SUPPORTING WOMEN IN BUSINESS AND PROMOTING TRADE AND INVESTMENT
Telling the remarkable stories of the remarkable women of Vietnam

Speakers and Audience

Nguyen Thu Thao (Thao Griffiths)
Thao is currently a Policy Advisor to the Chairman of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). She has also served as an inaugural member of the Advisory Committee of the Australian Government in Vietnam.
In her 20s, Thao was the Country Director of Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation – an American N.G.O. focusing on the Vietnam war legacy issues. Her work contributed to the fundamental changes in the U.S. policies toward Vietnam on these issues and was featured in various documentary films by the New York Times. Thao has been a fellow at various institutes and was one of the first two Vietnamese-selected Gordon Cook’s fellows.
She has 20 years’ experience in management, public health, development, security policy, climate change, trade policy and IT-related business. In the private sector, she worked with Boeing, Bombardier Inc., Planned Systems International PSI, VOXIVA Inc., Microsoft Asia Pacific and Coffey.
Thao lives and works in Hanoi.
Irene Ohler
Irene Ohler is a sought-after expert in Vietnam for her work to promote women leadership.
Since moving to Vietnam in 2012, Irene has pioneered a number of initiatives to inspire women. She co-authored the award-winning book Ba Trieu’s 21st Century Daughters: Stories of Remarkable Vietnamese Women. Irene is the founder and curator of the inter-cultural and inter-generational events series, the Women’s Storytelling Salon in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. She also helped design programs especially for female executives in Vietnam.
Irene recently founded LightPath Leadership, a Ho Chi Minh City based consultancy, with the mission to ignite leadership in individuals and nurture talent for her clients’ organisations, drawing on her 20+ years of international experience in HR development.
Irene lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City.
Khanh Thi Nguy
For almost 20 years, Khanh Nguy has passionately pursued the goal of transforming Vietnam’s energy landscape by promoting a greener and more sustainable route map.
Khanh was awarded the Goldman Prize for Environment in 2018, regarded as the Nobel prize for grassroots environmental activists. This award is the first for Vietnam and highlights the international recognition of the country’s energy transition progress.
Khanh is the founder of Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID), which promotes sustainable energy development, good water and air governance and green development in Vietnam. She also formed the Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance, a network of Vietnamese and international environmental and social organisations who work together to find solutions for regional energy issues.
Khanh was a Fellow of President Eisenhower Scholarship.
She lives and works in Hanoi.
Deborah Hargreaves
Deborah Hargreaves was the Business Editor of the Guardian. She previously had a 20-year career at the Financial Times where she held a number of editing and writing roles including working abroad in New York, Chicago and Brussels.
Deborah currently chairs the London Child Poverty Alliance, a group of charities working together to tackle poverty. She is also a director of the High Pay Centre - an independent think tank looking at income disparities and inequality, which she set up in 2012.
She has recently completed a year-long research project where she interviewed women about what they would change in the workplace and how they might run things differently. The research was conducted as part of a journalistic fellowship from Friends Provident Foundation.
Deborah is also best know for her book “Are Chief Executives Overpaid?”, published in 2018. She is a regular speaker on BBC news programmes.