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.

Dr. James R. Holmes

 James R. Holmes is a professor of strategy and former visiting professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College. He is a 2016 recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. Jim is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A., mathematics and German) and completed graduate work at Salve Regina University (M.A., international relations), Providence College (M.A., mathematics), and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (M.A.L.D. and Ph.D., international affairs), where he was the A. Eiken Hohenberg Scholar. He earned the Naval War College Foundation Award in 1994, signifying the top graduate in his Naval War College class. Jim has published over 25 book chapters and 200 scholarly essays, along with hundreds of opinion columns, think-tank analyses, and other works.

Dr. Ngo Vinh Long

Dr. Ngo Vinh Long received a Ph. D. in East Asian History and Far Eastern Languages from Harvard University in 1978. Ngo Vinh Long first joined the Department of History at Maine in 1985 and have offered a variety of courses on East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the relations of the countries in these regions with each other and with the United States. Ngo Vinh Long’s research has focused on the problems of the peasantry and of rural development in East and Southeast Asia. In recent years Ngo Vinh Long have paid increasing attention on the question of development and the roles of governments in general. During the 2000-2001 academic year Ngo Vinh Long served as a Fulbright scholar in Vietnam..

Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh

Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh was appointed by President Truong Tan Sang as the fifth Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the United States of America in July 2014. He has also been accredited to the title of Senior Ambassador – the highest rank for a Vietnamese career diplomat. From September 2011 to July 2014, Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh served as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of relations with countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, and Vietnam’s Senior Official to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam in 1980 and earned a post-graduate degree at Canberra College of Advanced Education, Australia in 1985.