Vietnam is now one of the top global destinations for investment as multinational corporations seek to ensure greater resiliency and connectivity in global supply chains and reduce reliance on China.
A recent New York Times article asked “Is Vietnam the Next ‘Asian Miracle’?” While the term “miracle” is debatable, Vietnam is now justifiably gaining global attention both for its economic dynamism and impressive management of COVID-19.
On Wednesday, October 21, AmCham Vietnam will host its signature supplier day event for the 7th year, “AmCham Supplier Day 2020- Destination Vietnam!”.
If you are a potential investor considering Vietnam as a destination, a company already in Vietnam who wants to learn how to develop local supply chains, or a Vietnamese SME who wants to partner and join global supply chains, this event is for you!
Participation is available both in person or virtually, with simultaneous interpretation in both Vietnamese and English.
Expert speakers, including Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management Lecturer and Prime Minister Economic Advisor Nguyen Xuan Thanh, First Solar Vietnam Country Manager Kheng Joo Ung, VCCI Secretary General Nguyen Quang Vinh, will discuss “Vietnam as a Destination for Supply Chain Diversification, Sustainability, and Resiliency”; “Developing Local Supply Chains in Vietnam”; and “How Vietnamese SMEs Can Meet Global Supply Chain Standards”.
Don’t miss AmCham Supplier Day 2020 – Destination Vietnam! Gain business intelligence through participation in panel discussions. Sponsor to highlight your brand and showcase capabilities or requirements in the exhibition. Networking sessions will offer opportunities to view physical exhibits and meet potential partners.
|8:00 AM||Exhibition open|
|8:30 AM||Registration and Refreshment|
|9:00 AM||Welcome remarks by Mary Tarnowka, Executive Director, AmCham Vietnam-HCMC & Da Nang|
|9:05 AM||Opening remarks by Jonathan Moreno, Board of Governors, AmCham Vietnam-HCMC & Da Nang, General Director, Diversatek Vietnam|
|9:10 AM||Remarks by Robert Greenan, Deputy Principal Officer, U.S. Consulate|
|9:15 AM||Panel 1: Vietnam as a destination for supply chain diversification, sustainability, and resiliency
Moderator: Mary Tarnowka, Executive Director, AmCham Vietnam-HCMC & Da Nang
|10:05 AM||Panel 2: Developing Local Supply Chains in Vietnam
Moderator: Mary Tarnowka, Executive Director, AmCham Vietnam-HCMC & Da Nang
|10:55 AM||Coffee break|
|11:10 AM||Panel 3: How Vietnamese SMEs can Meet Global Standards
Moderator: Vinh Le, Manufacturing Committee Chair, AmCham Vietnam-HCMC & Da Nang, Global Logistics Manager, Datalogic Vietnam
|12:00 PM||Closing remarks by Milton Hagler, Board of Governors, AmCham Vietnam-HCMC & Da Nang, General Director, Fluid Power & Controls|
|12:05 PM||Workshop ends|
|1:00 PM||Exhibition ends|
|Free for visitor to Exhibition|
AmCham & Co-hosts member: VND 650,000
Non-member: VND 800,000
AmCham & Co-hosts member: VND 300,000
Non-member: VND 450,000
Jonathan is the General Director of Diversatek Vietnam (formerly Sandhill Scientific and Medovations), a member of the Diversatek group of medical technology companies. Diversatek opened its Vietnam manufacturing operation in Binh Duong, December 2010, representing a US high-technology investment, and continues to expand.
In 2012, Jonathan helped form AmCham’s first Manufacturing Committee. The committee was established to increase value for AmCham’s manufacturing sector members, including the supporting supply chain, by providing networking opportunities and collaborative solutions which cannot be achieved as effectively by individual member companies. Key initiatives included advocacy related to trade facilitation and the annual “Supplier’s Day.”
Currently, Jonathan provides leadership for AmCham’s Healthcare Committee. The Healthcare Committee is a critically important network uniquely representing AmCham companies across all healthcare sectors such as pharma; medical devices; hospitals and clinics; physicians; pharmacies; diagnostics; and supporting services.
