Dam Thi Hoang Lan
Director, External Affairs, MSD Vietnam
Lan Dam has over 23 years of expertise in the healthcare profession and is passionate about improving the health of the Vietnamese people. She has been involved in numerous healthcare projects and programs and policy development aimed at increasing patient access to new innovative treatments in various organizations.
Lan joined MSD in 2016, and she has led the Policy and Government Relations, Market Access, and Communications department since then, which has given her opportunities to pursue her commitment and contribution to Vietnam’s healthcare mission, as well as to assist the innovative pharmaceutical industry in maintaining sustainable business and continued investments. She has contributed to MSD Vietnam’s achievements in improving access to health, which has been recognized and awarded the Ministry of Health’s “For the People’s Health” Medal. She has taken proactive measures to facilitate the implementation of several programs in Vietnam, including initiatives such as “MSD for Mothers” and “Anti-microbial stewardship” (utilizing the One Health strategy).
She has also been passionate about promoting sustainability, which is defined as “meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.She has actively encouraged the MSD Vietnam team to participate in annual beach clean-ups and blood donation drives.
Lan Dam holds a Medical Doctor degree from Hanoi Medical University, a Doctor of Business Administration from the American Heritage University of Southern California, and a Master of Science (Sustainability Leadership) from the University of Cambridge, the U.K.
Statement of Interest
Improving healthcare in Vietnam requires a strong collaboration between governments, healthcare institutions, and industry. This also contributes to the creation of a long-term economic environment that encourages continuous investment by American firms.
I have worked in the healthcare industry for over 23 years, including two years in the Ministry of Health, primarily on large public healthcare initiatives, policy forming programs, regulatory affairs, and government interactions. In addition, I served as the Governor of the AmCham Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) chapter in 2022 and am currently the Governor of AmCham Ha Noi.
The AmCham’s healthcare committee has given me the opportunity to produce position papers, add crucial input to white books, make recommendations on law change, and participate in numerous talks with government officials, the National Assembly, and various healthcare agencies.
Given the intricacy of healthcare policies and the fact that numerous associated healthcare Laws (such as the Pharmaceutical Law and the Health Insurance Law) are being revised, a healthcare representative on the AmCham HCMC Board of Governors is required.
I believe my skills, experience, and desire will be sufficient to take on the post at AmCham HCMC again next year. The job will continue to assist me in identifying leverage points to address the critical difficulties affecting the businesses of our healthcare member companies and to provide better healthcare to the Vietnamese people.
Moreover, I believe that I will contribute to a more gender balanced leadership on the AmCham HCMC Board of Governors.