Keynote Address

David Weil

An economist
U.S. Wage and Hour Administrator at the Department of Labor during the Obama administration
The author of The Fissured Workplace
Dean and Professor, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University


- Addressing Inequality and the Fissured Workplace through the Union City

David Weil became the Dean and Professor of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in August 2017. Prior to that, he was the Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor and was the first Senate confirmed the head of that agency in a decade. He led the Wage and Hour Division from 2014 to January 2017.
Dr. Weil is an internationally recognized expert in the employment and labor market policy; regulation; transparency policy and digital empowerment; and the impacts of supply-chain and industry restructuring on employment and work outcomes and business performance.
Dr. Weil has written five books, most recently The Fissured Workplace (Harvard University Press). Dr. Weil received his BS at Cornell University and Master and Ph.D. degrees in Public Policy at Harvard University.

Session 1 _ City Experiments for Decent Work

Hyun-ji Kwon

Professor of Sociology, Seoul National University


- Moderator

Hyunji Kwon is an Associate Professor of Labor Sociology and Comparative Employment Relations
at Seoul National University (SNU). Before joining SNU, she was a Research Fellow at Korea Labor
Institute and an Assistant Professor at King’s College London. Her research centers on increasing
policies and practices of workplace flexibility and their impacts on workers’ lives in the context of
constant corporate restructuring and rapid technological changes. Her recent research on workforce
flexibility and labor market inequality incorporates the dimensions of gender and international

Session 1 _ City Experiments for Decent Work

Carolee Kubo

Department of Human Resources Director, City and County of Honolulu


- Labor Laws and Collective Bargaining

Carolee C. Kubo was appointed as the Director of the Department of Human Resources (DHR) for the city and County of Honolulu in January 2013 by Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
DHR is the Central Personnel agency and Charter requires the department to establish a personnel management program based on merit principles and generally accepted methods governing the classification of positions, employment, conduct, movement and separation of employees.
DHR’s administration includes the Equal Opportunity program who monitors compliance with federal state, and city laws related to discrimination complaints. The Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Branch is responsible for managing the City’s HR, Financial and Budget Project.

There are four major divisions in DHR:
1. Classification and Pay : Plans, develops and administers classification and pay plans.
2. Employment and Personnel Services: Administers recruitment, examination, referral, personnel transactions and employee benefits programs. They oversee the drug and alcohol testing program, the Federal Fair Labour Standards Act and the information privacy program.
3. Industrial Safety and Workers’ Compensation: Administers a citywide safety and accident prevention program and the City’s self-insured Workers’ Compensation program.
4. Labor relations and Training: Administers the labor relations, personnel development and training programs, negotiate and enforce contracts, conducts grievance hearings and advocate arbitration cases.

Session 1 _ City Experiments for Decent Work

Sutanto Soehodho

Deputy Governor for Industry, Trade and Transportation, Jakarta Capital City Government


- Job Security and Protection of Labor Rights

Prof. Sutanto believes in hard work and self-integrity. To him, challenges are not to be viewed as
a burden, but a milestone of success, and difficulties are actually means to shape someone into a
better person. He has been through positions such as CEO of a toll road company, director of a
cement industry, Vice Rector of the University of Indonesia, and finally, the Deputy Governor of
As Deputy Governor, he envisions Jakarta as a modern service city which can compete with other
developed cities. Emphasis on the development of transport systems is a must since it is the
backbone of Jakarta economy as a service city. Priority to smooth transportation of humans and
goods should be the comparative advantage of Jakarta in the future.
In order to accomplish this, Jakarta should have a sound public transport, world class port, and
airport. Jakarta aims to develop Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), starting with the establishment of
TransJakarta Bus Rapid Transit System. Jakarta also aims to create a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT),
Special Economic Zone, and world class port. Jakarta has been keeping up with the completion of
road network infrastructures, and focusing Industrial development with the emphasis on
environment-friendly technology, high capital investment and hi-tech industries. Trade centers
and efficient logistic systems are to be developed in order to alleviate costs. Eventually all those
developments have to be based on environmental consideration for sustainability.

