Dr. Changhee LEE is a Director of ILO Country Office for Viet Nam (September 2015-present). ILO Country Office for Viet Nam is the largest UN agency in Viet Nam, with more than 20 development cooperation projects and with 109 staff.
He joined ILO HQ in Geneva in 1996 where he participated in a number of major global research programme on industrial relations. Between 2000 and 2006, he worked as an industrial relations specialist of the ILO’s East Asian team in Bangkok, Thailand, covering 10 East Asian countries. From 2006 till 2012, he worked as a senior industrial relations and social dialogue specialist in ILO Office for China and Mongolia, in Beijing, China. During his service in East Asia, he provided policy advices to tripartite industrial relations actors in East Asia 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 2012, he returned to ILO HQ in Geneva and worked as a senior policy analyst of the Policy Integration Department (September 2012 – December 2013), and a senior labour relations specialist at the Inclusive Labour Markets, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch (INWORK) (January 2014-August 2015). 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.
Chang-Hee Lee is a citizen of the Republic of Korea. He has a Ph.D of sociology from Seoul National University (1996), and he worked as a research fellow (1993-95) and a visiting professor (2010) at the Institute of Social Sciences, Tokyo University, Japan. He has numerous articles published on industrial relations and human resource management on international academic journals. He published a book titled “Dialogue with China (in Korean)” on intellectual giants of China (Changbi, 2013), and co-edited a book “Industrial Relations in Emerging Economies – Quest for Inclusive Development” (Elgar, 2018).