Co-founder and COO, IBP
International Relations Director, BSSC
Ms. Ha Thanh An is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Investment Business Partners (IBP). IBP was founded by veteran entrepreneurs with many years of experience in developing innovation-based businesses in Vietnam. With a network of more than 10,000 local and international technology companies, startups, and technology experts built over the past 12 years, IBP focuses on consulting and supporting businesses to build new growth strategies based on technology and innovation platforms. Some large local and international companies/ corporations that IBP’s expert team has partnered including Vingroup, Hoa Binh Construction Corporation, PNJ, Qualcomm (USA), and SK Group (Korea)
At the same time, Ms. Ha Thanh An is holding the role of International Relations Director at the Business Startup Support Center (BSSC). She designed and implemented the Startup Wheel program for international startups to explore the Vietnamese market. She also implemented other partnership programs between BSSC and international partners such as Quest Ventures (Singapore), Smilegate Investment (Korea), NIPA, KOTRA, etc.
In the period 2018 – 2020, An is the Deputy Director at VinTech City, a member of Vingroup – the largest conglomerate in Vietnam. VinTech City was established with the mission of developing an ecosystem of applied research and technology startups, following the Silicon Valley model. She operated the VinTech Applied Research Fund (VinTech Fund), which is the first private fund to sponsor and support the commercialization of high-tech products by Vietnamese around the world, with a total scale is $10 million USD for 2019 and 2020
Ms. An has the knowledge and deep experience of a technology founder at AntBuddy – the startup she founded in the period 2015 – 2017. She and her team have grown the company from scratch and expanded its business in Vietnam and neighboring markets such as Myanmar and Singapore
She graduated with a Master’s degree in International Economics from the University of Bristol (UK) – one of the Top 10 universities in the UK
Business Strategy Advisor,
Explora International LLC
Ms. Michelle Lane Messina – Silicon Valley Insider, Entrepreneur, Advisor to Startups, Corporations, and Governments.
Ms. Michelle is a serial entrepreneur, thought leader, and co-author of the best-selling book, Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide. She became an entrepreneur at age 17 and sold the company within 2 years. Ms. Michelle has worked in > 65 countries as a consultant and trainer on startup scaling, corporate innovation and growth, strategy, entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley best practices, and resilience during tough times. She has been featured in many international print media including Arab News, Agazeta Brasil, The Korea Times, Estonian Public Broadcasting, along with broadcast media in Peru, Serbia, China, Mexico, and Tunisia. Today, she is part of the Startup Chile Global Advisory Board, and a NASDAQ Author-in-Residence and speaks English & Spanish fluently.
Nanyang Technological University – Singapore
Mr. Vu Duong has been an Advisor on Innovation Strategy to Vietnam Minister of Planning & Investments since 2020. Currently a Professor of Aerospace Engineering cum Director of Air Traffic Management Research Institute of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) – Singapore, he had been Founding-Director of John von Neumann Institute, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM). It was at John von Neumann Institute that Prof Vu had led the initiatives on university-industry collaborations through innovation, and promoted innovation and start-up in undergraduate and postgraduate programs in VNU-HCM. He had also been Honorary Dean of College of Engineering & Computer Science at VinUniversity.
Vu attended Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées of France where he obtained the degree of Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence in 1990. In his free time, Vu practices triathlon and painting.
Southeast Asia Angel Investor Network
Ms. Nguyen Phi Van holds an MBA from Australia majoring in marketing communication. Her experience spans over 20 years as a senior executive in brand, retail, and franchise development across global emerging markets in Asia, The Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
Ms. Phi Van has engaged in various national projects in business development & creative economy in Southeast Asia. She is an Advisor of Project 844 on developing the Vietnam startup ecosystem & Chairwoman of Southeast Asia Angel Investor Network.
In addition, she is also an investor with a portfolio of 24 companies. Phi Van is the 2015 award winner of Retail Leadership presented by Asia Retail Congress, the 2017 & 2018 Award Winner of 100 Top Great Retail Minds presented by World Retail Congress, 2019 award winner of ASEAN Outstanding Business Award. She was elected to the Top 100 powerful women of the global franchise industry in 2019 & 2020. She is the author of English and Vietnamese books, “Franchising – The Short Route to Global Markets”, “Cross The Rice Field, Reach The World”, “Go Global: An MSME’s Guide to global franchising”, “I, The Future and The World”, “In Search of Myself”, “Nym – My Future Self”, and recently “Opening the Future”.
Chairman and CEO,
Saigon Asset Management (SAM)
Mr. Louis Nguyen is the Chairman and CEO of Saigon Asset Management (SAM), an investment fund management and advisory firm in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. SAM’s funds have invested in 65+ companies in Vietnam across various industries. SAM’s funds consistently outperformed relative indexes and peer funds.
Previously, Mr. Louis was Managing Director at VinaCapital, leading the DFJ VinaCapital venture capital fund. He also served as the Founding General Partner at IDG Ventures Vietnam. Before Vietnam, Louis was Vice President at Intelligent Capital in San Francisco and Senior Investment Manager at Osprey Ventures in Menlo Park.
Louis started his career at KPMG Silicon Valley and Apple in Cupertino, California. Mr. Louis was the Founding Chairman of the Capital Markets and Financial Services Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Ho Chi Minh City. He’s known as “Shark Louis” on the TV show “Shark Tank Vietnam,” supporting startups in Vietnam and promoting sustainable investments.