Session 1 _ City Experiments for Decent Work

Cristina Tajani

Councilor for Labour Policies, Production Activities, Trade and Human Resources, City of Milan


- Protection of Non-Regular Workers

Councilor Cristina Tajani was born in Terlizzi in the province of Bari. She is married and has lived in Milan since 1997. She graduated from Bocconi University in Economics and Social Sciences. She obtained a Ph.D. in Occupational Science at the University of Milan. Her particular fields of interest are Labor Economics, Economic Sociology and Industrial Relations. As a researcher, she devoted particular attention to quantitative methods for the evaluation of public policies. She has worked for several universities and research centers including University of Milan, Bicocca University, Social Research Institute and the Research Department of the Milan Trades Union Center. She was the Italian correspondent for EIRO (The European Industrial Relations Observatory) for the period 2007-2011. In 2011, she was appointed as a Councilor for Labor, Economic Development, University and Research, with responsibility for Fashion and Design and Innovation by the Mayor of the City of Milan, Giuliano Pisapia. As one of the first to be elected from the List Noi Milano 2016, she was nominated by incoming Mayor Giuseppe Sala as Councilor for Labor Policies, Production Activities, Trade and Human Resources.

Delegated Powers:

• Definition of policies for the promotion and development of industrial enterprises, trade, crafts, productive activities, financial activities, services provide by self-employed third parties
• Policies for determining cost for the use of public spaces and areas, also in terms of commercial development
• Definition of labor policy and policy for conditions of employment
• Definition of the aims for the implementation and development of incubator experiences of innovative companies, including partnership with Universities and other organizations
• Coordination of work with regard to "Smart Cities" in order to ensure the full involvement of all relevant City Departments in the implementation of individual projects
• Policy guidelines and overseeing the activities of the "Welfare Ambrosiano" Foundation
• Fashion and design
• Human resources policies
• Management and overseeing large city-wide events when delegated
• Relations with the Municipalities when delegated

Session 1 _ City Experiments for Decent Work

Lai Hsiang-Lin

Commissioner of Department of Labor, Taipei City


- New Policies for Protecting Youth Labor in Taipei City

Lai Hsiang-Lin was the first person being elected by citizens through I-voting, representing the commitment of public opinion to be the Commissioner of Department of Labor of Taipei City Government in 2014.

She served as Secretary in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Cargo Terminal Union from 1996 to 1998 and then involved in the public sector as Secretary in Department of Labor of Taipei City Government from 1999 to 2002. This experience makes her recognize the weakness of workers under the capital economic structure and the crucial role of government to eliminate the inequality.

In the next twelve years, she became an occupational social organizer. Served as Director of Labor Dispute Assistance Association, and Spokesperson & Secretary-General of Raging Citizens Act Now, she was devoted to speaking out for vulnerable workers.

At present, as the Commissioner of the Department of Labor, the main target is to establish friendly and non-discriminative working conditions and to construct a secure and respectful occupational environment. Some of the well-known policies include establishing a labor-rights center, strengthening labor inspection, promoting Taipei occupational card and developing company-level gender equality index.

Session 1 _ City Experiments for Decent Work

Sian Ellis

London Living Wage Foundation Programme Officer


- Journey of the Living Wage in the UK

Sian Ellis joined the Living Wage Foundation as a Programme Officer in September 2017 after working in tea sustainability with both not for profit and private sector organisations. Sian holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations, and a master’s degree in Human Rights.

At the Living Wage Foundation, Sian supports employers in the UK to implement the real Living Wage for both their direct and regularly contracted employees. This includes local authorities, businesses and third sector organisations. She also manages aspects of the Living Wage Friendly Funder programme, a scheme that recognises grant makers that provide grants at the Living Wage rate and is supporting the development of the Living Wage Foundation’s Global Living Wage project.

Session 1 _ City Experiments for Decent Work

Haejin Kim

Professor of Business School, Sejong University


- A Metropolitan City with Respect for Labor: Decent Work Indicators in Seoul

Haejin Kim's research interests are in the areas of employment and labor relations, especially in the fields of women in labor market and contingent employment. Her interests in these issues had been built on her experiences of working at several factories as a worker and working at an NGO as an activist. After these experiences, she pursued to study these issues with a more professional background and She got a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management at Rutgers University, U.S.A. She came back to Korea to use her expertise for Korean workers, after five years of professorship at California State University at Dominguez Hills. Currently She is teaching at Sejong University and is involved in many projects and committees. She was a member of the research project team on Developing Seoul-City Decent Work Indicators and Assessing Quality of Work in City of Seoul.

