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 team 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 a technology and blockchain entrepreneur. Sits on a few boards and co-founded a few companies. Worked at Bain. Kauffman Fellow, Wharton and Yale graduate. Geoffrey worked in Singapore, 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.

Nils | Associate Head of Operations | Business and Entrepreneurship

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.

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Ian | 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.

David | Associate | Research

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.

Khanh | Associate | Administration

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.

Stephanie | Consultant | Research

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. 

Ian | Associate | Programs

Ian 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, and is completing his MBA at Ducere Global Business School. 


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.



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