Engage Korea is a student-driven humanitarian and educational initiative on the DPRK whose vision is to cultivate a global network of students, junior scholars, and practitioners who are well-informed about the DPRK, thereby creating a sustained effort for peace-building on the Korean Peninsula. We do not follow any political agenda, striving to be impartial, constructive, and informative.
An Interdisciplinary Team ( more coming soon)
Ye jin Kang; Founder, Co-Executive Director; Health Program Director
Ye jin Kangis currently enrolled at Harvard Medical School. She read for a MSc in Medical Anthropology and MPP at the University of Oxford on the Rhodes Scholarship. She graduated from Rice University with a BS in Biology and BA in Policy Studies (Global Health). She is an aspiring physician policymaker, and her aim is to help improve North Korea’s healthcare system. Ye jin taught a course at Rice called ‘Demystifying DPRK’ under the academic supervision of former Rice President Malcolm Gillis. From mid-2014 to early-2015, she served as Program Director in the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology Division of Medical Sciences. Having felt a calling to study TB as it is prevalent in the DPRK, much of her health work has been on studying TB holistically. She has done basic science, anthropology, and policy research on TB, and has done community volunteer work on TB in India.
Stina Jinsun Bae; Co-Executive Director; Online Courses Program Director
Sherri Ter Molen, Public Relations Director
Sherri L. Ter Molenis a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University and an adjunct instructor in the College of Communication at DePaul University. She also serves at the outreach coordinator for Sino-NK, an academic web journal that analyzes the China-North Korea borderlands in the larger context of East Asia, and her paper on the way in which North Korea is portrayed in the U.S. media was published in Korea 2013: Politics, Economy and Society. Further, she has more than 20 years of professional experience in advertising, broadcasting, journalism, marketing, public relations, and social media.
Matthew Bates, Economics Program Director
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings; Humanitarian Program Director
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings (née Bagherzadeh) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Asian and International Studies at City University of Hong Kong. Her PhD research explores the factors that influence non-governmental organisations’ (NGO) ability to gain and maintain access to the DPRK. She earned a dual MA in International Humanitarian Action from Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)/Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany), and an MA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Nazanin is originally from Massachusetts, USA. She travelled to the DPRK with a group of academics and researchers in July 2016. Her favourite memory from the trip is dancing and singing karaoke late into the night with hotel staff in Chongjin.
Sabine Burghart; Humanitarian Program Director
Adam Knight; Consulting Program Director
Sharon Kim - Interdisciplinary Policy Institute- Background: Health Diplomacy, Malaria
Sharon Kim, a recent graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, studied neuroscience and healthcare management. She has been working with Dr. Kee Park since the summer of 2015 and had the opportunity to shadow doctors of the Korean American Medical Association at Pyongyang, North Korea. During her time in North Korea, she shared some of her research on pediatric cancer and neurobiology related projects at the Annual Pyongyang Medical Conference of 2016 and 2017. She has been extensively involved in various science and medical diplomacy projects as executive board member of the Penn Science Diplomacy Group. Sharon hopes to contribute in the field of health policy, science diplomacy, and medicine, while committing particularly to DPRK related global health projects.
Andrew Kim , Interdisciplinary Policy Institute- Comparative Health
Andrew Ikhyun Kim is a 4th year medical student at Harvard Medical School. As a child of political asylum seekers, the intersection between health and peace remains close to his heart. He has worked on projects in medical education in South Sudan, human resources for health in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak, and surgical development in eastern Uganda. Andrew graduated from Brown University with a focus in International Health and pursued his MPhil in International Development from the University of Cambridge. After medical school, he will pursue a career in expanding access to quality palliative care to vulnerable populations and tending to spiritual needs toward the end of life. In his free time, you can find Andrew playing basketball and squash, skiing, listening to jazz, learning languages, meditating, and seeking Truth in unexpected places.
Nathanael Lee ; Interdisciplinary Policy Institute- Neurology
Nathan Lee is an aspiring physician-scientist who is currently enrolled in the combined MD/PhD dual-degree program, pursuing medical training at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and doctorate training at the National Institutes of Health through the Graduate Partnership Program. Nate graduated from Rice University with BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, BA in Cognitive Sciences, and BA in Psychology. Throughout his undergraduate and graduate training periods, Nate developed a deep interest in medical and healthcare-associated outreach programs. He currently serves as the Outreach Committee Chair of Society for Neuroscience DC Metro Area Chapter. Nate is also an avid photographer and a dedicated musician, and constantly seeks out opportunities to apply these passions in outreach settings.
Eric Joo ; Interdisciplinary Policy Institute-Environmental Health