Seoul, September 2011 and each government shares 1/3 of total operational budget.
Since the historical inauguration, TCS is actively providing support for trilateral consultative mechanisms including Trilateral Summit, 20 Ministerial-level meetings, over 50 inter-governmental mechanisms and 100 cooperative projects. Further, promoting understanding of trilateral cooperation, facilitating cooperative projects, networking with other international organizations and compiling database of trilateral cooperation are another functions of TCS.
To fulfill the responsibilities above, 30 staffs are working with a team spirit and professional manner. With the aim of effective contribution to necessary areas, TCS is organized into the Consultative Board, the executive decision-making body of TCS, and four departments which consist of directors seconded by the governments and general service staffs recruited through open competition (Department of Political affairs, Economic Affairs, Socio-Cultural Affairs, and Management & Coordination).
TCS aims to serve as a hub for trilateral cooperation that encompasses the broad spectrum of sectors and actors. With a view to solidifying the cooperative ties among the three countries, TCS will strive to ensure that trilateral cooperation remains dynamic and future-oriented in the coming days.

Song, Kyle (Ki Chong), CFA

Manager of International Ratings Department, NICE Investors Service

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After receiving an M.A. in Economics from Seoul National University, Mr. Kyle Song joined NICE Investors Service (NICE) in 2001 and worked as a credit analyst for financial institutions and structured finance. Since 2006, he has played a leading role in globalizing credit rating coverage of NICE by building up Sovereign Ratings and International Ratings departments. Expansion of NICE's business scope abroad has contributed to Korean financial market by helping Korean fixed income investors to understand and evaluate creditworthiness of foreign bond issuers.

Serving as a senior analyst and a manager of International Ratings Department, he leads sovereign credit ratings of various countries, such as Brazil, Poland, Indonesia, India and etc. Other business area of his department is credit rating service for foreign banks and other foreign entities. His contribution is well captured in NICE Credit Rating Methodologies and Guidelines for governments and government-owned entities.