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The AmCham Vietnam Education and Training Committee seeks to:
increase the skill levels of the Vietnamese people so that they are more productive in commercial enterprise, can command higher salaries, and can help boost Vietnam’s prosperity;
raise the general level of education of the people in Vietnam so that they can become creative problem solvers who think critically about their lives and the future of their families and their country.
Robert T. Connolly, General Director, Crossroads Management Consulting Co, Ltd
Robert (Bob) Connolly’s credentials include an EdD in Leadership, an MBA in International Business and Finance, and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs.
Originally from Omaha, Nebraska (USA), Dr. Connolly moved to Vietnam in 2004 where he teaches Business and Finance classes at several universities. As General Director of Crossroads Management Consulting, he assists clients with Leadership Development and Barriers to Innovation.
He has worked in several industries including Mortgage Banking, Electronics Manufacturing, and Education. At various times, he has been responsible for project management, financial modeling, business unit reviews and budgeting, consulting, international business and market development.
While completing his Doctorate of Education in Leadership, the basis of his research was the study of the barriers to innovation. He continues to pursue research and activities to better understand how Vietnamese business leaders overcome barriers to changes required to compete internationally.
Ian Bickford, Provost, Vice President, Fulbright University Vietnam
Ian Bickford comes to Fulbright after thirteen years helping to build innovative new high school and college programs as part of Bard College’s international network. He has served since 2016 as Provost and Vice President of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where highly motivated, younger students begin college after the 10th or 11th grade.
The model at Simon’s Rock, of which Dr. Bickford is also an alumnus, inspired Bard’s development of tuition-free early college programs serving under-resourced communities in New York City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. Dr. Bickford helped to launch several of these campuses and served as their academic dean. He was also the founding dean of Bard Academy, a private, two-year high school program housed on the Simon’s Rock campus.
Additionally, Dr. Bickford has been deeply involved in Bard’s efforts to establish high-quality educational opportunities in Myanmar, including an ongoing partnership with the Parami Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences and planned development of Parami University.
A specialist in 17th-century British literature, Dr. Bickford holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley; M.A. from Stanford University; and Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His recent research charts the often obscure channels of John Milton’s influence in the Americas.
Nguyen Nguyen Nhu Y, Head of Marketing, Communications and Admissions, Australian International School
Nguyen Nguyen Nhu Y is Head of Marketing, Admissions and Communications with a proven history of working in K-12 Education. She is well versed in the international education landscape in Vietnam. Prior to working in the education industry, Nhu Y developed a strong background of more than 18 years’ experience in business development, sales and marketing in international corporations such as Sumitomo, the Jardine Group, AIA Life Insurance. She is highly skilled in negotiation, business planning, sales, and marketing management– crediting these skills to her experience as well as her MBA degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, US.
Meetings & Events
The Committee meeting is organised monthly and open for members only.