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. The below comprise the team's core analysts and journalists:
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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. The below comprises the KRG team’s core analysts and journalists:


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.

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.


Nils Weisensee – News Operations Director

Nils Weisensee is Director of News Operations at Korea Risk Group, NK News‘s parent company. Prior to that he worked as head of operations at the Choson Exchange NGO and as a reporter for DAPD and the Associated Press. Weisensee has a specialist interest in DPRK cyber activities and related security.

Minyoung Rachel Lee – Senior Analyst

Rachel Minyoung Lee is a senior analyst at NK Pro where she mainly examines the North Korean leadership, state media and propaganda. Prior to joining NK Pro, she worked as a senior North Korean media analyst for the U.S. Government.

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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.

Jacob Fromer – DC Correspondent

Jacob Fromer is a Washington DC correspondent, working for the two KRG flagship publications NK Pro and NK News. He previously worked in the U.S. Senate.


Colin Zwirko – Correspondent

Colin Zwirko is a correspondent working for both NK News and NK Pro, specializing in satellite imagery analysis and close coverage of the DPRK’s state media. Hailing from Texas in the U.S., he is currently based in Seoul, ROK.

Jeongmin Kim – Seoul Correspondent

Jeongmin Kim is a correspondent at NK News, based in Seoul. She previously worked for the CSIS Korea Chair and in the Seoul bureau of Reuters news agency. Follow her on Twitter @jeongminnkim.


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