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AIIA-KF Korea-Oceania Next Generation Policy Experts Network Seoul Study Tour 2016

Published 05 Aug 2016

The AIIA in partnership with the Korea Foundation co-organised an invitation-only study tour to Seoul from 24 July – 30 July for a group of up and coming Australian academics and young professionals in international affairs. The Australian delegation included:

  • Geoffrey Ewing, President of the Queensland Branch, AIIA
  • Rory MacNeil, National Office Operations Manager, AIIA
  • Elizabeth Thurbon, Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • Kai He, Associate Professor, Griffith University
  • Pichamon Yeophantong, Assistant Professor, University of New South Wales
  • Benjamin Habib, Lecturer, La Trobe University
  • Christopher Richardson, University of Sydney
  • David Lang, Analyst and Managing Editor, ASPI
  • Sean Jesudason, Pathway Partnerships Coordinator, Deakin University
  • Czeslaw Tubilewicz, Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide
  • Ciara O’Loughlin, Trainee Lawyer, AIIA WA Young Professionals Network
  • Alexander Willox, Policy Officer, Migration Council Australia


The schedule for the study tour included 7 dialogues and 4 networking events with senior representatives from Korea’s government and civil society. The study tour also included meetings with international journalists based in Korea and a full-day dialogue on Korean politics with over 40 alumni representatives from the Korea Foundation’s Next Generation Policy Experts Network across the US and Europe.