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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 Working closely with AAA has led to seeking out and studying artists who use historical documents in their artworks such as the Danish-Vietnamese artist Danh Vo and the Ho Chi Minh City based artist Phan Thao Nguyen.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.

Email: linh.tran@fulbright.edu.vn 

Fields of Interest: Dr. Tran Vinh Linh’s research interest is Combinatorial probability with a focus on topics such as spectral properties of random matrices, random graph/hypergraph theory, and additive number theory. 

Education

Ph.D. 2011, Rutgers University, USA 

PostDoc:

  • 2011-2014, University of Washington, USA 
  • 2016-2017, Yale University, USA 

Bio:  

Dr. Tran Vinh Linh is a Vietnamese mathematician with a passion for Liberal Arts education. He is interested in Applied mathematics with a focus on Applied Probability. He has done research in Random matrix and random graph theory which resulted in publications with high citation. He supervised undergraduate students in various projects with topics in Applied Graph theory, Financial Mathematics, and Stochastic simulation. 

Dr. Linh’s teaching goal is to make Math friendly and accessible to everyone. His courses are designed with active learning activities where students can have hands-on experience with mathematical modeling and understand the true ideas behind complicated formulas. He is looking for motivated and creative students who are willing to try new things and take on challenging research topics. 

Courses: 

  • Linear Algebra 
  • Discrete Mathematics 
  • Introduction to Data Analysis 
  • Quantitative Reasoning in the Digital Age 

Select Publications:  

L. Tran, V. Vu, and K. Wang Sparse random graphs: Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, Random Structures and Algorithms, Vol. 42, Issue 1, 110-134, 2013. (142 citations) 

G. Brito, I. Dumitriu, S. Ganguly, C. Hoffman, L. Tran, Recovery and Rigidity in a Regular Stochastic Block Model, Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA), 2016. (25 citations) 

L. Tran, Local law for eigenvalues of random regular bipartite graphsBulletin of the Malaysian Mathematical Sciences Society, Vol. 43, Issue 2, 1517-1526, 2020. (13 citations) 

With more than 26 years of professional experience, Hoang Thi Mai Huong is the Chair of Publicis Groupe Vietnam and the CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Vietnam.

Huong became the first General Manager at Saatchi & Saatchi Vietnam in 1995. In 1998, Huong founded Venus Communications providing strategic and creative public relations counsel to local and regional clients.

Venus Communications built a reputation as one of Vietnam’s top PR activation agencies. It was acquired by MSL in March 2016.

Prior to Saatchi and Saatchi, Huong had 5 years’ experience as a Press Officer at Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University and a B.A. in International Journalism from the Moscow Institute of International Relations.

Growing up in Vinh Phuc, Lam dreamt of becoming a diplomat. She chased that dream to the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. Eventually, her determination to speak her mind and pursue the truth, wherever it leads, led Lam’s teachers to suggest she consider journalism as an alternative to diplomacy.

As a reporter and editor at VietnamNet, Lam sought to present her readers with multiple perspectives on public problems. Lam created Vietnam Week, Vietnam’s first online public affairs forum, through which she provided a platform to leading public intellectuals from Vietnam and around the world so they may discuss and debate important issues.

Lam won a Fulbright Scholarship to study public policy at Georgetown University. She reveled in the opportunity to live and study in Washington, DC. There, she was pleasantly surprised to discover she could find a bowl of pho almost comparable to those of her hometown.

As Fulbright University Vietnam’s communications director, Lam is eager to share Fulbright’s story with the world. For her, it’s the most important story she’s ever covered.

As the university’s communications director, she devotes her efforts to share our story and vision with the world so that everyone may learn about the great opportunities they can find at Fulbright.

Dr. Vu Thanh Tu Anh served for ten years as the director of research at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City.

He led FETP’s transformation into the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management, Fulbright University Vietnam’s graduate professional school. His primary research interests include economic development, industrial policy, and institutional economics.

He is one of the 15 members of the Economic Advisory Group of the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

He led FETP’s policy research and analysis efforts and coordinated research teams. He helps design and deliver the Harvard Kennedy School Vietnam Program’s executive education and policy dialogue initiatives with the Vietnamese government.

Tu Anh also serves as a member of the Consultative Group of the National Assembly’s Economic Committee, member of the Scientific Committee at Vietnam National University. Tu Anh frequently comments on economic policy issues in the Vietnamese media.

During 2013-2015, Tu Anh was as a GEG Global Leaders Fellow, serving as a fellow at the University of Oxford and Princeton University. Tu Anh is a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Tu Anh holds a PhD from Boston College.

