Ph.D. 2018, Research Fellow at Stanford University
Esther Sekyoung Choi received her doctorate degree in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation examines the political and economic factors that have led to a new generation of intergovernmental organizations in the domain of development and climate change – variously referred to as green growth, sustainable development, and climate and infrastructure financing. Her research also investigates the political, economic, and environmental implications that these new organizations and regimes entail. Her cases include the Republic of Korea’s Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and BRICS’s New Development Bank (NDB). She has received support for this research from the Korea Foundation and UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies.
Prior to coming back to Berkeley, Esther has worked in Washington, DC at the World Bank as a consultant and in Seoul at organizations including the Global Green Growth Institute, Hana Institute of Finance, Samjong KPMG, and Samsung Economic Research Institute. She received a master’s degree in environmental management from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University and a B.S. in environmental sciences from UC Berkeley.