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.


Lecturer of Public Policy


Nguyen Xuan Thanh has twenty years of experience in teaching, designing, and implementing development policies in finance and public investment. At Fulbright University Vietnam, Thanh teaches at the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management. Nguyen Xuan Thanh also is a senior fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Prior to joining the Fulbright School, Thanh served as an official in the municipal government of Ho Chi Minh City.

Thanh’s research interests are banking, public investment, and infrastructure development. His recent and ongoing research projects include financing infrastructure development and cross-ownership in Vietnam’s banking sector.

At the Fulbright School, Thanh teaches courses on Introduction to Public Policy, Local and Regional Development, Appraisal of Public Investment, and Leadership in the Public Sector. He also teaches regularly in the Fulbright School’s executive education and participate in policy dialogues with public sector agencies in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Thanh earned a B.A. (hons) in economics from the University of New Delhi, an M.S. in economics in finance from the University of Warwick, and an M.P.A. from Harvard University.


  • Financing Infrastructure Development in Ho Chi Minh City, Policy Paper for Ho Chi Minh City Peoples’ Committee, June 2017.
  • Resolution of Non-Performing Loans in Vietnam’s Banking Sector, FETP Research Paper, December 2016.
  • Vietnam’s Commercial Banks: From the Policy Changes during 2006-2010 to the Restructuring Efforts during 2011-2015, FETP Research Paper, February 2016.
  • Cross-Ownership in Vietnam’s Banking Sector, FETP Research Paper, February 2014.
  • Ho Chi Minh City Sea Port Relocation: A Case Study of Institutional Fragmentation, Policy Research Paper, Work Bank Vietnam, co-authored with Jonathan Pincus, November 2011.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: The Challenges of Growth, co-authored with David Dapice and Jose A.Gomez-Ibanez, UNDP – Harvard Policy Dialogue Papers “Series on Vietnam’s WTO Accession and International Competitiveness Research”, 2010.
  • Vietnam’s Infrastructure Constraints, UNDP – Harvard Policy Dialogue Papers “Series on Vietnam’s WTO Accession and International Competitiveness Research”, 2010.


Professor, Ph.D, FUV Lecturer, MPP Director

Professor teaches Law and Public Governance, Public Policy and Research Methods of Public Policy at Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management.

He is a leading legal scholar in Vietnam and has been with the Fulbright School since 2009. In mid-2017, Professor Pham Duy Nghia is invited by the Supreme People’s Court to join its 12-member Case-Law Advisory Council.

Before joining FETP in 2009, Professor Pham Duy Nghia was the Chair of the Faculty of Business Law of Hanoi National University’s Law School. He then became the Dean of Law Department of the University of Economics of Ho Chi Minh City.

In the process of transforming FETP into FSPPM, Professor Nghia initiates the idea of ​​establishing a Leadership and Management Program – a brand-new MPP concentration.

He has published a number of text books and journal articles on legal and governance issues. His recent research focuses on good governance, including perspectives how to enhance the people’s participation in policy making and to enhance the efficiency, transparency and accountability of government.

Nghia is a frequent commentator in leading newspapers and media outlets in Vietnam on topics such as protection of basic citizen’s right, voice and accountability in public governance, regulatory quality, rule of law and access to justice.

Nghia has served as a fellow at Stanford University and the Harvard Law School. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Leipzig University.


Dr. Huynh The Du is a lecturer in public policy at Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management.

His teaching and research interests are public sector economics, urban economics, infrastructure development, and finance and banking.

He worked at the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam from 1996-2005. He frequently participates in policy dialogue in Vietnam and provides consultant and public service to Vietnamese government agencies, and non-government agencies, private for-profit and non-profit firms.

His research papers have appeared in international journals. Dr. Du studied in civil engineering, economics and management at the bachelor and master levels.

He received a MPA degree from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2010 and a Doctor of Design (DDes) degree with a concentration in urban economics and public policy from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2013.


Dr. Bae Yooil is a lecturer at Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management, Fulbright University Vietnam.

His main research and teaching area are comparative politics and public policy, urban and regional political economy, environmental politics and policy, East Asian politics and international development cooperation.

Previously he worked at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2008) and School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University as an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy (2008-2017).

He has also served as an overseas advisor to The National Unification Advisory Council and Incheon Development Institute as well as Korean Society for Public Administration and Korean Association of Policy Studies in Republic of Korea.

He received his Master of Public Administration from Korea University (’00) and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California (’07).


Dr. Le Viet Phu joined the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in November 2014, where he conducts researches and gives lectures on topics related to environmental economics, applied econometrics, and environmental policy.

Dr. Phu’s main area of research includes climate change and impacts on the coupled natural-human system.
He is currently working on various emerging environmental problems facing Vietnam such as the economic impact of groundwater extraction and sea level rises in the Mekong delta, and climate change in the Lower Mekong Basin.

Phu received his doctoral degree in environmental economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2013. In his dissertation, he studied the impact of changing temperatures and extreme weather on crop yields and land-use change in the United States.

He obtained a master’s degree in development economics from the Australian National University in 2004, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi in 2000.


Dr. Tran Thi Que Giang is a Senior Lecturer in Finance, Development Finance and Project Appraisal.

Her research interest includes banking regulation, corporate governance, corporate finance and education financing.

She holds a PhD in Management Sciences, a Master Degree in Finance and a Bachelor Degree in Applied Economics, major in Finance, from Paris Dauphine University.


Do Thien Anh Tuan teaches macroeconomics, public sector economics and financial analysis, and development finance at Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management.

Previously, he joined the faculty of the Fulbright Economic Teaching Program after graduating from FETP’s masters in public policy program. Tuan also was a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, Nong Lam University of Ho Chi Minh City (University of Agriculture and Forestry of Ho Chi Minh City).

His current research focuses on macroeconomic policy, public finance, development finance, and banking system.

He consults to various government agencies and the National Assembly on issues of economic development policy and reforms in budget and public investment, finance, banking, and SOEs.

Tuan holds degrees from the Banking University and the University of Economics-Ho Chi Minh City as well as a Certificate of Comparative Tax Policy and Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.


Christopher Balding is an associate professor at the Fulbright University Vietnam after nine years at the HSBC Business School of Peking University Graduate School in Shenzhen, China. 

Considered to be one of the leading experts on the Chinese economy and financial markets, he is a Bloomberg View contributor and advises governments, central banks, and investors around the world on China. 

He has appeared on Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the BBC, CNBC, and Al-Jazeera providing insight the Chinese economy.  Speaking regularly at universities and conferences around the world, Christopher brings unrivalled data knowledge and insight to bear that stem from his eight years living in China.

A leading expert on sovereign wealth funds, his book Sovereign Wealth Funds: The New Intersection of Money and Power published by Oxford University Press has been called an “excellent source”. 

Focusing on their evolution from one simple cash management operation to giants of global finance with trillions of USD in assets under management, his book brings new insights into their history, policy motivations, success, and failures.

A polymath in academic research spans topics from international trade and finance health status of international adoptees in the United States appearing in leading international journals such as the Review of International Economics, Health Policy and Planning, the Journal of Emerging Market Finance, the International Finance Review, and the Journal of Public Economic Theory.

Current working papers include research into the returns on carry trade returns under fixed exchange rate regime with capital controls using copper as collateral to disguise capital flows and implied homicide rates of international adoptees.

He received his PhD from the University of California, Irvine and has a M.A. and a B.A. from the George Washington University.