Mr. Henry Nguyen is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is the Chairman of Phoenix Holdings, an investment company focused on operations in technology, financial services, sports & media, and retail/consumer. Henry is also the Developmental Licensee for all McDonald’s restaurants in Vietnam and the Chairman and Publisher of Forbes in Vietnam. Henry has worked at Goldman Sachs, IDG Ventures, Vietnam, Harvard Medical School, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

With a deep passion for sports, he established the Saigon Heat pro basketball team, which competes in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), and the Vietnam University Games (VUG), the country’s official organizer of university athletics. He is the current President of the Vietnam Basketball Federation (VBF), elected for the the five-year term from 2015 to 2020. In addition to his sports activities in Vietnam, he is also the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), the newest club in Major League Soccer (MLS).

Henry is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and an Asia 21 Fellow of the Asia Society. He was bestowed an additional honor by the Asia Society in Southern California as being an “Asian Game Changer,” for his leadership in bridging cultures through policy, business, arts, and education initiatives.

He was also honored with the John Connor Humanitarian Award 2015 by Operation Smile due to his deep contribution in the role of the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for Operation Smile Vietnam. He has served on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of ASEAN Business Club, the regional business platform to support Southeast Asian economic integration.

He used to serve on the Board of VC Corporation, Vega Technology Group, BHD Media, and Goldsun FocusMedia. He also serves on the Board of Viet Capital Securities. He used to be featured in on-air interviews CNBC’s Entrepreneur Asia, Bloomberg Business, Bloomberg’s High Flyers, and other media including CNN and the BBC.

He earned his BA in Classics at Harvard and his MD and MBA from Northwestern University Medical School and the Kellogg School. He is married with twin daughters who are two years of age.

Ben’s connection to Vietnam began with his sixth-grade social studies teacher, who captivated Ben and his classmates with accounts of Vietnam and the Vietnamese people based on his wartime experiences there.

For Ben, Vietnam sounded infinitely more interesting than his small hometown in central Connecticut. As a college freshman, he enrolled in beginning Vietnamese, beginning a lifelong devotion to the Vietnamese language and its rich literary heritage. Later, he took a year off from his studies to live in Hanoi.

He was taken in by a Vietnamese family in which both parents served in the North Vietnamese Army during the war.

After several spectacularly unsuccessful attempts to become a tech mogul and then a corporate lawyer, Ben returned to Vietnam and joined the staff of the Fulbright School. He worked at the school for ten years, serving as the Harvard Vietnam Program representative.

During his time there, the Fulbright School emerged as the leading center for the study of Vietnam’s economic development, something that Ben can claim very little credit for. He also directed the Vietnam Program’s policy dialogue activities with the Vietnamese government.

For six years, Ben served as a consulting producer to The Vietnam War, an epic ten-part documentary miniseries directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that is scheduled to air on PBS in the fall of 2017. Ben occasionally interprets for the US side at high level bilateral meetings.

At TUIV, Ben works closely with the Fulbright team on three interrelated work streams: development of Fulbright’s business and financial model, design of Fulbright’s academic programs, and the planning and development of Fulbright University Vietnam’s campus and facilities. One of the great privileges of Ben’s job is the chance to work with veterans from all three sides to create new opportunities for the young people of Vietnam.

Ben holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard College.

Thuy’s first memories of school include studying by lamplight in the countryside outside her native Hanoi. Ever since, she has always considered education as a precious opportunity. Thuy wasn’t always an educator. To the dismay of her teacher parents, after graduating from university, Thuy became an entrepreneur, co-founding Vietnam’s first private foreign investment consultancy firm.

Thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, Thuy studied management and finance in the United States at Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. After completing her graduate studies, Thuy joined the Australia New Zealand Bank, helping set up ANZ’s investment banking business in Asia.

Ten years later, she was tapped to lead ANZ’s Vietnam operations, making her the first Vietnamese citizen  to lead an international bank in Vietnam.

Thuy holds degrees from the University of Hanoi and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Like mother like daughter. Thuy’s daughter, Chau, did not follow her mother’s footstep to become a banker but graduated at the Yale University with a degree in history.

Thuy believes that a university education is, above all else, a journey of intellectual discovery. She believes that a Fulbright education should prepare graduates to succeed in any field or profession. It is her  sincere wish that every Fulbright student will  consider exploring other alternatives besides their major field of study during their university life because it can open more doors to new and better opportunities.