Tran Ngoc An - The Ambassador of Vietnam
H.E. Mr. Tran Ngoc An arrived in London to assume his duties as Ambassador of Viet Nam to the UK and Ireland in November 2017. Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988, he held various appointments in the Ministry, including Director General of the Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation and ASEM Senior Official of Vietnam from 2015 – 2017, Director General for EU Affairs from 2013 – 2014, Director General of the Diplomatic Fund for Economic Activities from 2011 – 2012, Assistant Director General then Deputy Director General of the ASEAN Department from 1998 – 2004, officer of the International Organization Department from 1988 - 1990. From 2006 – 2010, he was Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of Vietnam to the Republic of Finland and the Republic of Estonia.
A founder member of the Network and its first Chairman from 2013 to April 2018. Ben was MP for Wirral South from 1997 until 2010. He set up and chaired the All Party Group for Vietnam and is now Honorary President. He signed the Memorandum of Understanding that governs the relationship between the two parliaments. Ben has been a regular visitor to Vietnam both privately and officially. He is married to Maureen and lives in Bath.
Executive Committee Members
A diplomat for 38 years until 2008, serving mainly in Asia, Warwick was Britain's Ambassador to Vietnam from 2000 to 2003. He was Adviser to Lloyd's Insurance on Vietnam and Korea 2008-2012, and since 2013 has been an external Director of Prudential's Life Insurance business in Vietnam. In the same year he was awarded the Order of Friendship by the President of Vietnam. One of the founders of the Network, he was a Vice Chairman from 2013 to 2018.
Executive Chairman of NashTech, part of the Harvey Nash Group plc, Non-Executive Director of FPT Software, a Vietnamese technology business, Board Member of Roehampton University, and a Council Member of UK-ASEAN Business Council. Paul recently received an important award for outstanding services to Viet Nam’s ICT industry, an award for services to Trade and Investment from the Vietnamese government and was appointed ICT Ambassador and advisor to Viet Nam’s software industry.
Anh was (Co) President of the Vietnamese Professionals Network (Vietpro UK) from 2015-2017 and President of Vietnamese society at Cass Business School in 2013. She has been in the Committee Board of the Network since 2014. She is currently working at Asset Management team at Platina Partners and prior to that she worked at RBS where she managed a portfolio of clients across renewable energy and infrastructure sectors.
Doug Nicholls is General Secretary of the General Federation of Trade Unions and Secretary of Trade Union Friends of Viet Nam. He is a lifelong supporter of Viet Nam and has organised many events over the years to create greater understanding in the UK of Viet Nam. Doug worked to re-establish formal links with the Vietnamese General Confederation of Labour and was awarded their highest award of merit for his efforts.
Peter Budd is Consultant to Arup and remains enaged with their interests in Vietnam.
Quyen (Vince) is a Deloitte technology consultant and is the current president of the Vietnamese Professionals Network in the UK - VietPro (http://www.vietpro.network/). VietPro's mission is to become the hub for professional networking, career opportunities and skills building for the current and potential Vietnamese professionals in the UK, as well as international friends with interest in Vietnam.
General Manager of Vietnam Airlines United Kingdom
Head of International Relations & Committee Member
James joined Prudential in April 2018. He is Head of International Relations on the Group Government Relations team at Prudential Group Head Office. James is responsible for managing policy, government and multi-lateral relationships across ASEAN, working closely with teams in the business units across the 14 markets in Asia, plus the regional head office. He supports the CEOs in delivering business strategies across both existing and potential markets by building relationships across government, regulatory, think tank, membership and policy communities. James was previously Assistant Head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) where he worked across a range of research projects and managed key relationships. He has also worked at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung UK and Ireland office, and in the higher education sector.
Matt leads KPMG in the UK’s High Growth Markets Group with a strong focus on Vietnam as part of the wider ASEAN region. Matt also leads the UK firm’s focus on the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) where London is a key hub in KPMG’s BRI Global Centre of Excellence. Matt joined the Vietnam-UK Network visit to Vietnam in 2016 and recently attended the APEC Leaders’ Week in Da Nang. KPMG has a long term investment in Vietnam with offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang.
Rachel Hill is Director at Dragon Capital.
Geoff Shears was a labour lawyer with Thompsons for some 38 years,and became CEO and then Executive Chair of that firm prior to his retirement in 2009.He has always been a committed internationalist,presiding over Union Solidarity International,a unique collectivist campaign platform,until its transfer to IndustriALL,the global trade union.He finds that his enthusiasm for Vietnam complements his engagement with progressive causes elsewhere.His involvement with the British trade union movement continues,and informs his work.
President of Vietnamese Association in the UK
Bao Ha Pham
Bao Ha Pham is a Director and Associated General Counsel at Deutsche Bank AG, London. She heads up the Strategic Equities Transaction Group in Legal (Global Markets) and is specialised in cross-border lending, IPO, M&A, derivative, corporate and capital market work (linking to equity assets). Her key markets are Western Europe, Middle East and Eastern Europe. Bao Ha is a qualified solicitor of England & Wales. As a committee member, Bao Ha looks after NGO’s matters and chairs the Vietnam-UK Women in Business Forum as part of the Network. Bao Ha also sits on the Corporate Responsibilities Council of Deutsche Bank and is a keen supporter of several charities, including the Marine Conservation Society, Habitat in Humanity, Cancer Research, and the Microfinance Foundation.
Treasurer and Committee Member
Jakki lived in Vietnam from 2001 to 2015 during that time she was the Executive Director of the British Business Group VN and Development Director for Operation Smile Vietnam. Since returning to the UK Jakki has taken on the position as a Trustee with Saigon Children’s Charity and joined the VN-UK Network as their Treasurer in September 2017.
Dr Martha Gasparin
Dr Marta Gasparin is Assistant Professor in Innovation and Design Management, and Deputy Director of the PhD Programme. Before joining the University of Leicester in 2015, Marta worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), where she obtained her PhD. Marta’s research, teaching and courses on professional development are on innovation and design management. She has conducted research in Vietnam on mapping the Vietnamese creative and innovative economy, and she is collaborating with the University of Economics of Ho Chi Minh. She is leading a research project based in UK and Vietnam, called “slow design driven innovation” and funded by the ESRC.