Nguyet has nurtured a passion for laws since she was still a child in Da Nang city. Thanks to many scholarships, from Sweden, Japan, and most recently, the Fulbright Scholar at American University in the United States, Nguyet was granted a variety of wonderful opportunities to observe how laws are implemented, interpreted, and executed in different jurisdictions.

After graduating with a distinguished degree in international law from a leading law university in Ho Chi Minh city in 2001, Nguyet taught and served as a legal consultant for enterprises and governments in anti-dumping lawsuits, WTO subsidies, international commercial and investment arbitration proceedings. Before joining Fulbright University Vietnam, Nguyet was Associate Director at KMPG Law, in charge of advising Vietnamese laws for foreign-invested enterprises and foreign investors on their investments and commercial business transactions in Vietnam, as well as representing them in other related disputes under courts and/or arbitration proceedings.

Nguyet also frequently publishes and gives speeches about WTO law, globalization, CISG 1980, investment law, and international arbitration in Vietnam and other countries. With comprehensive publications and active participation in international arbitration, Nguyet has been serving as a member of the Scientific Council of Vietnam International Arbitration Center (VIAC) – the most prestigious arbitration center in Vietnam – since 2018.

Above all, Nguyet deeply believes in the community values from Fulbright University Vietnam to improve education quality and living standards of people in every town and city in Vietnam. Nguyet is excited to join hands with Fulbright and its esteemed colleagues in the journey to bring fair and equal education opportunities for Vietnamese students.

Lan Phan joins Fulbright University Vietnam as the Head of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), bringing with her a strong connection to higher education and an extensive experience in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Lan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Smith College, one of the very few and first liberal arts women’s colleges in the US. She later obtained her Master degree in Economics for Development at the University of Oxford, UK. She always feels indebted to these educational opportunities that help to create the open-minded, creative and impact-driven person she is today.

With 10 years of experience in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation development, Lan took on several strategic roles including the Head of Startup Ecosystem Development at the National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (NATEC) under the Ministry of Science and Technology, and recently the Head of Exploration at UNDP Viet Nam Accelerator Lab. Lan was the co-founder and one of the main organizers of the first national startup event – TECHFEST Vietnam – since 2015, attracting hundreds of startups and investors as well as thousands of participants every year. She is one of the main authors of the National Programme to Support Startup Ecosystem in Viet Nam until 2025. In 2018, she made it to the Forbes Vietnam 30 Under 30 list as well as Apolitical’s list of 100 most influential young people in government in the world.

Besides work, Lan loves to enjoy nature, explore different cultures, exercise and sing with friends.

Duong is a finance expert with an extensive history of more than 20 years of experience in auditing, accounting, and finance. Started at Deloitte, where she laid the foundation for her career and developed her leadership style, Duong has moved forward with serving major multinational enterprises in diversified industries of fund management, securities trading, hospitality, and investment.

Duong’s life motto is centered around compassion: life will be better with every single small act of kindness. She believes in the values of meaningful interpersonal communication. Even more than that, she is a strong advocate for education with a mission to equip the youth with essential resources to become leaders of the future.

She loves spending time with her family and cherishes little happiness in life.

Duong graduated from University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) of United Kingdoms.

Dr. Nora Taylor pursued her Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Art History at Cornell University, with the only professor in the field at the time. After studying Vietnamese language and history, Southeast Asian art and archaeology, Buddhism, and anthropology, she received a grant to conduct research for her dissertation and spent two years in Hanoi from 1992 to 1994.

Over the next 25 years, she taught Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Art History for the Council on International Educational Exchange in Hanoi, National University of Singapore, Arizona State University, UCLA, Nanyang Technological University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has traveled throughout Europe and Asia for conferences and spent large chunks of time in Vietnam. Her dissertation was published into a book titled Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art published by Hawaii Press in 2004 and reprinted with a new preface in 2009 by NUS Press.

For the past ten years, Dr. Taylor has also served on the advisory board of Asia Art Archive (AAA), an organization based in Hong Kong that collects documents and materials pertaining to contemporary art in Asia. She supervised one of their digital archive projects on Salon Natasha, one of Vietnam’s first contemporary art spaces. Working closely with AAA has led to seeking out and studying artists who use historical documents in their artworks such as the Danish-Vietnamese artist Danh Vo and the Ho Chi Minh City based artist Phan Thao Nguyen. These artists practice what she would call alternative forms of historiography. In 2013, Dr. Taylor was the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation award to research performance art in Singapore, Myanmar, and Vietnam. All of her research projects aim to uncover the overlooked and disrupt dominant narratives of art history.

Dr. Taylor has served on many review boards and several senior administrative positions including Chair of the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, Chair of the Faculty Tenure Board, Faculty Liaison, and Faculty Senate. Finally, Professor Nora Taylor was a member of Fulbright’s Academic Advisory Board in 2019, and will be Fulbright’s distinguished visiting faculty for the Spring term of the 2021-2022 academic year.