Jonathan also served on the AMCHAM HCMC Board of Governors from 2013-2018. He served as Vice Chair in 2016 and Chairman in both 2017-2018. Additionally, he served on the Vietnam Business Forum Management Board.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of South Carolina and a MBA from the University of Hawaii.
|Robert J. Greenan
Deputy Principal Officer
U.S. Consulate in HCMC
Robert Greenan will be the Deputy Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He joined the State Department in 2002 and is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He most recently served as Director of the State Department Press Office in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs. Overseas, Robert has served as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S Embassy to Austria, Cultural Affairs Offficer at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and Deputy Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Other U.S. assignments include Deputy Director of the State Department Foreign Press Center in New York City, staff assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs and as program officer for Fulbright and Freedom Support Act academic exchanges in Europe and the Middle East.
Robert was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Vladivostok, Russia from 1995 to 1997.
He earned a Masters of Public Policy from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in German and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He speaks German, Russian, Arabic and Vietnamese.
|Milton D. Hagler
Fluid Power & Controls, Co. Ltd.
Milton is the General Director of Fluid Power and Controls and has been providing leadership since 2018. Established in late 2007 and located in Binh Duong outside of Ho Chi Minh, Milton is the legal representative and responsible for all manufacturing operations. FPC is a wholly-owned manufacturing division of Deltrol Corporation from Milwaukee, Wisconsin a world leader in the development and manufacture of electromechanical controls, valves, hydraulic systems and components. Prior to joining FPC, Milton was the General Director of BriskHeat Vietnam for 5 years manufacturing flexible cloth heater jackets for the semiconductor tooling industry. BHV is a subsidiary of BriskHeat, Corporation, of Columbus, Ohio, a worldwide leader in industrial heating products. During Milton’s tenure, both Vietnam investments have successfully allowed the companies to significantly grow market share, enhance customer support, while growing Vietnam’s operations, production and engineering capacity, and expanded responsibilities.
Previously, Milton worked in software engineering at Autodesk in California before moving to Vietnam in 1998, where he has been living continuously since. Upon arrival, he helped establish VietCAD as a Partner and Development Director before founding Corigo and worked as its Chief Technical Officer to architect specialized web-based enterprise level software for corporate, HR and project management.
Milton first visited Vietnam in 1992 and returned in 1995 to live for several months while working in the CAD industry and studying Vietnamese. Early exposure to Vietnam has provided invaluable insight and understanding of the business and cultural climate of Vietnam, the challenges and opportunities it presents in a very dynamic and rapidly developing country.
Milton has been an active member of the AmCham Manufacturing Committee since 2014 and its Chairman for the last few years where he has aspired to expand the Committee’s mission to create a vibrant manufacturing community. Monthly meetings include expert presentations and information exchange on important topics around regulatory compliance and issues impacting manufacturers, organizing opportunities for networking and collaboration, and proactively building the local supply chain with the Manufacturing Committee hosting the annual AmCham Supplier Day event. Year-on-year Supplier Day has grown in importance with more companies taking part, increased corporate sponsorship and involvement of government and other business associations as they recognize the benefits and importance of the event for Vietnam. Milton has been a member of the Vietnam Trade Facilitation Alliance, and has participated in the ICT Committee, and as a panelist at HR Committee events.
A native of San Francisco, California, Milton earned an MBA from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Sonoma State University (California).
|Nguyen Xuan Thanh
Lecturer of Public Policy
Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management
Nguyen Xuan Thanh has twenty years of experience in teaching, designing, and implementing development policies in finance and public investment. At Fulbright University Vietnam, Thanh teaches at the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management. Nguyen Xuan Thanh also is a senior fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Prior to joining the Fulbright School, Thanh served as an official in the municipal government of Ho Chi Minh City.
Thanh’s research interests are banking, public investment, and infrastructure development. His recent and ongoing research projects include financing infrastructure development and cross-ownership in Vietnam’s banking sector.
