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, Vietnam and Korea. 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:
NETWORK OF WORKSHOP LEADERS
We leverage an international network of qualified and passionate volunteers from corporate, government and academic sectors as workshop leaders.
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.
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.