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Vietnam is forecasted to be one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia and the world. To understand the dynamics behind Vietnam’s miracle growth, Vietcetera meets with business leaders every week to discuss the country’s future growth prospects. We also learn how they build and manage teams and why they think innovation will be key to Vietnam’s role in the world order. You can find more information for this Podcast at https://vietcetera.com/en
 
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Jimmy Pham is a humanitarian and restaurant owner. He is renowned as establishing the Know One, Teach One (KOTO), a leading not-for-profit social enterprise based in Vietnam and KOTO Hanoi, a 120-seat restaurant. KOTO provides at-risk and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam an opportunity to undertake a 24-month holistic hospitality training program to …
 
Ms. Emmanuelle Gounot graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University. She has held senior roles in big global tech corporations from Uber as Head of US Local Marketing Strategy, Lazada as Head of Transformation Projects, to Amazon as Senior Vendor Manager in Sports and Outdoor. Currently, she is the CEO of Intre…
 
Sakshi Jawa was the General Manager of Human Resources at Tiki Corporation- “The best working environment in Asia” nominated by HR Asia and currently has been a CEO and Founder at startup company - Oi. She is the one behind Tiki’s recent phenomenal expansion in employment. With years of experience working for major global companies such as Amazon, …
 
With considerable expertise in Human Resource Management, Employer Branding, and Company Culture, Pearl Hoang has held key positions in big companies such as INB, VsMart Group, ONG&ONG PTE, and Sentifi. When working as the Head of People Operation in Creatory, she won 2 prizes in “Best Company to work for in Asia” award. In this Vietnam Innovators …
 
Mr.Emin Turan is currently the Foundation General Manager and Country Lead of Sanofi Vietnam & Cambodia, a multinational pharmaceutical company. Over 27-year experiences in the pharmaceutical field with diverse roles from legal, medical services to marketing and administration has strongly motivated him on his journey to protect and take care of pe…
 
Mr. Warrick Cleine is a Chairman and CEO of KPMG in Vietnam and Cambodia. He served as KPMG Asia Pacific Head of Tax from 2010 to 2016 and is also a member of KPMG’s Asia Pacific Board and Global Council. Many years ago, Warrick predicted the potential development of finance consultant service in Vietnam. He decided to come to Vietnam with a team o…
 
Vietcetera CEO and Vietnam Innovators (EN) host, Hao Tran, looks back at the journey and growth of the organization’s first ever multimedia podcast, and answers why Vietnam Innovators was conceptualized - from setting up the studio (or studios since VNI have changed studios a couple times) to choosing topics to discuss and inviting expert guests. S…
 
Over the past years, Chief Technology Officer Bill Nguyen’s focus on putting technology in service of customers has helped propel AIA Vietnam to the heights of being the organization’s top performing unit in terms of digital transformation. Was modernizing an “outdated and traditional” industry and challenging the status quo an easy task? We discov…
 
The science of data has become a common interdisciplinary field in recent years, with big and small businesses, governments and different organizations using the power of algorithms and numbers to drive growth. Huynh Ngoc Tan, whose expertise revolves around Data Science, is currently the Data Director of Masterise Homes, one of the most renowned r…
 
Soames Hines took over as Chief Executive of the Ogilvy Group in Vietnam in January 2020 and has 40 years’ experience in the marketing and communications industry. He has held client and agency roles in over 10 countries in both Europe and the Asia Pacific region, primarily with WPP companies (Ogilvy & Mather and J. Walter Thompson). In recent year…
 
Bryan Lee has been with Glints, a Singapore-based talent connector platform, for just over 3 years, first in Singapore, and then as Vietnam’s country manager based in HCMC. Founded in 2013, Glints is used by more than 1.5 million professionals and 30,000 organizations, including Gojek, Tokopedia, Starbucks and Mediacorp. Glints offers a “full-stack…
 
An IT professional with 18 years of experience working in enterprise architecture and application development in the west, Mark Morawski joined VNG Corporation, Vietnam’s first unicorn, as CTO in January 2021. VNG, best known for its gaming business, has been diversifying into other digital services such as social media and e-commerce with products…
 
L’Oréal is one of the most well-loved beauty and personal care brands in Vietnam. With the likes of Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent, Shu Uemura in its luxe division and household names Maybelline New York and Vichy preferred by many Vietnamese, the brand set up a subsidiary in Vietnam four years ago, under the leadership of Valéry Gaucherand, who has b…
 
