Olivia Enos – The Heritage Foundation and Georgetown University
Olivia Enos is a research associate in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation and co-founder of the Council on Asian Affairs. During her time at Heritage, she has published on a variety of human rights and transnational criminal issues including human trafficking in Asia, North Korea human rights, drug trafficking in Afghanistan and Southeast Asia, and social issues in China, among other topics. Olivia has been published in The National Interest, Real Clear World, Breitbart, and Population Research Institute. Prior to joining Heritage, Olivia worked at Judicial Watch, published at World Magazine, contributed to research projects at The Hudson Institute, and gained valuable experience on the Hill in Congressman Peter Roskam’s office. Olivia earned her B.A. in Government from Patrick Henry College and is pursuing her M.A. in Asian Studies at Georgetown University. She is learning Korean. Olivia currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Zach, and dog, Chrysanthemum. She and Zach attend Capitol Hill Baptist in Washington, D.C.
Riley Walters – The Heritage Foundation
Riley Walters is Research Associate for homeland security and cybersecurity in The Heritage Foundation’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security and co-founder of the Council on Asian Affairs. Riley joined The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center in 2013, working directly for Senior Visiting Fellow from Japan, Kumi Yokoe, Ph.D. Riley has written on strategic, economic, and social matters in the U.S.-Asia relationship for publications such as the Diplomat, American Chamber of Commerce Japan, ABC-CLIO, Washington Times, Human Events, The National Interest, and The Daily Signal. Riley has a B.A. in economics and a minor in Japanese Studies from George Mason University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in economics. In 2004, he spent a year with the American Field Service in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan and in 2009, spent a year studying at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. Prior to The Heritage Foundation, Riley worked briefly in The U.S. House of Representatives, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Nippon Housou Kyoukai. Riley is a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program and the National Economists Club in Washington, D.C. He is fluent in Japanese.
Linda Butcher was the Director of Media Relations & Public Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), where she was responsible for KEI’s communication strategy, public outreach and related external affairs. In addition, she consults with organizations interested in the Asia-Pacific region and serves as Co-Director of Korea Club, a policy discussion group. She has written on topics related to technology, security, gender and environmental issues. Prior to KEI, Linda was a Legislative Researcher for the Congressional Section at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C. There she worked on the US-ROK alliance, including the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the security situation on the Korean Peninsula. Before that, she worked on several campaigns and interned for then Senator John Kerry, focusing on foreign policy and environmental issues while also assisting on a side project on the increasing role of the Asian American Community in the United States. Linda earned her undergraduate degrees from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and will complete her dual Masters degree program at Johns Hopkins University in May 2016.
Brian C. Chao is an international relations doctoral student in the Political Science Graduate Group at the University of Pennsylvania, and contributing analyst on the Asia-Pacific Desk at Wikistrat Inc. His publications and research interests relate to U.S. defense/foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific, the rise of China, cross-Taiwan Strait relations, and naval power and geostrategy. Brian was graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, receiving an AB in government and the Rockefeller Prize for the outstanding thesis in international relations. Before starting graduate school, Brian was research associate for China at Defense Group Inc., and had internship experience with the U.S. Department of Defense and the World Affairs Council of Northern California. He is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the U.S. Naval Institute, and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.
Lauren Dickey – King’s College London
Lauren Dickey is a PhD candidate in War Studies at King’s College London and the National University of Singapore where her research focuses on the cross-Strait relationship. She was previously a research associate for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Lauren is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and a member of the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her writing has appeared in CFR’s blogs, The Diplomat, The National Interest, Defense One, and War on the Rocks.
Nicholas Hamisevicz – Catholic University of America
Nicholas Hamisevicz is a Ph.D. student at the Catholic University of America, where he is focusing on World Politics, Korea, and Asia. Previously, he was the Director of Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI). At KEI, he was responsible for issues affecting the U.S.-South Korea alliance, especially those related to North Korea. He was an inaugural Penn Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy from October 2014 to June 2015. Prior to joining KEI, Mr. Hamisevicz was the Research Associate in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation. He wrote and provided research analysis on political and security affairs in Asia, especially regarding China, Korea, and South Asia. He was also a co-author for Heritage’s publication of the Key Asian Indicators: A Book of Charts. Mr. Hamisevicz earned a Masters of Arts degree in International Communication from American University in Washington, DC and a Masters of Arts degree in International Studies from Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia.
Clare Hubbard – Georgetown University
Clare Hubbard is in her first year at Georgetown’s Master of Science for the School of Foreign Service. Before attending Georgetown Clare was the Associate Director of Programs & Internship Coordinator at the Korea Economic Institute of America where she was responsible for KEI program logistics and managing the interns. Clare was also the Executive Assistant at Macmillan New Ventures in New York City and a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Cheongju, South Korea. During her time in Korea, she served as the U.S. cultural ambassador and instructed over 400 students at Namseong Elementary School. Clare spent time learning Korean through the Ewha Women’s University and Korea University language programs, working with North Korean defectors and teaching English at Camp Fulbright. Clare has published several blog posts on North Korean human rights for KEI and has presented a paper titled “Determining the Success of Defectors” for the Council on Asian Affairs Young Researchers Symposium. Before this position, Clare interned at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she worked on private sector issues and the launch of the Blue Campaign. Clare earned her BA in International Studies from the University of Dayton in 2011 and studied abroad at Korea University in 2009. In addition to her studies, she was also a member of the Flyer’s Division I women’s crew team and served as captain her senior year.
Sang Kim – Korea Economic Institute of America
Sang Kim is the Director of Public Affairs and Internship Coordinator at Korea Economic Institute of America where she is responsible for KEI programs and managing interns. She joined the KEI in April 2013 as the Office Manager and Executive Assistant. Prior to joining KEI, Sang held internship at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS. While she was at USKI, she researched a variety of issues related to Korean affairs, focused mainly on U.S. – Korea and inter-Korea relations. Some of her research topics included U.S.-ROK 123 Agreement, principles of responsible nuclear exporters, and assessments of North Korea’s third nuclear test. In addition to conducting research, she also provided administrative support to USKI, such as assisting at events and conferences, answering phones and greeting visitors. She also worked with USKI’s Visiting Scholars from South Korea, helping them integrate into DC culture.Sang graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Government & Politics with minors in Korea Studies and Chinese Language. She also received a certificate in East Asia Studies Certificate and has taken Modern Mandarin and Taiwanese Culture courses at the National Taiwan Normal University. She’s currently working on her Master’s degree in Security Policy Studies at George Washington University.
Rachel Wagley was the Assistant Director of External Relations at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), where she lead NBR’s government relations, congressional publications, and communications portfolios. Prior to joining NBR, Rachel served as Policy Director of U.S. Campaign for Burma. In this capacity, she advised government agencies, international financial institutions, companies, and civil society organizations on responsible trade and investment, ethno-religious reconciliation, and sustainable development in Burma/Myanmar. Her writing and commentary has been featured in numerous outlets, including the Emory International Law Review, NBR, Foreign Policy Democracy Lab, Radio Free Asia, International Business Times, Global Post, Democratic Voice of Burma, and Voice of America. She previously worked with the Harvard Political Review and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Rachel graduated cum laude with high honors in field from Harvard University. After completing her studies, she received a Fulbright grant to research and teach in Uttaradit, Thailand. Her research pursuits include religious freedom, ethnic conflict, technology and law, and property rights. She has worked extensively with refugees across Southeast Asia, and she speaks Thai.