At the Fulbright School, Thanh teaches courses on Introduction to Public Policy, Local and Regional Development, Appraisal of Public Investment, and Leadership in the Public Sector. He also teaches regularly in the Fulbright School’s executive education and participate in policy dialogues with public sector agencies in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Thanh earned a B.A. (hons) in economics from the University of New Delhi, an M.S. in economics in finance from the University of Warwick, and an M.P.A. from Harvard University.
Chief Executive Officer
As the ELEVATE CEO, Ian sets the vision and growth strategy for the company. He is committed to disrupting industry norms through new paradigms, technologies and data analytics to improve sustainability and responsible supply chain sourcing.
Ian is recognized globally as a preeminent subject matter expert and authority on supply chain social, environmental and business performance.
Previously, Ian worked as a senior manager at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a consultant at KPMG and at Sears Holdings. At Sears Holdings, he was the Director of Global Compliance where he pioneered the largest effort to promote greater transparency and continuous improvement among thousands of manufacturing facilities globally.
Ian has a Master’s degree from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C.
Vriens & Partners
Samuel Pursch is a Director in Vriens & Partners’ Hanoi office where he manages accounts across sectors with a particular emphasis on tech, healthcare and industry. He also leads the Vietnam’s office public-facing activities, providing briefings on Vietnam’s regulatory and commercial context.
Prior to joining Vriens’ & Partners in 2018, Samuel was co-founder and director of Andaman Research & Advisory, a socio-economic research and political risk advisory firm based in Yangon, Myanmar. Having moved to Myanmar in early 2015, Samuel managed projects for clients including international hydropower and mobile finance investors, The World Bank Group, and a range of international NGOs. Andaman’s work included detailed stakeholder assessments, field research activities, including large-scale surveys, and developing policy recommendations for international actors working to address Myanmar’s myriad development challenges.
While in Myanmar, Samuel co-authored for several World Bank reports, including a Policy Research Paper on Myanmar’s Social Transformation. He was also a contributing author to several subscription-based analysis services. Earlier, Samuel was based in London where he worked in political risk for boutique consultancies focused on West Africa and Southeast Asia.
Samuel holds a master’s degree in War Studies: Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London, and a BA in International Politics from The George Washington University. He was a visiting student at Pembroke College, Oxford University.
|Lan Phuong Nguyen
Baker McKenzie (Vietnam)
Lan Phuong Nguyen heads the corporate services department of the Vietnam offices, and provides international clients with guidance and assistance on market access issues and direct foreign investment procedures. Phuong is in charge of development and implementation strategies for the corporate services for Vietnam offices, and coordinates with regional corporate services team leaders to provide seamless services to multi-national clients across the Asia Pacific region.
Phuong specialises in M&A, corporate and commercial laws, and has extensive experience in real estate and trade matters. Phuong advises domestic and international strategic and private equity investors on major private and public M&A transactions in Vietnam across a wide spectrum of industries, from consumer goods and retail, real estate, logistics, to pharmaceutical, and renewable energy. Her M&A work covers wide-ranging types of work, including reorganization and post-acquisition integration advice and assistance.
As an active member of Vietnam Business Forum, Phuong has actively contributed comment, advice, and consultation to the drafting process of major laws of the country, including the current Enterprise Law, Investment Law, Commercial Law, and the Civil Code, and many draft legislations of the Government that have major impact on the legal and business environment of Vietnam.
AmCham Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang
Mary Tarnowka serves as the Executive Director of AmCham Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.
Prior to her time with AmCham Vietnam, Mary worked extensively to help U.S. businesses thrive in Asia. As U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City from August 2016 to July 2019, she oversaw a period of tremendous growth in the U.S. comprehensive partnership, including two unprecedented visits by a U.S. president to Vietnam in 18 months. Mary actively promoted mutual peace, prosperity, and people-to-people ties in central and southern Vietnam. She particularly focused on strengthening the bilateral trade and investment partnership in the dynamic southern region.
Mary was a member of the senior Foreign Service, with decades of experience in Asia, including postings in Seoul, Delhi, Shanghai, and Taipei, as well as at the State Department’s China Desk and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Prior to joining the State Department, Mary worked as a Certified Public Accountant and Manager at KPMG’s International and High Tech Tax Division in San Francisco.