Banking is going through a fundamental shift. To make sense of the changes in the financial services industry, we invited Gunneet Singh Bally, Head of Products & Customer Engagement at Übank — a digital bank powered by FECredit and VPBank, Vietnam’s leading commercial bank. His previous experiences include working for banking heavyweights and multi…
 
Anan Saigon offers an unorthodox take on the Vietnamese cuisine. It is for the gastronomical adventurers, the innovators — the ones whose palates are willing to welcome experimental flavors and whose eyes take delight in the harmony of colors in a plate, says Chef Peter Cuong Franklin. In today's episode of Vietnam Innovators, Hao Tran and Peter lo…
 
Shuyin Tang co-founder and CEO of the Beacon Fund, a boundary-breaking fund for female entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia's emerging markets. Shuyin’s past experiences include the US Congress, the Australian public service, The Lowy Institute for International Policy and the UNICEF. She was named one of Australia's "100 Women of Influence" by the Aust…
 
In the US, Salesforce is huge: the B2B software company is a crucial part in American business. Big Vietnamese corporations who understand the value of SaaS are already using Salesforce solutions. But the challenge lies in signing SMEs as clients. How can SMEs be encouraged to deeply understand data and make use of data visualization tools to incre…
 
To date, only two Vietnamese startups have had the honor of being accepted into Y Combinator (YC) — the famous accelerator program that launched Airbnb and Stripe, among others. Nano Technologies, a fintech start-up co-founded by Dzung Dang, is one of them. In today’s episode of Vietnam Innovators, Hao Tran asks Dzung Dang how he plans to solve run…
 
No fitness club membership? No problem, says Dane Fort, the CEO of Fitness & Lifestyle Group Vietnam. For the country’s largest fitness group by market share, democratizing wellness means spreading the gospel of fitness among members and non-members alike. In today’s episode of Vietnam Innovators, Hao Tran and Dane talk about the “wellness revoluti…
 
It was Vietnam’s friendly trade policy that convinced Dubliner Jack O’Sullivan to swift his e-bike production in the country. Admittedly, Vietnam wasn't even in the original sales roadmap, not only because of the underdeveloped cycling infrastructure but also because of the price point — Modmo’s ‘Saigon’ model retails for USD 3,000. It turned out t…
 
Among the factors behind Vietnam’s rise in the start-up ecosystem are its global integration, strong educational programs, such as K-12 math teaching and engineering degrees, as well as the government’s push for 5G development. Other oft-cited factors like high e-commerce and digital payment penetration also play a part, says Olivier Raussin, Co-Fo…
 
The appeal of Canada in general and Canadian education in particular is easy to explain, says the new Canadian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Bez Babakhani, who himself arrived in Canada from Iran as a student, then became a citizen and entered public service. A country considered very warm and welcoming to immigrants, Canada is home to more th…
 
Vietnam’s real estate market continues a positive run amidst the economic hardships brought by the pandemic. The demands for residential, office, industrial, and hospitality spaces have grown tremendously, with new developments selling out fast. According to Cushman & Wakefield, while foreign investors are one of the factors pushing the market, the…
 
As people in Vietnam live longer, the questions of wealth accumulation, wealth preservation and legacy planning become more pertinent. This is where life insurance comes into play. Not only does it offer long-term protection, but it also contributes to people’s financial wellness. In today’s episode of Vietnam Innovators, Hao Tran and Mark Chapman,…
 
Vietnam’s food and beverage scene is dynamic and full of promise, according to Taku Tanaka, the Co-Founder and CEO of KAMEREO. An all-in-one supplier that uses the power of technology to optimize purchasing and sourcing, KAMEREO has helped lift the local F&B industry by connecting suppliers and store owners, and thus improving the overall experienc…
 
Vietcetera is celebrating five years of bringing Vietnam to the world and the world to Vietnam. Beyond the media we create and publish daily, the company itself has meaningful stories to tell -- from how Founder Guy Truong and Co-Founder, CEO Hao Tran first met to who our first client was, where we had our first ever team meeting and who our first …
 
Vietnam and UK’s bilateral cooperation continues to evolve and create investment opportunities for both countries, as British investors expand their businesses in Vietnam and Vietnamese brands cement their presence in the UK. Banking on mutual trust and respect, Vietnam and UK have made incredible progress in this economic and social partnership th…
 
Even with the growing economy and technological advancement, the retail industry in Vietnam is still mostly operated in traditional ways. With the launching of Kilo, a Vietnam-made marketplace platform that connects wholesalers and distributors with retailers, the retail ecosystem is now starting to evolve. In this episode of Vietnam Innovators, Ha…
 
