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Dao Trung Thanh

Having held many important positions in VNPT, especially in charge of internal training for the group, Mr. Thanh is a person who understands the importance of preserving, developing and sharing knowledge collectively to serve goals towards human development, as well as improving business efficiency. 

Mr. Thanh is a visiting lecturer of courses on leadership and innovation at John Von Newmann Institute - Ho Chi Minh City National University. He holds a Master's degree in cybersecurity at the French National Telecommunications Institute (Institut National des Telecommunications- France). 

Additionally, Mr. Thanh is an independent consultant for organisations, corporations, corporations on knowledge management, human development, internal customer care and internal systems setup. His clients can be mentioned as Netsoft, Saigon Post (under VNPT), Bibomart and many domestic and foreign agencies and businesses.

Kathy Uyen

An actress from Los Angeles, born and raised in San Jose, CA, and moved to Vietnam in 2009 where she established herself as an award winning leading lady with international appeal. 

Her success gave her the opportunity to emerge not only as a triple threat (writer, producer, actress) in 2013’s box-office hit HOW TO FIGHT IN SIX INCH HEELS (Am Muu Giay Got Nhon) but also landed her second prestigious Golden Kite Award (Canh Dieu Vang) - BEST LEADING ACTRESS 2013 in Vietnam. (Vietnam’s Oscars). 

Currently, Kathy is in post production stage of her directorial debut “Chi Chi Em Em" romantic thriller featuring Thanh Hang and Chi Pu as the main casts, set to be released in Christmas 2019.

Elsie Pham

Elsie has devoted her career on preserving one of the national strength of Vietnam - Handicraft Fashion that made from Bamboo and other Vietnamese traditional materials. 

Elsie was going into the largest forest in Vietnam - Truong Son by herself to search for the leaf that originally used for Vietnamese Conical Hat; continue from that, she constantly searches for the underprivileged villages or household to invest in developing their skill and recover Vietnamese Handicraft Dream. 

Her Japanese mentors/ business partners guided her to build an ethical business, build a wish of reserving and developing what are our national strengths and uniquenesses; it's because Japan has lost many of their traditions and they wish Vietnamese will see the expiring trends of what hold national values and image. Elsie will share her beautiful yet exciting of 5 years and many more of Exporting Heritage/ Sustainable Fashion

Nguyen H. Tien

At work, Tien finds ways to tell stories, create environment and motivate people and management to change behaviours and directions to capture opportunities. 

Outside of work, Tien is a curious engineer, who explores the world and seeks application to his job and life. Latest developments in cosmological theories & explorations, brain science developments, pre-historic civilisations are his common conversation topics. 

Tien is also a community person & likes to push boundaries. He co-founded USGuide, Connek volunteer networks, & serves as a member of Newborns Vietnam Board of Trustees. He is actively coaching volunteers and young tech entrepreneurs. He seeks to create deep change in people's behaviours without much money and power. He also experiments with applying business and communication techniques into social movements. 

In parallel universes, one would find other versions of Tien being a coach, a yogi, a martial art instructor, a social worker, a brain scientist or a cosmologist.


Phuong is a Counsellor trained in the Person-Centered approach founded by Carl Rogers. He completed his Masters in the University of Nottingham. In his practicum he worked as a sixth form counsellor helping young adolescents to cope with anxiety and various stressor around academic performance, family and social pressures. 

Phuong also worked with The Human Flourishing Project, a non-profit community service founded by staff members of the University of Nottingham that provides free counselling to the people of Nottingham where he worked with clients of a wide range of age and problems (bi-polar, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bereavement) in his work Phuong focuses on facilitating self-awareness and getting clients to get in touch with their own process. 

He strongly believes on the client’s ability to make sense of their own story and choose what’s best for them when met with empathy and unconditional positive regard.

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