My interest in North Korea's unification policy started in 2012 when I was serving in the South Korean military, analysing and translating various news stories related to North Korea. I was intrigued by the extent to which North Korea's understanding of unification was different from that of South Korea, which triggered me to wonder how such a gap could be narrowed. My curiosity in North Korea's strategic thinking about unification has deepened throughout my experience as Korea Program Manager at Relational Peacebuilding Initiatives (RPI), an international NGO which facilitates behind the scenes high-level discussions between policymakers, diplomats and academics from South Korea, North Korea and the US. Through my PhD research on North Korea's unification policy, I hope to further knowledge of Pyongyang's strategic thinking around unification, ultimately contributing not only to the immediate peace process in the Korean Peninsula but also to other conflict-ridden areas of the world. I am most grateful to join Gates Cambridge community because I believe life is not just about what you know, but who you know; I look forward to contributing to this global network of future leaders who wish to change the world for the better.