Visiting Professor, School of Public Policy and Management , Korea Development Institute (KDI), Seoul and Consultant on International Affairs for the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK).
Areas of Interest: North Korea, humanitarian aid, terrorism and international relations in the Asia/Pacific region.
Victor Hsu was born in Taiwan and grew up in Mauritius, near South Africa. He studied at Yale University and received his M. Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
In addition to his teaching duties, he is Director of International Aid & Development Education, Adjunct Advisor for North Korea Studies and International Development Affairs to the KDI Center for International Development, and Researcher for the Knowledge Sharing Programme.
Until January 2010, he was World Vision Internationalï¿½s National Director for North Korea. Prior to joining WVI, he served as Senior Advisor to the CEO of Church World Service and as liaison to the White House, the Congressional leadership and the Office of the UN Secretary General. He was Director of the Asia /Pacific Department for the National Council of Churches USA from 1987 to 2000.
From 1976 to 1987 Victor directed the United Nations program of the World Council of Churches representing the WCC on the board of the Conference of NGOs (CONGO) in Consultative Status with the UN and serving as CONGO’s Vice-President and First Vice-President. During this period, he provided technical assistance to NGOs to facilitate their access to the UN. An expert on contemporary international issues, his expertise is often sought by civil society organizations. He has been a board member of several advocacy organizations and chaired several international roundtables. He has written extensively and is frequently invited to be a keynoter on international relations, humanitarian aid, terrorism and issues related to the Asia/Pacific.
He has provided confidential briefings to the leadership of US Congress on both the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and religious freedom in China. He was an official observer to the Philippine Peace Talks and has been received by several heads of states and governments, and well-known diplomats around the world.
He was instrumental in setting up the Food Aid Liaison Unit of the World Food Programme in Pyongyang and was the first convener of the Steering Committee. He was a board member of the USA PVOC-Consortium that provided monitoring of USA’s contribution to the WFP Programme. He has met President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Young Nam of the Supreme People’s Assembly. President Roh Moo-hyun received him at the Blue House. He met President Kim Dae-Jung and is known to senior officials of the governments in both the South and the North. He has been visiting Korea since 1978.
In Getting Acquainted with North Korea: A Journey of Gradual Discovery, Victor Hsu recounts his experience as one of the two Americans North Korea requested to help them seek humanitarian assistance.
Prof. Hsu was recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award for Professional Achievement from Carroll University, Waukesha, WI, USA. Read more here.
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