Hyeonseo Lee

Hyeonseo Lee | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Hyeonseo Lee | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Author, Advocate for North Korean Refugees and Human Rights
Gain insights into the realities of life in North Korea and the challenges faced by defectors with Hyeonseo Lee, speaker, North Korean defector, and human rights advocate.
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Hyeonseo Lee | Speaker Biography

Hyeonseo Lee is a North Korean defector living in Seoul, South Korea. She recently published her memoir, "The Girl with Seven Names – A North Korean Defector's Story," which has been translated into over 20 languages. Her TED Talk about her life in North Korea, her escape to China, and her efforts to bring her family to freedom has been viewed by over 5 million people. Hyeonseo has testified about North Korean human rights in front of the UN Security Council and has discussed these issues with influential world leaders, including UN Ambassador Samantha Powers. She recently completed her undergraduate studies in English and Chinese at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and has been a Young Leader at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Hyeonseo frequently speaks about North Korean human rights and refugee issues at prestigious universities and events worldwide. She has met with public officials such as former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and former South Korean Minister of Unification Yu Woo-ik to discuss these issues. Hyeonseo has written articles for respected publications like The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has been interviewed by major news outlets such as the BBC, CNN, and CBS. Currently, she is working on her second book and planning to establish an organization to support promising North Korean refugees in their interactions with the international community.

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