Thuy’s first memories of school include studying by lamplight in the countryside outside her native Hanoi. Ever since, she’s considered education a precious opportunity. Thuy wasn’t always an educator. To the dismay of her teacher parents, after graduating from university, Thuy became an entrepreneur, co-founding Vietnam’s first private foreign investment consultancy firm.
Thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, Thuy studied management and finance in the United States. After completing her graduate studies, Thuy joined the Australia New Zealand Bank, helping set up ANZ’s investment banking business in Asia.
Ten years later, she was tapped to lead ANZ’s Vietnam operations, making her the first Vietnamese national to lead an international bank in Vietnam.
Thuy believes that a university education is above all else a journey of intellectual discovery. She believes that an FUV education should prepare graduates to succeed in any field or profession. It is her fervent wish that every FUV student will change their minds about their major field of study at least twice.
Thuy’s daughter, Chau, is a graduate of Yale University where she studied history. Chau is not a banker, which Thuy is not at all dismayed about.
Thuy holds degrees from the University of Hanoi and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
RYAN DERBY TALBOT
Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Derby-Talbot joins FUV after eight years on the faculty of Quest University Canada, an innovative, private liberal arts college in British Columbia. For four years he served as Quest’s vice president and CAO.
Prior to joining Quest, Dr. Derby-Talbot spent three years as an assistant professor at the American University in Cairo. After graduating from Pomona College he taught English to Japanese students through the Japanese Education and Teaching (JET) Program.
Dr. Derby-Talbot holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in the field of topology and studies objects that are potential candidates for the shape of the universe, understanding them primarily through their so-called “Heegaard splittings.” He publishes regularly in mathematics as well as in teaching and pedagogy.
In his free time Dr. Derby-Talbot enjoys travel, reading, and Japanese tea ceremonies. An avid language student, he has already started learning Vietnamese.
VU THANH TU ANH
Director of Research at Economics Teaching Program
Dr. Vu Thanh Tu Anh served for ten years as the director of research at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City.
He led FETP’s transformation into the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management, FUV’s graduate professional school. His primary research interests include economic development, industrial policy, and institutional economics.
He is one of the 15 members of the Economic Advisory Group of the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
He led FETP’s policy research and analysis efforts and coordinated research teams. He helps design and deliver the Harvard Kennedy School Vietnam Program’s executive education and policy dialogue initiatives with the Vietnamese government.
Tu Anh also serves as a member of the Consultative Group of the National Assembly’s Economic Committee, member of the Scientific Committee at Vietnam National University. Tu Anh frequently comments on economic policy issues in the Vietnamese media.
During 2013-2015, Tu Anh was as a GEG Global Leaders Fellow, serving as a fellow at the University of Oxford and Princeton University. Tu Anh is a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Tu Anh holds a PhD from Boston College.
DINH VU TRANG NGAN
Director of Fulbright Undergraduate Programs
As a high school student in Hanoi, Ngan never dreamed of going to college outside her hometown. That all changed when a professor from Bates College made an impromptu visit to her English class.
Twelve months later, Ngan found herself in Lewiston, Maine, where football is played with helmets, lobsters have claws, and winter comes early and stays late. At Bates, Ngan discovered her love for social science and education.
Ngan believes passionately that Vietnam’s greatest resource is its youth. Her doctoral dissertation on the lifeways of Vietnamese young people provided a wonderful excuse for her to spend a year at work and play with young people from Lao Cai to Soc Trang.
She was humbled by the boundless creativity, empathy, and determination she found in her young friends. However, despite many hours of expert instruction, she’s still a lousy League of Legends player.
At FUV, Ngan is leading the design and development of FUV’s undergraduate program in engineering and the liberal arts and sciences.
She’s working with top curriculum designers from some of the most innovative schools in the US. The best part of her job is traveling around Vietnam meeting with high school students to better understand their hopes and dreams.
Ngan holds degrees from Bates College (BA), the University of Chicago (MA), and the University of Cambridge (PhD).
