Somang is Manager, Partnerships at Grow Asia, a World Economic Forum platform that catalyzes action on inclusive agricultural development in South East Asia. The platform convenes governments, farmers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to co-create value chain initiatives focused on smallholder farmers and environmental sustainability of agriculture. Grow Asia was established by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat.
Somang is responsible for supporting the Country Partnership Secretariats in Myanmar (MAN) and Vietnam (PSAV), so that they deliver sustainable outcomes in critical sectors (such as rice, coffee and tea) and in thematic areas (including women, agrifinance and technology). She is also leading Grow Asia’s work programme on agrifinance.
Somang has eight years of experience in policy and public affairs. She began her career as a journalist at publications such as The Economist and Reuters before moving into public sector consulting and policy advocacy roles. Before moving to Grow Asia, she managed public affairs and partnerships for the agrochemicals sector.
Somang holds dual Master in Public Administration (MPA) degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her Bachelor’s degree is from Yonsei University in her native South Korea.