Ms Pham Kieu Oanh is the founder and CEO of the Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP). She is a pioneer and an expert in social entrepreneurship development, child protection, and women’s rights. With CSIP, Oanh contributed to a new sector of social entrepreneurship in Vietnam and the region. Prior to founding CSIP, Oanh built an extensive career in development, having worked with major international non-government organizations based in Vietnam. She was also a Child Protection Specialist working for UNICEF Vietnam, a Gender Specialist working for ActionAid International Vietnam and handled number of development projects for World Concern International And National Committee for The Advancement of Women.
Mr. Hung Dinh is the founder and CEO of JOOM Solutions, which offers open source CMS products and services, including Joomla!, WordPress, Magento and Drupal, through websites such as JoomlArt.com, DesignWall.com, UberTheme.com, ThemeBrain.com. JoomlArt is the world’s largest Joomla company with more than 500,000 users and customers. He is also the founder and CEO of DesignBold, an online design tool which allows amateur and professional users to easily design different types of publications. In 2016, the Vietnamese technology community was stirred up by the ‘DesignBold phenomenon’ with The First prize at Creative Business Cup Vietnam 2016, the Best Vietnam Startup of the year at Startup Festival 2016, The Champion of Echelon Startup Pitching Competition 2016, and Rising Star Award and Great User Experience Award 2017 by Financeonline.
Mr. Ryan Ng is the Co-Founder of Society Staples, a social enterprise that fosters greater social integration and acceptance of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) through team building programs and sports initiatives. His efforts and work in this space has generated multi-dimensional impact in areas of awareness, integration, health and employment.
Under his leadership, Society Staples has won prestigious awards like the 2015 President’s Challenge Social Enterprise Start-up of the Year and was also nominated by the Young Business Leaders Alliance (led by the Singapore Business Federation) to receive the 2015 ASEAN-China Outstanding Young Startup Entrepreneur Award at the 7th ASEAN-China Young Entrepreneurs Forum. Ryan has also been featured on numerous media channels for championing inclusion and integration of marginalized communities through innovative engagement platforms. He is extremely passionate and dedicated to youth development, believing in the power of the younger generation to shape the world we will live in tomorrow.
Mr. Nguyen Anh Duong holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Economics, both from the Australian National University (Australia). He joined the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) – the leading think-tank in Vietnam – in 2004. Currently being the Deputy Director in charge of the Department for Macroeconomic Policy and Integration Studies, Mr. Nguyen officially represents Viet Nam at the Economic Committee of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum where he works closely with the U.S. representatives on promoting ease of doing business, effective competition policy and good regulatory practices.
Mr. Nguyen has various important publications and policy recommendations to the Government of Viet Nam on macroeconomic policies and economic integration process, specifically related to WTO, ASEAN and other FTAs of Viet Nam. Mr. Nguyen is also a member of Technical Experts for Viet Nam’s National Steering Committee on Economic Integration.
Dr. Le Quang Lan is an Assistant Director at the ASEAN Economic Integration Directorate and is the Head of Trade and Facilitation since 2015. He took the role of the Deputy Permanent Representative/ Minister Counsellor of Viet Nam on the Permanent Mission to UN, WTO and other ITOs in Geneva, and Deputy Chief Negotiator of the Government in three years (2012 – 2015). He worked at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam for over 10 years (1997 – 2011).
His career was enabled by a wealth of qualifications, including Certificates of Achievement on the WTO Law and Jurisprudence from the Advisory Centre on WTO Law, Doctorate in Economics from the Trade Institute of Viet Nam, a Diploma in Applied Economics Program from the Joint Vienna Institute (Austria), and a Bachelor in Economics from the Hanoi National University of Economics.
Since 2015, Dustin has helped oversee Dezan Shira & Associates’ and Asia Briefing’s growth in ASEAN and Vietnam, specializing in client advisory on investments in the region, business intelligence, and free trade agreement advisory from Ho Chi Minh City office. He now leads our Business Intelligence department and manages the development of new pre-market entry client solutions globally. He has also worked in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hanoi offices.