Chief Institutional Culture, Innovation, and Assessment Officer
Prior to FUV, Dr. Bulloch was a member of the faculty at Quest University Canada, a liberal arts and sciences university specializing in transformational learning in Canada. During her time at Quest, Dr. Bulloch was the Coordinator of the Social Sciences, part of the inaugural Faculty Performance and Review Committee, and the shepherd of the Research Ethics Board and the Institutional Assessment Plan.
As a Quest faculty member, she was dedicated to innovative educational experiences, and she facilitated holistic, transformational classes for students.
Before joining Quest, Dr. Bulloch taught in the Psychology department at Pacific University Oregon.
She holds a PhD in Psychology from The Ohio State University, specializing in comparative cognitive psychology, an M.A. in Women’s Studies and honors B.A. in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, and a B.A. in Classics from the University of British Columbia.
BUI THI THIEN QUANG
Human Resources Director
Quang is a certified professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute with experiences covering the full spectrum of HR operations of PwC and then KPMG for more than 10 years. She also spent more than five years in a senior manager role at PwC leading payroll services which are part of tax and legal practice of the firm.
Quang is passionate about working with people, supporting and enabling the execution of business strategy through building organisational capability which stems from people.
She shares the same belief with other members of FUV’s founding team in the transformative power of education and enjoys the unique opportunity in creating a new international university in Vietnam, for Vietnam.
NGUYEN CAM VAN
Director of Finance
Van believes that life is better under the sea. A passionate scuba diver, she’s never happier than when she’s leaving the terrestrial world behind her.
She has been taking all the possible opportunities and also excuses to wander around from the love for adventures and exploration of the world. After college in the southern United States, she moved to South Africa to volunteer in trainings project for high school teachers in sciences.
She also taught basic computer literacy to provide practical knowledge to disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape region.
There she was able to see clearly the value of knowledge, where people with the certificate from that simple computer classroom can use it and apply for a job. That powerful impact of education has stayed in her mind since then.
After working in financial and actuarial consulting industry in the States and in Singapore, Van is delighted to be back to her motherland Vietnam and working at FUV, so she can help future generations benefit from the same life changing educational opportunities she did.
Van works with FUV’s senior leadership team to build out the university’s financial systems, but her secret ambition is to help establish FUV’s diving club.
Van holds a Master degree in Actuarial Science at Boston University and a Bachelor in Mathematical Economics at Wake Forest University with honors.
LE THI QUYNH TRAM
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid for the Undergraduate program
Tram has worked with Fulbright since 2013, when she joined the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP) as the Director of the Lower Mekong Public Policy Institute, and shortly after simultaneously served in the role of FETP/FSPPM’s Academic Affairs Manager from 2014 to 2018.
Tram was also a lecturer of public policy at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP) and now at Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management. She taught Microeconomics for Public Policy in the Fall semester, and Regional and Local Development in the Spring semester.
Tram is herself of graduate of FETP’s program (2008), and holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government in Public Administration, and a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology. Tram also spent several years as a software engineer and team leader in the IT industry, in both Vietnam and Ontario, Canada.
BUI VIET LAM
Growing up in Vinh Phuc, Lam dreamed of becoming a diplomat. She chased that dream to the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. Eventually, her determination to speak her mind and pursue the truth, wherever it leads, led Lam’s teachers to suggest she consider journalism as an alternative to diplomacy…
As a reporter and editor at VietnamNet, Lam sought to present her readers with multiple perspectives on public problems. Lam created Vietnam Week, Vietnam’s first online public affairs forum, which she used to give a platform to leading public intellectuals from Vietnam and around the world to discuss and debate important issues.
Lam won a Fulbright Scholarship to study public policy at Georgetown University. She reveled in the opportunity to live and study in Washington, DC. She was pleasantly surprised to find that she could find a bowl of pho almost as good as she can find in her hometown.
As FUV’s communications director, Lam shares FUV’s story with the world. For her it’s the most important story she’s ever covered.