Framing the Future

U.S.-ROK Tech Cooperation to Achieve Net-Zero

Event Details
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Time: 4:00–5:30 p.m PDT

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What will a net-zero future look like in both countries, and what role does collaboration between the United States and the Republic of Korea play in getting us there? This event will serve as a launching platform for a comprehensive report by four experts analyzing U.S.-ROK technology cooperation in areas like nuclear power, smart cities, hydrogen, transportation, and policy environments for innovation. The discussion will outline the next steps for the bilateral alliance in tackling the looming net-zero challenges to solve by 2050.



Michael Wills, The National Bureau of Asian Research

4:15–5:25 p.m. | PANEL: Framing the Future: U.S.-ROK Tech Cooperation to Achieve Net-Zero

Clara Gillispie, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Kyungjin Boo, Seoul National University

Sangkeon Lee, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlement

June Park, Princeton University

James E. Platte, School of Advanced Military Studies

5:25–5:30 p.m.| CLOSING REMARKS

Tom Lutken, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Speaker Biographies

Clara Gillispie is a Senior Advisor to NBR and serves as the official U.S. delegate to the Energy Research Institute Network. Ms. Gillispie is the author of numerous policy essays and reports on Asian energy issues, including recently co-authoring NBR’s “Investments in Energy Transition: Strengthening the Power Sector in South and Southeast Asia.” Ms. Gillispie is regularly called on to directly brief her research and analysis to U.S. and Asian government officials, senior industry representatives, and the media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and NPR’s Marketplace.

Kyungjin Boo teaches energy policy and economics, guiding PhD and MA candidates in the International Energy Policy Program sponsored by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy. He worked for the Korea Energy Economic Institute for over 30 years, leading the development of national plans, such as on energy and renewable energy and hydrogen economy master plans. He has published energy-related books, papers, and articles. He earned his BS in Mining and Petroleum Engineering and MBA in International Business at Seoul National University. He did his PhD study in Public Economics and Policy at the University of Delaware.

Ashley Johnson is Senior Director for the Energy and Environmental Affairs group at NBR. In this role, she manages and oversees NBR’s initiatives on energy security, environmental sustainability, and economic development. Ms. Johnson received her MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with concentrations in international economics and energy, resources, and the environment. She also holds a graduate certificate in Chinese-American Studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and a BA in International Studies from Southwestern University.

Sangkeon Lee is the Director of Global Development Partnership Center at Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS). Dr. Lee is acting as Korean head of delegation at ISO/TC204 and Smart City Master Planner of Sejong city. During the last 33 years, he has explored widely in the fields of Intelligent Transport Systems and ICT; and his current research interests are ubiquitous traffic information standardization and globalization of smart city technology for developing countries, including Integrated Operation and Control Center (IOCC). He received his B.S. in Architectural Engineering and M.S. in Urban Planning from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. His PhD was in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, U.S., where he studied ICT application to transportation sector.

Thomas Lutken is a project manager with the Energy and Environmental Affairs group at NBR. In this role, he helps manage NBR’s ongoing projects on environmental policy, sustainability, and energy security. Prior to joining NBR, Mr. Lutken worked as a researcher in U.S.-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as a Hydrologic Technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His research interests include climate change, alternative energy, transportation, and electricity policy. Mr. Lutken earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Brown University in 2014 and a master’s degree in environmental economics and policy from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2019, where he researched the economic impacts of electricity quality in rural India.

June Park is a 2021-22 Fung Global Fellow of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University. Dr. Park is a political economist by training and works on trade, energy, and tech conflicts with a broader range of regional focuses not just on the U.S. and East Asia, but also Europe. Dr. Park earned her BA and MA in political science with a focus on international security from Korea University, and has held an internship at the UN Security Council Sanctions Subsidiary Organs Branch. She received her PhD in Political Science with a focus on international political economy from Boston University as a Fulbright Fellow and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

James E. Platte is an assistant professor with the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth. His research focuses on strategic deterrence, cybersecurity, US extended deterrence, energy security, and strategy in the Indo-Pacific. Previously, Dr. Platte was an assistant professor at the U.S. Air Force Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies, and he has worked on nuclear security with the Department of Energy, Defense Intelligence Agency, and National Nuclear Security Administration. He received his PhD in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.