Workshop leaders make it happen
Our workshop leaders are volunteers who have an interest in North Korean issues and want to give back to society by sharing their expertise. Over the past few years, we have built a global community of former workshop leaders who remain connected to us, to each other, and to our North Korean workshop participants. Our workshop leaders range from policy-makers, entrepreneurs, and lawyers, to business managers, management consultants, and professional investors who volunteer in their private capacity. They range from CEOs or ex-Ministers to early-career professionals, and come from all over the world. In cities like London, New York, Singapore, and Shanghai, workshop leaders support us with public talks and other forms of outreach.
Choson Exchange is driven by a core team of entrepreneurs and academics who are passionate about supporting entrepreneurship in North Korea's extremely challenging environment, with a deep interest and commitment to Korean issues.
Geoffrey K. See | Founder & Chairman
Geoffrey conceived Choson Exchange in 2007 with a belief in innovative approaches for North Korean development. Geoffrey has worked for Bain & Co. in Boston, analyzed Asian economic trends for Centennial Asia Advisors, and served in the Singapore Armed Forces. He was a board member of a listed Mongolian energy company, a research affiliate at MIT, an advisor to startups at a Singapore-MIT research institute and co-founded several startups. He is also a Kauffman Fellow, part of a leadership network in venture capital. Geoffrey graduated in 2 years with a Bachelors (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and completed a Masters at Yale University. Geoffrey has worked in Singapore, Vietnam, China, Korea and the US.
Nils Weisensee | Head of Operations
Nils is Head of Operations at Choson Exchange. He co-founded two coffee companies in Shanghai, and is frequently teaching agile management and lean startup methods to young entrepreneurs. Previously, worked as Product Manager at a social media company. He obtained his B.A. in Political Science and Journalism from Hamline University in Minnesota, and his M.A. in Political Science and Media Studies from the University of Trier in Germany.
Andray Abrahamian | Associate Director of Research
Andray became interested in Korea issues following a trip to the DMZ in 2003. This inspired an MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex, and subsequently a PhD focusing on Western media and images of North Korea. Andray taught international relations at the University of Ulsan. He has offered commentary and published academic and op-ed articles on North Korea. Andray speaks Korean. He is an Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University and a member of the National Committee on North Korea.
Calvin Chua | Associate Design Programs Coordinator
Calvin is an architect and urban strategist with a special interest in unique socioeconomic conditions in cities. He is currently a Fellow at Fundacion Metropoli, advising governments on the development of cities. In addition, Calvin has been a visiting tutor at various universities, writes for various journals and won several awards for his works. He graduated from the Architectural Association in London and has lived and worked in Europe and Asia.
Kim | Consultant
Kim graduated from the Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies among the top tier of her school in English. She is interested in issues related to Education, Women and Business, and follows the performance of various countries on the PISA test. Kim is obsessed with speed-reading.
Hwang | Consultant
Hwang is a young graduate of the Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies. He has been involved in exchanges promoting peace and cooperation between North Korea and a range of countries in the Asia Pacific region.
Desmond Lim | Outreach
MPP candidate, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Philippe Rose | Consulting
Economist, Energy Industry, Persian Gulf
Ian Bennett | Outreach
Shawn Zhu | Singapore
MBA candidate, National University of Singapore (ongoing)
Joe Hong | Strategy
Investment banker in Hong Kong, MBA (Harvard Business School)
Minki | Outreach
Entrepreneur, New York City
James Liu | Projects
Management Associate, B.Sc. Univ. of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
Grace Chung | Projects
Consultant, MPP Harvard Kennedy School of Government