The finalists selected for Social Action Award 2022–23 are who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.

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※ The order is in alphabetical order by name.

Ji Sun Park (University of Manchester)

Reporting Specialist, Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Programme unit, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Lao PDR office

I am a humanitarian activist who has a keen interest in risk communication and has affluent social psychological insight. I have run a social and behaviour change project for malaria prevention in Malawian rural communities, participated in an impact evaluation for a school health programme in Fiji, and managed menstrual hygiene and health improvement project for adolescent girls in Far-west Nepal. Throughout my career, I have put extra effort into designing and practising quality Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activities to enhance effectiveness of the project. Recently, inspired by my experience in Nepal, I have published an article dealing with family factors in the reproduction of the social custom of menstrual restriction. I am currently a Programme and Reporting Specialist in the UNDP Lao PDR Country Office Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) programme. Accordingly, I am supporting the local implementing partners to build their capacities in project implementation, reporting and communication.

Jihwan Jeon (University of York)

Project Director, KOICA Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) project

Jihwan Jeon is a professional in the sector of humanitarian and international development. He is currently working as a Project Director of the Korean International Cooperation (KOICA) funded Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) project in the Philippines with World Vision. He also managed a nutrition project in Rwanda and then worked on an education grant project in Northern Karamoja, Uganda, for five years. He obtained a Ph.D. in post-conflict recovery studies at the University of York in 2010.

Sun Young Rho (University College London)

Special Education Needs Co-ordinator, Hoeya Primary School, Gyeongnam Education Council

Sun Young Rho is a Special Education Needs Co-ordinator who teaches young students with special needs. She is the director of [Gyeongnam Inclusive Education Center Primary School Project] which is a part of the Korea government Education Development Project. She leads special and inclusive education of 20 classes, 50 teachers and around 600 students. In order to resolve social and educational discrimination of young students with special needs and protect their educational rights, she informs the reality of inclusive education to the teachers and break the obstacles of inclusive education. To improve the awareness of inclusive education, she guides the teachers by providing inclusive education seminars to inform the rightful purpose and methods of inclusive education.

Furthermore, she works on finding the family of young students with special needs to bridge the educational gap between students with special needs and students without special needs in the early stage. To raise the awareness of the importance of inclusive and special education, she collaborates with other teachers to research the practice of substantial inclusive education.