Hyeonseo Lee grew up in North Korea but escaped to China in 1997. In 2008, after more than 10 years there, she came to Seoul, South Korea, where she struggled to adjust to life in the bustling city. Recently graduated from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, she has become a regular speaker on the international stage fostering human rights and awareness of the plight of North Koreans. She is an advocate for fellow refugees, even helping close relatives leave North Korea. Her TED talk has been viewed nearly 4m times. She is married to her American husband Brian Gleason and currently lives in South Korea.
'The most riveting TED talk ever' Oprah
'A sad and beautiful story of a girl who could not even keep her name, yet overcame all with the identity of what it is to be human' Jang Jin-sung, author of 'Dear Leader'
'Stirring and brave ... true, committed, unvarnished and honest. Lee has made her own life the keyhole to the present, inside and outside of North Korea' Scotsman
'Remarkable bravery fluently recounted' Kirkus