Joseph Kim

Joseph Kim

Program Manager, Global Policy and Expert-in-Residence
George W. Bush Institute

Joseph Kim serves as Program Manager, Global Policy at the George W. Bush Institute. He was born and raised in North Korea. At the age of 12, his father died of starvation and he was separated from his mother and sister.

In 2006, Joseph escaped North Korea and went to China. In China, he connected with an international NGO called Liberty in North Korea (LiNK). A year later, he left China for the United States and claimed refugee status under the North Korean Human Rights Act, signed by President George W. Bush in 2004.

In 2013, Joseph delivered a TED Talk on the importance of hope and published a memoir, “Under the Same Sky.” Joseph interned as a research assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Korea Chair. He is a former America Needs You Fellow and Council of Korean Americans PSI Intern.

He completed a B.A. in political studies from Bard College and published a thesis titled, “Marketization in North Korea is Corrupting the Corrupted.”

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Read the article Forum on Leadership 2024: Voices of Freedom, with program introduction by Ken Hersh.
Apr 18, 2024

Forum on Leadership 2024: Voices of Freedom, with program introduction by Ken Hersh

Featuring: Natalie Gonnella-Platts, Joseph Kim, Ken Hersh
When freedom is under attack, oppressed people’s most powerful tool is often their voice and the voices of others. Brave individuals rise up and risk their safety and comfort to demand respect for human rights and speak truth to power every day. This panel features activists pushing back against authoritarian threats around the world.