Hang Nguyen, Candidate for Board of Governors 2019

Hang Nguyen

Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Hang Nguyen is a partner at Baker McKenzie and the current head of the Employment and Labor practice in Vietnam.

Hang’s practice focuses on Employment and Labor, M&A as well as Corporate and Compliance matters. Her diverse working experience, broad knowledge in various areas of law, and business management qualifications allow her to provide clients with practical and commercially savvy legal advice in order to create effective, strategic and innovative solutions to navigate the ever-changing legal landscape of Vietnam. As head of the Employment and Labor practice, Hang is responsible for developing and providing strategy for the practice as well as for training and coaching team members and coordinating the global and regional employment practices in relation to Vietnam. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Firm’s Asia Pacific Employment Practice Group and the Global Immigration and Mobility Group.

Hang received her legal education in both Vietnam and the U.S., having obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Law from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, an LL.M. from the Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, and an Executive MBA from the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business. Hang is one of the few lawyers dually admitted to practice law in New York State and Vietnam. During her almost 14 – year tenure at Baker McKenzie, Hang has worked at the Firm’s Vietnam, Barcelona and London offices.

Hang has been an active member of AmCham since 2006 and has represented AmCham as well as the broader business community at numerous expert working groups, seminars and conferences. She has also worked face-to-face with Vietnamese Government agencies for more than a decade on employment and labor law issues, including in the overhaul of the Vietnam Labor Code in 2012 and the adoption of various implementation decrees and circulars and the ongoing revision the Labor Code. In 2013, she was nominated to become the Chair, and since 2017 Co-Chair, of AmCham HR/Labor Committee and has held this position ever since. In her capacity as Chair/Co-Chair, she has revived the committee through organizing successful events and activities for the benefit of AmCham members and administering the AmCham scholarship program. Hang is also the point of contact for the Board of Governors and other Committees when it comes to employment and labor issues. She has been deeply involved in policy discussions on labor and employment issues arising during the negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, and other issues that affect the business community in Vietnam, frequently acting as an adviser to US Government agencies and industry stakeholders on Vietnam employment and labor law.

Hang was elected as a Governor of the Board of Governors in 2017. She is a member of the Executive Committee-plus, being in charge of Committees and advocacy. Hang has been a very active Governor, and played a key role in driving advocacy activities of the Chamber. In July 2019, she joined other Governors to represent Ho Chi Minh City Chapter in the 2019 Doorknock mission of Amchams of Asia Pacific to Washington D.C. to meet with the US Administration and Congress on trade and investment issues between the US and Asia Pacific region. During the mission, she also arranged a meeting between AmCham Vietnam and Vietnamese Embassy to the US and Trade Office to discuss US-Vietnam bilateral trade and investment issues.

Statement of Interest

If re-elected as a Governor, my primary goals during the term are to increase the advocacy voice of the Chamber and its members in policies that shape the legal and policy reform in Vietnam. By working with the Vietnamese Government to develop more transparent and sensible legislation and policies, more effective implementation of the rules of law, improving cost competitiveness, increasing productivity, and providing better programs for workforce development, we will improve the business environment and make Vietnam a more attractive investment destination. This will benefit our members and eventually promote trade and investment between Vietnam and the US.

I will continue identifying and engaging key Vietnamese Government stakeholders in these endeavors, and will have the Chamber participate more actively and effectively in policy discussions with Government agencies. To this end, I plan to organize more frequent dialogues between the Chamber, its members and the US and Vietnamese Governments, both at the central and local levels.

I will also focus on understanding the specific needs and demands of our diverse members through tailored and relevant events and initiatives. Our member demographics have evolved over the years to include young and dynamic individual members as well as more diverse corporate members ranging from large MNCs to SMEs and start-ups. We should therefore expand our traditional approach to encompass more creative programs, which will offer better opportunities to all members for networking, information sharing and creating business solutions.

I will also prioritize my efforts in promoting development, collaboration and cooperation among the Chamber Committees with a focus to creating synergies among the Committees in order to help achieve AmCham’s overall objectives and address common issues that our members face.

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