Monthly Talk 5th September 2019
(Provisional date, subject to confirmation)

SHARED INTERESTS OF SOUTH KOREA AND THE UK

SPEAKER: H.E Enna Park

Korea plays a pivotal role in Asia and its importance is such that, for example, under the umbrella of the United Nations, Britain participated in the Korean War of 1950-53 and along with its allies suffered heavy casualties; and Korea itself was devastated. Subsequently it has rejuvenated itself and now has a vibrant economy, the tenth largest in the world, has an impressive infrastructure and a high standard of living. It has recently returned to the news with significant political developments and possibly some easing of tensions. The Ambassador will discuss both the background to, and the current situation in which the Republic now finds itself.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Ambassador Enna Park assumed her duties as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Court of St James on 20th August, 2018.

Born in Korea in 1962 she was educated in Seoul and New York, gaining degrees in History and International Relations. She joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985 and has assumed a wide range of positions, including a period as Minister-Counsellor in the Korean Permanent Mission to the United Nations, where her work focused on human rights, women's status and empowerment, and refugee issues.

Ambassador Park is fluent in English and Chinese. She has an interest in performing and visual arts and enjoys visiting art galleries and golf outings in her free time. She is married to Mr Won‑soo Kim, former UN Under‑Secretary‑General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. They have two sons.

Further details can be found here: About Ambassador Park