People at KOMMON
My name is Fred and I am an Editor-in-Chief at KOMMON. While I lived, studied, and worked in Seoul for a little under three years, I was the first student in my college’s history to major in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Korea. When I’m not working or studying Korean, I can be found exploring tasty restaurants around New York City
Chief Operating Officer
My name is Sunny and I am Chief Operating Officer at KOMMON. I have lived for more than 20 years in Korea. I like listening to Black Pink and reading Korean webcomics after work. I always crack up at funny dog videos and bad puns.
Senior Operations and Logistics Manager
My name is Yul and I am a Senior Operations and Logistics Manager at KOMMON. I'm very interested in learning more about the trend of Generation Z in Korea. I like to go around looking for good restaurants in Seoul.
I stranded in Korea accidentally for work, many years ago, to do cross-race/cross-culture research at Korea University. Long before BTS or even Gangnam style, I am not sure I would have found Korea on a map back then, but in spite of walking around as lost as one can probably be, I somehow fell in love with this “impossible country” and never really managed to leave for good since then. Now I am back, finally trying to wrap my brain around the equally impossible Korean language, and happy to be part of the KOMMON team that helps other non-Koreans understand their adopted country a little better every week.
My name is Haram and I work as a Staff Writer at KOMMON. Running while listening to music is my favorite thing to do. I enjoy working at KOMMON because I can learn what non-Koreans want to know about Korea and I can tell the latest stories about them to all the first-timers here.
I’m Aleya and I’m an engineering PhD student based in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve been immersed in Korean culture and entertainment for over a decade, and being a part of KOMMON has helped me expand that knowledge further. Above all, it’s a pleasure connecting and learning from everyone on the team.
Graphic Design Producer
Hello, I’m a biweekly illustrator for KOMMON & at other times a postgraduate student studying English Literature here in Seoul. Drawing was mostly a hobby before, and working on these illustrations has been a nice change of pace from the usual sleep-deprived and caffeine-addled postgraduate life—but also I must say KOMMON has helped me grow so much as an illustrator. I hope my art can be a nice little addition to these wonderfully written newsletters.
Senior Content Creator
Hi! My name is Jessica and I am born and raised in the Big Durian that is Jakarta. Currently, I’m a data cruncher by day and KOMMON’s content creator by night. In my free time, you can find me trying out new recipes in the kitchen, working on a new embroidery project or catching up on the next episode of a TV series. I believe that there is nothing more exciting than learning about different cultures and building connections with people from all over the world. Hence, I’m excited to be a part of KOMMON and hopefully expand your cultural horizons!
Social Media Curator
Hi! I’m Wen, from Malaysia. I play a role in KOMMON’s social media team! I currently base in Ireland for studies and am looking forward to travelling to other countries again. Stay safe everyone! Hope you enjoy our weekly content!
Strategic Alignment Manager
Andrew is a digital growth marketer who divides his time between Seoul, Korea and Dallas, Texas. His areas of expertise are SEO, digital content platforms, data analytics and reporting, and academic research. He earned his MBA in business analytics from the University of Nebraska.
My name is Amal and I work as the Editorial Assistant at KOMMON. Currently a graduate student in Ewha Womans University, I am originally from Brunei. Having lived in Korea on and off since 2017, one of the things that I find myself keep coming back to is the bustling dynamics of Seoul. I enjoyed discovering cute cafes in Seoul’s narrow alleyways with friends and my way of releasing stress is to go to a nearby archery cafe.
Heylo! I am Lanya/라냐 from India, currently based in Daejeon, Korea's very own Silicon Valley. I am a part-time Staff Editor here at KOMMON, and a full-time student majoring in Artificial Intelligence and dabbling in science journalism from time to time. I love Korea's modern, fast-paced, technology-and-innovation-obssessed lifestyle, which makes working on a newsletter on Korea such a delight. In my free time, I chase neighbourhood stray cats with my camera or go hiking in the local mountains.
My name is Loren. I lived in Korea for 4 years while I was taking up my Master's Degree at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. I currently work as a Tax Analyst, supporting Korean clients, and as a Korean Language Instructor. Watching the Korean show Abnormal Summit is one of my favorite pastimes.
Social Media Manager
My name is Melissa and I am the Social Media Manager for the Instagram account at KOMMON. I'm from New York and moved to South Korea over six years ago. I studied International Relations in my college years and I found South Korea to be an amazing country, rich in their own culture. I love inspiring others to be informed and build on their own conclusions to world events.
My name is Daeho and I am a staff writer at KOMMON. I like to learn different languages, cultures, arts. Sharing experiences with people always gives me the joy. I’d be pleased to be a part of the bridge between Korea and the others at KOMMON.
Senior Content Administrator
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