Hana Rhee is a strategic advisor with more than 15 years of experience providing strategic and operation advisory services to private, public, and social sector clients in multiple continents with a focus on emerging markets. Previously, she worked as a development economist in Africa, a management consultant at Bain, and an entrepreneur in South Korea. Hana consulted various national governments on economic and sector growth strategies, helped set up multi-billion dollar trade zones for businesses, and managed operational teams of a $50M revenue / 250 person company. She holds a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, an MA in Development Studies from the University of Western Cape, South Africa, and an MBA from INSEAD, France and Singapore.
LAX, the world’s busiest airport, is currently engaged in an $8.5B capital improvement plan. This seven-year project will generate about 40,000 jobs and provide substantial economic opportunities for construction-related companies and other businesses. FUSE Fellow Hana Rhee helped develop a strategic plan to engage the community in this improvement project and ensure that area residents have opportunities to build the skills and resources needed to compete for jobs and contracts. Hana’s work helped demonstrate the need for transparency and accountability for Los Angeles World Airport’s diversity efforts, and highlighted the need for actionable, real-time data and a database that allows for more informed decision-making. Her work also highlighted the importance of developing a centralized, streamlined, and inclusivity-focused organizational structure within the department.