The 2019 Board of Governors of AmCham Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) will have 18 Governors. Nine governors will be elected from the below-listed candidates in on-line secure voting between on or about Nov. 2 and Nov. 29 for a two-year term January 2019 – December 2020. The results of election will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on Dec 4, 2018.
Director –Strategy Group
Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences
KPMG in Vietnam & Cambodia
Luke is the Director of Strategy Consulting and National Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences for KPMG in Vietnam. In this role, he supports international and Vietnamese companies design and execute Vietnam-market investment and growth strategies.
KPMG is a global audit, tax, and advisory professional services firm, and was one of the first “Big Four” to enter the Vietnam market. The firm is active in the AmCham community, and its clients are a leading source of inbound FDI.
Prior to joining KPMG in Vietnam, Luke was in China for more than ten years and has expertise in U.S.-China relations and an extensive business network throughout Asia. During his time in China, Luke developed strategies for some of America’s largest blue-chip investors operating in the market. In addition, Luke authored testimony on U.S. competitiveness for the Congressional Subcommittee responsible for China bilateral relations.
Luke graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), has a BS in Biology from Guilford College, and is a fluent Mandarin speaker.
Vision for AmCham
AmCham today is the result of more than 20 years of hard work and dedication. If given the privilege to serve as a member of the Board of Governors, I will build on our current momentum, and help model a sustainable plan for revenue growth and membership retention.
AmCham is the voice of the American business community in Vietnam, and plays a unique and increasingly important role in the country’s social and economic development. If elected, I will work with fellow Governors to identify specific areas where we can move the needle to improve the business environment for American companies operating in Vietnam, and strengthen the value proposition we offer our member companies. To achieve this, I suggest we carefully analysis existing stakeholder feedback and create financial scenario models to understand how we can maximize membership value and financial sustainability for the chamber.
As a strategy consultant, I have years of experience working with clients to identify and measure specific ambitions, develop clear and actionable roadmaps, and collect the data points necessary to track progress and measure success. If given the opportunity, I greatly look forward to helping AmCham grow to meet its ambition.
Alexandra Sasha Stinchfield
Associate Managing Director & Chief of Staff
Arizona State University
Sasha is the Associate Managing Director and Chief of Staff of Arizona State University Vietnam Representative Office.
Ranked the past four years by US News and World Report as the #1 most innovative university in America, ASU is the largest comprehensive public university in America with 111,000 students and over $500M in annual research expenditures. Since 2009, ASU has been a force in Vietnam leading public-private partnerships to improve the quality of higher engineering education. These capacity projects leverage deep and diverse government-industry-academic partners that share a goal of tightly linking science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction in Vietnamese higher education institutions to produce work-ready engineers and scientists. By strategically working with industry and government partners, we extend ASU research, faculty and programs to support the development of a world class and competitive workforce and technology innovation ecosystem for Vietnam. To date, over 10,000 Vietnamese faculty have been trained at ASU in Arizona and in Vietnam with many programs achieving peer-evaluated regional and international level accreditation creating sustainable quality and assessment systems to validate student learning outcomes are achieved.
Since 2016, Sasha directs the ASU Vietnam project operations and leads a portfolio of education innovation and workforce development projects working closely with the public and private sectors. Before joining the ASU Vietnam team, Sasha was the global portfolio manager in the ASU International Development Office where she led the strategic development of new grants, project management, processes innovation and relationship management. In this role, she led technical project activities in Brazil, El Salvador and Kenya.
Sasha graduated from Arizona State University with BA in Global Studies and Master’s in Sustainability Leadership with research focused on strategies for corporate social responsibility programs. As a former collegiate track and field athlete, Sasha enjoys running, hiking and traveling.
Vision for AmCham
My vision is to collaborate with AMCHAM members to develop a results-oriented education and workforce development solution to support member companies to recruit, attain, and continuously develop an effective and agile workforce in Vietnam. With Industrial Revolution 4.0, organizations are going to have to develop a culture of lifelong learning to develop and attain human capital to contribute to the innovation of projects, processes, and people systems. Already, many sectors are reimagining how they design and manufacture products in Vietnam moving from high-tough labor to advanced automation and additive manufacturing processes. To remain competitive, it will be imperative for industry-government-education institutions to reconsider how we approach education and training and a mindset of lifelong learning. AMCHAM members can convene and lead this discussion and develop national scale projects to innovate and create more access to scalable education and training programs leveraging technology platforms.
Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel
Denny Cowger is currently the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of OrthoLite VietNam, the world’s leading supplier of comfort insoles to shoe brands such as Nike, Adidas, ASICS, Clarks and New Balance. Denny has over 10 years of working experience in Vietnam, having been in private practice with the law firms of Mayer Brown JSM and then Duane Morris Vietnam LLC before coming into his current role for the last 5 years. During his time in Vietnam, Denny has been an active member of AmCham Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City), having participated on local events such as Paloozas and holiday get-togethers as well as regional activities such as Door-Knocks to reach out to members of Congress on behalf of Americans living overseas.
How I can be of value to AmCham
As part of my work in the shoe business, I travel around the region on a weekly basis representing the US and Vietnam in my interactions with my fellow global citizens. A lot of the work I do, helps to show the world all the good things that the US and Vietnam has to offer. If elected, I would be one of the most active AmCham Vietnam ambassadors to all the business and governmental leaders to come across.
Locally, I would like to become more involved in AmCham Vietnam through participation in committees. The two most relevant in my case would be the Manufacturing and Legal Committees where I can add value through my decade of experience in different sectors in Vietnam. Through my years with AmCham Vietnam, I have also had the opportunity to speak, host and organize co-hosted Chamber events. I would look forward to continuing to be part of such events.
Finally, in addition to being involved at the local level with AmCham, I also would like to be a bridge between other American Chambers of Commerce in this region and help to encourage collaboration among them. Helping to interact with other chambers not only would help strengthen Amcham Vietnam, but also help to give support and knowledge to the other chambers regionally.
BW Industrial Development
Greg arrived in Vietnam in 2011. Joining the Property Industry in 2004. Greg has over 14 years’ experience in real estate and development, and a career spanning across Asia Pacific from Sydney, Australia and Hong Kong. Greg was recruited to join US Real Estate firm(s) JLL and namely CBRE setting up the countries first dedicated ‘Industrial & Logistics Services’ Real Estate team, Recently, Greg was selected in establishing the joint venture ‘BW Industrial Development’ as the firms Deputy CEO.
‘BW Industrial Development’ (BWID) is strategic partnership between US New York based private equity firm ‘Warburg Pincus’; and ‘Becamex IDC’, Vietnam’s largest industrial and infrastructure developer. The joint venture has committed more than $200 million in initial investment date.
● Warburg Pincus – Over $1 billion of investment in Vietnam, including in Vincom Retail, Techombank, Lodgis Hospitality, and others.
● Becamex – Specializes in developing large-scale industrial townships with one of the largest industrial landbanks with over $10 billion invested to-date including in VSIP, TOKYU and others.
BWID is at present the largest For-Rent Industrial & Logistics Real Estate Developer and is currently building Industrial and Logistics real estate facilities nationwide in provinces such as Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Hai Phong, Hai Duong and Bac Ninh with the vision to provide true institutional-grade industrial and logistics real estate property solutions for its investors.
Value & Vision:
With the transformative shift of the global manufacturing base from markets like China to Vietnam as well as with the rapid rise of domestic consumption, Vietnam continues to be a focus for FDI.
As a developer of Industrial and logistics assets, Greg is regularly supporting enquiries from manufacturers, traders, logistics investors focused on North America exports primarily geared on leveraging the Vietnam and US trade relationship.
More recently export focused firms heavily relying on the long-term stability of the Vietnam US trade relationship and the escalating ‘trade war’ between the US and China have accelerated and the trend of foreign investors realigning their supply chains greatly towards Vietnam.
While many firms will be looking to Vietnam to reroute goods in the short term, through his firsthand experience as the Deputy CEO of BWID, Greg will aim to provide AmCham with:
● A platform of support and advice required from a real estate and investment perspective;
● Assist in providing long-term risk mitigating strategies to minimize exposure to provide a ‘soft’ Vietnam landing / support network for market entry and expansion; and
● Aid in Driving the development and upgrade of other sectors such as manufacturing, logistics and processing in the country’s 4.0 industrial revolution.
Greg prides himself on being active in the Vietnam Business, Philanthropic and Sporting community.
