Panel Career Development in Vietnam

Objectives: Through speakers’ personal stories, this panel aims to:

- Provide expertise guidance  on how to enhance intellectual capacity and technical know-how to make yourself well-prepared to join the corporate world

- Equip audience with reality and working norms of Vietnam’s both Public and Private sectors

- Share speakers’ insights into Opportunities and  Challenges of various industries in Vietnam


Language used: Vietnamese

Time: Afternoon Session


Panel Flow:

- Short presentations by speakers (20 minutes)

- Panel discussion (40 minutes)

- Q&A and networking session (30 minutes)




Mdm. Pham Chi Lan

Former Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Vietnam

Former Vice President, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)


Since 1996, Mdm. Pham Chi Lan has been working with the Prime Minister's Research Commission (PMRC), which is the government's think-tank on economic reform and developmental issues. She has spent 37 years working with and for the business community of Vietnam and assisted in the formulation of various business laws and policies as well as contributed to the opening up and development of trade relations between Vietnam and foreign businesses in Asia, Europe, Oceania and America.


Mdm. Pham's professional interests include business development, particularly the development of private sector and SMEs, economic reform and the international integration process of Vietnam.

Dr. Phan Quoc Viet, PhD

Founder & President, Tam Viet Group


Graduated from Lomonosov University with two majors Math and Physics, Dr. Phan Quoc Viet didn’t choose the common way of doing research as his career. Instead, he embarked on different journeys in various fields: he started with the IT head position in Vietsovpetro, then co-founded FPT and worked as the Marketing director, subsequently became Chairman of Vietsovpetrov, and ended up starting up Tam Viet Group at the age of 50. Rather than anyone else, he knows well about how both public and private sectors’ mechanisms work.


Despite all ups-and-downs in his career, throughout his life, Dr. Phan always preserves the philosophy of talent-centric development. He has a robust concern over how Vietnam can develop and nurture our talents as well as how education can change the future of our country.

Mr. Pham Phu Khoi

Director - Vietnam Head, Investment Banking Group, Merrill Lynch


Mr. Pham is currently the Vietnam Country Head for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Khoi joined Merrill Lynch in 2007 from Standard Chartered Bank Singapore, where he worked for five years, most recently as a Director and Head of Asia Credit Trading and Head of Fixed Income Vietnam. Khoi previously worked for Barclays Capital Asia in Hong Kong and London in the fixed income trading department. He began his career at Vietnam Airlines in 1989 working in Hong Kong, Taipei, Osaka, Tokyo, Berlin and Hanoi, where he was general manager for northeast Asia between 1994 and 1997.


Khoi has a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a MS in Economics Engineering, from the Civil Aviation Institute in Riga, Latvia (with Red Diploma). He also completed the International Executive Program at the INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France.

Ms. Jane Huong Nguyen

Assistant Director & Relationship Manager, Thailand/Vietnam Team, Bank of Singapore


Jane Huong Nguyen graduated from National University of Singapore in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration (Finance). Despite her young age, she has possessed much exposure to the corporate world. She has interned and worked for big names in the Auditing and Banking industries, namely KPMG, OCBC, UBS and Bank of Singapore (formerly known as ING Asia Private Bank).


Among the group of students building up VNCNUS during its early days, Huong shared the passion and desire to contribute to the future development of Vietnam. Instead of going back after graduation, Huong chose to hone her skills and nourish her capacities in Singapore with a view to directly or indirectly create some positive changes back to Vietnam. She starts her career under the Junior Key people program in UBS Wealth Management. Currently, she is working as the Relationship Manager in the Thailand/Vietnam Team in Bank of Singapore.