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Event Description

October is a time to celebrate women–it is marked in Vietnam by highlighting the achievements and fortitude that women bring to their communities. October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world to increase awareness and early detection of this disease.

AmCham’s Women in Leadership Committee and Nike present an October Wellness event in tribute to this month’s recognized women’s day in Vietnam and the international month-long breast cancer awareness campaign.

Join us after work at Nike’s corporate office with an interactive session* to support meditation and stretching for stress and balance, led by an experienced yoga instructor. The event will also include a panel session with physicians and other health professionals on breast cancer and screening, programs and supports to help those affected from early detection and through every stage of life. The panel will also share more insights on how women wellness supports professional goals and achievements with a balanced and happy life.

*All guided movements are designed for office stress-reduction, and can be done at the event in your work/professional attire. No need for yoga mats or work-out clothing.

Yoga Session Overview:

We live in a modern environment in which we are increasingly ‘switched on’ all the time.  As the demands for our physical presence, mind space, and attention increase, we need something to help keep our systems healthy and balanced.

The good news is that we carry around powerful wellness tools within us all the time, in the form of our breath, our movement, and our concentration.

Join Robin Shepard to learn simple yoga techniques and strategies which harness these tools for a happier, healthier life.  Tap into more strength, creativity, energy and connectedness anywhere, anytime. Come as you are, no special clothing or yoga mat required.


05:30 PM Registration
05:45 PM Welcome Remarks
05:50 PM Yoga Session
06:15 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
07:15 PM Networking
07:30 PM Event ends


AmCham Members: VND 150,000 | Non-members: VND 250,000

Reservations/cancellations must be received by 24 hours before the event, and must be made on-line or by email. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.

Space is limited. Please reserve your space early.

Guest Yoga Instructor

Robin Shepard
Jiva Yoga Saigon, Head Instructor / Teacher Training Assistant Coordinator
Instructor 200 YTT Asana, Anatomy, Meditation & Kids

Robin is a native of the Pacific Northwest and now makes her home in Ho Chi Minh City after 8 years in China. She feels lucky to be a part of the vibrant yoga culture of Vietnam. In 2016, she completed her 200 hour training with Suzanne Vian at Jiva Yoga Saigon, a Yoga Alliance School. In 2018, she completed her 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in the FluidUs Method with Carlos Tao. Additionally, she completed her training and certification for teaching both Prenatal and Children’s Yoga.


Minh Nguyen, Country Manager
Vietnam, Aetna International

Minh Nguyen, oversees the Vietnam market for Aetna International in Asia Pacific.  In this role, she is responsible for managing relations with fronting partner and reinsurance companies, ensuring operational excellences, maintaining the international standards providing to valued customers, exploring new market segmentation and overseeing the business operations nationwide.

Joined Aetna International since 2015, she was previously with AIG (American International Group) for nearly a decade. Her previously employment were Prudential, Taylor Nelson Sofres and APAVE Consulting. With her broad experience and expertise, a proven leader and strategic thinker in challenged environments with fully experienced of Consumer insurance underwriting, business strategy, portfolio management, product research & design, profit & loss control, partnership & distribution management and building up entrepreneurial-spirited highly collaborative, results-driven teams.

Aetna is a Fortune 50 company and one of the five largest health insurers in the United States, covering 46.7 million people with information and resources to help them made better-informed decisions about their healthcare. Aetna continues its footprints in Asia, by recent licensing in Hong Kong in 2018 and the acquisition of Bupa Thailand 2017, which followed the launch of its Asian Innovation Hub in Singapore in 2016, established to develop region-specific health solutions tailored for local markets in Asia. Together with our strategic partner of Bao Viet General Insurance, the leading insurance company in Vietnam, we have the ambitious vision to make Vietnam is the market a prime to introduce new and unique health cover options which goes ‘broader and deeper’ into local health care markets – bringing high quality and affordable healthcare to more people in the market. CVS is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S, with integrated offerings across the spectrum of pharmacy care, 5 million customers served by CVS every day. With recent combination between CVS Health with Aetna, a giant merger to provide Consumers with a Better Experience, Reduced Costs and Improved Access to Health Care Experts in Homes and Communities Across the Country.

Minh has a MA from Bournemouth University, UK and a BA from the University of Foreign Trade, Vietnam. She is newly elected Vice-Chairwoman of Amcham Ho Chi Minh City in 2019 and works closely with the Healthcare and Women Leadership Committees.


Dr. Basma M’Barek
Oncology, Radiotherapy


• Medical Doctor, Master in Genetics

Medical School:

• Tunis El Manar University, Tunis, Tunisia, 2002
• Paris VI University, France, 2003

Board Certifications:

• Radiotherapy & Oncology, Paris VI University, France, 2003
• Clinical Oncology, Paris VI University, France, 2003
• Psycho-oncology, University of Medicine, Paris, France, 2005
• Head and neck cancer diploma, University of Medicine, Paris, France, 2012
• New technologies in radiotherapy, Nice, France, 2014
• Master in Human Genetics, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tunis, Tunisia.


• Oncology, Paris XI University, France, 2006
• International Agency for Atomic Energy (AEIA), Kiel, Germany, 2003
• Member of European Society of Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology (ESTRO)


• Consultant, Gustave Roussy Cancer Centre, France 2004-2006
• Senior Consultant, Oncology-Radiotherapy Department, University Hospital Saint Louis, Paris 2008-2018
• Head of Oncology Sector, Le Raincy-Montfermeil Hospital, Le Raincy, France, 2010-2018
• Head of Oncology Department, FV Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, since 2018

Chris Blank
Founder and CEO, Pharmacity

Chris Blank is the Founder and CEO of Pharmacity, Vietnam’s largest retail pharmacy chain, established in 2011. Pharmacity’s vision is being the most convenient pharmacy chain where you can fully entrust your health and wellness in Vietnam.

Chris Blank spent nearly 10 years in the financial services industry, holding several senior managerial positions, including a key role in the development of the largest securities trading and brokerage firm by market share in Vietnam, before establishing Pharmacity.

Over 8 years of development, Pharmacity has been a pioneer in the modern retail pharmacy space of Vietnam. With his strong leadership and passion, the company has been rapidly expanding throughout Ho Chi Minh City, and now the southern economic region, with plans to rollout nation-wide soon. Pharmacity pharmacies are becoming the local consumer favorite due to its strong value proposition, satisfying customers through its commitment to authentic products with clear origins, convenience, and an attractive assortment of products on offer.

Chris Blank has been the chair of Healthcare Committee since 1 Dec 2018 until the next 2020 Committee Board election. The Committee represents for more than 70 members of the AmCham Vietnam Healthcare Network. Chris Blank shall be responsible to lead the Committee to fulfill its vision which is using the resources available through the Chamber, other international business organizations, and the respective member companies to define and advocate for improvements in the delivery and regulation of healthcare to build an international standard system in Vietnam.

Chris Blank holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Pharmacy degrees from The University of Houston since 2006. His leadership skills have been strengthened over the years through joining personal improvement courses held by the Landmark Forum, and many executive leadership training courses held by Landmark’s parent company the Vanto Group.

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