Session 2 _ Social Protection and Strengthening Labor Rights in Urban Contexts

Jiyeon Chang

Research Fellow and Vice President of Korea Labor Institute (KLI)


- Moderator

Jiyeun Chang, Ph. D., is a Research Fellow and vice president at the Korea Labor Institute (KLI). Dr. Chang earned her Ph. D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and joined the KLI in 1999. Her research interests include: female and elderly labor market, work-life balance, and income inequality. She is currently working on social safety net in Korea. She co-edited Globalization and Asian Women (2007. Hanwool Academy. In Koran) and Compatibility between Labor Market Structure and the Social Security System in Korea (2011. KLI. In Korean).

Session 2 _ Social Protection and Strengthening Labor Rights in Urban Contexts

Klemens Himpele

Head of Municipal Department for Economic Affairs, Labour and Statistics, City of Vienna


- Working in the Most Liveable City in the World

Klemens Himpele was born in 1977 in Emmendingen/Germany. After high school he moved to Afula/Israel where he worked with handicapped people (civil service). After his return to Germany he worked with Bosch and Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH in Munich.
Klemens studied economics at the University of Cologne where he graduated in 2005. He started his professional career as an educational researcher at the Cologne and later Berlin based Research Institute for Economics of Education and Social Affairs (FiBS). The key topics of his research were the higher education system in Germany, regional innovation systems and the social benefits for families in context of the German tax system.
Between 2007 and 2010 Klemens worked for Statistics Austria in Vienna at the departments of tax statistics and the register based census. During that time he published on the Austrian tax system and was co-author of studies concerning the gender pay gap.
From 2010 to 2012 Klemens worked for the German Education Union (GEW) at their headquarters in Frankfurt am Main in the Higher Education and Research Department. His task was to organize workers in research institutions. He was also invited as an expert in regional parliaments in Germany. Since 2012, he has been Head of Vienna’s Municipal Department 23 - Economic Affairs, Labour and Statistics. His department is in charge of the innovation strategy of the City of Vienna and the handling of the support of the universities of applied sciences in Vienna. He is also in charge of the statistics office and the strategic question of economic affairs and labour markets, e.g. the new economic models like sharing economy.
Klemens was honorary Member of the Board of a German Researchers Association (Bund demokratischer WissenschaftlerInnen) and of an Austrian association of social scientists (Beirat für gesellschafts-, wirtschafts- und umweltpolitische Alternativen). At present he is voluntary member of the board of directors at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) and of Polyfilm film distribution.

Session 2 _ Social Protection and Strengthening Labor Rights in Urban Contexts

Rosy Senanayake

Mayor of Colombo


- City’s Efforts to Create a Sustainable Work Site

Rosy Senanayake is a Sri Lankan politician and is currently the Mayor of Colombo. She began her public life as an activist, advocating for the rights of women and children. Her progression into political life began in 1995 as the Coordinating Secretary of the United National Party’s Women’s wing. She served as a member and leader of the opposition of the Western Provincial Council. In 2010 she was elected to Parliament and became the State Minister of Child Affairs in 2015.

She has also served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Malaysia and as the Deputy Chief of Staff and spokesperson for the Prime Minister.

Her passion has always remained to fight for the rights of women and children, the underprivileged and marginalized sections of the population. She has been at the forefront of bringing in new legislation to eradicate violence against women and children and the provision of rehabilitation for those who have been affected.

Rosy is married and a mother of a son and two daughters.

Session 2 _ Social Protection and Strengthening Labor Rights in Urban Contexts

Abdelhamid Mesbah

Vice Mayor of Municipality of Chefchaouen City


- Our Story of Protecting Vulnerable Workers of the City of Chefchaouen

Born in 1956, in Chefchaouen Morocco married. He is a retired engineer and he served in the Provincial Agriculture Administration of Chefchaouen in the extension service. He is holding a Master's Degree in Agricultural Education from the of Oklahoma State University in the United States of America. Currently, he is the Vice-President of the Municipal Council. He is responsible for modernizing the local administration and governance procedures and following up the execution of major projects on infrastructure of the city. Besides, he is actively implicated in the major efforts leaded by the municipality for developing energy efficiency especially enhancing the capabilities of municipal employees and population as well. He is also active in the development local issues and coordinator volunteer of the NGO named the Local Development Association of Morocco in Chefchaouen. He believes that humanity should fight against injustice and ignorance in order to reduce inequality around the world.

