1. Nguyen Duc Thanh – VEPR Director, Chief Economist

Dr. Nguyen Duc Thanh graduated from the National Economics University, majoring in Banking and Finance in 1999, and received a masters degree in Development Economics from the Vietnam – the Netherlands’ Master Program in 2001. In March 2008, he earned his Ph.D. in Development Economics from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan.

He was one of the founders of Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR) and has held the position as Director and Chief Economist since July 2008. His research interests include Macroeconomic Theory, Development Economics, Economics of Brain Drain and Labor Migration Patterns, and General Equilibrium Model. He has been a member of the East Asian Economic Association (EAEA).

He also works as a lecturer in economic theories and macroeconomics at the leading universities of Vietnam. He was a senior researcher of the Policy Advisory Group, Ministry of Finance from March 2007 to September 2008, a member of the Macroeconomic Advisory Group (MAG) of the National Assembly’s Economic Committee and currently a member of the Macroeconomic Advisory Group for the Prime Minister.

2. Bui Van Nam Son – Researcher of Western Philosophy

He was born in 1947 in Quang Nam. From 1964 to 1968, he studied Philosophy at University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City (“Dai học Van khoa Saigon” before 1975). From 1968, he studied abroad in German, Faculty of Philosophy of Goethe University Frankfurt, Federal Republic of Germany. He is the student of two world-leading philosophers: Karl Otto Apel and Habermas.

He translates and revises some philosophical and social science works. Some of his typical translations:

  • Critique of Pure Reason (I. Kant – 2004)
  • Critique of Judgment (I. Kant – 2007)
  • Critique of Practical Reason (I. Kant – 2007)
  • Phenomenology of Spirit (G.W.F. Hegel – 2006)
  • Science of Logic (Hegel – 2008)
  • Talk of philosophy (2012)

 3. Chu Hao – Director of Knowledge Publisher

GS. Chu Hao

Prof. Chu Hao was born in 1940 in Bac Giang province. In 1960, he was selected to study at Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. From 1970 to 1979, he worked as a lecturer at Hanoi University of Science and Technology and co-founded Vietnam Institute of Physics (precursor of Vietnam Institute of Sciences nowadays). In 1979, he completed his Ph.D. in France and was awarded professorship in 1983.

He has held many important positions, such as:

– Director of Institute of Physics and Technologies (Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 1985)

– Chief of National Program of Information Technology Development (1995)

– Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, cum Director of Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park project (1996)

At present, he is Director of Knowledge Publisher (, which is an initiative organization in systematically translating and publishing elite works of humanity. The Publisher has gathered hundreds of prestige intellectuals, scholars, researchers, translators in many fields such as philosophy, social science, science of humanity, jurisprudence, political economy… and has published many high-quality translations of classic and contemporary authors.

4. Nguyen Phuc Anh – Ph.D. Candidate of Anthropology, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan


Phuc Anh is a lecturer of Sino – Nom studies at College of Social Sciences & Humanities, Vietnam National University and the 2014 Asian Fellow of Asian Research Institute at National University of Singapore.

He is currently studying for a Ph.D. in Anthropology at Tokyo Metropolitan University (Japan) and for another Ph.D. in Sino – Nom studies at Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences – Graduate Academy of Social Sciences (Vietnam). From 2015, he attended Harvard-Yenching Institute Visiting Fellows Program in U.S.A.

His research focuses on the rising role of Vietnamese nationalism put in a comparative perspective with other East Asian countries (Japan, China, South Korea and North Korea) and other old socialist ones. Those studies closely relate to the ideal of a more free society as it critically examines the ideological influence of nationalism on Vietnamese society in the post-reform period.

Phuc Anh also published 15 journal articles on history of cultural exchange between East Asian countries in languages. He translated a number of books, articles in English, Chinese and Japanese into Vietnamese. His current research interests include anthropology of nationalism, politics of identity, governmentality and neoliberalism in Vietnam and other post-socialist countries.

5. Le Bao Lam – Party Committee Secretary of Colleges and Universities in Southern Vietnam, Former Rector of Ho Chi Minh City Open University

Le Bao Lam

Assoc.Prof. Le Bao Lam (born in 1957), is currently Party Committee Secretary of Colleges and Universities in Southern Vietnam. He has been Director of Center of Development Research, HCMC. Open University from June 2011 up to now.

From 2003 to 2013, he was Rector of HCMC. Open University. He had 35 research papers of Economics published from 1982 to present. His studies focus on economics and education management.

He plays a crucial role in projects for improving education and students’ financial capability. The most particular one is the project of “Students Credit Fund” (launched on 27 April 2004), which decreased the students’ finance pressure in Ho Chi Minh city.