Time: 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 3, 2022
Venue: InterContinental Saigon, Corner Hai Ba Trung & Le Duan Blvd., D1

On behalf of Winnie Wong, Chair of AmCham Vietnam here in HCMC, we are delighted to extend a special invitation to you for our second Chair’s Circle event of the year, a welcome cocktail reception for newly-arrived U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Marc Knapper and his wife, Mrs. Suzuko Knapper. Ambassador and Mrs. Knapper will be joined by Consul General Marie Damour, Deputy Principal Officer Robert Greenan, and Honorary Board Liaiasons Alex Tatsis and Stephen Jacques. This exclusive, invite-only event will take place on Thursday, March 3rd, from 5:45-7:00 PM, in the Cat Ba Room, just before the Welcome Dinner for Ambassador Knapper that we are hosting at the Intercon Saigon. While there is no charge for this special Chair’s Circle cocktail event, please make sure you register below for our planning purposes. Also, please register for the dinner now if you have not already done so.

The event will allow an opportunity for informal networking and photo opps while enjoying a special signature cocktail in honor of Ambassador Knapper prepared with Son Tinh, Vietnam’s only-award winning rice liqueur and now owned by American long-term investor and entrepreneur in Vietnam, Michael Rosen, who has traveled from Hanoi for the occasion. Then, we will have an opportunity for a brief discussion of key trade and investment challenges and opportunities and challenges, before joining the rest of the attendees for the dinner in Ballroom 1.

The event will take place in the 2nd Floor Cat Ba Function Room. Please take the elevator to the right as you enter the lobby. As a precautionary measure, we encourage all attendees to do a COVID rapid antigen self-test the day of the event prior to arrival and to stay home if you are not feeling well. We look forward to a fun and insightful evening!

Ambassador Marc E. Knapper

Marc E. Knapper is a member of the Senior Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State and the Ambassador to Vietnam. He most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan from August 2018 to July 2021. Prior to assuming this position, Marc was Chargé d’Affaires ad interim in Seoul from 2017 to 2018 and Deputy Chief of Mission from 2015 to 2016. Earlier assignments include Director for India Affairs, Director for Japan Affairs, and tours in Seoul, Baghdad, Tokyo, and Hanoi.

Marc is a recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, the nation’s highest diplomatic honor. Marc has also received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award and the Department of State’s Linguist of the Year Award. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and also studied at the University of Tokyo, Middlebury College’s intensive Japanese program, the Army War College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI program. Marc speaks Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese.

A native of Los Angeles, Marc is married to Suzuko Knapper and they have one son, Alex, who is 21.

Cocktails Sponsor

Dr. Michael Rosen

Senior Visiting Faculty

Fulbright University Vietnam

Dr. Michael Rosen is an entrepreneur, business executive, investor, property owner and writer, a former banker, real estate developer, and professor living in Hanoi.

Check out his full bio here.


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

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

Free of charge.

We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.