Chair of Fulbright University Vietnam Board of Trustees, Former President of Wellesley College
Kim Bottomly, a renowned immunobiologist and former deputy provost at Yale University, served as Wellesley College’s 13th president, from 2007 to 2016.
A Montana native, Bottomly graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in zoology and earned her doctorate in biological structure from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1980, she did postdoctoral work in immunology at the National Institutes of Health.
In her role as deputy provost for science, technology and faculty development at Yale, Bottomly was responsible for an array of academic, administrative and budgetary activities across many departments and divisions. She also initiated and oversaw efforts to enhance faculty career development and was instrumental in Yale’s efforts to recruit and retain women in the sciences and underrepresented minorities in all fields.
A lifelong scientist and educator, Bottomly’s research has focused on the molecular and cellular factors that influence the initiation of immune responses. She has pioneered studies defining cellular changes associated with allergic and asthmatic responses. Her research has investigated how people respond to allergens and why inhaled allergens lead to lung injury.
She has been the principal investigator on five grants from the National Institutes of Health, as well as other research grants, which together supported her 16-person laboratory at the Yale Medical School. She has written more than 160 peer-reviewed articles and has lectured widely at universities in the U.S. and around the world.
In 2009, Bottomly was elected to one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and center for independent policy research, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She was among the AAAS’s 212 new fellows and 19 foreign honorary members, all leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs and the nonprofit sector. The current AAAS membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
Bottomly has served as a member of the Immunobiology Study Section at the National Institutes of Health, has been appointed to the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and has been a recipient of the highly selective National Institutes of Health MERIT award.
She has been editor as well as associate editor of the scholarly journal, Immunity, and a section editor and associate editor of the Journal of Immunology. Her memberships in professional societies include the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the American Association of Immunologists.
In addition to serving on and chairing many appointed and elected committees of the American Association of Immunologists, she was the distinguished lecturer at its 2004 annual meeting. She has served on many scientific and medical advisory boards and as a consultant to a number of large pharmaceutical companies.
She has served as chair of the Committee on Status of Women of the American Association of Immunologists, as chair of the Women’s Committee of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biologists and as a member of the steering committee of Yale’s Women Faculty Forum.
She serves as an Institutional Trustee at WGBH, a public television and radio broadcast service based in Boston.
In 2008, she was named one of the University of Washington’s 100 most remarkable alumni.
DAM BICH THUY
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.
Dr. Cherry Murray is the Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy and Professor of Physics at Harvard University.
She previously served as Dean of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University from July 2009 until December 2014. Dr. Murray assumed the deanship two years after SEAS became Harvard’s newest school.
Over the course of her distinguished career Dr. Murray has worked in industry, the academy, and the public sector.
During more than two decades at Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies her research resulted in several patents. In 2010, she was appointed by former U.S. President Barack Obama to the U.S. National Commission on the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
Dr. Murray was also confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science from December 2015 to January 2017.
In this role, she oversaw $5.5 billion USD for the Department’s competitive scientific research, which includes scientific computing, basic energy sciences, biological and environmental sciences, fusion energy sciences, high energy physics, and nuclear physics.
As the Director, she also managed the development, construction, and operation of open-access scientific user facilities, and she managed 10 of the Department’s 17 National Laboratories.
Dr. Murray has served on more than 80 U.S. and international scientific advisory committees, governing boards, and U.S. National Research Council panels and was the recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation – the country’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in the advancement of science and technology.
She has served as an advisor to the government of Singapore on science and technology policy and currently chairs the Board of Trustees of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Okinawa, Japan.
Dr. Murray holds a B.S. and a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
FUV Board Trustee, Executive Director of Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam
Ben’s connection to Vietnam began with his sixth-grade social studies teacher, who captivated Ben and his classmates with accounts of Vietnam and the Vietnamese people based on his wartime experiences there.
For Ben, Vietnam sounded infinitely more interesting than his small hometown in central Connecticut. As a college freshman, he enrolled in beginning Vietnamese, beginning a lifelong devotion to the Vietnamese language and its rich literary heritage. Later, he took a year off from his studies to live in Hanoi.
He was taken in by a Vietnamese family in which both parents served in the North Vietnamese Army during the war.
After several spectacularly unsuccessful attempts to become a tech mogul and then a corporate lawyer, Ben returned to Vietnam and joined the staff of the Fulbright School. He worked at the school for ten years, serving as the Harvard Vietnam Program representative.