IFC Country Manager
Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao P.D.R.
Kyle Kelhofer is International Finance Corporation’s Country Manager for Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR, overseeing IFC’s strategy and business, as well as managing key client relationships in all three countries. Based in Hanoi, Kyle manages IFC’s teams in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Vientiane.
Kyle joined IFC in 1998 and has worked in various capacities across different regions. Past efforts include: a pilot joint WBG SME finance program in Sub-Saharan Africa, energy-efficiency financing in Eastern Europe, IFC’s first efforts in subnational finance, post-conflict finance in the Middle East, and IFC’s first country impact evaluation studies. In 2000, he served as IFC’s interim Acting Country Manager for Vietnam. In 2007, he moved to Ghana to support the growing IFC efforts in West Africa. In 2011, Kyle moved to Dhaka as the Country Manager for Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal, spearheading efforts to scale up IFC’s operation there. In 2015, Kyle moved to Vietnam to assume his current position.
Before joining IFC, Kyle worked at Ernst & Young’s National High Technology Practice in San Francisco. Kyle was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in international finance from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
|Kheng Joo Ung
First Solar Vietnam Manufacturing
KJ Ung is the Managing Director of First Solar Vietnam. He has been with First Solar for 11 years. First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive PV solar energy solutions. The mission is to provide cost-advantaged solar panel technology through innovation, customer engagement, industry leadership, and operational excellence.
KJ Ung has the key responsibilities to ramp the First Solar Vietnam mega operations to meet all essential operational metrics since Jan 2019. He has been enjoyed working with the talented local team who have been instrumental to First Solar Vietnam success today. Though First Solar Vietnam is only 2 years old, the site has been commanding almost half of total First Solar worldwide production capacity and is currently one of the most efficient and productive operations. First Solar Vietnam has been receiving accolades and recognitions for its amazing success in a short period of time.
KJ has extensive knowledge in the semiconductor and thin film solar photovoltaic manufacturing operations. He has been in the manufacturing industry for the last 27 years spanning across semiconductor assembly, test, product and research & development engineering as well as solar photovoltaic quality, reliability and production management. He has good professional skills in Manufacturing, Engineering, Cross-geographical Team Leadership, Talent Development and Program Management. Through his career, KJ has been involved in greenfield and brownfield factories startup in Malaysia, China and now Vietnam which is his 3rd international assignment.
Born in Malaysia, KJ Ung holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from University of Technology Malaysia and MSc in Production Management from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Global Supply Chain Director
Intel Products Vietnam
Nguyen Huyen Vu is currently Global Supply Chain (GSC) Director of Intel Vietnam – the largest Assembly and Test plant within Intel Assembly and Test Manufacturing (ATM) network. He has been with the company for 12 years with great experience in Quality and Supply Chain areas and played various roles (i.e. Quality and Reliability Engineer, Senior Supply Chain Engineer, Supply Chain Engineering manager and recently Global Supply Chain director). He holds a Bachelor degree in Materials Science and Engineering, a Master degree in Nano-Materials and Nano-Devices and a Master degree in Business Administration.
As the leader and the Single Point Of Contact (SPOC) of Intel Global Supply Chain in Vietnam, Vu leads a team of direct and matrix employees primarily focusing on commodity management of Substrate, Assembly Material, Capital Equipment/Collateral, Spares and Service, as well as local vendors. Vu’s mission is to ensures supply chain responsibilities and deliverables are accomplished so that to enable ATM factory makes and meets Customer Build Plan commitments, hence enable Intel revenue growth. Vu and his team are responsible for building strong business partnership with Factory counterparts; translating and defining supply chain implementation strategies and solutions; establishing business processes that enable effective, repeatable, efficient and scalable New Product Introduction and Ramps execution, Excursion Management, Supply Line Management and accountable for delivering technical solutions and uninterrupted supply chain to the ATM factory.
