Breakfast with The Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council
Date(s): February 27, 2020
Time: 8:30 AM EST - 10:30 AM EST
The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) invite you to a roundtable discussion with a delegation from the Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council (VWEC), an association established under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) to support the rights, capacity building, and trade, investment and technology development for women entrepreneurs. The delegation, which includes business leaders from the textile, fashion, trade, agriculture, cosmetics, pharmacy and other sectors, are keen to engage with American stakeholders across all sectors to introduce their businesses, discuss the goals of VWEC, and share insights and experiences on the topics of women economic empowerment, women in trade, women’s leadership and other topics.
- Ha Kim Ngoc, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the United States of America
- Marc Mealy, Senior Vice President- Policy, US-ASEAN Business Council
- Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh, Vice Chairwoman, Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council – Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Yuri Unno, Director for International Trade Policy, Toyota and Current WIIT President
Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc was born in 1963. He has served in the diplomatic service since 1988 in different positions and has much experience in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy.
He was appointed by President Tran Dai Quang as the sixth Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the United States of America in March 2018. He arrived in Washington, D.C. on July 15, 2018 and presented his Credentials to President Donald J. Trump on September 17, 2018.
From May 2013 to July 2018, Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc served as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in charge of relations with countries in the Americas, especially the United States as well as with the United Nations and other international organizations.
Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam in 1985. He studied Russian in Kiev University, Ukraine from 1986 to 1987 and earned a master degree of International Relations at Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam in 2010. Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc is married and has two children.
Marc Mealy is the Senior Vice President-Policy at the US-ASEAN Business Council. He manages the production of the Council’s information products, coordinates advocacy efforts across our country and industry committees, and serves as the in-house lead on international trade policy. He joined the Council in 2003 as the Senior Director for Malaysia, Philippines and Brunei Affairs as well as Coordinator of the Council's ASEAN Financial Services Working Group. He was named the Vice President in 2010.
Marc has over twenty years of experience in international trade and economics.
He began his professional career in 1989 as an international economist with International Trade Policy Division of USDA's Foreign Agricultural Services. While at USDA he was accepted into the United States Foreign Service, and later went on to manage some of USDA’s largest commodity trade finance (GSM) and food assistance programs (PL-480) in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe for USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation.
Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh has nearly 35 years working experience, nearly 100 times abroad, attended conferences, workshops in nearly 60 countries and territories. She has edited and co-edited 8 books, 18 subjects and researches; being speakers at hundreds domestic and international Forums, Conferences. She has extensive experience in many fields such as: policy advocacy and consultation; trade and investment promotion; start-up & entrepreneurship supporting, SMEs and women-led enterprises promotion; supporting to promote harmonious labor relationship, gender equality and women empowerment in enterprises.
She was honoured to receive the Third-Class Labor Medal from the President of the S.R of Vietnam in 2016 for the extraordinary achievements in establishing and operating the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN); Certificate of Merit awarded by the Prime Minister for achievements in working and contribute to the cause of socialism building and national defense in 2011; Various Certificates of Merit given by VCCI Chairman, Campaign Medal on “For the development of Vietnam business community”; Campaign Medal on “For the Vietnam Young Generation” in 2012 awarded by the Executive Board of Ho Chi Minh Youth Union, Medal on “For the Development of Vietnamese Women” awarded by the Chairwoman of Vietnam Women’s Union in 2012; Certificate of Ministry of Labour, Invalids & Social Affairs for Vietnam labour development in 2015; Certificate of Vietnam Women’s Union for the development of Vietnamese women in 2016.
In 2015, she was honored to be awarded the title of “Global Trade Ambassador” by Women in International Trade-Los Angeles (WIT-LA) for having the achievement of trade promotion and supporting for a lot of women in business and global trade. In June 2018, she received Higashi-Kuninomiya International Culture Award – which was given by Higashi-Kuninomiya International Culture Award Memorial Foundation. Especially, in 2018, she was honored to receive Certificate of Merit of the Prime Minister for her outstanding achievements in the preparation and organization of successful events in the year APEC 2017 (Decision No. 1064 / QD-TTg dated 23 8/2018 of the Prime Minister).
Yuri Unno represents interests of Toyota on trade issues in front of the Executive Branch and to Congress, as well as Embassies in Washington and other key diplomatic places such as Geneva. She also provides creative and precise advice and analysis to the company executives on international issues that could affect Toyota’s U.S. and global operations.
Prior to joining Toyota in 1999, she worked as an Asia Analyst at G7 Group, a consulting firm providing policy analysis affecting financial investment. She wrote an analytical piece on the Japanese financial market, Nikkei and Yen trends for daily briefings, and managed publication of Japanese daily briefings to the international clients.
Ms. Unno received a Master of Arts from the Elliott School for International Affairs at George Washington University and Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and Bachelor of Arts with honors in Political Science from Penn State Erie, the Behrend College.
325 7th Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004
Nearest Metro: Gallery Place (Red Line)
Note: Light breakfast will be served. USABC members can register at the WIIT member rate of $0 with the assigned code. To register click on “Non-Member Registration” and follow prompts. Enter code at checkout.