Our Passionate (and Persistent) Team Members
For more than 17 years a hearty band of enthusiastic, idealistic, persistent, and stubborn Rotarians have been working hard to keep the lines of communication going with our counterparts in the DPRK, to weather the geopolitical storms, and to bridge the cultural divide that separates us from our friends in country. It has been a learning process for all, but a satisfying one. Our loose-knit team is made up of members in China (close to the border) and overseas and has included:
Randal Eastman, PHF is a Canadian based in Shanghai for almost 20 years. He is twice Past President of the Rotary Club of Shanghai and served as Rotary's Special Representative to China, the de-facto district governor for Rotary's growing clubs in mainland China.
Randal initiated the DPRK Solar Oven project back in 2001 and has since led or participated in all our Rotary projects in the DPRK.
Tom Wilkinson, PHF is a Canadian Rotarian, Past President of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty and Past District Governor of district 7820 in Eastern Canada.
Tom has been a steadfast supporter along with his club for our projects since the very beginning, first with the DPRK Sun Oven project, the DPRK Potato project, the Food Plant Solutions Guide project and most recently leading the fundraising effort for our Haeju Solar WASH project.
He was recently interviewed about this project by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:
Dr. H. Winston Johnston, PHD
Dr. Johnston is an experienced plant pathologist with strong orientations in production of forages, cereals and vegetable crops, in particular potatoes. He has practical experience in agriculture having been raised on a dairy farm, supplemented by years of extension experience and research in production and quality of harvested crops. He is familiar with their nutritional values and storage problems which may require remedial action to ensure adequate supplies of food.
Dr. Johnston is a Rotarian from Charlottetown Royalty Rotary Club and led the development of the Food Plant Solutions: DPRK Guide to Nutritional Food Plants.
Dr. Nikola Urosevic, DMD
Nikola Urosevic is a dental surgeon and Past President of the Rotary Club of Beograd Centar.
Dr Nikola's dental education started in Belgrade, Serbia, where he graduated from Medical school with a Diploma of an CDA in 1993. He got his doctorate degree in dental medicine at Belgrade University in 2000. After a two year residency at the department of oral surgery, as a partner, he pursued his career as a private practitioner. His clinical practice is focused on, but not limited to, oral implantology and cosmetic dentistry.
Since 2007 he lives and practices in Shanghai, China, where he serves the dental needs of expatriates in Parkwayhealth Medical and Dental Centers.
Dr. Massimo Urbani
Dr. Maxx Urbani, PHF is an Italian medical doctor by training and was previously posted to the DPRK as Consular Correspondent of Italy in DPRK and Resident Coordinator for the Development Cooperation Office Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to this he was posted twice to the DPRK with Unicef and with the WHO.
Maxx facilitated in-country our 2004 Ryongchon Wheelchair Project.
NELLO DEL GATTO
Nello is a “proud to be Neapolitan” journalist. He was the India correspondent from 2004 to 2010 and the Shanghai Correspondent from 2010 to 2015 for the biggest Italian News Agency ANSA. Since he was very young, he directed his life in service, being involved in a lot of projects. Former member of the Rotaract Club Torre del Greco – Comuni Vesuviani (District 2100, Italy) and former member of Shanghai Club, he was in the team of the Special China District. In this team, he helped to increase the number of the clubs and to develop several projects.
Nello, now in Rome and member of the Rotary E-club Italy South 2100, loves four things in his life: family, pizza, Naples soccer team (including Diego Armando Maradona) and Rotary.
Philippe is a French entrepreneur based in Shanghai with a background in Business Administration (French Master) and quantitative Marketing & Strategy (French DESS). Philippe has been active in China for more than 10 years as a manager and an investor in small cap enterprises (cosmetics manufacturing, F&B, m-commerce, retail).
He is Past President of the Rotary Club of Shanghai Fresh Start.
Rob Ward is a member of the Brighton North Rotary Club in Melbourne, Australia and is as passionate as his son (and Mac Millar) about Football (soccer).
Rob was the spearhead for our Football Play it Forward project.
Robert is a truly European global citizen. Having lived in 5 countries and being fluent in 4 languages including German, Hungarian, English and Mandarin it's difficult to put him into a situation where he's lost.
He founded the Rotaract Club of Budapest City, and was president of the Rotaract Club of Shanghai in 2011-2012 where he led several charity projects, including the DPRK Bridge Project. He is an enthusiastic traveller with a well stamped passport of over 50 countries and countless cities.
Currently living in Paris France and is a member of the Champs d'Élyssée Rotaract Club, Homeric is a Past President of the Rotaract Club of Shanghai.
A passionate fundraiser and project developer, Homeric led Rotaract Shanghai's DRPK Bridge Project.
Passionate DPR Koreans
DR. JONG SANG HUN, PhD
Dr. Jong is Counselor, Economic & Commercial Department, DPRK Embassy to Bangkok. Formerly he served as Vice-Secretary General, Korea Committee for the Promotion of International Trade (KOMT) and as Deputy Director General, General Bureau for Cooperation with International Organizations (GBCIO), Ministry of External Economic Relations of the DPRK.
Dr. Jong is has been our chief counterpart in the DPRK since 2001 when he reached out to Rotary to provide a "Sun Oven" to the Pyongyang #1 Orphanage. Since then he has worked his magic helping us overcome insurmountable obstacles.
Dr. Jong was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2016 and in 2017 was made an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Mr. Kim Mun Chol
Mr. Kim Mun Chol was Vice Chairman of the Korean Federation for Protection of the Disabled where he has worked for several years frequently in liaison and serving as a bridge with the leaders of foreign NGO's active in the DPRK.