Business skills for everyone

Young North Koreans at universities in the DPRK see studying business and economics as key to improving their country’s standard of living, but access to high-quality education and practical experiences in these fields are limited. As a student at the Wharton School, Geoffrey See visited North Korea and met a university student who wanted to be a businesswoman to prove that women can be good business leaders. This incident, along with other North Korea-related experiences, led Geoffrey to conceive the idea for Choson Exchange in 2007.

Choson Exchange is registered in Singapore as a non-profit with a team present in Singapore, China, Korea and the US. Choson Exchange’s team has interacted with North Koreans in many ways and like our founder, caught the “North Korea bug” – an intense interest in North Korean issues and its people, with a desire to see it integrate peacefully into the international community. What makes Choson Exchange stand out is a focus on four core principles that make sure our work has the maximum possible impact:

 

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NETWORK OF WORKSHOP LEADERS

We leverage an international network of qualified and passionate volunteers from corporate, government and academic sectors as workshop leaders.

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FOCUS ON EXCEPTIONAL NORTH KOREANS

We spend considerable effort identifying professionals with potential to drive change, and provide them with opportunities in and outside of the DPRK.

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CLEAR FOCUS ON PATHS TO CHANGE POLICIES

We use various sources to understand emerging policies and how we can support the development of effective economic institutions and policies.