Ross J. Tokola

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Executive Associate to the Director, East-West Center in Washington
tokolar [at] eastwestcenter.org
Phone: 
202-327-9762
Education: 
M.Phil. in International Relations, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge; B.A. in Philosophy and M.A. in Philosophy, Heythrop College, University of London.
Area of Expertise: 

US-Asia Relations, US-Korea Relations

Mr. Ross Tokola is the Executive Associate to the Director at the East-West Center in Washington. Mr. Tokola gives advice and support to the Director on ongoing near-term and long-term strategic projects and programs, and helps monitor progress and ensure effective coordination with East-West Center in Washington staff and stakeholders. He is also responsible for the Congressional Staff Program on Asia and for North Korea in the World.

Previously, Mr. Tokola was a Program Officer at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies during his five years in Seoul, and worked for the U.S. embassies both in the Republic of Korea and in the United Kingdom.

In Washington, D.C., he worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, carried out research projects on behalf of U.S.-based Korea policy experts, and was Assistant Editor for The Asan Forum: An Online Journal.

Born in Brussels, Mr. Tokola’s overseas experience includes living in Belgium, Scotland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Mongolia, England, and South Korea. For work, he has traveled to China and Japan. Independently, he has traveled across Europe, Israel and the West Bank, Northern India as well as the Russian Far East.

In addition to studying the Korean language at Sogang University in Seoul, he holds a first class honors B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Heythrop College, University of London, and a M.Phil. in International Relations from the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.