Huyen Nguyen is currently a Founder of Education for the Vietnam Organic Lifestyle social enterprise (EVOL). Her social enterprise particularly focuses on youth empowerment and environmental issues. Five years of running a social enterprise give her a good insight into the social enterprise environment in Vietnam and other countries while helping her to strengthen her multi-managing ability and skills in managing different stakeholders. Playing different roles during her seven years of working and taking part in the national, regional, and international projects as a team leader, assistant, coordinator, founder, manager, consultant, and mentor gave Huyen a better understanding of different roles in team cohesion. Huyen has earned her Master’s of Art in International Development Studies, focusing on sustainable environment development. Her major allows her to have a wider understanding of development sectors and dig deeper into the environmentally sustainable development field, especially in waste management. Huyen enjoys focusing on the topics of sustainable development and environmental development, as well as youth empowerment.
Ha NguyenVietnam (Host: Buffet Institute of Global Studies)
Ha has almost five years of working experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree (with honors) in English Language Education from Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Ha is currently working as a Program Manager at Student Exchange Vietnam, whose mission is to promote internationalization of Vietnam’s higher education via academic and professional exchange programs. Her work has focused on annual business planning, forming partnerships, and leading a team of five to develop and implement internship and study programs in Vietnam for international students. Ha has helped nearly 100 local Vietnamese universities and organizations of diverse industries to host over 200 students from 20 different countries. Previously, Ha served as an event organizer for the U.S Embassy in Vietnam’s Conference on boosting the number of U.S students studying abroad in Vietnam. Ha has volunteered as an English Instructor for the Department of Education and Training in Thanh Hoa and at VNU where she trained English to 150 board members of public schools within the province of Thanh Hoa and to a wide range of VNU’s non-English major students. Through these experiences she has developed strong intercultural communication, organizational management, facilitation, and project planning and implementation skills. Ha is passionate about promoting global understanding and cultural diversity, thus wishes to continue her career in the field of international education.
Host Organization: Buffett Institute of Global Studies
Role at Host Organization: Ha will manage specific undergraduate initiatives across the global engagement programming, including the undergraduate Fellows and Ambassadors programs, project and research grant opportunities, and curriculum for a coalition of student group leaders.