Augustine Ha Ton Vinh

    Prof. Vinh is Senior Investment Advisor to Van Don Special Economic Zone and Integrated Resorts in Vietnam.Prof. Vinh has 30 years of professional, technical, and management experience in more than 20 countries with a concentration in economic development strategies, public-private partnerships, and private participation in infrastructure. He was, for several years, Asia Regional Advisor for Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility which is owned and directed by the World Bank.Since his assignment to Vietnam in 1995, Prof. Vinh helped establish and manage the Executive MBA program of the University of Hawaii in both Hanoi and HCM City. Before that he led a management consulting practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; as Multilateral, Bilateral and ECA Financial Advisor, helped structure the financing options for a US$2.5 billion program to build Vietnam’s largest hydropower plant.Prof. Vinh has completed his Master’s program and Doctoral Fellowship at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C. and Catholic University of America, respectively.Prof. Vinh was awarded a three-year Ph.D. Fellowship by the US National Institutes of Health; has been recommended by several US Senators, Congressmen, and government officials for a Presidential Special Assistant position in the first Reagan-Bush administration and served as political appointee.

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