Supply Chain Manager
Terumo BCT Vietnam
I am An Le, humble guy with over 20 years working experience in Supply Chain Function, including Planning, Procurement, Logistics, Sales B2B and Customer Service activities especially in the manufacturing environment in Vietnam.
“The supply chain management is the lubricant in the car’s engine that keeps the vehicle running at full capacity and the owner will quickly get to the target of cost and profit if that lubricant is clean and lean.”
|Dang Van Chung
With an academic background from Petrus Ky (now Le Hong Phong High school for Gifted) and joining the elite team of overseas students to the Soviet Union in his time, Chung Dang joined the Electronics Assembly Industrial from a very early ages with Fujitsu. Since then, he built up diversified-cultural business experience supporting Asian, European, and US suppliers through the roles of Quality, Manufacturing, and Procurement Leader.
In his current role, Chung is the Plant Manager of Datalogic Vietnam, a world leader in Automatics Data Capture and Factory Automation devices. The company committed to exploit an effective Supply Chain to continue to provide its cutting-edge solutions for Retail, Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics, and Healthcare industries.
Head of Footwear Development
New Balance Athletic
Chris is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, USA with over 20 years of experience in footwear product creation and has been an expatriate in Ho Chi Minh City since 2009. He joined New Balance in 2014 as Director for Running Footwear and is currently the Head of Footwear Development for all Asia. Previously he worked for Nike and began his footwear career working in the Nike Distribution Center in Wilsonville, Oregon, USA in 1993. Prior to Vietnam he was based in Taichung, Taiwan from 2007-2009.
Chris’s arrival to Vietnam in 2009 with Nike was focused on growing the country as a source for development of footwear and expanding the local knowledge beyond manufacturing. The factory and brand teams were coached and mentored on how to receive new designs and build the first prototypes for testing and marketing. All aspects of footwear craftsmanship, engineering, performance, cost, and manufacturing were included in his approach.
He has created performance athletic footwear for multiple sports and for elite athletes from Track and Field, Football, Running and Basketball. Those shoes have been worn by athletes to win multiple championships at the highest levels of sport. His work with New Balance has elevated the running product to the #1 brand in Running Specialty.
In his spare time, he enjoys traveling SE Asia with his family and taking photos of their adventures. Chris is also one of the team captains of the Saigon Geckos Rugby Club and member of the Thao Dien Riders Bicycle Club.
Mimi Vu is a partner at Raise Partners, a consulting practice that helps nonprofits, philanthropists, private sector, and governments work together to achieve their highest social impact. She has nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience in communications, policy, fundraising, law enforcement training, trafficking and modern slavery prevention in supply chains, program development, and advocacy for organizations including Pacific Links Foundation, VinaCapital Foundation, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Mimi is considered one of the leading experts on Vietnamese trafficking and modern slavery and provides commentary for outlets such as The Washington Post, The Guardian, Forced Migration Review, BBC, Le Monde, Reuters, Associated Press, South China Morning Post, and Sky News. She has undergraduate degrees in English Literature and French from the University of Michigan and an MPA in International Nonprofit Policy and Management from New York University. Mimi is a native of Flint, Michigan and has been based in Vietnam since 2006.
Program Manager for Maker Innovation & Applied Projects
Arizona State University Vietnam
Deren Temel is a Program Manager at the ASU Vietnam Representative Office in Ho Chi Minh City. In this role, Deren facilitates the exchange between industry and university partners to develop applied curriculum models, found industry-university advisory boards, and advance curricular modernization.
Vinh Le is the Global Logistics Manager at Datalogic Vietnam, in charge of Asia Pacific. Datalogic is the leading provider in Automatic Data Capture and Industrial Automation, with reliable solutions that drive real benefits for their customers in Retail, Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics and Healthcare industries. Taking both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering, Vinh diversified himself into multiple aspects of manufacturing experience including Quality Assurance, Manufacturing Engineering, Project Management, Warehousing and now focus on Logistics & Supply Chain. Vinh has participated in several optimization, cost-saving, and efficiency improvement projects related to the hi-tech environment.