Session 2 _ Social Protection and Strengthening Labor Rights in Urban Contexts

Greg Brownless

Mayor of Tauranga City Council


- New Zealand Employment Law and Tauranga City’s Employee Benefits

Greg Brownless is Mayor of Tauranga, New Zealand’s fifth largest city and home of its largest port from where quality New Zealand products such as dairy, kiwifruit and timber are exported all around the world. Prior to being elected Mayor in 2016, Greg was a city councillor for 15 years. He holds the degree M.A. (Hons) from Waikato University and has extensive experience in education, business and emergency management. In that capacity he both volunteered and worked in Asia following the 2004 tsunami. Involved with many local projects Greg established the Legacy Trust in 2007 which has donated several million dollars to assist Tauranga charitable groups. In recognition of this Greg was awarded the Queen’s Service medal by the New Zealand Government. His hobbies include acting in amateur theatre, walking in NZ’s great outdoors and sailing.

Session 2 _ Social Protection and Strengthening Labor Rights in Urban Contexts

Lorelei Salas

Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs


- Freelance Isn’t Free Act (FIFA)

Lorelei Salas was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) in May 2016. She is an accompolished labor law advocate who has been committed to fighting inequality throughout her career. As commissioner of DCA, Salas leads the City’s newly established Office of Labor Policy and Standards, which protects and promotes labor standards and policies that create fair workplaces to ensure all workers can realize their rights, regardless of immigration status. With years of enforcement, legal, and advocacy experience, she provides a strong and focused voice to DCA in its protection and regulation of the marketplace for consumers, businesses, and workers alike.

In 2009, Salas was nominated by President Obama as the Wage and Hour Administrator at the United States Department of Labor. Prior to this, she worked at the New York State Attorney General's Office in the Litigation and Labor Bureaus, investigating businesses for violations of state and federal labor laws and representing the Department of Health in litigation. Salas also held multiple senior management positions at the New York State Department of Labor, supervising worker protection divisions and leading strategic enforcement efforts.

Session 2 _ Social Protection and Strengthening Labor Rights in Urban Contexts

Don Genova

President of Canada Media Guild (CMG) Freelance Branch


- Building Power for Freelance and Precarious Workers in Canada's Media Industry

Don Genova is the President of the Canadian Media Guild’s Freelance Branch, which represents independent and CBC-based freelance workers across Canada. He has been a union activist for over 20 years with NABET, NRPA (the National Radio Producers Association), and CMG. The main thrust of his work now is to make sure freelance creatives know their rights, help them stand up for those rights along with fair pay and treatment in this era of ever-increasing precarious work.

Don earned a Master’s degree of Food Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy in 2007. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Environmental Science from the University of Waterloo and is an Honours Graduate of the Humber College Radio Broadcasting Program.

Session 3 _ Future of Work and New Policies: Seizing the Opportunity in Rapidly Changing Labor Market

Sangheon LEE

Director, Employment Policy Department, International Labour Office (ILO)


- Future of Work and New Policies: Seizing the Opportunity

Sangheon LEE is the Director of the Employment Policy Department (EMPLOYMENT) of the ILO which leads ILO's action for promoting full and productive employment by developing integrated employment, development and skills policies.

Before his current position, he was the Special Adviser to the Deputy Director-General for Policy on Economic and Social ISSues (2014-18), providing advice on analytical work, policy development and advocacy across a range of economic, employment and social issues as well as coordinating ILO's work at multilateral fora such as G20, G7, and BRICS.

Mr. Lee has written extensively on economic, employment and labour issues, including articles in the International Labour Review and Socio-Economic Review, as well as editing volumes under the global research project of Regulating for Decent Work (PaLgrave Macmillan) and other research projects. He is also one of the main authors of ILO flagship reports such as the Global Wage Report and the World Employment and Social Out (oak. He co-authored Working Time around the World (2007 Routledge).

Mr Lee holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cambridge University.

Session 3 _ Future of Work and New Policies: Seizing the Opportunity in Rapidly Changing Labor Market

Byoung-hoon Lee

Professor of Sociology at Chung-Ang University


- Moderator

Professor Lee got a Ph.D. degree from the Industrial & Labor Relations School, Cornell University. He has published a number of research articles and books regarding labor relations, labor market polarization and non-regular labor issues, labor movement and worker solidarity, and labor policy and social dialogue in South Korea. He has been involved in civil NGOs and public foundations as a chair person or president, mainly working for the representation and protection of precarious workers, while representing public interest in the Tripartite Commission and government committees. In addition, he served as a chairman the Worker Right Enhancement Commission of Seoul Metro City in 2015-2017 and the Employment & Labor Administration Reform Commission of the Central Government in 2017-2018.

