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The long-awaited bounceback of Vietnam’s economy is finally underway! Join this event with a panel of experts to obtain critical business intelligence on prospects for Vietnam’s reopening and economic recovery. Learn how to navigate the bounceback, and take it into account in your business and personal planning.
Prime Minister Economic Advisor and Fulbright University Vietnam Lecturer Nguyen Xuan Thanh, World Bank Vietnam Lead Economist and Program Leader Jacques Morisset, VinaCapital Chief Economist Michael Kokalari, and consumer market research and consulting firm Cimigo Managing Director Richard Burrage, will share their expert perspectives, and respond to your questions in a Q and A session moderated by AmCham Vietnam Executive Director Mary Tarnowka.
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.
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.
Lead Economist and Program Leader
World Bank Vietnam
Jacques Morisset is the World Bank’s Lead Economist and Program Leader for Vietnam where he coordinates Bank’s work on macroeconomics, trade, finance, agriculture, poverty and public-sector reforms.
After receiving his PhD in economics from the University of Geneva, he has held various positions at the World Bank and IFC, while collaborating with the World Economic Forum. He has led or co-led lending operations worth over US$2 billion and advised governments on a wide spectrum of economic areas from financial markets, investment promotion, fiscal and tax policies to labor markets. Jacques has published in academic journals, including the World Bank Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, and World Development. He was a member of the Board of the World Bank Economic Review.
Chief Economist, VinaCapital
Michael Kokalari, CFA is the Chief Economist of Vietnam’s largest private equity fund manager, VinaCapital ($3b AUM), where he sits on the investment committee and is responsible for guiding the firm’s overall investment strategy.
Mr. Kokalari worked in Vietnam for 10 years, prior to which he was a derivatives trader in Tokyo & London for 15 years, running multi-billion dollar trading books at JP Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse First Boston, Lehman Brothers, and Paribas. Mr Kokalari co-authored the CFA guide to Credit Derivatives, and was a contributor to the book “Risk Management: Foundations for a Changing Financial World (2010)”, along with Nobel Prize winners Myron Scholes and William Sharpe of Stanford University.
Mr. Kokalari holds Masters Degrees in Business, Engineering and Mathematics from Stanford University, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School.
Managing Director, Cimigo
Richard has 25 years of experience in market research and strategic consulting. He is the founder of Cimigo and acts as a strategic partner for core clients, focusing on market feasibility, brand positioning, customer experience and communications development. Richard will lead consultant.
Richard has led businesses, which have supported numerous brands to leadership positions in Asia, including the innovation of over sixty brands. He has built a regional Asian market research business, bringing the voice of the consumer into client boardrooms.
Richard is the representative for the industry body ESOMAR promoting market research and standards. Richard teaches Asian Consumer Behavior for the Quinlan Business School, Loyola University, Chicago.
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.