Korea Risk Group | Korea Risk Group: Meet the team
Korea Risk Group is uniquely positioned to forecast risk on projects taking place both inside North Korea – or outside, where there is scope to be affected by North Korean actions.
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Meet the people behind the product

Korea Risk Group is uniquely positioned to help you forecast risk on projects taking place both inside North Korea – or outside, where there is scope to be affected by North Korean actions.


Chad O’Carroll – Chief Executive Officer

Chad O’Carroll is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Korea Risk Group. He is a respected journalist and researcher with a specialization in North Korea. In addition to his responsibilities as Chief Executive of Korea Risk Group, O’Carroll is the Managing Director of the company’s institutional research and analysis platform, NK Pro.

Hamish Macdonald – Chief Operating Officer

Hamish Macdonald is the Chief Operations Officer of Korea Risk Group. He is responsible for overseeing the development of proprietary databases, customer relations, and business development. Macdonald is also a senior correspondent with his research and reporting often featured on the company’s institutional and news platforms, NK Pro and NK News.


Dr. Andrei Lankov – Director

Dr. Lankov is one of the world’s foremost experts and a widely published author in the field of Korean studies, in particular the DPRK. He has been a contributor to NK News for several years and joined the company exclusively in early 2017. He has been widely published in English, Russian, and Korean.

Leo Byrne – Director, Data & Analytics

Leo Byrne is one of the world’s leading data analysts conducting research on the DPRK. He has a specialization in trade and marine activities. Byrne’s work has been cited by numerous international governmental and non-governmental organizations and his investigations have made significant contributions to uncovering sanctions violations by the DPRK.


Oliver Hotham – Managing Editor

Oliver Hotham is the Managing Editor of Korea Risk Group’s news and research publications. He is responsible for the editorial operations and works with the management team to ensure editorial excellence. Hotham has been a contributing journalist to KRG’s NK News platform since 2013 and is a well known and respected journalist in the field of DPRK.  

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