Session 3 _ Future of Work and New Policies: Seizing the Opportunity in Rapidly Changing Labor Market

Miguel Martinez Lucio

Professor of International HRM & Comparative Industrial Relations, University of Manchester


- Social Inclusion, Unions and the City: The Local State and Unions as Actors for Change in the Case of Manchester in the UK and More Generally

Professor Lucio has studied questions of deregulation, and marketization in terms of work, employment and management in the public sector and privatized industries across various countries, e.g. the health services, postal services, the airline sector, local state administration. The emergence of the strategy and discourse of human resource management, the impact of further Americanization and neo-liberal agendas within management and organizational practices and new forms of organizational participation are the subject of a range of his empirical and analytical papers.

He has a strong interest in the changing role of the state in relation to these issues and how the state has re-shaped employment relations. A large part of this work also focuses on the broader social and political context of change in terms of new forms of labour organization and the fragmentation of the political. This dimension has been developed in terms of the changing nature of collectivism at work, trade union renewal and modernization, new forms of labour networking/organization, and more recently the changing composition of collective voice mechanisms in work and employment in terms of gender, migration and racial/ethnic minorities.

Session 3 _ Future of Work and New Policies: Seizing the Opportunity in Rapidly Changing Labor Market

Lise Lareau

Fairness in Factual TV Campaign Coordinator, Previous National President of CMG


- How the ‘Independent Contractor’ Label is Used to Erode Worker Rights

Lise Lareau served for 10 years as National President of the Canadian Media Guild, which represents 6,000 employees at several media organizations including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where she works as a news producer. During her time as president, Lise advocated for specialized representation for freelance media workers. She now coordinates the CMG’s campaign to gain collective bargaining rights for reality and factual TV workers in the independent production sector. She has called attention to the widespread abuse of the independent contractor classification at both the provincial and federal levels in Canada. She also serves on Canada’s federal labour advisory board.

Session 3 _ Future of Work and New Policies: Seizing the Opportunity in Rapidly Changing Labor Market

Imraan Valodia

Chair of the National Minimum Wage Advisory Panel
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, University of Witwatersrand


- Adjustment to NMW Needs Maximum Care and Oversight

Professor Imraan Valodia is the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His research interests include inequality, competition policy, employment, the informal economy, gender and economic policy, and industrial development.

Professor Valodia has led and participated in a number of large national and international studies. He is currently leading a large international research project on Inequality in Developing Countries, through the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS) at Wits. In the recent period, he led an international study, in 10 cities across the globe, of the informal economy using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. In the period 2008-2011 he led, with Professor Caren Grown of the American University, a pathbreaking three-year research project, conducted in 8 countries, on the gender impacts of direct and indirect taxation. This research was recently published by Routledge as an edited book.

Professor Valodia is a part time member of the Competition Tribunal in South Africa. He is also a Commissioner of the South African Employment Conditions Commission and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (Assaf) Standing Committee on Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality. In August 2016 Professor Valodia was appointed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to chair the Advisory Panel on the National Minimum Wage. This led to the introduction of a National Minimum Wage in South Africa. In early 2018, he was appointed to a Panel to advise the Minister of Economic Development on amendments to the Competition Act. More recently, he was appointed by the Minister of Finance to a Panel of Experts to advise on Value-Added Taxes.

Session 3 _ Future of Work and New Policies: Seizing the Opportunity in Rapidly Changing Labor Market

Young-woo Son

Policy Analyst, Economic, Social & Labor Council (ESLC)


Ph D. Political Science, France university Paris 8. (2010)
Researcher, European Union Center, University of Seoul (2012-2018)
Research Professor, Institute of Local Autonomy, Mokpo national University (2011-2012)

Author of “Social Dialogue: How did labor become a main coordinator of French society?” (edition Imagine)

Session 3 _ Future of Work and New Policies: Seizing the Opportunity in Rapidly Changing Labor Market

Jeong-hee Lee

Research Fellow, Korea Labor Institute (KLI)


2015. 03 - to date : Associate Research Fellow at Korea Labor Institute
2010. 03 - 2014. 04 : UK Correspondent of Korea Labor Institute
2003. 11 - 2008. 07 : Chief Editor and feature writer of Korea Daily Labor News
2001. 02 - 2003. 10 : Chief Editor of Monthly Magazine, Contingent Work
1994. 07 - 2000. 06 : Reporter of Korea Daily Labor News (

Academic Qualifications
2014 PhD, Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour, University of Warwick, UK
Thesis: ‘Union Responses to Subcontracted Workers: A Comparative Study of the English and Korean Health Sectors’ (passed with no corrections)

