Event Detail

28
Jun
2018

Beachviews Not Bombs: How North Korea’s Entrepreneurs Are Preparing for Change

Nils Weisensee, Head of Operations at Choson Exchange
Thursday, 28 Jun 2018
Session 1 : Drinks Reception 5.30pm; Talk 6.00pm Session 2: Drinks Reception 7.30pm; Talk 8.00pm
Executive Centre, Level 3, Three Pacific Place, 1 Queen's Road East, Admiralty
While Donald Trump has been pitching Kim Jong Un on beachview condos in Wonsan, frontier entrepreneurs in North Korea have been launching start-ups in one of the world’s most challenging markets. Keen on encouraging positive social change and a shift towards a healthier civil society in North Korea, non-profit Choson Exchange has been supporting entrepreneurs and business-minded individuals both inside and outside of the DPRK for more than half a decade. This talk, by the organisation’s Head of Operations, covers first-hand insights on the state of business and start-up culture in the DPRK, and discusses whether North Koreans are ready to face the global market.

Choson Exchange does capacity-building work with volunteers who provide their expertise to business-oriented individuals in North Korea through workshops, internships, mentorships and scholarships.  With a rapidly-growing community of entrepreneurs in North Korea who work at the fringe of what the current political system allows for, Mr. Weisensee believes that pushing for a more market-oriented approach is a constructive and sustainable method of encouraging progress within the nation and provides a rare opportunity for foreign experts to learn more about a country that remains largely unknown. 

The organisation has proven to be very successful.  In 2017, Choson Exchange has supported over 2,018 North Korean participants, developed well over 60 business plans and implemented 57 educational programs. 

Hailing from Germany, Nils Weisensee has worked with hundreds of North Koreans on their business ideas, has been teaching business skills to MBA students in China and has advised start-ups on marketing, management, and financial planning in this challenging environment. In addition to developing Choson Exchange’s entrepreneurship programs in the DPRK, Mr. Weisensee has been a speaker on business and entrepreneurship with Johns Hopkins Center and New York Institute of Technology in Nanjing, Slush Shanghai and a range of US universities.  He is the co-founder of a specialty coffee company, and previously worked as reporter and editor for international news agencies.  He also served as Product Manager at a software company in Shanghai.  He obtained his BA in Political Science and Journalism from Hamline University and his MA in Political Science and Media Studies from the University of Trier in Germany.
 

Members of the RGS, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$150 for RGS Members and HK$200 for guests and others.

The Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to Executive Centre for its generous assistance with this event.

 

Session 1 the Endurance Exhibition on Fri, 28 Sep

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