Honorary Citizens of Seoul 2013

by Based on Seoul Metropolitan Government information, 08/12/2013

Since 1958, Seoul has been awarding Certificates of Honorary Citizenship of Seoul to foreigners who have helped strengthened Seoul’s foundation for international exchange or contributed to the city’s development, as well as to foreign sovereigns, heads of state, and diplomatic delegations who have visited Seoul, to show its appreciation and build cooperative friendships. So far, 679* foreign nationals from 93 countries have received the Certificate of Honorary Citizen of Seoul.

The 2013 Honourees are:
1. RAJU CHHETRI – Nepal – Self Employed
Contributed to the development of Taekwondo, through PR in Nepal. Gold medalist in 2008 at the Korea Open International Taekwondo Championship. Was a volunteer at the Nepal Festival Ambassador to Korea Booth. Participated in the 2011 Seoul Town Hall Meeting.

2. OSMAN MOHAMED ADAM – Sudan – Political Expert
Through translations and interpretation has introduced Korean culture - art, society, economy, etc. - to the Middle East. Introduced Korea in AL-Arabic Magazine, ALJAZEERA and BBC Arabic. Attended the Antireligious and International Peace-Korea 21st Century as a Peace Promotion Ambassador.

Has been living in Seoul for more than 20 years, acting as a cultural ambassador between Korea and Brazil. Founded ‘Korea-Brazil Cultural Consultative Group’ and conducts monthly forum. Works as a volunteer in many help organisation, including assisting disabled children. Operates a blog (www.bomdiaseul.com).

4. MONIKA SCHMIDT – Germany- Principal German International School
Contributed to attracting German companies to Korea. Has actively participated and contributed to the success of events between Germany-Korea. Encouraged and cheered Special Olympic Games players with teachers, students, and parents.

5. CHONG BING WANG – Taiwan – CEO Travel Agent
Promoted tourism projects that fused culture and art. Contributed to the development of inbound (to Korea) travel from China and Southeast Asia. Promoted self-led activities to prevent the degrading of the national image with low cost products.

Assisted Seoul Metropolitan Government Low Income Family Females with Home Security Service. Operated the Beautiful Store and ‘Safety Pad Roll Volunteer Group’. Contributed to promoting Korea and the globalization
of its brand value.

Has contributed to attracting foreign businesses in Seoul as well as assisting Korean companies entering the U.S. market. Has provided the U.S. Executive and Administrative branches with information on Korean business environment improvements. Operates 'AMCHAM Partners for the Future Foundation' that supports Korean students with scholarships. Has contributed to the improvement of citizens’ quality of life through advocacy and support for the city’s welfare policies.

8. RICHARD HILL – UK - CEO of Korea Standard Chartered Finance Group
Has contributed to Seoul’s economic development, improvement in quality of life, and international PR. Has participated in many community service programs including Walks with Visually Disabled, Seoul Forest Tree Planting event, Han River bank clean up, etc. Helped raise more than one million dollars in donations for local charities/services. Established and supported ‘Korean Eye’ – Korean art exhibitions in cities around the world including London, Singapore and Korea. Member of Seoul Metropolitan Government’s FIAC (Foreign Investment Advisory Council).

9. BAYE BOUCAR DIOUF – Senegal - Professor at Kyung Hee University
Has contributed to the strengthening of Seoul Citizen-Senegalese relations. President of the Senegalese in Korea Association. Was involved in a provision of electricity project in Senegal led by Kyung Hee University.

10. MILKOS LENGYEL – Hungary - Former Ambassador to Korea
Has worked on Korea-related issues for around 20 years. Held the 20th Korea-Hungary Diplomacy Anniversary Event in 2009. Has shared the public and welfare policies of Seoul with numerous foreign diplomatic delegations.

11. RAMIRO ZUNIGA GARIBAY – Mexico – Priest
Seoul National University Spanish Camp Professor. Works with students as a priest, advisor, and professor. Has acted as a bridge for Korea-Mexico cultural interchanges

12  JOANNA ZENONA HOSANIAK – Poland – NGO Vice Deputy Director General
Working with Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR) to enhance the human rights of North Koreans and to facilitate their settlement in South Korea. Helps educate Koreans and the international community on the status of North Korea and North Korean refugees.

Has dedicated 22 years of his life to the development minorities, on behalf of children and youth in particular.  First visited Korean in 1962. Has contributed to the establishment of Korea-Spain community relations.

14. ANATOLY V. TORKUNOV – Russia - Dean of Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Has published numerous books on Korean studies including the Korean War, Korean history, the transformation of post-war Korea, etc. Russia’s best international relations expert and greatest authority on Korean peninsula issues.

15. MOTOYUKI NOMURA – Japan – Former Minister
Worked since the 1970’s on poverty relief through fundraising activities in Germany, Australia, etc. Donated around 800 historic artifacts to Seoul in 2006, including photos of Cheonggye Creek and a map of Seoul, items important in researching the 1970s history of Cheonggye Creek and the city.

Congratulations to the new Honorary Citizens of Seoul!

* Anne Ladouceur, the founder of Korea4Expats.com was inducted as an Honorary Citizen of Seoul in 2011, the only woman among that year’s 16 recipients. This year's 15 include 4 women. 

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