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Felix Abt is a Swiss entrepreneur and expert on doing business in North Korea. From 2002 to 2009, he worked as one of the few Western businessmen in North Korea. He was co-founder and first president of the European Business Association in Pyongyang, a de facto European Chamber of Commerce and the first foreign chamber of commerce. He also co-founded the Pyongyang Business School, imparting market skills in the next generation of leaders.
Previously, Abt worked all over Europe, Africa and Asia as a senior executive for multinationals such as F. Hoffmann-La Roche and the global engineering giant, ABB Group. In 2002, ABB appointed him first as resident country director in North Korea. He went on to become a point man for Western investments in the country, representing several multinational corporations and even founding a business of his own.
Abt is currently living with his family in Vietnam, where he runs a business specializing in corporate incentive travel, team building activities and events. He is a shareholder in several North Korean joint ventures, and a member of the boards of directors of SMEs of several countries. He is also a columnist at RBC, Russia’s leading business magazine.