October Coffee Morning
When: Wed 16 Oct 2013 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Meeting Point: Conrad Seoul – SIWA’s new Coffee Morning ‘Home’

Special Guest Speaker Mr Kim Kwang-Jin will share his personal story as a North Korean defector and answer our questions in an interactive Q&A Session focusing on his knowledge and experience of North Korea.

As this year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Armistice between South & North Korea, SIWA is grateful to Mr Kim Kwang-Jin for accepting the invitation to speak at our Coffee Morning. So, bring your curiosity and questions for an interactive session about one of the most mystifying countries in the world.

 Mr Kim Kwang-Jin

Since defecting to South Korea with his family in 2003, Mr. Kim has served as visiting scholar in the US with the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), has earned two masters degrees, and is working on a PhD. In Seoul he currently works as a senior researcher at the Institute of National Security Strategy, is an advisor to the Ministry of Unification, and serves on various boards. Before his defection from North Korea, Mr. Kim served as the Singapore Representative of the Northeast Asia Bank; an agent of the Korea National Insurance Corporation managing accounts worth hundred of millions of dollars. He majored in English literature at Kim Il Sung University and taught English at Pyongyang Computer College.

Mr. Kim’s invaluable experience allows him to shed a strong light into the darkest corners of the North Korean regime‘s clandestine international financial operations. His revelations have saved re-insurance companies tens of millions of dollars and brought an end to a crucial method the corrupt regime used to purloin from foreign sources funds used to sustain the internal oppression of its people while continuing the development of nuclear power capability. He has published a number of papers and articles on the North Korean economy and the current transition of power in North Korea, and has been guest speaker at many distinguished international events.


Coffee Mornings are one of the core activities of SIWA, an occasion when all members come to enjoy topical lectures, panel discussions and special events over a cup of coffee or tea and snacks. It is a chance to reconnect with other members, make new friends and share information. The event is organized by the Hospitality Chair to provide information about Korea, current affairs, culture and issues of interest to all. For more information on Coffee Morning or to join the next Coffee Morning as a vendor or sponsor, please contact hospitality@siwapage.com

Where: Conrad Hotel Seoul, Studios 8, 9 & 10 on level 6

Address: 23-1 Yeouido-dong Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, 150-945, South Korea

 Getting there by Subway:

Yeouido Station, subway lines #5 or #9, Exit 3

Follow the underground passage, along the moving walkway, until you reach the IFC Entrance (L2). Walk to the escalators (located in front of the “8ight Seconds” store) and go up to L1. The entrance to Conrad Seoul is located between the “Stradivarius” and “Bershka” stores.

* Parking is available for free and valid for 24 hours if you would like to enjoy the ICF Mall and surroundings afterwards. Please follow signs for Conrad Hotel and park in the Purple Zone. Remember to provide the last four digits of your car numberplate when responding to the RSVP.

By Taxi: below is the Hotel Address in Korean:

서울특별시 영등포구 여의도동 23-1 콘래드 서울 150-945

Coffee Morning fee (inclusive of refreshments):

members $20,000 won and non-members $25,000 won

Meeting Point
Conrad Seoul – SIWA’s new Coffee Morning ‘Home’
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