Michael Spavor

Michael Spavor originates from Calgary, Canada and has spent more than 20 years living and working in the Koreas. His work has focused on cultural exchange, developmental assistance and ethical, non-sanctioned business promoting ties between the DPRK and the rest of the world. Michael first visited the DPRK in 2001, and in 2005 became managing director of a Canadian education and humanitarian aid NGO in Pyongyang. Since then, he has organized academic, sport, media and business delegations to the DPRK including those by the Asia Society and Young Presidents Organization through his China-based organization Paektu Cultural Exchange (PCE). Michael became friends with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un in 2013 after organizing three visits to Pyongyang by former professional basketball player Dennis Rodman, the highlight of which was a friendly basketball game between the DPRK national team and American former NBA stars. Michael holds a University of Calgary degree in International Relations specializing in East Asian studies, and researching International Trade and Political Science at Kangwon National University in South Korea. He is fluent in Korean and French and speaks basic Chinese.

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