During his time there, the Fulbright School emerged as the leading center for the study of Vietnam’s economic development, something that Ben can claim very little credit for. He also directed the Vietnam Program’s policy dialogue activities with the Vietnamese government.
For six years, Ben served as a consulting producer to The Vietnam War, an epic ten-part documentary miniseries directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that is scheduled to air on PBS in the fall of 2017. Ben occasionally interprets for the US side at high level bilateral meetings.
At TUIV, Ben works closely with the FUV team on three interrelated work streams: development of FUV’s business and financial model, design of FUV’s academic programs, and the planning and development of FUV’s campus and facilities. One of the great privileges of Ben’s job is the chance to work with veterans from all three sides to create new opportunities for the young people of Vietnam.
Ben holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard College. He can be reached at email@example.com.
FUV Board Trustee, Professor at Dartmouth College
Edward Miller is a historian of American Foreign Relations and modern Vietnam, with special expertise in the Vietnam War. His scholarship explores the international and transnational dimensions of the war, and is based on research in archives in Vietnam, Europe, and the United States.
Professor Miller is interested in the ways in which political and military conflicts in Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia after 1945 were also conflicts over ideas—especially ideas about development, nation building, and sovereignty.
These themes are examined in his first book, entitled Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam (Harvard University Press, 2013). Professor Miller’s current research projects include a re-appraisal of the legitimacy of the South Vietnamese state, and an environmental history of insurgency and counterinsurgency in the Mekong Delta from the 1930s to the 1970s.
FUV Board Trustee, Managing General Partner of IDG Ventures Vietnam
Henry Nguyen currently serves as the Managing General Partner of IDG Ventures Vietnam, a private equity firm focused on consumer, technology, media, and telecom investments in Vietnam. One of three General Partners, Henry concentrates on fund strategy, government relations, general management and operations, and communications.
The IDG Ventures team has made over 40 investments since its inception in 2004, including VinaGame (VNG Corporation), BHD Media Holdings, VTC Online, VatGia, YAN Media Group, VC Corporation, Goldsun Focus Media, and Apollo Education among others.
Prior to founding IDG Ventures Vietnam, Henry has worked at Goldman Sachs, Harvard Medical School, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Henry is also the Developmental Licensee for all McDonald’s restaurants in Vietnam as well as the Chairman and Publisher of Forbes in Vietnam.
With a deep passion for sports, he established the Saigon Heat pro basketball team, which competes in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), and the Vietnam University Games (VUG), the country’s official organizer of university athletics. He is the current President of the Vietnam Basketball Federation (VBF), elected for the the five-year term from 2015 to 2020. In addition to his sports activities in Vietnam, he is also the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), the newest club in Major League Soccer (MLS).
Henry is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and an Asia 21 Fellow of the Asia Society. He recently was bestowed an additional honor by the Asia Society in Southern California as being an “Asian Game Changer,” for his leadership in bridging cultures through policy, business, arts, and education initiatives.
He was also honored with the John Connor Humanitarian Award 2015 by Operation Smile due to his deep contribution in the role of the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for Operation Smile Vietnam. He has served on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of ASEAN Business Club, the regional business platform to support Southeast Asian economic integration.
He currently serves on the Board of VC Corporation, Vega Technology Group, BHD Media, and Goldsun FocusMedia. He also serves on the Board of Viet Capital Securities. He has been featured in on-air interviews CNBC’s Entrepreneur Asia, Bloomberg Business, Bloomberg’s High Flyers, and other media including CNN and the BBC.
Henry earned his B.A. in Classics at Harvard University, and his M.D. and M.B.A. from Northwestern University Medical School and the Kellogg School of Management. He is married with twin daughters who are two years of age.
LE VIET QUOC
FUV Board Trustee, Scientist at Google
As a boy growing up in rural Central Vietnam, Quoc Le (Le Viet Quoc) was fascinated by machines, inventors, and mathematics. These passions shaped his subsequent interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Today he is a scientist at Google, where he is one of the leading artificial intelligence researchers at the Google Brain project. In 2014, Quoc was recognized by the MIT Technology Review as one of the top innovators in the world under the age of 35.
Quoc’s work has won multiple awards at international conferences on machine learning and artificial intelligence and has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine.
Quoc obtained his PhD in Computer Science at Stanford University and a Bachelor of Software Engineering (First Class Honors) at the Australian National University, where he was a Distinguished Scholar. He is a proud graduate of Quoc Hoc Hue High School in Hue.
