After graduation from MID, I returned to South Korea and began my career at Korea Energy Economics Institute (KEEI) as a research associate. KEEI has devoted itself on conducting researches to support all policy works on energy and natural resources, collecting data and information to develop the energy policy, and providing consulting services to Korean government as a national research council. In particular, I am a part of International Energy Cooperation Research Division in KEEI. In KEEI, my main duties are to assist research projects, particularly focusing on analyzing political and economic risks to implement overseas energy development projects, organize international energy conferences with consultative groups consisted of inter-governmental panels and international organizations including International Energy Agency (IEA), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), World Bank, and Asian Development Bank, as well as support the energy consultative body among Northeast Asian states.
My study experience at Tsinghua for 2 years provided me a cornerstone to deeply understand a policy framework of China. As a research associate, I have many opportunities to work with Chinese public officials from National Energy Administration, businessmen from Chinese National energy companies, and researchers and professors from Chinese universities to analyze energy issues in China. When I discuss with them, I always remind what I learned from MID and what I observed and experienced during my life in China. In China, I attempted to broad my perspective to understand policy issues in China through lectures provided by SPPM professors, internship works in Chinese company, travels with Chinese friends, and discussions on pertinent social issues with classmates and these efforts are presently an invaluable asset to my work.
I sometimes recall my memory at Tsinghua. I appreciate for SPPM professors, MID staffs, and my classmates to provide a great opportunity to learn from each other.