● From to 2014 to 2018, Greg was elected as a National Board Member and National Director for AUSCHAM (the Australian Chamber of Commerce) Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City chapters. During his tenure Greg helped to establish, develop & drive various profitable and member focused initiatives events such as the annual ‘Australian Business Awards’ & ‘Vietnam Real Estate Symposium’.
● Greg is an Auctioneer & MC and regularly donates his services in aid of various charities across Vietnam. Since 2011, Greg has helped to raise close to $1 million in funds for charities such as the ‘Saigon’s Children’s Charity’, ‘Kids With Cancer Foundation’, ‘STREETS International’, ‘TUSK-Royal British Polo’. Greg also proudly donated his services as MC & Auctioneer for the ‘AmCham Hanoi 2018 Gala’ and upcoming ‘AmCham HCMC 2018 Gala’ later this year.
● When he is not wearing his boots on site inspections in the provinces, you can find Greg any given morning running or cycling on the streets of Saigon. Greg is a passionate sportsperson and regularly participates in Triathlon’s and Marathons both in Vietnam and the region.
Legal and Public Affairs & Communications Director
Ly Le joined the Company in 2013 as Legal and Public Affairs and Communication Director of Coca-Cola Indochina.
Prior joining Coca-Cola, she was responsible for all aspects of legal work, government affairs, regulatory affairs, general legal services and ethics and compliance matters of the Vietnam operations of a global cosmetics firm, and from 2010, in addition to her Vietnam responsibilities, Ly Le has overseen legal work in Thailand for the firm. She has been actively involved in various non-government business associations, including the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Direct Selling Committee, the Vietnam Association of Oils – Aromas – Cosmetics, the Vietnam Association of Trademark Protection, and the establishment of the local Vietnam Direct Selling Association.
She has served on AmCham Boards of Governors from 2001. She led the development of the AmCham Food and Beverage Committee in 2013 and has become the Vice Chair of F&B Committee. She is also the Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in AmCham. She is appointed as Vice-Chair of U.S- ASEAN Business Council in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, she was elected to be the Chair of AmCham Vietnam as the first Vietnamese woman holding this chairmanship. She also receives ASEAN Women’s Entrepreneur Award for her leadership to contribute to local women business community in Vietnam.
Her versatile expertise adds much value to high-level diplomatic ties through U.S. – Vietnam relationship by corporate engagement, making her contribution highly recognized by the company, government bodies, and civil societies.
Ms. Ly Le holds the Bachelor of Degree in Law, Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) in Corporate Law, Singapore Institute of Management in Contract Negotiation and Management.
Vision for AmCham
I have been active in AmCham since 2001 as a member of Board of Governors with leading the development of the AmCham Direct Selling Committee and Food and Beverages Committee in 2013. As the current Vice Chair of Food and Beverages Committee, I established the strong collaboration and support for Vietnamese government regarding to harmonization of the respective regulatory landscape with international standards in Vietnam. Going beyond business advocacy, I promoted the mission of social contribution through AmCham CSR Committee with featured scholarship programs for young Vietnamese generations.
In 2016 term, as the Chair of AmCham Vietnam, I earned great supports from Board of Governors for building up signature business events and implementing strategic directions in AmCham to improve business conditions so as to promote trade and investment between Vietnam and the United States.
Coming back as a candidate for AmCham Board of Governors, I will strengthen the coalition of AmCham and its stakeholders to develop a more transparent investment environment through my experience with AmCham and American business interests. While American businesses continue to make their significant contribution in economic and social development in Vietnam, AmCham shall be more proactive to play a role promoting ‘global brands, local stand’ among American business community. I will drive AmCham’s values to be part of solutions and initiatives: from supporting local small- and medium-sized businesses to become qualified in global value chain to promoting a responsible business community in responding national issues advocating for level-field playing in an integrated business environment.
Above all, serving as a member of AmCham Board of Governors Ha Noi Chapter, I gain the best of both worlds chance to bridge and integrate Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi Chapters for AmCham Vietnam: One Vision, One Mission, and One Strategy.
Senior Director – Regional General Director (South East Asia)
Gap Inc. | Global Supply Chain
Michael McGarr – Regional General Director for Gap Inc., (Gap International Sourcing) located in Ho Chi Minh City.
