OECD Observer
People at the OECD

Ji Eun Chung

My name is Ji Eun Chung and I have been working as a policy analyst in the Directorate for Education and Skills (EDU) since 2011. I manage the Fostering Good Education for All project, which aims to address educational inequality in close collaboration with the OECD’s inclusive growth initiative. I first joined the OECD as a young professional–I had studied public policies at Seoul National University and economics at the University of London–and contributed to one of the organisation’s leading publications entitled Education at a Glance.

Then I moved to work on the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) project, which is the first OECD study that measures adult competencies in 32 countries and regions around the world. Working at the OECD has expanded my horizon tremendously. It allowed me to work on large scale international surveys, gain knowledge of various country policies and learn from cross-cutting projects spanning several multidisciplinary topics on the economic and social front. In particular, I have been very fortunate to work with wonderful people from different international backgrounds.

I would like to continue contributing to making our societies fairer and more inclusive by serving our member and partner countries to the best of my abilities, especially for those who are socio-economically disadvantaged.

Eun Jung Kim

My name is Eun Jung Kim, and I work as a statistician in the Economics Department at the OECD. I am currently in charge of collecting and analysing relevant statistics for the OECD Economic Surveys of Germany, Estonia and Slovakia, and the OECD Economic Outlook. Prior to joining the organisation, I worked as a junior analyst of insurance contracts and claim records for a private insurance company, after graduating from Korea University.

Initially, I came to Paris to study. In 2007, I applied for an internship at the OECD and started to work in the national accounts division of the Statistics Directorate during the summer. And I am still here today.

This makes me one of the longest serving Korean staff now. I am grateful to be working here and I find it rewarding to contribute to improving member countries’ policy making on diverse issues. I also enjoy sharing knowledge with colleagues from different backgrounds and with different fields of expertise as well as giving each other new insights when dealing with challenging situations.

This year, Korea is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its membership. I expect the co-operation between Korea and the OECD will be further strengthened over the next 20 years.

James Kim

My name is James Kim and I work as an Information & Communications Technology Officer in the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD). I’m a Korean-American born in the United States, brought up within the context of the Korean culture with all its traditions and customs, and now I live in Paris with my wife and three French-born children. It is a privilege to work in the OECD and live in France. Some would label me multinational given my background, and I have to admit that I never really thought of that as I never really felt fully part of any one country. However, now having been given the chance to reflect on my status on the 20th anniversary of Korea’s joining the OECD, I would say being a multinational is a good way to describe my unique personal experience working and living among such a diverse international group of people. My Korean-American-French status gives me a global identity and definitely affects my global perspective. It gives me opportunities to meet new people and shapes my experiences, which allow me to contribute to my local community in Paris and also to the international community. The OECD’s vision, “better policies for better lives” makes more and more sense to me, and reinforces my feeling that the more we get to know about one another and the stories behind the statistics, graphs and data we produce, the more it will give colour, character and more meaning to our work. The excellent and complex work we do for our member countries opens honest conversations over policy routes to better lives and brings the political and stakeholder community closer together, which is vital in today’s fraught atmosphere. As a global citizen, let me add a different take on OECD’s motto: Better together than apart.

Yerim Park

My name is Yerim Park and I am currently a project co-ordinator in the OECD Global Relations Secretariat, Eurasia division. The international aspect of my work is what I find most interesting, through projects, diversity of content, communication and colleagues. I have worked on projects with experts and stakeholders from all over the world, which has been an enriching experience. As project co-ordinator at the OECD, I help implement projects that support non-member countries, for instance, towards development of policy recommendations, capacity building and devising sustainable reforms, while drawing from OECD experiences and best practices. Working on the Ukraine Sector Competitiveness Strategy project in 2015 was one such invaluable experience, as the collaboration took place at a time of major change in that country.

I joined the OECD family in 2012, first as part of the Global Energy Policy Office of the International Energy Agency (IEA), a sister body of the OECD. Prior to joining the IEA, I worked in the private sector analysing power market needs and collaborated with developers and government clients to explore investment opportunities. I also travelled extensively in the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and South America while based in Seoul.

I am a Korean national and was raised in Washington DC. I studied philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford for my undergraduate degree, and received a master of science in local economic development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

©OECD Observer October 2016