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SIWA Connect: Community Engagement Forum – SAVE THE DATE!

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


We invite you to SIWA Connect, our vibrant community initiative, where we celebrate diversity and inclusivity by facilitating engaging and meaningful discussions on various topics. We are excited to partner with the Itaewon Global Village Center (IGVC) and Gangnam Global Village Center (GGVY) for this bi-monthly forum. 

Please join us on an enriching cultural journey with our dynamic speakers, who represent diverse cultural backgrounds and are all long-term residents of Korea (and also fluent in Korean). Together, we will delve into fascinating insights and shared life experiences in Korea, exploring various facets, including cultural exchange, knowledge sharing, valuable tips, and deep appreciation of the culture. 

While embracing different cultural experiences enriches our lives, it can also frustrate us with confusion and conflicts. Many of us who live in Korea as non-Korean citizens can relate to these sentiments. Our discussions will cover topics such as cultural identity and integration, cultural sensitivity and understanding, sharing personal narratives of overcoming cultural barriers and conflicts, navigating professional opportunities, career development, and entrepreneurship.

Don’t miss out on this unique and meaningful opportunity to gain invaluable insights and practical advice for thriving in Korea’s contemporary cultural environment. Let’s come together to celebrate the rich tapestry of our global community through lively conversations and interactive engagement!


Guest Speakers:

Cecile Corona (France)

Ms. Cecile Corona currently serves as the Cluster Guest Experience Manager at Seoul Dragon City Hotel, bringing a wealth of expertise to her role. With a Master’s degree in Convention & Exhibition Management from Kyung Hee University, she is well-equipped to handle the demands of the hospitality and event management industry with her diverse cultural experiences and expertise. 

Beyond her professional endeavors, Cecile is deeply committed to community service and actively engages in volunteer work to make a positive impact. Her multifaceted background, coupled with her invaluable skills, renders her a crucial asset to her team.




Katherine Corteza (Philippines)

Ms. Katherine Corteza serves as the Center Director of Itaewon Global Village Center, where she plays a pivotal role as a liaison between the Korean Government and foreign residents in Korea. She is dedicated to bridging the cultural gap between locals and foreign communities through organizing informative seminars and cultural programs. Her responsibilities encompass building networks among foreign communities and fostering multicultural relations between Korean residents and foreign residents in Korea. Additionally, she advocates for the needs and demands of the minority, ensuring that the Korean government is attuned to the voices of the foreign community. 

Katherine is the recipient of various honors and achievements, including the 2023 Seoul Honorary Citizen Award, Citation Award from the Korea National Police Agency, Yongsan Senior Welfare Center, and 14th Gawad Genny Lopez Jr., Bayanig Pilipino Award (Filipino Modern Day Heroes).


Nihat Khalilzade (Azerbaijan)

Mr. Nihat Khalilzade, the center director of Gangnam Global Village Center,  is an international business professional who fosters collaboration, innovation, and community building. With over a decade of experience in the Information Technology and Services industry, Nihat has established himself as a visionary global business development director specializing in computer literacy, strategic consulting, team leadership, project management, business intelligence, and multicultural education. 

Nihat is also a Social Integration Advisory Committee member under the Ministry of Justice Korea, a Global Business Development Advisor of the Korea Wireless Internet Solution Association (KWISA), and a Startup Specialist at the Global Startup Immigration Center. 

Having embraced South Korea as a second home,  Nihat has directed his career toward supporting fellow expatriates and enhancing the dynamic Korean business landscape. He is eager to connect with professionals, industry peers, and like-minded individuals interested in collaboration, networking, and cultural exchange. 


Event date & time: 2024.02.20. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Event host: Sunghwa Han, president@siwakorea.com

Venue: Heyground Seongsu Branch –  Skylounge (8th floor – rooftop)  5 Ttukseom-ro 1na-gil, Seongdong-tu 

              Naver map: https://naver.me/xOCmI3hc 

Nr of participants: 40

Ticket price: free

Additional Information: Light refreshments will be provided before the forum.


Tuesday, February 20, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Sunghwa Han


Heyground Skylounge
5 Ttukseom-ro 1na-gil, Seongdong-gu
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
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