Han Hee Lee

Han Hee Lee


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Research interests

National Development, International Development Cooperation, Korean Peninsula

Biographical details

Han Hee Lee is Professor of School of Global Service of Sookmyung Women’s University. Han Hee Lee has previously worked as Fellow of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation of Harvard Kennedy School and of the Weatherhead Center for Internaitonal Affairs of Harvard University (Cambridge, US), Special Advisor on Int’l Affairs and Inter-Korean Cooperation to Governor of GyeonGi-Do Provincial Government, ROK, Senior Research Fellow of the Samsung Economic Research Institute (Seoul, ROK), Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of the World Bank (Washington, DC), and Fellow of the Committee of International Relations of the US House of Representatives (Washington, DC). Han Hee is a specialist of North Korea, Transition Economies of former Communist Countries in Eastern Bloc, and International Development Cooperation. He was a former member of the internal country team that worked on developing potential reconstruction plans of North Korea at the World Bank. He represented a Renewable Energy Development Project in cooperation with the UN FAO, GEF, GyeongGi-Do Provincial Government of ROK, North Korean Government and Liaoning Provincial Govenrment of China between 2007 and 2009. And He was PM of quarterly research project of Korean Peninsual Security Index report of Samsung Economic Research Institute. Han Hee has recieved a B.A. from Korea University in 1998, Master’s in Pubic Policy from Harvard University in 2002 and Ph.D in North Korean Studies from Kyungnam University in 2012.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

North Korean Studies, Doctor of Social Science, Three Essays on FDI Determinants of the Transition Economies in Eastern Europe and the Implications for North Korea, University of North Korean Studies, Kyungnam University

Award Date: 21 Feb 2012

Public Policy, Master of Social Science, Human Capital Crisis in Public Sector: Cases from the Republic of Korea about the Open Position System, Harvard University

Award Date: 6 Jun 2002

Spanish Literature, Bachelor of Arts, Korea University

Award Date: 25 Feb 1998


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