Dustin studied Political Science and International Relations at Columbia University. In his capacity at Dezan Shira & Associates Dustin has helped implement pre-investment planning trips for multi-national corporations and coordinates with Asia Briefing’s Business Intelligence in managing legal and regulatory monitoring solutions for the ASEAN region. He also is a frequent contributor and Senior Editor to our ASEAN Briefing and Vietnam Briefing publications.
Dr. Bach Tan Sinh is currently Acting-Director of the Research Centre of S&T Policy, National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategic Studies. He has his Ph.D on Social Environmental Science, Master on Science and Technology Policy, and B.Sc. in Precision Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Sinh was a post-doctoral Fulbright Scholar and a visiting lecturer and scholar at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Dr. Sinh has been working among other things on science, technology and innovation policy.
His recent researches include innovation studies (innovation policy, innovation systems). Dr. Sinh is a member of Globelics Network on National Innovation System since 2003 and founding member of Asialics Innovation Study Network since 2004. Dr. Sinh is the member of Editorial Board of the Asian Journal of Technology Innovation since 2004 and the Regional Editor of the International Journal of Development, Learning and Innovation since 2006.
Khun Peeranun Panyavaranant is community partnership manager at Kenan Institute Asia. She has over 15 years of experience in corporate social responsibility, sustainable development & community engagement. Currently, Khun Peeranun is the project manager on CSR community engagement & employee volunteer programs for the Thailand’s largest beverage company.
In addition, Khun Peeranun served as the Chief of Party for a USAID-funded 3 years project which focuses on bringing together youth in Thailand’s embattled Deep South. As COP, she works with stakeholders at local and national levels to build a model for conflict mitigation, peace and reconciliation in six at-risk communities in Pattani province.
She has also served as part of a team of international experts conducting research and developing university-level curriculums on responsible management and sustainable business practices in Vietnam. As a skilled CSR trainer and facilitator, she has developed and conducted CSR courses such as “Strategic: CSR from Talk to Action” and “Corporate & Community Involvement”. She is also a CSR columnist in the leading Thai business newspaper Prachachart Thurakij in which she advocates the use of strategic CSR.
In the past, Peeranun also managed the Thailand NGO Awards which were co-hosted by Kenan and the Resource Alliance with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. The Awards program recognized excellence among NGOs through a yearly awards ceremony, with associated capacity building workshops to increase the capacity of local Thai NGOs in all aspects of non-profit management.
Ms. Do Thi Thu Ha is Senior Partner – Leading KPMG Hanoi office. She is also the Lead Partner of State Owned Enterprises Sector and the Head of Infrastructure Sector at KPMG in Vietnam. She has 20 years of experience in providing tax and consulting services, advising on investment forms, merger and acquisition, cross border transactions, investment and tax structuring to leading multi-national corporations in Vietnam.
Ha is a frequent writer for various newspapers and an active speaker in conferences and seminars in both Vietnam and the region. She is also the co-chairwoman for the Woman Corporate Directors in Vietnam. She sits in various advisory boards for non-profit organizations and also runs Sympameals, a charity fund providing free meals to poor patients in the city cancer hospital. As one of two Vietnamese and female members of AmCham board, Ha has contributed to the Board from a different perspective, i.e. bringing on board views of foreign investors and business community she serves from the position of a female leader of one the largest auditing and consulting firms in the world.
Dr. Vo Tri Thanh is currently senior expert (former vice-president till October 2015) of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM). He holds a Bachelor of Science from the Moscow State University, and a Master degree in Economics and a PhD degree in Economics both from the Australian National University. Dr. Vo Tri Thanh mainly undertakes research and provides consultation on issues related to trade liberalization and international economic integration and macroeconomic policies. His other areas of interests include institutional reforms, financial system and economic development.
Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thanh has twenty years of experience in teaching, designing, and implementing development policies in finance and public investment. At Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV), Thanh teaches in the Master in Public Policy program, the first degree program in public policy offered in Vietnam. Thanh also is a senior fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). At HKS, Thanh coordinates the Vietnam Executive Education Program and participates in high-level economic policy dialogues with the Vietnamese government. His recent policy research includes Vietnam’s macroeconomic management and banking sector restructuring.
