Brian Jae Won Chung was born in South Korea and raised in Canada. He graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi with a B.A. in political science in 2015. His honors thesis examined the impact of a targeted infrastructure policy on incumbent survival in post-development South Korea. After graduation, Brian joined the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based policy research think tank that focuses on education and social policy issues in the UAE and the greater Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. He spearheaded a variety of data-driven research projects, which ranged from developing a whole school reform program for the public schools in the UAE to analyzing the implications of social impact bonds for philanthropies in the MENA region. In this role, he also worked directly with the Office of the Ruler in the government of Ras Al Khaimah to design a long-term, emirate-wide strategy for the education sector. At Yale, Brian is pursuing a joint degree: an MA in Global Affairs at the Jackson Institute and an MBA at the Yale School of Management. He hopes to leverage his policy experience to explore creative ways to solve modern management and policy challenges at the intersection of data, strategy, and effective public-private partnerships.