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 decentralized network of entrepreneurs and experts 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. He is an entrepreneur. Sits on a few boards and co-founded a few companies. Serves on the Global Future Council for the Korean Peninsula at the World Economic Forum. Worked at Bain. Kauffman Fellow, Wharton and Yale graduate. Geoffrey worked in Singapore, India, Vietnam, China, Korea and the US. 

Calvin | Associate Head of Programs | Infrastructure & Urban Innovation

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 B | Associate Head of Programs | Business & Entrepreneurship

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. He also works with Koryo Tours.

Stephanie works with us on ad hoc special projects developing the startup ecosystem of North Korea. She hails from Texas and has joined our offices in Vietnam and Singapore. Stephanie worked at Bain & Co., graduated from University of Texas Austin and she is currently completing her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Alvaro has more than 10 years of business experience, specializing in the area of Marketing and Communications. Originally from Spain, he has lived in Asia since 2014, and now calls Singapore home. Alvaro has been volunteering with Choson Exchange since 2018 and has traveled to North Korea several times as a workshop leader and latterly as a workshop coordinator.

Ian C. is a coach, consultant and trainer specialising in error and risk reduction, communication and human performance improvement. Australian by birth, Ian currently resides in Indonesia, conducts training across the riskiest frontiers of the world and is completing his MBA at Ducere Global Business School. 

David currently works as a research analyst in the alternative assets sector, and is based in Singapore. He previously designed Choson Exchange's economic policy training in Singapore and analyzes inter-Korean economic engagement. David graduated from the National University of Singapore.

Julian is a graduate of St Gallen University in Switzerland. He joined a leading transport tech startup to lead and build their Asia Pacific Operations. He is active with the St Gallen Symposium and travels between Singapore and Switzerland.

Khanh was part of the founding team of one of the biggest co-working spaces in Vietnam, and has grown his interest in entrepreneurship ever since. He later joined one of the fastest growing food delivery companies in Southeast Asia as a business development manager.

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