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Dr. Durkop Will Leave Seoul After Finishing
His Duty As KAS Regional Representative
To Be Replaced by New KAS Rep. Dr. Norbert Eschbron

Dr. Colin Dürkop, regional representative for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in South Korea since, will leave South Korea on Oct. 1, 2011, rounding up his service in the nation, KAS Korea Office announced recently.

Dr. Durkop will be replaced by Dr. Norbert Eschbron, who will resume his duty as the regional director in charge of both North and South Korea and Japan.

Dr. Durkop has been serving as KAS regional director since Sept. 1, 2009.

Dr. Colin Dürkop (right), regional representative for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Korea Office poses with his replacement Dr. Norbert Eschbron (left), lawmaker Kwon Young-Se (2nd from left) of GNP party, and former President Lee Ki-Su of Korea University at his farewell reception held at Lotte Hotel on August 26, 2011.


He has been very active with his responsibilities including his recent trip to North Korea.

Dr. Durkop's farewell reception was held at Lottel Hotel on August 26 (Friday), 2011. The dinner reception was participated by a number of high-profile guests including lawmaker Kwon Youg-Se of GNP (Grand National Party), former Presidet Lee Ki-Su of Korea University, and Chairman Chang Man-Key of Korea Human Development Institute.

Dr. Colin Dürkop (center), regional representative for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Korea Office poses with his replacement Dr. Norbert Eschbron (to his right), Chairman Chang Man-Key of Korea Human Development Institute, President Cho Hi-Young of ALIBOT Co., and with Press Officer Doe Phil-Young (left) of Germany Embassy in Seoul at his farewell reception held at Lotte Hotel on August 26, 2011.


Who Is Dr. Colin Dürkop?

Dr. Colin Dürkop
Dr. Colin Dürkop has been serving as regional representative for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in South Korea since Sept. 1, 2009. Dr. Durkop is in charge of Japan as well.

Before his current posting in Seoul, he was director of the KAS Political Dialogue Programme Asia in Singapore and served at the Foundation’s headquarters in Bonn-Sankt Augustin/Germany as the Director of the Asia Department.

Earlier, Dr. Dürkop's stints were as KAS Country Representative in Thailand and section chief for various regions including Northeast Asia.

Prior to joining KAS in 1988, Dr. Dürkop headed up a World Bank project in Bangkok, Thailand for the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

He went on to consult World Bank projects in Ankara, Turkey and took part in various German Bilateral Aid Consultancy Projects.

Dr. Durkop started his career as an economist at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy in 1979.

Dr. Dürkop received his Ph.D. in economics and social sciences from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

From 2002 to 2009 he edited the journal Panorama:
Insights into East Asian and European Affairs.

For details or inquiries please contact the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) office at 790-4774.
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