Ha Thi Hoang, MD, PhD, is the Director of the YSEALI Academy at Fulbright University Vietnam. In this role, Ha Thi will dedicate his efforts to launching new leadership training capacities and long-term growth strategies for the academy.
Previously, he held the position of the YSEALI Academy’s Lead Faculty for Entrepreneurship, where he and his team developed innovative training curricula for budding Southeast Asian entrepreneurs. Before joining the YSEALI Academy, Ha Thi was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and Flagship Pioneering, a Venture Capital company that builds world-changing biotech companies starting with revolutionary scientific ideas.
Ha Thi’s work has been at the intersection between life science and business. He started 4 biotech companies and consults leading tech transfer offices and innovation hubs across the US and Europe to build better enterprises. Ha Thi is a board-certified physician and neuroscientist by training. He did his PhD in Neuroscience & Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge, his MD at the Free University of Berlin, and was a research scholar at Yale University.
Ha Thi is passionate about empowering Southeast Asian talents. In 2018, Ha Thi went to visit Vietnam for the first time in 10 years. It turned out to be a life-changing trip, where he saw the immense opportunities to empower youths in the region. He thus decided to return to his home country and join the YSEALI Academy.
Born in Vietnam and having lived in different countries and continents, Ha Thi grasps diverse perspectives of East and West cultures, and this definitely will stand him in good stead when he leads the YSEALI Academy team.

20 years in the Human Resources profession with 15 years in leadership roles and having tremendous experience in Recruitment, L & OD and Consulting have allowed Thu to grow and develop her leadership style. Thu strongly believes in coaching & mentoring and helping young people to develop and that everything could be achieved through effective communication.

Thu is people-oriented & business-focused, she possesses high energy, commitment & enthusiasm in her job. With a very diverse view and deep knowledge about cultural differences, she has a vision and passion for developing talent and in contributing to the success of Fulbright University Vietnam by building performance-driven workforce and a mission-driven culture.

Thu finds work life balance in cooking, reading, music, spending time with good friends and traveling the world with the family.

Nam Tran is the Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives, in charge of building Fulbright’s fundraising capacity in Vietnam to support and execute most important and prioritized tasks of the University. He works jointly with the leadership team on major gifts and special strategic projects.

His passion for social impact led him to work on varied projects in education, youth and female employment, innovation, sustainability, tourism, economic development for disadvantaged regions, and more. Coming to Fulbright, he wants Vietnamese young people, especially his new-born son to have a choice of world-class education in Vietnam.

Before joining Fulbright, Nam worked at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Nam had been with BCG for 6 years and was one of the first members of the Ho Chi Minh City office. Nam worked in both strategy and operations across Southeast Asia and Middle East in multiple industries, including Consumer Goods, Industrial Goods, Telecom, Energy and the public sector.

Nam graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with dual degrees in Mathematics and Civil & Environmental Engineering under Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training scholarship.

He likes travelling, working in a multi-cultural environment, and enjoying a good board game.

Like the multiple careers we endeavor to prepare our students for, Steve Paris has transitioned through careers in electronics, software engineering, meteorology, business development, start-ups, teaching, and most recently, building and leading services to enable student success.

Steve Paris joined Fulbright after some years at RMIT University Vietnam. Starting there as a teacher of information management and technology, he transitioned into leading and developing the student administration and student support services as the university grew from 100s to 1000s of students.

Before coming to South East Asia, Steve held a number of roles in New Zealand at the intersection of technology and media, primarily in software and systems development. His experience in national television, weather information services, and computer service organizations was interspersed with the co-founding of several technology companies.

Opportunities in South East Asia led Steve into business development and technology training roles, first in the Apple channel in Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam, then later as the co-founder and manager of a software development outsourcing operation in Vietnam.

Steve is also proud to have served on the Advisory Board of the Loreto Kids Charity in Vietnam.

Supporting this career progression is an undergraduate degree in computer science and instrumentation electronics, a graduate certificate in tertiary teaching and learning, and a master’s degree in educational leadership and management.

Life needs balance, and Steve finds that in creating, cooking, and photographing food that inspires him. Sometimes others enjoy his food it too.

Ha is an experienced Director of Information Technology with a demonstrated history of almost 20 years working as an IT professional in different industries: hospitality, FMCG, and education management. He is skilled in strategic planning, ITIL, leadership, change management, and troubleshooting.

In love with technology his whole life, Ha started his IT career in 1999 in Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, where he was exposed to Unix, Novell Netware, and Windows NT environment.

He is a firm believer that technology will continue changing the world at a fast pace, making the world more connected and people’s lives more enjoyable. In education, he is a pioneer in applying the latest innovative IT solutions to improve teaching and learning experiences.

He graduated from Ho Chi Minh City University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology.

Jesse Boone joins Fulbright University Vietnam with a long career in facilities management, university campus development as well as hospitality sector in Vietnam in several senior positions.  

He was the General Director of Indochina Capital where he managed the $150 million Indochina Plaza Hanoi complex. He then became the General Director of British University Vietnam and managed all aspects of the international university development, including the construction of its new $25 million campus at Ecopark (Hung Yen Province).  He also served on the boards of AmCham Hanoi and Operation Smile Vietnam. 

 At Fulbright, Jesse works with the Executive team to implement our campus plan to support programmatic development as well as the students’ experience, particularly the development of our flagship campus in District 9. 

Jesse was raised in Kinshasa, Zaire, but is originally from the US. He graduated from George Washington University (B.A.) and INSEAD (M.B.A).