Dr. Ta Van Tai

Dr. Ta Van Tai, Ph.D. (University of Virginia), LL.M. (Harvard Law School), was a former professor of law and lawyer, former research associate and lecturer at Harvard Law School, and is a practicing attorney in Massachusetts, USA. His awards include: Fulbright, then U.S. Agency for International Development, Asia Foundation, Ford Foundation and Aspen Institute. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America.

Dinh Nho Minh

Dinh Nho Minh is a sophomore at Tufts University from Hanoi, Vietnam. He is studying International Relations with a potential minor or major in Political Science or Economics. He was educated in Hanoi – Amsterdam High School. At Tufts, his interests are realism, diplomacy, foreign policy, and security, especially in the East and Southeast Asia areas and the United States. The current issues in the South China Sea and East China Sea are of particular concern to him, since the two areas are adjacent or near his home country.

Nguyen Hoang Khanh

NHK graduated from St. John’s University in 2015 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and concentration in Economics, Nguyen Hoang Khanh is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at Harvard Law School, pursuing his interest in International Commercial arbitration & Investment Dispute. Nguyen Hoang Khanh will be a summer fellow at World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency unit in summer 2017.

Dr. Huynh The Du

Dr. Huynh The Du is a senior lecturer at FETP. His teaching and research interests are urban economics, infrastructure development, and finance and banking. He worked at the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam from 1996-2005. He frequently participates in policy dialogue in Vietnam. His research papers have appeared in prestige international journals. Dr. Du studied in civil engineering, business management, applied economics and public policy, economic development, and public administration at the bachelor and master levels. He received a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2010 and a Doctor of Design Degree (DDes) from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2013. His doctoral dissertation title is “The Transformation in Ho Chi Minh City: Issues in Managing Growth”.

Dr. David O. Dapice

Dr. David O. Dapice is an Economist in the Vietnam Program at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University.  After two years as an economic adviser in Indonesia, he joined the Tufts University’s Department of Economics. He achieved tenure and served as the chair of the department. He also continued his overseas work, primarily in Southeast Asia, with sabbatical years spent with the World Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1990 he began joint work with the Vietnam Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School, serving as the chief economist, working with its director. He has been engaging extensively in projects in Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar as well as shorter efforts in Cambodia, Thailand, Mongolia and India. He has served on selection boards for Fulbright and Fulbright-Clinton fellowships and has helped to establish the Fulbright School in Ho Chi Minh City. His work continues to take him to Asia three or four times a year.

Mr. Gregory B. Poling

Gregory B. Poling is the director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and a fellow with the Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at CSIS. He oversees research projects focused on U.S. foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific, with a particular focus on the maritime domain and the countries of Southeast Asia. His research interests include the South China Sea disputes, democratization in Southeast Asia, and Asian multilateralism. He is the author of The South China Sea in Focus: Clarifying the Limits of Maritime Disputes (CSIS, July 2013) and coauthor of multiple works. Mr. Poling received an M.A. in international affairs from American University, a B.A. in history and philosophy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and studied at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Dr. Vu Quang Viet

Vu Quang Viet is an economist and former Chief of National Accounts Section at the United Nations Statistical Division (2003-08, New York), served as a member of the Advisory Group on Economic and Administrative Reforms to former Vietnamese Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet (1992-95). Recently he served as a consultant to the USAID to assist the ASEAN Secretariat in a project to improve national accounts statistics in the ASEAN community (2008).

Mr. Ngo Di Lan


Ngo Di Lan graduated from University College Maastricht and is currently a Ph.D. student at Brandeis University where he focuses mainly on international security, U.S. foreign policy and U.S.-China relations. He is also a research associate at the Center for International Studies (SCIS) at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City.

Dr. Vitaly Kozyrev

Dr. Vitaly Kozyrev is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Endicott College, Beverly, MA. He is an expert on Chinese-Russian relations and foreign policy, and international security in Asia.