Research Area
Union representation, collective voice at work, precarious work, comparative Industrial Relations

Jeong-Hee Lee et al. (2017) What do unions do in Korea?, Sejong: Korea Labor Institute (in Korean)
Jeong-Hee Lee et al. (2016) Union Representation for precarious workers, Sejong: Korea Labor Institute (in Korean)
Jeong-Hee Lee et al. (2015) Contractor-Subcontractor relations and Industrial Relations in the Service Sector, Sejong: Korea Labor Institute (in Korean)
Jeong-Hee Lee (2015) Zero-hours Contract, Sejong: Korea Labor Institute (in Korean)
Kiu-Sik Bae, Jin-Ho Yoon, Hyo-Rae Cho and Jeong-Hee Lee (2008) Trade Unions and Labour Movement in Korea in the past twenty years - The Changes in industrial relations system in Korea, Seoul: Korea Labor Institute (in Korean)

Session 4 _ Future of Labor and Decent Work City

Kjeld Jakobsen

International Adviser of the PerseuAbramo Foundation and the Workers Party (PT), consultant for the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas


- Moderator

Kjeld Jakobsen obtained Ph.D. in International Relations by the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has occupied elected positions in trade unions, the Unified Workers’ Center of Brazil (CUT), the Governing Body of the ILO and the PerseuAbramo Foundation. He also worked as a consultant on development cooperation and international relations for trade union organizations and the Workers’ Party (PT).

Kjeld served as International Secretary of the Municipality of São Paulo from 2003 to 2004 and since then he has worked in the municipal field as adviser of Brazilian municipalities like Belo Horizonte, Recife, and Contagem. He has also worked as a consultant for the European Union URB – AL Program “Observatory of the Decentralized Cooperation” between the EU and Latin America from 2005 until 2008.

He now works for two trade union organizations (the CUT and the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas - TUCA) and mainly as adviser of the PerseuAbramo Foundation and the Workers Party (PT) on development cooperation, international relations, labor issues, and para-diplomacy.

He is also a lecturer on labor organization and international negotiations of labor issues at the Global Labor University (GLU) as well as the author of several articles and books on international issues, municipal politics, labor, and trade unionism.

He participated as a presenter in the International Forum on Transforming Cities for Decent Work 2017 in Seoul.

Session 4 _ Future of Labor and Decent Work City

Jong-jin Kim

Vice President of Korea Labour & Society Institute (KLSI)


- 'Union City' in Korean Local Government

A former sociology major at the Catholic University of Korea and Sungkonghoe University, Kim has been working as a researcher at the Korea Labour & Society Institute (KLSI) since 2003. Kim’s publications to date include Working People in the Age of Polarization, Neither Presidents Nor Workers, Work Shifts and Working Hours, On Emotional Labor in the Service Sector, Contractor-Subcontractor and Labor-Management Relations in the Service Sector, among others. Kim’s topics of research include the service sector, non-regular workers, young and part-time workers, and other groups vulnerable to unfairness at work, as well as working hours, emotional labor, and the labor policies of local governments.

[Research Paper]
Jong-jin Kim (2017),『Seoul Labor Policy -Restoring Labor to Its Proper Place in Society-』, The Seoul Institute.

Session 4 _ Future of Labor and Decent Work City

Ronald Wall

Chair of Economic Development of the City of Johannesburg and Gauteng Province
Professor, School of Economics and Business Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand


- TOWARDS A SMART WORK CITY NETWORK: The International Impact of Foreign Investment on Wage Inequality at the Country and City Scale

Prof. Ronald Wall (Ph.D. 2009) Economic Geography, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, specializes in regional and urban economic development and urban planning. He holds the Chair of Economic Development of the City of Johannesburg at the School of Economics and Business Sciences (SEBS), Faculty of Commerce Law and Management (CLM), at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), Johannesburg.

He completed his doctorate in Economic Geography at the Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, in 2009. He has published in leading scientific journals e.g. Urban Studies, Applied Economics, Journal of Transport Geography, Climate Policy, Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, European Planning Studies and Applied Economics Letters.

Ronald is the lead researcher and author of the UN-Habitat report State of African Cities 2018: The geography of African investment, which explores the changing position of African cities within global networks of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The report was financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and the Swedish Foreign Ministry.