Ms. Luu Thi Quyen is one of the 10 young leaders around the world to win the 2017 Emerging Young Leader Award by the U.S. Department of State. As a Co-Founder of the independent media channel Ech Phu Ho, Quyen has successfully influenced and informed youth on important topics through a series of creative animated videos titled: “Be a Smart Frog”. The videos have earned over a million views and 15,000 subscribers on its YouTube channel. In May 2015, together with a group of comic artists, Quyen founded and led a campaign named “Todocabi,” which means “challenge your knowledge.” The project raised awareness among Vietnamese youth about the government budgeting process and called for greater transparency. In 2013, Quyen managed the project titled: “Ring the Golden Bell” which consisted of training sessions via games and interactive plays for students in Hanoi about Climate Change. Quyen successfully studied Banking and Finance at the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi She’s also a member of YSEALI.
Mr. Burke has nearly thirty years’ experience in the planning, negotiation and operation of foreign investment projects in Vietnam and China, as well as in the related issues of taxation, labor, regulatory compliance, property development, construction, securities, finance, and dispute resolution. He was the team leader advising on the USAID STAR Project, a technical assistance program designed to help Vietnam adapt its legal system to the requirements of the 2001 US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement and the WTO. He represented stakeholders in Vietnam’s (first) Trade Policy Review in 2013 and in numerous rounds of meetings with USTR and Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade officials regarding trade barriers, including the import and distribution services, for Trans-Pacific Partnership talks.
Mr. Burke is the key member of Vietnam International Arbitration Centre, Ministry of Justice’s Advisory Council on Administrative Reform, American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam. He is also the Co-Chairman, Manufacturing & Distribution Working Group, Vietnam Business Forum, and the Chair of the TPP Committee, American Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Burke received several awards and was honored as one of those included in Asia Legal Business’s 2013 “Client Choice Hot 75 Survey” which “presents Asia’s best 75 lawyers”.
John DaSilva is a development professional with a unique background covering government, the private sector and civil society. He began his career with the US government in 1996 where he spent seven years representing and advising key members of the US Congress, including those with oversight responsibility for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Small Business Administration (SBA). After arriving in Thailand, he accepted a position with a Hong Kong-based human resources consultancy firm, where he conducted business development and executed high-level recruitment consultancy assignments in Thailand, Singapore and China.
Joining the Kenan Institute Asia as a senior consultant in 2006, John currently serves as the Director of Corporate Engagement and Head of Marketing, and is part of the executive management committee for the organization. As the Director of Corporate Engagement, John oversees a US $7 million yearly project portfolio of sustainable development work covering community development, education, public health and business and economic development. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of all corporate-related project activities in Thailand and Vietnam for clients such as Boeing, Chevron, Citi, Diageo, Microsoft, and ThaiBev. As the Head of Marketing, John leads the development and implementation of Kenan’s marketing and communications strategy, oversees the creation of marketing communication materials, and provides guidance for all fundraising activities across the Institute.
John is a recognized expert in CSR programming and works with select clients on a consultancy basis to improve their CSR programming, especially their stakeholder engagement strategies, and conducts trainings and lectures on CSR topics. John has a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York, College at Oswego, USA and an EMBA from the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of the Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
Ms. Ly Le joined the Company in 2013 as Legal and Public Affairs and Communication Director of Coca-Cola Indochina. Prior joining Coca-Cola, she was responsible for all aspects of legal work, government affairs, regulatory affairs, general legal services and ethics and compliance matters of the Vietnam operations of a global cosmetics firm, and from 2010, in addition to her Vietnam responsibilities, Ly Le has been in charge of legal work in Thailand for the firm. She has been actively involved in various non-government business associations, including the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Direct Selling Committee, the Vietnam Association of Oils – Aromas – Cosmetics, the Vietnam Association of Trademark Protection, and the establishment of the local Vietnam Direct Selling Association. She has served on AmCham Boards of Governors from 2001. She led the development of the AmCham Food and Beverage Committee in 2013 and has become the Vice Chair of F&B Committee. She is also the Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in AmCham. In 2016 term, she was elected to be the Chair of AmCham Vietnam. Ms. Ly Le holds the Bachelor of Degree in Law, Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) in Corporate Law, Singapore Institute of Management in Contract Negotiation and Management.
