Secretariat

The Secretariat is hosted by WeGO’s President City Seoul, Republic of Korea. The Secretariat staff consists of recruited professionals and public employees of Seoul and other member cities who are seconded to the Secretariat.

The Secretariat’s main mission is to serve WeGO members well. Please feel free to contact the Secretariat anytime at secretariat@we-gov.org or by clicking on the button below with any questions, requests or comments about WeGO!

Staff Members

Dr. Young-sook Nam

Dr. Young-sook Nam is the Secretary General of WeGO. Prior to joining WeGO, she was a Professor at Ewha Womans University’s Graduate School of International Studies and held senior-level positions in the Korean government and international organizations abroad. As the Director of ICT Investment & Cooperation at the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) of Korea, she oversaw the Ministry’s global ICT cooperation, with the primary purpose of bridging the global digital divide through development assistance in the ICT sector. At MIC, she played an instrumental role in overseeing the establishment of IT Cooperation Centers in Mexico and Chile and operated Information Access Centers in a number of developing countries. Dr. Nam also gained vast experience in policy making, international cooperation, and sustainable development in her previous posts at Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MOFAT), Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and International Labor Office (ILO). Dr. Nam received her Ph.D. in International Development from Stanford University.

Program Team

Mr. David Hahm

David grew up in sunny Southern California and relocated to Seattle, Washington to earn his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. He received his Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law. Prior to joining WeGO, he worked as the Operations Manager for an official Airbnb partner company, helping people feel like they belong anywhere when visiting host cities around the world. David also worked as a Project Manager for e-learning content development companies in South Korea and helped launch successful e-learning platforms. In his free time, David likes to write novels and is an avid fan of the NBA.

Ms. Eunbyul Cho

Ms. Eunbyul Cho is a Senior Program Officer at the WeGO Secretariat. Prior to joining WeGO, Ms. Cho worked at the Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF), Korea as a research officer, supervising the operations of the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) and managing the Ministry’s policy advice program known as the Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP), which aims to share Korea’s development know-how and support economic development of the partner countries in a demand-driven manner. Also, she was actively engaged in numerous global discussions including the OECD Development Assistance Committee, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and facilitated collaborative work between the MOSF and international organizations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the UN.
Ms. Cho grew up in both Korea and the UK and holds a Master’s Degree in Development Policy from the KDI School of Public Policy and Management.

Mr. Earl Burgos

Earl is an honor graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and has extensive and varied marketing, communications, and website management experience. In the Philippines, Earl started his own online clothing business, hosted a variety of shows for a well-known music channel, and served as an intern for the Korean Cultural Center in Manila. At WeGO, Earl has helped put up forums with renowned international organizations like the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and UN Habitat, and developed capacity building programs for WeGO members. He likes singing, watching movies, and eating good food.

Ms. Alexandra Sidorova

Prior to joining WeGO, Alexandra worked in the International Relations Development Department at Yakutsk City Administration, the third largest city in the Russian Far East. For two years and a half, she focused on reviving closer cooperation with sister cities abroad and local governments within the country, implementing various projects and organizing exchanges for better public service in Yakutsk, and promoting the positive image of the region in the international community. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys dancing and jogging.

Mr. Tony Levero

Tony is a recent graduate of the Korea University Graduate School of International Studies and hails from Baltimore, USA. He studied international development and cooperation and is eager to contribute at WeGO. He previously interned at the United Nations Development Programme Seoul Policy Centre. Tony has lived in three countries and in his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, rooting for his hometown sports teams, and looking at pictures of places where he hopes to travel.

Mr. Andrew Lim

With a holistic background in a vast array of fields such as sustainability, ICT, international relations, international organization and security, along with his graduate degree at Yonsei University, Andrew aims to utilize his comprehensive knowledge for the advancement of the quality of life through digitization. His previous professional experience includes conducting research under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW), and focused on providing evidence-based research to assist in tobacco control policies. He has also worked with World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to assist in its mission in Korea. Other professional experience includes a regular corner at the 101.3 TBS eFM radio station, post-production editing, and teaching. He is an avid reader of the Economist, especially the science and technology section and is a fervent advocate of a healthy lifestyle through an effective regimental diet and exercise.

Administration Team

Mr. Hyuck Young Kwon

Mr. Kwon is a seconded officer from the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG). As having lived in Seoul his whole life, he is devoted to serving his hometown as an exemplary civil officer. In his 14-year career at SMG, he has worked in various divisions like the External Cooperation Division and the Eco-Friendly Meal Division, among others. He dreams of seeing his family live in a happy and peaceful environment, thus he works hard in making Seoul and worldwide cities in the WeGO network a better place to live.

Mr. Johnny Lee

Prior to being seconded to WeGO, Johnny worked in Seoul’s Human Resource Development Division, and more recently, the Seoul Station 7017 project, the green transformation of the Seoul Station Overpass, which he believes will serve as the most beautiful landmark in Seoul when completed and will help revive the local economy. Outside of work, he likes to explore the great outdoors.

Ms. Sophia Jung

Before joining WeGO, Sophia Jung worked for the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Environmental & Energy Policy Division. For the last two years, she worked on the education and training of public officials for human resource development. She leads an active lifestyle and loves riding the bicycle, traveling, and scuba diving.

Program Assistants

Ms. Mariana Garcia Berrueta

Before becoming part of the WeGO team, Mariana worked as a research assistant and volunteered in international organizations, such as Amnesty International. Eager to learn the best practices for development, she decided to enroll in a master course on international development in Seoul. Currently, she serves in the community service committee of the Rotary´s Seoul Young Leaders Club and hopes to contribute to WeGO´s mission. Mariana has lived in three countries and in his free time, she enjoys reading, cooking and meeting new people and places.

Ms. Christine McGahhey

Christine graduated from Yonsei University’s Underwood International College with a Bachelor of Science in Information and Interaction Design, and worked as a Teachers Assistant for Design Factory Korea during her senior year handling events, design program training, and assisting students in using prototyping tools. Born in Colorado, USA, Christine moved around the west coast of America over thirty times before moving to South Korea for university. She frequents cafes in her free time, and enjoys reading old novels and raising plants, as well as cooking, sketching, and water color painting.

Ms. Geon Young Kim

Geon Young is a recent graduate of Peking University, School of Archaeology and Museology. She lived in Tianjin and Hangzhou before she moved to Beijing. Geon Young worked as an intern at the Institute of Archaeology of the Palace Museum in Beijing, enrolled in an ancient architecture restoration project. During college, she acted as an interpreter in Sino-Korean conferences using her language ability. She hopes she can help WeGO to contact with Chinese speaking cities. She likes to travel, visiting the local museums and collecting handwriting samples of the people she met during the trips. In her free time, she likes to try alternative printing processes in dark room to print photos.

Ms. Constanza Alejandra Davila Pozo

Constanza, a.k.a Connie is a currently a scholarship granted masters degree student of the Hongik University IDAS Graduate School, of International Advanced Design Studies from Seoul, South Korea. She studied graphic design in Diego Portales University in Chile. She previously served as an intern in the UX/UI department of the German multimedia company WeltN24, in Berlin. Connie has lived in four countries and speaks 3 and a half languages (intermediate Korean language knowledge), She likes reading, traveling, photography and watching movies.

Ms. Antonina Pak

Antonina hails from Turkmenistan and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. She is a candidate for the Master’s degree in Development Policy at KDI School of Public Policy and Management and, within the program, she focused her studies in Sustainable and International Development. Her background in International Development has truly been a great resource here at WeGO. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books.