Elisabeth Ng Langdal - a human geographer currently working as executive director at Health and Human Rights Info (HHRI) in Oslo. She is also deputy board director for FIAN Norway (FoodFirst Information and Action Network), and is a member of the organizing committee for the annual Human Rights and Wrongs Documentary Film Festival held in Oslo. At HHRI, Elisabeth develops a resource data-base on the consequences of human rights violations on mental health, where gender based violence is a priority area. In addition, she is working on developing a training program together with a resource group of specialists in the field. This program focuses on mental health and early intervention in persons exposed to severe human rights violations, again with special attention on sexual violence against women and children.
Dr. Peter Van Den Dungen - Director, International Museums for Peace, lecturer at University of Bradford, Department of Peace Studies, Bradford, UK.
Siobhan Hobbs - Lawyer, women’s rights and gender justice advocate. Siobhan has a long standing background working in post conflict countries and specialises addressing the rights of victims and survivors. She has been the gender advisor to two United Nations Commissions of Inquiry, notably the Commission of inquiry on human rights in the DPRK which uncovered new patterns of gender-based violence against women that had previously been undocumented.
Marcus Noland - Executive vice president and director of studies for Peterson Institute for International Economics based in Washington D.C., and a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Noland is one of the few U.S. economists to devote considerable effort to analyzing the DPRK's economic system. Noland is the author of Korea after Kim Jong-il (2004), and Avoiding the Apocalypse: The Future of the Two Koreas (2000), for which he won the prestigious 2000-01 Ohira Masayoshi Memorial Award, given annually to the book that best promotes cooperation within the Pacific Rim. Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform (2007) written with Dr. Stephan Haggard with a foreword by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen was published by the Columbia University Press. Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea, also written with Stephan Haggard, was published in 2011. He was previously a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, 1993-94, and has held research or teaching positions at the Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, the University of South California, Tokyo University, Japan’s Graduate Institute for Policy Sciences (GRIPS), and the Korea Development Institute.
Greg Scarlatiou - Executive Director, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, Washington D.C..
HRNK is the leading U.S.-based bipartisan, non-governmental organization in the field of North Korean human rights research and advocacy, tasked to focus international attention on human rights abuses in that country. It is HRNK’s mission to persistently remind policy makers, opinion leaders, and the general public in the free world and beyond that more than 20 million North Koreans need our attention. Since its establishment in 2001, HRNK has played an important intellectual leadership role on North Korean human rights issues by publishing twenty-five major reports (available at hrnk.org). HRNK became the first organization to propose that the human rights situation in North Korea be addressed by the UN Security Council. HRNK was directly, actively and effectively involved in all stages of the process supporting the work of the UN Commission of Inquiry. In the past five years, HRNK has been invited numerous times to provide expert testimony before the U.S. Congress
Jan van Setten - Dutch national, living in The Netherlands. He holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from the School of Management at Erasmus University of Rotterdam. After a career spanning one decade in the field of marketing and communication, he embarked as an independent business-owner in the printing & graphic design industry until 2010. Current activities include being an advisor/facilitator for small business-owners and social-cultural projects. He contributes as web-master and special program coordinator for W4NV.
Henry Song - Consultant and liaison for North Korean refugee and geopolitical issues. He has worked with The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and with various North Korean refugees. Henry is based between Honolulu, Hawaii and Virginia, USA.
Rob York- is Program Director for Regional Affairs at Pacific Forum. He is responsible for editing Pacific Forum publications, including the weekly PacNet series, the triannual Comparative Connections journal, and the in-depth Issue & Insights series. Prior to joining Pacific Forum, Rob worked as a production editor at The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. A PhD candidate in Korean history at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Rob has established himself as a commentator on inter-Korean and Hong Kong affairs, as a regular contributor to NK News and The Daily NK and having been published at The South China Morning Post, War on the Rocks, the Foundation for Economic Education, Korean Studies, and The Journal of American-East Asian Relations, as well as conducting numerous interviews in various media outlets. His research agenda at Pacific Forum includes trade and its relationship with security, media analysis, countering disinformation, and human rights. Rob authored an article on Betsy Kawamura's work with North Korean refugees, and continues to alert the organization on events and media articles affecting W4NV's activities.