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We know that COVID-19 concerns are of utmost importance for your businesses and you and your family members personally. And many of you want to do more to help support Vietnam’s response in this time of critical need. Last week, August 3-5, AmCham conducted a member survey on “AmCham Vietnam COVID-19 Concerns.” At this briefing, we will share the survey results, followed by a discussion with a panel of healthcare experts on the COVID-19 Virus, Variants, Vaccines, as well as opportunities for Assistance to support the Vietnamese government’s COVID response. We will then switch gears to highlight recent and upcoming opportunities for Advocacy of member concerns to Central and provincial authorities, including Prime Minister Chinh’s meeting last Sunday, and the upcoming meeting with HCMC People’s Committee Chairman Phong on Saturday, August 14. The agenda follows. Please register now to join as your schedule allows.
Welcome by AmCham Executive Director Mary Tarnowka and briefing of survey highlights and opportunities for Assistance
Panel discussion with U.S. Centers for Disease Control Vietnam Mission Director Dr. Eric Dziuban; HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Director Dr. Guy Thwaites; Victoria Healthcare Vietnam President Dr. Mason Cobb; and Pfizer Vietnam Country Manager & Chief Representative JP Pullicino
Q&A session with Healthcare Experts
Discussion of Recent and Upcoming Advocacy opportunities
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Dr. Eric Dziuban, MD, DTM, CPH, FAAP
Country Director, Centers for Disease Control, Vietnam, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Dr. Eric Dziuban is currently the Country Director for CDC Vietnam, an office of 68 staff based between offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He arrived in Vietnam in May 2021, following three years serving as CDC Country Director in Namibia. In that role he also served as the U.S. Embassy’s senior advisor for COVID-19 planning and senior liaison to the Namibian government’s COVID-19 emergency response.
Prior roles at CDC include Acting Branch Chief for the Child Development and Disability Branch, Team Lead for the Children’s Preparedness Unit, Chief Medical Officer for the Division of Human Development and Disability, and Medical Officer in the Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment Team. He is also a Commander in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service.
Outside of regular duties, Dr. Dziuban has participated in CDC’s response efforts for Ebola, Zika virus, hurricane disasters, and the Flint water crisis. His work on global HIV has taken him to over a dozen countries, providing technical assistance and program support. He has also provided expert review and technical support for projects led by the World Health Organization, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Through his professional roles, Dr. Dziuban has contributed to a number of U.S. Government technical guidelines in current use for disease outbreaks or public health emergencies. He has been invited to present over 70 lectures or professional presentations, in addition to over 150 media appearances. He also has authored or co-authored over 40 published scientific manuscripts and has received several CDC and Commissioned Corps Officer awards for his work.
Prior to joining U.S. Government service, Dr. Dziuban lived and worked as a physician in Swaziland for Baylor College of Medicine. He continues to maintain board certification as a licensed pediatrician. He received his medical degree at Duke University and completed pediatric residency at the University of Michigan. He was also the first diplomate of the inaugural class at the National School of Tropical Medicine to receive a Diploma in Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Dziuban and his wife were both born and raised in Michigan. They currently live in Hanoi, Vietnam with their two sons.
John Paul Pullicino
Country Manager & Chief Representative, Pfizer Vietnam
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.
Professor Guy Thwaites
MA MBBS PhD FRCP FRCPath FMedSci
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.
Dr. L. Mason Cobb
President at Victoria Healthcare International Clinics
Dr. Mason Cobb is an American physician who is the President and a founder of Victoria Healthcare International Clinics and also Chairman of Hospital Sub-group under AmCham’s Healthcare Committee. Dr. Mason has a 33-year career as a surgeon, Surgery Chairman, Trauma Services Director, and State Trauma Board member. He has been involved in healthcare in Vietnam for over 20 years and now views healthcare as dedication to optimal health through studying individuals scientifically, then designing a custom wellness program and mentoring them. He is certified in USA in Age Management-Wellness through the Age Management Medicine Educational Foundation and now enjoys life with his wife and 2 children in Ho Chi Minh city.
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.