Session 4 _ Future of Labor and Decent Work City

Ian Greer

Senior Research Associate in Cornell University School of the Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR)


- Labor Policy That Is Not Subordinate to Economic Policy & Urban Social Dialogue in France and the United States

Ian Greer teaches and carries out research on the intersection of labor and welfare policy in Europe and North America. He is the co-author of The Marketization of Employment Services and the Dilemmas of Europe’s Work-First Welfare States (2017, Oxford University Press) as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.

He has examined neoliberal reforms and union strategies to respond to the areas of privatization, health policy, active labor market policy, wage-setting policy, and immigration. He is fascinated by local-level public policy and activism, and he is fascinated by current events in Korea. Prior to working at Cornell he worked for nearly 10 years based in England, first as a research fellow at Leeds University and then as a professor at the University of Greenwich. He has had to visit positions in Aix-en-Provence, Berlin, Cologne, Chemnitz, Jena, Paris, and Sydney. He is a native of Washington State. Before coming to academia he worked as a manual laborer in agriculture and food processing, as a call center agent, and as a researcher for the US trade union movement.

Session 4 _ Future of Labor and Decent Work City

Rainald Thannisch

Head of unit Co-Determination Policy and CSR, Confederation of German Trade Union (DGB)


- German Model of Worker Participation on the Supervisory Board Level

Rainald Thannisch studied business administration in Cologne and works as a political advisor at the national headquarters of the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB) in Berlin. Since 2014 he is Head of unit Co-Determination Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the Department of Political Strategy and Planning.

He represents the DGB in the European Trade Unions (ETUC) Worker Participation and Company Policy Committee, in the Global Unions Committee on Workers Capital (CWC) and in the German National CSR Forum. He also is a member of the supervisory board of a German special steel corporation.

Session 4 _ Future of Labor and Decent Work City

Moon Joo Jung

Executive Director, Policy Bureau of Federation of Korean Trade Unions


Chung Moon-ju majored in Economics at Dankook University and earned a Master's Degree in Labor Economics from Korea University Graduate School of Labor Studies. He has served as the Executive Director of Policy Bureau at Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU). Prior to that he was the Director of Policy Planning at the Korean Metal Worker’s Union. He is a member of the Employment Insurance Appeal Committee and Wage Obligation Protection System Review Committee, which are the affiliated committees of the Ministry of Employment and Labor. He serves as a member of the National Pension Review Committee and Long-Term Care Committee, and Social Security Working Committee of the Ministry of Welfare. He is a member of the Minimum Wage Commitee, director at Korea Industrial Relations Association, a panel of the National Planning Advisory Committee and the Special Committee on the 4th Industrial Revolution of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea.

Session 4 _ Future of Labor and Decent Work City

Ju-ho Lee

Policy Director of Korean Confederation of Trade Unions


Lee Ju-ho, the Policy Director, graduated from Korea University in 1986 and earned a Master’s Degree in Labor Economics from Korea University’s Graduate School of Labor Studies in 2008. In 2014 He earned Master of Arts in Labour Policies and Golbalisation from University of Kassel and the Berlin School of Economics and Law(HWR) in Germany

He has charged of a Chief of Policy & Planning and Director of Policy institute of Korean Health and Medical worker’s Union from 1993 to 2017. And from 2015 to 2017 He served as a Member of Committee for Accreditation Deliberation of Korea Institute for Healthcare Accreditation, and as a Member of Consultative Group for Improvement of Health care Delivery System of Ministry of Health and Welfare, and as a Member of Scholarship Board Director of Korean Association of Labor Studies.

Since January 2018, He has charged of a Policy Director in Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, a Worker Councilor of Minimum Wage Commission Republic of Korea, a Working Staff of the Representatives from Labor, Employers and the Government, a Member of Special Committee on Health and Medical of the Presidential Committee on Jobs, a Member of Employment Insurance Committee of Ministry of Employment and Labor, a Working Staff of Social Security Committee.

Session 4 _ Future of Labor and Decent Work City

Myung-joon Park

Research Fellow, Korea Labour Institute


Myung-Joon Park, a research fellow at Korea Labor Institute and labor sociologist, holds B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Seoul National University. While studying in Germany, he conducted a study on “Corporatism in Implementation Society”at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies as a scholarship student of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and acquired Ph.D in Sociology at University of Cologne. Then, he worked as a research associate at the Department of East Asia and the Middle East at Freie Universität Berlin. Upon his return to Korea, he worked as a research fellow and director of international cooperation and information at Korea Labor Institute and now serves as academic director at Korea Association of Labor Studies, editor staff of interdisciplinary academic paper Economy and Society, member of Practical Committee under Gwangju Metropolitan City Better Work Commission and columnist for Hankook Ilbo’s Opinion section. Park has extensive interest in and studies labormanagement relations, labor movements, employment and labor policies, and is especially interested in establishing alternative labor-management relations to overcome dual labor market. He has introduced
a significant portion of Germany’s labor-management relations and employment system to Korea and
took a leading role in research on Gwangju-type job creation model.

