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economic development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

I joined the OECD family in 2012, first as part of the Global Energy Policy Office of the International Energy Agency (IEA), a sister body of the OECD. Prior to joining the IEA, I worked in the private sector analysing power market needs and collaborated with developers and government clients to explore investment opportunities. I also travelled extensively in the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and South America while based in Seoul. I am a Korean national and was raised in Washington DC. I studied philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford for my undergraduate degree, and received a master of science in local

OECD Young Professionals Programme Ready for a career in global policy making? Then become an OECD YP. When opting for a Young Professionals Programme you have to choose the best. At the OECD our YPs work with experienced and enthusiastic people from a rich diversity of cultures, languages and professional backgrounds. YPs research and analyse current policy issues under the supervision of top professionals, and participate in conferences. We match assignments to academic background, professional experience, and personal preference. And because the assignments are associated with the organisation’s work programme and include knowledge sharing sessions with senior staff, you know you are working on policy issues that matter. Not only do YPs have access to the OECD’s staff

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My name is Yerim Park and I am currently a project co-ordinator in the OECD Global Relations Secretariat, Eurasia division. The international aspect of my work is what I find most interesting, through projects, diversity of content, communication and colleagues. I have worked on projects with experts and stakeholders from all over the world, which has been an enriching experience. As project co-ordinator at the OECD, I help implement projects that support non-member countries, for instance, towards development of policy recommendations, capacity building and devising sustainable reforms, while drawing from OECD experiences and best practices. Working on the Ukraine Sector Competitiveness Strategy project in 2015

was one such invaluable experience, as the collaboration took place at a time of major change in that country.

training programmes, but each YP spends six months working with a mentor. You can also seek advice from former YPs and tap into the networking opportunities within the OECD and beyond. In fact, as a YP, you become part of a network of more than 60,000 policy makers and shapers who come to the OECD for workshops, meetings and conferences throughout year. YP candidates will ideally have a graduate degree, excellent English or French, and two years of relevant experience. YPs work on fixed-term appointments of two years, and are based in the OECD’s headquarters in Paris, France. Candidates must be born on or after 1 January 1981 and have OECD member country nationality. We offer competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package. To find out more about the next available programme, qualifications and eligibility, go to:

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