Michael leads the sourcing offices and teams in South East Asia managing the production for Gap Inc. brands. Vietnam being Gap Inc’s number 1 sourcing country. Having over 25 years’ experience in the apparel industry, Michael has led teams in Africa, China, Europe and South East Asia. Sourcing product from over 30 different countries. Previously having lived in Istanbul, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Originally from the North East of England, he started his career as an Assistant Buyer managing Women’s knitwear. Joining Gap Inc, September 2017.
Michael’s interests include cycling, soccer and travel. Married to Hazal and now living in Ho Chi Minh City.
To support the pro-active nature of the Chamber. Encourage the development of the Chamber’s network and actively drive the ‘ease of doing business’ in Vietnam. Use our network to inspire and implement solutions to build a sustainable way of doing business in Vietnam to support our members.
About Gap Inc.:
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering product collections for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands.
From cotton to customer, our Global Supply Chain & Product Operations team sources, produces and delivers iconic, on trend style through Gap Inc.’s brands around the world. We are comprised of over 8,000 employees including our sourcing operations, logistics network, strategic sourcing & supply group, strategy and finance. Our team prides itself on being industry experts who are fast, fearless and bold. We incorporate market intelligence, innovation and technology to make, create and deliver high quality products to our customers. We are passionate about doing what’s right for our customers, employees and the communities in which we work.
Milton D. Hagler
Fluid Power and Controls Vietnam Ltd.
October-2018 Milton joined Fluid Power and Controls as its General Director. FPC, with 85 employees, specializes in manufacturing of hydraulic valves, solenoids and dispensing valves. The parent company Deltrol Corporation is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a world leader in the manufacture of electromechanical controls and hydraulic systems and components.
Prior to FPC, Milton was the General Director of BriskHeat Vietnam for nearly 5 years who manufacturer’s flexible cloth heater jackets for the semiconductor tooling industry. The parent company, BriskHeat Corporation, located in Columbus, Ohio, is a worldwide leader in industrial heating products. During Milton’s tenure Vietnam’s operations and workforce grew from 210 to 475 employees, while tripling production, and adding local engineering capacity.
Formerly, Milton worked in software engineering at Autodesk in California before moving to Vietnam in 1998, where he has been living continuously. Early exposure to Vietnam, provided a stimulus to learn Vietnamese, has provided invaluable insights and understanding of the business and cultural climate of Vietnam, plus the challenges and opportunities it presents in a very dynamic and rapidly developing country.
As an active member of the AmCham Manufacturing Committee, Milton has for the last three years enthusiastically been its Chairman where he has aspired to expand the Committee’s mission to create a vibrant manufacturing community that included proactively building of the local supply chain. During 2017 and 2018 he led the organization of the seminal AmCham Supplier Day events where each year it has experienced considerable recognition by local suppliers, foreign direct invested manufacturers, local business associations, and both the Vietnamese and United States governments.
Figure 1: MC at Supplier Day 2018
Figure 2: Session: Woman Owned Businesses
A native of San Francisco, California, Milton earned an MBA from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Sonoma State University (California).
Vision for AmCham
It has been a privilege to work with AmCham to help grow the Chamber and contribute towards making Vietnam the most attractive investment destination in South East Asia through advocacy. The lessons learned by overseeing and managing all aspects of manufacturing operations, along with active participation in the Manufacturing Committee, has provided valuable comprehension and enhanced awareness into issues surrounding manufacturing and doing business in Vietnam.
By bringing understanding, compassion, and thoughtfulness, the Vietnam/US relationship shall continue to grow and foster closer ties together for a bright future for the benefit of all. There are specific challenges in Vietnam’s development which I hope to promote, such as: improved modern and transparent policies, enhanced development and communication with the business community and governments, stepping into the 4th Industrial Revolution, while leaping into clean energy and modern transportation systems, and effective management of natural resources and the environment.
Towards these ends, I will continue to advocate for the manufacturing industry and continue to pursue increased transparency, the simplification and flattening of rules and regulations to streamline and reduce compliance costs, the alignment of Customs rules with the World Customs Organization, strive for more open and flexible labor laws that benefit both employees and businesses, and proactively build the Vietnam supply chain for manufacturing supplies and services.
Vietnam, Aetna International
Minh Nguyen oversees the Vietnam market for Aetna International in Asia Pacific. In this role, she is responsible for managing relations with fronting partner and reinsurance companies, ensuring operational excellence, ensuring that international standards are provided to valued customers, exploring new market segments and overseeing business operations nationwide. An Aetna employee since 2015, she was previously with AIG (American International Group) for nearly a decade. With her broad experience and expertise, Minh is a proven leader and strategic thinker.