In 2019, VinaCapital, a leading investment company in Vietnam, has expanded to invest in the energy industry, primarily on renewable energy - the SkyX-Solar. SkyX Solar is a solar rooftop power developer focused on the commercial and industrial segment. In today’s episode of Vietnam Innovators, Hao Tran sits with Samresh Kumar, the Executive Chairm…
 
Vietnam has become of the most attractive emerging economies in Asia, attracting investors from highly developed economies such as Singapore. Enterprise Singapore, a government agency handling enterprise development as Singaporean enterprises go global, has its eyes on Vietnam. In this episode of Vietnam Innovators, Hao Tran speaks with Leon Cai, t…
 
Bruce is the managing partner of McKinsey’s Vietnam office. He works at the intersection of digital, strategy, and implementation, and leads the firm’s work on merger management in Southeast Asia. Passionate about driving digital innovation in Vietnam, Bruce has spearheaded thought leadership around building digital ecosystems and working alongside…
 
Saving and investing money always scare the young, especially because most of the fact that people do not really know the right process, or that they get overwhelmed by the complexity of it all. But with Infina – a new saving and investing platform dedicated for everyone – people can invest in a property with an amount that they can actually afford…
 
Kelly Wong was appointed Vice President of Operations at VNG Corporation after nine years as Deputy General Director at Kido Group. VNG engages in information technology, especially in online games, digital platforms, digital payments and cloud services. Its flagship products include Zing MP3 and Zalo application. In this episode, Kelly highlights …
 
Oscar Jesionek has many years of experience working in marketing and programming roles for startups in the US and the UK. With Fonos, he aims to bring quality audiobook experience to Vietnam by working with the country’s largest publishers to produce audio versions of best-selling local and international books. Thanks to the new Vietcetera X Fonos …
 
4P’s currently has four business units: restaurants, cheese production, cheese wholesale, dairy retail; and they’re constantly developing new business models! 4P’s delivery service has recently been rolled out for Pizza 4P’s, IPPUDO and ABOUT LIFE COFFEE BREWER. All these incredible growth was made possible by Kelly Tran, Chief Innovation Officer a…
 
Spencer Ton joins Fulbright University Vietnam after a long career as an investment and philanthropy executive. As the Director of Fulbright’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), Spencer leverages his 12 years of experience building and scaling startup initiatives to establish and lead the CEI’s student programs, develop executive edu…
 
Homebase is a Vietnam-based proptech startup providing customized co-investment plans, where home buyers, notably millennials, can pay the portion they can afford today, move in from that moment, and then buy out all or part of their stake at a later time when they are ready. In this week's episode, Phillip An, one of the founders of Homebase, open…
 
In 2015, Vietnam's first digital bank, Timo, launched as a platform for clients to manage money, pay bills and buy mobile phone top-ups. According to Manisha Philip, Timo's Marketing Director, as Vietnam's banking industry is preparing to embrace digitization, it faces a number of challenges, including finding a balance between promoting innovation…
 
Michael Ngo, Country Director of ELSA Vietnam joined the ELSA Vietnam family back in June 2020, but due to the pandemic, he had to find a way to manage his new team remotely from Singapore, while waiting for the borders to reopen. The intervening months gave Michael a chance to prove his management chops, which he did with flying colors. Today, the…
 
Asif Mehrudeen is the Founder and CEO of AHM Lifestyles, a pioneering food and beverage company with some of Vietnam’s most exciting consumer brands in its portfolio. AHM is known for launching Chickita, a flame-grilled chicken concept, and for bringing Greyhound Cafe to Vietnam from Thailand. You can find more information for this episode at https…
 
Director and Property Concierge of Sonatus Building, Greg Ohan shares with us how he and his team are aiming to shape Vietnam’s real estate industry in the years to come. Join our host Hao Tran in hearing from Greg about the Sonatus Building, The Sentry and The Orbital in this week’s Vietnam Innovators episode. You can find more information for thi…
 
As COVID-wary shoppers seek safety from germs in cashless transactions, digital payments have boomed. And where consumers go, businesses must follow. Bucking the trend, Vietnam’s SMEs are stubbornly clinging to the old way of doing things. But according to Winnie Wong, Country Manager of Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos for Mastercard, there are early sign…
 
Gojek, an Indonesia-based decacorn, started as a motorcycle ride-hailing service provider and has since branched out into mobile payments, food delivery, and more. In Vietnam, where Gojek has a network of 150,000 drivers and 80,000 merchants serving millions of users, the focus of late has been on rebranding the company from GoViet to Gojek. We’ve …
 
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