About the Speaker

Troy Stangarone is Senior Director and Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute (KEI). He oversees KEI’s trade and economic related initiatives, as well as the Institute’s relations with Capitol Hill and the Washington, DC trade community. As part of his broader portfolio he serves as the editor for KEI’s flagship publication, Korea’s Economy, and oversees KEI’s blog, The Peninsula.

Mr. Stangarone has written extensively and has been widely quoted on U.S.-Korea relations, South Korean trade and foreign policy, and North Korea. His work has appeared in publications such as Foreign Policy, CNBC, CNN, China-US Focus, the JoongAng Ilbo, and the Korea Herald. His comments have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, CNN, Politico, Chosun Ilbo, Donga Ilbo, JoongAng Daily, and Yonhap News Service. He has also appeared on TV and radio for outlets such as Bloomberg News, CNBC Asia, and BBC Radio.

In addition to his work at KEI, Mr. Stangarone is a member of the George Mason University | Korea President’s Advisory Board, the International Council of Korean Studies Board, and the Korea-America Student Conference’s National Advisory Committee. He is a columnist for the Korea Times and a regular contributor to The Diplomat. He was also a 2012-2013 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in South Korea, sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

Prior to joining KEI, Mr. Stangarone worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Robert Torricelli on issues relating to foreign affairs and trade. He also served as an aide to Governor James McGreevey of New Jersey. He holds a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Memphis.

Jennifer Brannan is a Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  She currently serves as a desk officer in the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State covering environmental, science, technology and health issues.  Prior to joining the State Department, Jennifer worked as a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, with over a decade of experience working with hemorrhagic fever viruses. Jennifer received her B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Cornell College Iowa, and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology from the MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Juni Kim is the Senior Manager for Operations and Technology at the Korea Economic Institute of America. Juni first joined KEI as an intern in August 2015.

Prior to joining KEI, Juni worked for Qualtrics, an online software company, as a product analyst. His responsibilities included acting as the primary technical liaison between enterprise-level client managers and engineering staff, conducting trainings for both employees and clients, and assisting with staff development in the Utah, Ireland, and DC offices. Juni also interned with the Advocacy Center under the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration and Benetech, a non-profit social enterprise organization.

Juni served a two-year church mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in South Korea from 2008-2010 and was based in Geoje Island, Gyeongju, Jinju, Changwon, and Busan.

Juni graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University in 2013 with a B.A. degree in Asian Studies and Korean and a minor in Business Management. While at BYU, Juni participated in a joint study abroad program with Inje University in Kimhae, South Korea as a teaching assistant. He earned an M.A. degree in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University in 2017.

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