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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
 
Every year, there are over 30,000 young oversea Vietnamese returning home in search of opportunities to start their own business. For some people this could be their homecoming journey, but for others, this is their very first time to set foot in Vietnam.We invite successful entrepreneurs and discuss their business journeys after coming back to Vietnam. Let's listen to their stories and advice for the young who desire to pursue this dream.
 
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Serving as US Ambassador to Vietnam from 2014 to 2017, Ambassador Ted Osius made significant contributions to Vietnam-US relations. Ambassador Osius earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. In October 2021, he published “Nothing is Impossible” …
 
Steve Ang is the head of customer relationship management at Keppel Land Vietnam Retail - a pioneer and one of the largest foreign real estate investors with a quality portfolio mainly in Ho Chi Minh City such as Saigon Centre, The Estella, and Sedona Suites. Mr. Ang has been with Keppel Land for 10 years, holding various positions and carrying out…
 
Mr. Nguyen Xuan Hiep “Peter” is the co-founder of Buymed, an online pharmaceutical distribution company through Thuocsi.vn. With a foresight and a strategy to simplify the pharmaceutical supply chain, Buymed has successfully raised more than $8 million in a series A funding round. In competition with other major players such as Pharmacity and Long …
 
Mr. Nguyen Tuan Hong Phuc is a Partner, Consulting, Head of Customer & Operations at KPMG in Vietnam. He has over 16 years of experience in management, digital transformation, and operation consulting. Before joining KPMG Vietnam, he was Senior Manager in Advisory Services and Performance Improvement for Ernst & Young, as well as Director of CEL Co…
 
Ngo Thuy Ngoc Tu is the Chairwoman of YOLA education company and helped start ELSA in the early days together with the cofounders' team, an English pronunciation coach application. Being renowned in the industry with great achievements, Ngoc Tu was featured in Forbes “30 under 30” in 2015. She is also the Co-founder of Touchstone Partners, which an…
 
Angus Liew is the General Director of Gamuda Land, which is the property development arm of Gamuda Berhad - one of the leading infrastructure groups in Malaysia. With over 20 years of experience in construction, infrastructure development and real estate, he has a wealth of knowledge about construction management, business development, and housing …
 
For many years, Dutch beer brand Heineken has become the beer of choice for celebrations of Vietnamese people. Do you know Heineken, Tiger, Larue, Bia Viet, Bivina or Strongbow are all products of HEINEKEN Vietnam? To explore more about HEINEKEN Vietnam, chat with HEINEKEN Vietnam Corporate Affairs Director, Ms. Holly Bostock. With an MA degree fro…
 
As an experienced higher education administrator, Robert McClelland is currently Professor and the Deputy Dean of the School of Business Administration at RMIT University Vietnam. He is also a fellow of the Royal Statistical Systems Association with a Ph.D. in virtual and integrated learning for business. His research areas are in business learning…
 
Nguyen Tuong Huy, a German-born Vietnamese, is the Regional Lead Growth Businesses at Facebook with a focus on Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Graduating with a M.A in Media Science from Philipps-Universität Marburg University and an MBA from IESE Business School, he used to work as a strategy consultant for big corporations such as Bain &…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
Born and raised in western Germany, Vi Thanh Tuan felt the need to break out of his comfort zone (i.e. working for the same company for eight years in his hometown). He came to Vietnam in 2016, and has now established a stable career and life. He currently serves as the Head of Supply Chain Planning & Design AP with Schaeffler Vietnam, a global ind…
 
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…
 
Born in Germany and raised in four continents, Mai Vo is an explorer, to say the least. She currently leads Digital Responsibility initiatives in the Brand and Reputation team at Google UK. But with COVID-19 changing the way we all live, Mai thought of coming back to Vietnam to be closer to her family. The moment she arrived, she felt the calling t…
 
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…
 
When My Holland came home to Vietnam four years ago and established EQuest Asia, she was bombarded with challenge after challenge — from the tedious paperwork she needed to complete to get her business legalized to not knowing who to ask for guidance. But My chose to see these challenges as opportunities, a proof of resilience and optimism that’s i…
 
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…
 
After decades of studying and living abroad, thousands of Vietnamese return to Vietnam every year, bringing with them big dreams of carving their mark on businesses and other endeavors. In the first episode of our new Homecoming series, we invited successful entrepreneurs – Vu Le, head of strategic partnership and business development for Grab, and…
 
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…
 
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