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Tomoko Nishimoto

Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, International Labour Organization (ILO)


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Ms Tomoko Nishimoto has served as the ILO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific since January 2015. As such, she oversees the ILO’s operations in 34 ILO member States in Asia and the Pacific. A key part of her role is to stimulate and foster dialogue between social partners (governments, workers and employers) across Asia-Pacific, helping them to develop and implement coherent strategies that address intertwined issues of sustainable development. She supports the development of their capacity to respond to the increasingly complex issues generated by a rapidly evolving world of work. From the Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting in 2016 (where the ILO’s tripartite constituents agreed to join forces to promote inclusive growth, social justice and decent work), to the national and regional dialogues on the future of work, Ms Nishimoto has been at the forefront of the ILO’s mission: promoting jobs, protecting people. She provides strategic and technical guidance supporting ILO’s work in a wide range of areas including climate resilience, decent work and sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, gender equality, good governance, human and labour rights, labour migration, poverty reduction, private sector development, safety and health at work and social protection. Ms Nishimoto has more than 30 years of experience in the UN system. She has held senior management positions in UNDP, UNICEF and UNEP (UN Environment), in both field offices and at agency headquarters. Prior to joining the ILO, she served as the Director of the Division for Regional Cooperation (2010-14) at the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, providing UNEP’s six Regional Offices with leadership, guidance and oversight, and spearheading UNEP’s engagement with stakeholders, other UN agencies and major organizations. Ms Nishimoto relishes the opportunities her assignments have given her to work with diverse functional groups, across a wide spectrum of programmes and operations. These have included programming, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, human resource management and communications/advocacy.

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Andrew Turner

Deputy Mayor & Councillor - Banks Peninsula Ward, Christchurch City Council 


Born in the UK, Andrew is a long-time resident of Lyttelton and is the Deputy Mayor of
Christchurch and Councillor for the Banks Peninsula ward of the City. Before becoming involved in local government in 2010, Andrew established and successfully ran a number of small
businesses, having previously worked in business development roles in emerging
overseas markets.

Andrew has been involved in a voluntary capacity in governance roles in community organisations for many years, is a Justice of the Peace, and a Director of Christchurch City Holdings Ltd and Christchurch NZ, Christchurch’s economic development and city profile agency.

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Chalermpon Chotinuchit

Director-General of Social Development Department, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration


Mr. Chalermpon Chotinuchit was born on November 4, 1963 in Bangkok, Thailand. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Chulalongkorn University, Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Southeast Asia University (SAU), Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Chulalongkorn University, and barrister-at-law from The Thai Bar Under the Royal Patronage. He has been working at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) for 32 years since 1986. He began to serve as Local Affairs Officer of several District Offices from 1986 to 1994. In 1994 he was rotated as General Administrative Officer of Bang Rak District Office. He had served as Local Affairs Officer of several District Offices again from 1999 to 2010. In 2010 He was appointed as Assistant Director of Pom Prap Sattru Phai District and rotated as Director of Public Relations Division in 2012. He was promoted as Director of Phasi Charoen District in 2013, Deputy Director-General of Drainage and Sewerage Department in 2015, and Director-General of Culture, Sports and Tourism Department in 2017. He currently serves as Director-General of Social Development Department since October 1, 2018.

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Lisa Salazar

Director of Workforce Development & Economic Opportunity, Los Angeles


Lisa T. Salazar is a Policy Director for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, overseeing his agenda for workforce development, education, and veterans affairs. Her primary responsibilities include the development and advancement of career opportunities in high-growth industries for vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on cross-system collaboration. Salazar has nearly three decades of experience crafting and implementing equity-driven public policy on job training and skills development, youth and adult employment, education access and success, and the future of work. Her extensive experience also includes leading large-scale systems change to achieve data-driven results, as well as improving government services through participatory leadership and strategic thinking. Previously, Salazar was the lead administrator of the Youth Workforce Development System in the City of Los Angeles' Economic and Workforce Development Department. Salazar holds a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational and Industrial Psychology from Saint Mary's College of California.