Master of Ceremonies

Proudly representing the Korean cooperative movement, Gwangseog Hong will be one of two MCs at Congress. He is the team leader of the international cooperation office at the Korea National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF), and deputy secretary general of the International Cooperative Agricultural Orgnisation (ICAO) Secretariat. Initially a journalist for the Farmers Newspaper in Korea, he expanded his career into international relations in 2008. An economist specialising in the field of agriculture and cooperatives, he has served as an agricultural advisor for the ICA between 2011 and 2014 and managed rural cooperative development programmes. Gwangseog holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in agricultural economics from Seoul National University and Ohio State University.