The Straits Time ran a recent piece on Choson Exchange's work and on the background of Managing Director Geoffrey See. Worth a read, especially if its a slow news week. After all, there is only so much North Korea election news you can read right?
Straight out of university, See has made some 30 trips to North Korea over the past five years, taking 35 international experts to conduct business and legal training in Pyongyang and Wonsan to some 700 North Koreans. He has also brought over 40 high-potential North Korean managers, bureaucrats and entrepreneurs to Singapore for training.
He's done it mostly pro bono, sleeping on couches, eating cheap street food and going for months without salary. At the end of 2012, he even left a top-dollar consulting job with Bain & Company in Boston to do this full-time.
The founder of the Singapore-based non-profit Choson Exchangelives for his dream: to see North Korea eventually integrated into the international system, its economy prospering and its people enjoying a higher standard of living. But his means to that admittedly bold end are more practical than provocative. He seeks to provide North Koreans with the knowledge and tools to improve the Hermit Kingdom's economy and enable it to interact with the global capitalist system, should it, in time, decide to.