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. 

 

Our team

Choson Exchange is driven by a part-time 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 | Founder

Geoffrey conceived Choson Exchange in 2007 with a belief in positive grassroots change in North Korea. Geoffrey graduated 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. 

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Khanh | Program Associate

Khanh was part of the founding team of one of the biggest coworking spaces in Vietnam, and has grown his interest in entrepreneurship ever since. With operations and content marketing background, he hopes to bring a new perspective of the DPRK to the world.

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Nils | Associate Head of Operations

Nils is Head of Operations at Choson Exchange. He co-founded two coffee companies in Shanghai, and teaches agile management and lean startup methods to young entrepreneurs. 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.

Calvin | Associate Design Programs Coordinator

Calvin is an architect and urban strategist with a special interest in unique socioeconomic conditions in cities. He teaches at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He graduated from the Architectural Association in London and has lived and worked in Europe and Asia.

Ian | Outreach Coordinator

Ian first visited North Korea in 2008, and has been volunteering with Choson Exchange since 2015. He works as a product manager in the legal technology sector and is currently based in London.

 

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 graduate of the Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies. He has been involved in exchanges promoting peace and cooperation between the DPRK and other countries in the Asia Pacific region.

 

VOLUNTEERs

Desmond Lim | Outreach
MPP, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Philippe Rose | Consulting
Economist, Energy Industry, Persian Gulf

Pearl Lee | Social Media
Branded Content Editor, Singapore

 

Minki | Outreach
Entrepreneur, New York City

David | Outreach         Policy Analyst, Singapore

Eugene Ng | Outreach
Investor, Hong Kong

 

James Liu | Projects
Management Associate, B.Sc. Univ. of Pennsylvania, Wharton School

Grace Chung | Projects
Consultant, MPP Harvard Kennedy School of Government