Executive Committee

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Sunghwa grew up in New York City and has pursued her career as a concert pianist and chamber musician, music journalist, and creative arts specialist. Upon relocating to Seoul with her family in 2012, her artistic projects expanded through collaborations with other professionals working in different fields. She holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Music from the Juilliard School and a Doctoral degree in Music Education from Columbia University.

Sunghwa was a SIWA’s Welfare Committee Chair from 2018 to 2022. She has been mentoring underprivileged Korean youth since 2017 and hopes to maximize benefits to disadvantaged communities through collaborative artistic and philanthropy work. In addition, she strongly supports environmental sustainability and hopes to contribute to a more sustainable world.


Sejung moved to Seoul from Busan to attend Hanyang University in 2005 and has called Seoul her home every since. She majored in piano performance, studied contemporary music at Hanyang University, and earned a master’s degree in music at Folkwang Hochschule Essen, Germany. Upon completing her study in Germany, she returned to Seoul to teach music to university students and has worked as a lecturer at Chugye University for the Arts.

Sejung has been an active member and leader of the SIWA community since she joined in 2017. She was a Sponsorship Chair from 2018 to 2019 and worked as a Public Relations Chair until April of 2022. She has also led SIWA’s Book Club for a long time.

She enjoys her life in Seoul with her husband and two children and her two cats – Coco and Gwangbok.


Pat gained immense work experience as a procurement project manager at an international company in her home country, Singapore. She moved with her husband and their two children to Seoul in 2014. In Korea, she was actively involved in fundraising events and student activities at her children’s school as a valuable member of the Parent link, the parent and school liaison group, and the treasurer of the Parent Association. Charitable work has been her longtime goal, and now that her kids are grown, Pat gladly dedicates her time and expertise to the SIWA fundraising events.

After her tropical home country, she appreciates the beautiful four seasons and enjoys exploring new places, the culture, and the art in Korea.


Nora moved to Korea from Thailand with her husband and joined SIWA right upon her arrival in Seoul. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from St. John’s University, New York City, and gained vast experience in brand marketing and communication working for international companies abroad. Since relocating to Asia, Nora has become an avid photographer and a trained yoga teacher. She uses her talents and skills to impact SIWA’s philanthropy and sustainability work positively.

She is SIWA’s passionate in-house photographer and brand communication VP.


Lavinia moved to Seoul with her husband in 2020 and joined SIWA in 2021. Being a first-time trailing spouse, she actively has sought company from like-minded people, especially those who enjoy working for a good cause. Before her move, she was in the public service of the Singapore Government with a role that focused on helping the underprivileged. Her work experience includes program creation and execution, stakeholders’ engagement, and volunteer management. She hopes to be able to continue contributing to the community and making a difference in people’s lives regardless of geographical location.

Upon her arrival in Seoul, she has already volunteered to create a brochure for Every Mother and Child (EMC), a non-profit organization committed to helping and supporting unwed mothers and children in crisis regardless of different race and nationality. She has also assisted Open Arms, a non-profit organization that provides personalized English education to abandoned children in South Korean welfare homes.


Standing Committees

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Hospitality Chair hospitality@siwakorea.com
Membership Chair membership@siwakorea.com
President Emerita presidentemerita@siwakorea.com
Public Relations Chair publicrelations@siwakorea.com
Special Events Chair specialevents@siwakorea.com
Sponsorship Chair sponsorsiwa@siwakorea.com
Tours & Interest Groups Chair tours@siwakorea.com
Welfare Chair welfare@siwakorea.com
Board Administrator
Cultural Connections Committee Chair


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Blog Manager blog@siwakorea.com
Bazaar Manager bazaar@siwakorea.com
Facebook Manager facebook@siwakorea.com
Gala Manager gala@siwakorea.com
Graphic Designer graphics@siwakorea.com
e-Newsletter Manager newsletter@siwakorea.com
Enrichment Coordinator enrichment@siwakorea.com
Instagram Manager instagram@siwakorea.com
Newcomers Manager membershipteam@siwakorea.com
Nominating Committee Chair nominate@siwakorea.com
Social Media Manager socialmedia@siwakorea.com
Vendor Manager vendormanagement@siwakorea.com
Webmaster webmaster@siwakorea.com
Website Content Manager contentmanager@siwakorea.com
Working Women’s Network Coordinator wwn@siwakorea.com

Organizational Chart

2019-2020 SIWA Organization Chart

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