Time: 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM, Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Venue: Le Corto Restaurant, 5D Nguyen Sieu, Ben Nghe ward, District 1

While the United States will have presidential elections on November 3, Vietnam is also preparing for upcoming nationwide political transitions at the National Party Congress in early 2021. Join this private invite-only Chairman’s Circle dinner at Le Corto for a candid, off-the-record discussion with top experts to learn more about what is happening and how it may affect your business.

Bower Group Asia Managing Director Nguyen Viet Ha and Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management Nguyen Xuan Thanh will join AmCham’s Chairman’s Circle to brief us and engage in a candid, off-the-record discussion about what happened in the May 12th Plenum of the 12th Party Central Committee meetings in early May in Hanoi, what to expect in October when the top slate of candidates will be decided, and how this all is likely to play out in early 2021 at the Party Congress and beyond. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn key insights to inform your business plans, you will do so with fellow AmCham senior business leaders over an elegant three-course private dinner at Le Corto, designed by acclaimed French Chef Sakal Phoeng. With exclusive use of the entire 2nd floor dining area in a similar format as for a dinner of former French President Francois Hollande, we will enjoy networking over a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink beginning at 6:30, and a sit-down dinner beginning at 7PM.


Sashimi tuna, sherry vinegar cabbage, with Granny Smith apple and cucumber espuma


Marinated salmon heart, raw sea scallops, and avocado guacamole, wasabi sorbet

Oven baked sea bass, roasted eggplant with olive oil and salsa sauce


Crusted duck breast stuffed with foie gras and roasted fig served with homemade gnocchi

Red berry pavlova and coriander sorbet

Free flow of wine, beer, soft drinks and Alba mineral water

*Vegetarian menu on request


Nguyen Viet Ha
Managing Director, Bower Group Asia

Ha is a highly respected Vietnamese lawyer, with special expertise in financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, as well as general business, trade and investment-related issues.

Before joining BGA as managing director for Vietnam, Ha managed the Vietnam operations of Brooks Bower Asia for three years. She built and led the Vietnam team and serviced clients in various sectors ranging from energy and ICT to healthcare, logistics and consumer production.

Ha practiced law in Vietnam in the 1990s, providing legal advice and consulting services to Fortune 500 clients. She also participated in drafting a number of laws and regulations, including the Foreign Investment Law, the Commercial Law and regulations on money laundering. She has authored a number of publications on foreign investment and the securities market in Vietnam. She is a member of the Hanoi Bar Association and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and is an honorary member of the Center for International Legal Studies.

Ha has also worked on a range of internationally-funded development projects, including a World Bank effort to improve financial transparency, public participation and grassroots accountability in the budgeting process; an Asia Foundation project on enhancing public participation in the legislative process; and a project on accelerating e-government co-funded by the Asia Foundation and the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee.

Ha earned a master’s degree from George Washington University. She also holds a master’s degree in international commercial law from the University of Nottingham (England) and a bachelor’s degrees in law and foreign languages from prestigious Vietnamese universities.

Nguyen Xuan Thanh
Director & Lecturer, Fulbright University Vietnam

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.


Event rating level: II

VND 2,500,000/person

Limited seating: 21 maximum. Registration will be on first-come first-served basis, and must be made on-line or by email. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.

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Famous French Chef Sakal Pheoung founded Le Corto in 2016. With over 15 years of experience in multiple 5-star hotels, while being the president of Les Disciples D’escoffier Vietnam, Sakal Phoeung has been known as “the talented-conductor” in the combination of food. The chef discovers and combines different ingredients and techniques to create the wonderful culinary orchestra with indescribably emotional levels.