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 education, foster partnerships with the private sector and other institutions, as well as design alternative revenue generation activities. In addition, Spencer also supports Fulbright’s fundraising and strategic priorities.
Prior to joining Fulbright, Spencer was the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the African Leadership Group, a Partner at Vitrum Capital, the Founding Executive Director at the Cordes Foundation, and a Director at the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific.
Spencer serves on a number of boards including Educate!, Design Capital Asia, and was formerly a Trustee at the Ashesi University Foundation, an American style liberal arts University in Ghana.
He also worked for several years as the Co-Founder of Design Capital Asia in Hue, Vietnam where he helped establish a debt fund and design incubator supporting the growth of artisan SMEs in Central Vietnam. After University, Spencer served as a Teach in Asia Fellow at the College of Foreign Languages in Hue, Vietnam.
Spencer graduated from University of the Pacific, with a B.A. in International Relations & Chinese Studies and a minor in Economics.
He is an avid traveler (48 countries to date), and is passionate about music, food, and design.