Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Venue: Poolside villa, 3rd Floor , Park Hyatt Saigon

You are invited to an exclusive AmCham Chairman’s Circle event on Tuesday, May 18th. The event will feature a closed-door, off-the-record discussion with experts on the COVID-19 virus, variants, and the vaccine situation in Vietnam.

Please join poolside starting at 6:00PM, for a networking reception with canapés, featuring U.S. wines from Red Apron and Sommelier Huy Le.

At 7:00PM, we will move inside to enjoy the panel discussion and Q&A session over an elegant three-course plated dinner until 8:30PM.

Limited semi-socially distanced seating available – register now. No virtual participation available to ensure a frank and candid discussion.

Please reserve your place as soon as possible by replying to [email protected] to enable our planning. Seats are limited to comply with current HCMC event and social distancing requirements.


Professor Guy Thwaites



Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit and Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme in Viet Nam; Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Oxford; Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust.

Guy qualified from Cambridge University and the United Medical and Dental schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ and trained in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in Brighton, the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Vietnam, Imperial College London, and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London. His research interests focus on the management of severe bacterial infections, especially those involving the central nervous system. He has been Director of OUCRU, a Wellcome Trust funded Africa Asia Programme, since 2013. OUCRU has research units in Ho Chi Minh city and Hanoi in Vietnam, in Kathmandu in Nepal, and in Jakarta in Indonesia. OUCRU’s vision is to have local, regional and global impact on health by leading a locally driven research programme on infectious diseases in Southeast Asia.

Nitin Kapoor

Chairman cum General Director, AstraZeneca

Nitin Kapoor is a British business leader with 25 years of extensive experience across the finance, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. He is now serving as Chairman and General Director of AstraZeneca Vietnam with an aim to improve the lives of local patients with high-quality, innovative medicines while maintaining its position as an industry leader.

Under Nitin’s leadership, AstraZeneca Vietnam has championed public-private partnerships with the Vietnamese Government and healthcare partners on various meaningful initiatives to reduce the non-communicable diseases burden and promote sustainability in the country. The company’s efforts were recognised with two award certificates from the Minister of Health in 2019 and 2020 for its contributions to Vietnam’s fight against cancer and COVID-19, and a Medal from the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union for outstanding contributions to the youths.

In Vietnam, Nitin also serves as Board member and Treasurer of EuroCham – Pharma Group, as well as Board member of BritCham and the British Advocacy Committee.

John Paul Pullicino

Country Manager & Chief Representative, Pfizer Vietnam

Vice Chair, Innovative Pharmaceutical Sub-sector Committee – AmCham HCC

Pfizer is one of the world’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical company, delivering a purpose of ‘breakthroughs that change patients’ lives’.

John Paul is a pharmaceutical business executive with over 18 years industry and leadership experience across several countries in Asia including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and the wider APAC region. John Paul joined Pfizer in 2003 and has work across a diversity of commercial positions of increasing responsibility including sales, marketing, access, channel and business management. In late 2019, John Paul, moved to his current role in Vietnam. With proven track record of business leadership, go-to-market transformation and organizational strategy and execution, John Paul is focused on leading and developing teams to think differently, adapt to change and embrace innovation.


Mary Tarnowka
Executive Director
AmCham Vietnam

Mary Tarnowka joined AmCham Vietnam as Executive Director in August 2019. She continues to carry out AmCham’s long-term mission to strengthen the U.S.-Vietnam trade and investment partnership and serve as the “voice of American business” in Vietnam, established when it was founded informally just after the trade embargo was lifted in 1994. Under her leadership, AmCham Vietnam has been revitalized. It is one of the largest, diverse, and inclusive foreign business associations in Vietnam. Its network of active committees and extensive range of events provide members valuable opportunities for professional networking, business intelligence, advocacy, and business promotion. AmCham strives to be the most strategic and influential business association in Vietnam – that drives innovation and sustainable growth and helps its members succeed. A community you want to join!

Mary is an international trade and economic expert with decades of experience managing organizations and policy advocacy in Asia. Prior to joining AmCham, Mary served as the U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City. As a career diplomat and member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mary has served throughout the Indo-Pacific region, 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. Before joining the State Department, Mary worked as a CPA and Tax Manager at KPMG’s San Francisco Office. Mary also serves as a Director on the Board of VinaCapital GS Energy.



Sesame puffs, chicken liver and Madeira mousse

Caprese skewers, bocconcini, tomato, basil



Freshly baked bread
French butter

Chilled green pea soup
Truffle crème fraiche, bacon crisp

Beef tenderloin
Dutch cream potato, heirloom carrot, bourguignon jus

Nougat glacé
Nutmeg sabayon, passion fruit sauce

Coffee and Tea
U.S. red and white wines, provided by Red Apron


Limited seating: 25 maximum. Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Please confirm your attendance by replying to [email protected].

Registration fee: VND 2,500,000

We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.