MEET THE COMMITTEE
Emma Rooker Roberts
I was born in London and have spent most of my life living in various parts of the UK but I also have a home and a love of Spain. I moved to Korea in 2021 with my husband and two teenage sons and almost immediately relied on BASS for information, inspiration and fun in my new and unfamiliar surroundings in Seoul. I’m honoured to be joint President of BASS for 2023. I can often be seen walking my unfeasibly large sheep dog along the south side of the Han.
I was raised on the east coast of America but have lived most of my life in California. My family began international living in the Netherlands. Seoul is our first assignment in Asia and we love this city. Nowhere else have we found the outdoors so accessible to city living. Hiking trails, bike paths, city walks, markets that go on for blocks and blocks keep me out and about and always looking for more adventure. Finding community as an expat is important to settling into life in a new country. BASS has created that community and network of support for me.
Leadership Team and Walkie Talkie Guide
I grew up in the jungles of Borneo and the great outdoors is my life. I've been active in hiking, running and outdoor clubs for as long as I can remember, first in Borneo, then Hong Kong, Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong and now here in Seoul. I arrived in Seoul in August 2019 and I've done some amazing walks in Seoul and in several of the country parks. Korea has a lot to offer. I'm pleased to be part of the BASS team that is creating opportunities for our members and friends to experience Seoul's great hiking trails. I hope you can join me and the BASS team for a walk sometime soon.
Prior to moving to Seoul in August 2019, Hong Kong had been my home for many years. I met my British husband in HK and we have two children, a daughter at Dulwich and a son at university in Maine. Having left behind a great hiking group and book club, I was thrilled to discover that BASS offered both. I’m truly inspired by all the positive, multinational people I’ve been privileged to meet through BASS. I’m pleased to continue to support BASS and look forward to meeting and getting to know new people over the coming months.
I am very happy to be part of BASS, and I am full of admiration for all the work that the BASS Committee members and others put into making it a welcoming, active and thriving organisation which links non-Koreans living in Seoul with Koreans and Korean good causes. As I have moved from one city to another around the world over the past four decades, I have always valued the welcome and support offered by organisations like BASS. Come along to a BASS event, and you will meet interesting and friendly people!