Louis holds a B.S. in Accounting from San Jose State University and is fluent in English and Vietnamese.
For more info please visit: www.saigonam.com
Senior Business Development Manager, Qualcomm
Ms. Thao Nguyen is currently the Senior Manager, Business Development of Qualcomm and the representative of Qualcomm Vietnam innovation Challenge (QVIC) in Vietnam. She’s a C-level visionary leader with a solid background in Digitech and proven management skills in driving business hacking growth, with 18 years in managing business, doing IT and investment projects, teaching and training at universities, consulting and coaching startups in Vietnam and Asia.
She has strong background in Electronics, Telecommunications, Business management and specialized in Information System and Media Management with 2 masterdegrees from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
CEO of BSSC
Ms. Nguyen Thi Dieu Hang has been working in many senior management positions (Branch Manager, Director, etc.) for large companies of which the charter capital is over 80 billion dong) since a young age. She has a lot of experience in the field of business, administration management, human resources, and information technology
Ms. Dieu Hang has a great passion for technology and finance. Besides, being a former student of the first formal course in the National Academy of Public Administration of HCM city with an MBA degree, she has the strength of human resource management. This comprehensive knowledge and experience in many fields give her an edge to share and participate in supporting startup activities
Now, Ms. Nguyen Thi Dieu Hang is the CEO of the Business Startup Support Centre
Chairman of The Gioi Di Dong
Mr. Nguyen Duc Tai is currently Chairman of The Gioi Di Dong Investment JSC. He has a strong belief that “A great CEO is the one who needs to be a genuineness and prestige”, therefore he has built a strong business crew and mobile phone supermarket systems on 63 nationwide provinces. The Gioi Di Dong becomes the No. 1 mobile phone retailer in Vietnam with 35% of market share.
Some of his highlighted professional milestones:
– 1995: He worked for a Switzerland group after returned from France with Masters Degree in Finance.
– 2003: He started running his business with 03 mobile phone retail shops.
– 2004: He founded The Gioi Di Dong JSC with the first The Gioi Di Dong store.
– 2007: Mr. Tai and his Mekong Capital partners had financed and supported in terms of business administration. Then, The Gioi Di Dong has grown with incredible speed.
“The Gioi Di Dong has ranked No. 10 on the list of the largest private enterprises in Vietnam currently (VNR 500); Top 500 leading retailers in Asia Pacific (2010-2015); Top 50 best listed companies in Vietnam voted by Forbes magazine (2015 – 2016); Top 50 best companies voted by Nhip Cau Dau Tu newspaper (2015-2016); Thegioididong.com website is the top revenue website in Vietnam published by Euro Monitor Research Company (UK) in early 2016.
Head of the Organizing Committee for InnoEx
Founder, Chairwoman & CEO IBP
Founder & Chief Strategist BSSC
Vice President HCMC YBA
Ms. Truong Ly Hoang Phi has been a prominent influencer and key player in the Vietnam innovation ecosystem for more than 15 years. She was among the pioneers who kickstarted the whole ecosystem with the foundation of BSSC–Business Startup Support Center, the very first startup incubator in 2010.
BSSC is the leading incubator and accelerator in Southeast Asia with a network of 200 partners and a community of 30,000 startups from Vietnam and 40 countries. In 2018, she joined Vingroup to set up and lead VinTech City. One of its programmes is Vintech Fund – an R&D grant to sponsor and support the commercialization of high-tech products and R&D projects by Vietnamese researchers around the world. VinTech Fund disbursed more than $10 million USD worth of grant in 2019 and 2020.
Ms. Phi also founded Investment & Business Partners and collaborated with large companies (Hoa Binh Construction Group, Qualcomm – US, SK Group – Korea) in designing, consulting and operating innovation centers, corporate accelerators, innovation investment funds, etc. Some companies in IBP’s portfolio have had significant growth, reaching 10 times their valuation in 3 years despite the pandemic. Recently, IBP actively promoted innovation activities in regional business communities. One of the prominent activities is InnoEx – An annual international event designed to promote innovation and development for the striving business community in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
She is also an active member in the business community. In the role of Vice President of Young Business Association of HCMC (YBA), she initiated and implemented many value-creating programs for the business community such as Vietnam CEO Forum. She also participated as a strategic advisor and host in “The Next Power” premiered on VnExpress, a pioneering talk-show in real stories of Vietnam corporate innovation.
Chairman, RYNAN Technologies Vietnam
Dr. Nguyen Thanh My established the Nguyen Thanh My Foundation in 2012 to fund hepatitis B prevention projects, provide university scholarships for talented disadvantaged students, and build houses for disadvantaged families in rural Vietnam. TS. Nguyen, originally from Travinh, is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Mylan Group. With the company, Dr. Nguyen has built dozens of houses, built bridges in rural areas and successfully implemented a cooperative education program. Dr. Nguyen seeks to improve the quality of life for even more people through the Foundation.
Dr. Nguyen holds a PhD in Energy and Materials from L’Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) – Éner-gie, Matériaux et Télécommunication, Master of Science in Heterogeneous Catalysis and Bachelor of Science in Analytical Chemistry from Condordia University. Currently, Dr. Nguyen is the chairman of RYNAN Technologies Vietnam.