“I have eagerly followed the FUV project for several years, and I am thrilled to join the board,” Dr. Le said. “I look forward to working with the FUV team to create an innovative, world-class university that can help future generations of Vietnamese young people unleash their full potential. I have been fortunate to study at great universities. I am excited to help build a great university for Vietnam.”
TRAN TRONG KIEN
Board Trustee, Chairmand and CEO of Thien Minh Group
Tran Trong Kien is the chairman and CEO of Thien Minh Group (TMG), an integrated Travel Group specializing in the Southeast Asian region. He originally started running local tours to fund his medical studies before founding Buffalo Tours in 1994.
Buffalo Tours has evolved into one of the top regional tour operators and is acknowledged as the best originating from Vietnam. Today it has a global network of 17 operation offices in Asia in 11 countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Japan and Hongkong) and 4 sales offices in Australia, United Kingdom, United State and Russia.
In the past 21 years, TMG has grown tremendously from the original Buffalo Tours brand to an integrated travel group in Southeast Asia consisting of three main business lines and 10 brands:
Travel — Buffalo Tours, PEAK Vietnam, Cho Lon Tours, Asia Outdoors and Hai Au Aviation;
Hospitality — Victoria Hotels & Resorts, ÊMM Hotels & Resorts, Mai Chau Lodge and Festival Hue Hotel;
Online — iVIVU.com (an online accommodations and travel portal).
Kien graduated as a Medical Doctor from Hanoi Medical School, holds a BA in English from University of Foreign Languages and International Studies, Hanoi, Vietnam and a MBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
He is a member of several professional and social organizations, including the Board of the Asia Commercial Bank (top 5 Commercial Banks in Vietnam) and Vinaland Limited (London Stock Exchange – VNL).
PETER JAMES O'DONNELL
Board Trustee, Managing Director of UCL Asia Limited
Peter James (“Jamie”) O’Donnell is a businessman and investor based in Hong Kong, where he has lived since moving there from the United States in 1988. He is a citizen of the United States and a Permanent Resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.
Mr. O’Donnell is a Managing Director and co-founder of UCL Asia Limited, an investment holding company which, among other activities, oversees the private equity investment activities of UCL Asia Partners, LP a private equity fund which counts leading institutional investors, endowments and family offices from around the world among its limited partners.
UCL’s private equity strategy has always been to make a limited number of focused investments in regional operating companies and to grow such over time, with minimal balance sheet risk, into world-class businesses. This strategy has resulted in providing attractive long-term returns for its investors and the development of many successful companies and management teams across Asia.
Mr. O’Donnell is also a co-founder and Director of The Genomic Trust, an entity seeking to meld the integration of the critical issues of personal privacy, data management and advances in health as developments in genomics drive tremendous amounts of knowledge and change within society. Prior to co-founding UCL Asia in 1999 Mr. O’Donnell was a Director at General Oriental Investments Limited, the industrial holding company of the late Sir James Goldsmith.
Prior to this he worked for at Bankers Trust Company, a NY-headquartered money center bank, where in his last role there he started and directed the bank’s private equity investment operations in Asia. Since 2010 Mr. O’Donnell has also worked with EXOR S.p.A., advising that company and its CEO/Chairman, Mr. John Elkann, on investment opportunities both in Asia and around the world.
Mr. O’Donnell has served as a Director of numerous companies based around Asia and currently serves as Vice Chairman and board member of Singer Asia Limited, the leading consumer durables and consumer finance provider in several countries in Southeast and South Asia.
Mr. O’Donnell has long been active in educational issues and affairs in Asia and served from 2009 to 2014 as a member of the Board of Managers of Hong Kong International School, one of the oldest international schools in Asia and the largest such in Hong Kong.
Mr. O’Donnell is an alumnus of both Harvard College (AB with honors in History & Literature, 1984) and of Harvard Business School (MBA, 1991).
Board Trustee, Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Chris’ engagement with Fulbright University Vietnam started when BCG first advised Fulbright’s business and operating model, helping strategize key decisions including long-term growth, its delivery model, and IT investments.
Chris currently works in BCG’s office in Ho Chi Minh City.
He joined the consulting firm in November 2015 bringing more than twenty years of experience working with government and business leaders in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
An established expert in the field of competitiveness and economic development, he advises on issues relating to economic growth, institutional transformation, and business strategy.
Chris obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford and attended the London School of Business’Executive Leadership Program.