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HE. CHANGHEE LEE

Country Director, ILO Office in Vietnam

- Joined ILO HQ in Geneva in 1996 where he participated in a number of major global research programme on industrial relations until moving to Bangkok, Thailand in 2000 where he worked as an industrial relations specialist of the ILO’s East Asian team.

Covering 10 East Asian member countries – Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, he provided policy advice for government and social partners on a wide range of industrial relations policy issues including tripartite social dialogue, collective bargaining, human resource management, wage policies and labour dispute settlement.

In August 2006, he moved to ILO Beijing Office. He offered policy advices to and worked extensively with the government, trade unions and employers’ organization in China to improve China’s labour law and labour relations institutions.

In 2012, he returned to ILO HQ in Geneva and worked as a senior policy analyst of the Policy Integration Department. He was also a member of the Task Force for reform of ILO’s field operation, appointed by the by the Director-General (May – December 2013), which produce a blue-print for a reform of ILO field operations.

He has published numerous articles on industrial relations in East Asia – including papers on collective bargaining and tripartism in China and Viet Nam, transformation of industrial relations in Korea and historical research on industrial relations evolution in Japan.

Chang-Hee Lee is a citizen of the Republic of Korea. He entered Seoul National University in 1982 where he obtained bachelor degree of sociology (1986), master degree of sociology (1989) and Ph.D of Sociology (1996). His Ph. D dissertation was about the modern history of industrial relation development in Japan’s steel industry (1945 – 1970). He was also a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, Tokyo University, Japan (1993 – 95) and visiting professor at the same Institute (2010).