Aetna is a Fortune 50 company and one of the five largest health insurers in the United States, providing 46.7 million people with coverage as well as information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their healthcare. CVS is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S, with integrated offerings across the spectrum of pharmacy care, serving 5 million customers served by CVS every day. The recent merger of CVS Health and Aetna will have US$260 billion in annual sales, making it the second largest corporation in the US and the seventh largest corporation in the world by revenue.
Aetna continues to rapidly expand across Asia, most recently by licensing in Hong Kong in 2018 and acquiring Bupa Thailand in 2017, as well as launching its Asian Innovation Hub in Singapore in 2016, which seeks to develop region-specific health solutions tailored for local markets in Asia. Vietnam is the fasting growing insurance market in the world and has one of the fastest growing ultra-high net worth (UHNW) population . We have the ambitious vision to make Vietnam into a market with new and unique health cover options which go ‘broader and deeper’ into the local health care market,bringing high quality and affordable healthcare to many more Vietnamese.
How I Can Be Of Value to AmCham Board of Governors:
Currently I am a core member of Amcham Healthcare Committee with intention of improving the efficiency of the health care sector and facilitating policy changes in Vietnam that would enable us to provide better care for patients, improve the business environment and strengthen society as a whole. We believe that financial investment and development through the international private health care companies, encouraged and directed by Amcham,is the best way to achieve this goal.
Being elected to the Board of Governors would allow me to work to expand and deepen the healthcare and financial services sectors, in particular, but it would also allow me to help enable AmCham members and US businesses to grow and achieve success in Vietnam overall. My experience as a bridge person, a Vietnamese national who serves as a US multinational executive, would be of use to many American business interests seeking to navigate Vietnam. As a Board member, I would work actively to cultivate strong US-Vietnam trade and investment relations, as well as maintain an emphasis on the corporate social responsibilities of foreign businesses investing and operating in Vietnam.
Neal F. Bermas
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Neal Bermas is the founder and chairperson of STREETS International. In Vietnam since 2009, STREETS is the leading US originated sustainable social enterprise providing hospitality and culinary training programs for street kids, orphans and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam.
For this work, Bermas was awarded a membership to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2014. In 2015, and again in 2018, STREETS was recognized by Hyatt Hotels with a Global Community Grant Award. In 2017, Bermas received a Leadership Award from Consular Affairs of the US Department of State. In 2018, Bermas was honored to be selected a CNN Hero of the Year.
As an independent management consultant and educator he has international experience in the hospitality and tourism industry as well as with economic development. His clients have included The Walt Disney Company, Sheraton, Le Meridien Hotels, the Oneida Indian Nation and Vietcombank, Vietnam. Previously, Bermas was a Director with the worldwide consulting and financial services firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand).
Dr. Bermas has been quoted frequently and highlighted in publications including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Financial Times (London), National Geographic, Gourmet Live, AsiaLife, Thanh Nien News, Cong An and Vietnam News (Vietnam), The Examiner (Australia), and Tiger Tales (Singapore).
For over a decade he held dual faculty appointments at New York University’s Stern School of Business and Steinhardt School of Education. He has also been on the faculty of The Institute of Culinary Education, Culinary Institute of America and the University of Southern California. Bermas earned his Ph.D. from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Boston, MA. He currently serves on its Board of Overseers.
Statement for AmCham
I would be honored to serve on the Board of AmCham. While a recent member, I have already participated in a number of functions, meetings and have been active in the Education and Workforce Development Committee.
AmCham, with its distinguished members as the chief investors and global participants in Vietnam, has the unique opportunity to continue to provide leadership in the overall economic and business development of the country.
At the same time, there is an equally significant role to actively participate and provide leadership and investment in the development of the civic society.
Economic/business investment and leadership are not mutually exclusive nor independent from civic society development. In fact, investment in one demands investment in the other.
AmCham is uniquely qualified and positioned to lead, develop and invest in all. I am eager to serve on the board that serves its members in providing such leadership and opportunity. I believe my business and academic acumen, along with my experience in establishing the leading US-based social enterprise in Vietnam qualifies me for such a role.