Pham Ngoc Van Giang is the Country Manager of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM Vietnam, since 2008. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of IBM’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs in the country, with a focus on education and business development. She has worked closely with Ministry of Education and Training and Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in various projects to bring technology education to students of all ages, from preschool to university. Under her leadership, programs such as the Early Learning Program Kidsmart have benefited over 1,4 million young students and hundreds of teachers across 64 cities and provinces, or On-demand community grants have enabled over 100 projects that solved specific societal issues in Vietnam, including environment, community economic development, language and culture. Giang has also facilitated 12 Corporate Services Corps of excellent IBM international volunteers, who represented IBM’s global citizens in performing community-based assignments through skills transfer and capacity building.Giang owns a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business.
Mr. Thanh Vu is Deputy Regional Managing Director and Vietnam Representative for the US-ASEAN Business Council. He joined the Council as its first Vietnam Representative in late 2007 when the Council opened its Hanoi office. In this capacity, he has been advising the world’s leading multinational companies on business strategies in Vietnam and helping them engage directly with key decision makers in both the government and private sectors here. Prior to this, Thanh had worked in various capacities in Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs including Information and Outreach Manager for APEC 2006 Vietnam, as a member of the National APEC Organizing Committee, and Research Fellow and Teaching Staff at the Institute for International Relations in Hanoi.
Thanh has over 15 years of experience as a business and political consultant in Vietnam, covering a wide range of issue areas including business, politics, the media, NGOs and social development. Thanh holds a master’s degree on international relations and public policies.
Ms. Thao has over fifteen years of experience working in the area of industrial and business development at both grass-root practical and policy levels. She has been working for UNIDO Viet Nam Country Office since 2008, assisting the UNIDO Representative on coordinating and monitoring UNIDO on-going projects and programs in various areas including private sector/SME development, business enabling environment, industrial and trade competitiveness, energy and environment. Prior to joining UNIDO, she managed her own business on investment consulting and export/trade promotion for industrial sub-sectors.
During her work at UNIDO Viet Nam, Ms. Thao has involved in researches and policy advice to the Government of Viet Nam on Industrial Competitiveness, Investment Promotion, Science Technology and Innovation, Resource and Energy Efficiency, and Eco-Industrial Park.
Ms. Yen Do – Master of Business and Administration at University of Hawaii has had almost 20 years of experience in human resource management and corporate consulting, training and development. She used to work at high managerial positions in multinational corporations such as HR Director, Training Director at LG corp., HR and Regional Recruitment Director at Nortel Networks, Vice President at Techcombank AMC… She is one of the top experts in the market in the field of recruitment, training and development, corporate consulting organizational restructuring and capacity improvement. She is now Managing Director at GPO, a HR service provider to deliver all HR solutions such as headhunting, soft skills and managerial skills training, outsourcing, career orientation, consulting in setting up and scaling up human resource management system. She is also high level trainer and consultant of VCCI and ILO for training programs for managers and leaders and international consulting project in HR, Labor and Manpower.
Dr. Huynh The Du is a senior lecturer at Fulbright Economics Teaching Program. His teaching and research interests are urban economics, infrastructure development, and finance and banking. He worked at the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam from 1996-2005. He frequently participates in policy dialogue in Vietnam. His research papers have appeared in prestige international journals. Dr. Du studied in civil engineering, business management, applied economics and public policy, economic development, and public administration at the bachelor and master levels. He received a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2010 and a Doctor of Design Degree (DDes) from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2013. His doctoral dissertation title is “The Transformation in Ho Chi Minh City: Issues in Managing Growth”.