1st Conference

Dr. Lê Thùy Linh

Thuy Linh

Le Thuy Linh, PhD (Education, Monash University, Australia) has been a lecturer at Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE), Vietnam since 1999. She is currently the head of the English department at Baxter Institute and teaching TESOL at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She has been actively involved in English language training and teacher education through her work with various professional development projects in Vietnam and Australia over the last 18 years. Her research interests include Teacher Education and Teacher Identity, Pedagogy and Assessment in TESOL, Professionalism in ELT, and recently Vocational Training and Education (VET).

Featured speaker
Hanoi National University of Education

Dr. Hoa Levitas


Dr Hoa Levitas (Ph.D.Edumanagement.Monash),
Regional Manager, International, Monash University

Monash University

Dr. Thanh Hai Nguyen

Hai Nguyen

Degree completed in 2008: Doctor of Business Administration (Monash)

Current: PhD candidate (Arts) at Monash Asia Institute, Monash University

Thanh Hai has completed a Degree of Doctor of Business Administration at Monash University in 2008 and currently undertaking a second Doctoral Project in Arts at Monash Asia Institute.

He has served as a reviewer for several academic journals including Monash Business Review , International Journal of Enterprises and Network Management , and Journal of Sustainable Development. He also served as a reviewer forAcademy of Management (AOM), Academy of International Business (AIB) in 2008-2009 and for several international conferences.

Thanh Hai has published 23 full refereed research papers in Australia, USA, Canada, Europe, including 1 book chapter, 10 articles, and several conference papers. Publications topics are: SMEs & governance, business research method (ethics), knowledge management in SMEs, e-government.

Monash University

Dr. Ngan Collins


Ngan Collins (MA, Victoria University, PhD, The University of Melbourne) is a lecturer in the School of Management at RMIT University. Her research interests include globalization, transitional theories, comparative Human Resource Management and employment relations in East Asian economies, and transformation of HRM and HRD in Vietnam during its economic reform.

Ngan Collins is an author of 'Economic reform and employment relations in Vietnam' (Routledge, 2009). The transformation of the Vietnamese economy from one characterised by a socialist planning to a market economy has led to Vietnam having one of the fastest economic growth rates in the world and engaging much more with the international economy, joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2006. This book fills a significant gap by surveying the economic reforms in Vietnam, whereas most studies have concentrated on other 'young tiger' economies. In particular, it discusses the transformation of employment relations which have been a key part of the reforms and a necessary pre-condition to WTO membership. It examines the nature of employment reforms, analyses the motivation behind new policy initiatives and examines the detail of reforms in a range of business enterprises, reporting on extensive original research. Throughout it shows how several key forces have interacted - globalization, government political interests, national cultural norms, market, managerial ideology and the special characteristics of particular firms - to produce a particular Vietnamese brand of post-communist market economy. Overall, this book illuminates how employment relation practices are formed in transitional economies and, more broadly, the economic and political transformation of socialist economies in the context of the global market.
Ngan Collins has worked closely with ILO's 'Factory improvement program' in development and delivering human resource management training courses for Vietnamese businesses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. She was invited to the ILO head office in Geneva in June 2009 to share her work.

RMIT University

A/Prof. Do Viet Hung

Do Viet

Available soon.

Hanoi Uni. of Education

Professor Adam Fforde


Adam Fforde is one of the most widely cited authors working on contemporary Vietnam. He holds an honorary position at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne and is part-time Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University. He is also Chairman, Adam Fforde and Associates p/l. He studied Engineering and Economics at Oxford and then worked as an economic consultant in London before taking Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Economics at Birkbeck College London and Cambridge respectively. His PhD (1982) was about agricultural cooperatives in north Vietnam and he was a student at Hanoi University in 1978-79. From 1983-87 he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and since then he has combined academic and consulting work related to Vietnam and to development issues more generally. He worked for the Swedish-Vietnamese cooperation in 1987-92, and was a Senior Fellow at the SEA Studies Program, NUS, in 2000-2001. In Melbourne he has taught sessionally at Monash, Latrobe and the University of Melbourne. His most recent book on Vietnam is Vietnamese State Industry and the Political Economy of Commercial Renaissance: Dragon's tooth or curate's egg? Oxford: Chandos 2007. A book on development, Coping with facts – a skeptic's guide to the problem of development, will be published later this year by Kumarian Press. His current consultancies include studies of the Vietnamese civil service, educational socialization in Ho Chi Minh City and relationships between the environment, foreign trade and human development in various rural sectors in Cambodia.

Keynote speaker
Featured speaker
Victoria University

Dr. Paul McShane


Dr Paul McShane is Chief Research Officer of the Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University. With post graduate qualifications in science and business Paul has held senior research management positions in Australia and in New Zealand. Further to this, he has worked extensively in South East Asia providing advice to governments on sustainable development of marine resources. He is currently responsible for developing and managing major multidisciplinary projects addressing sustainability issues (climate change, energy, water) nationally and internationally on behalf of Monash University.  In previous roles, Paul was managing director of Global Marine Resource Management Pty Ltd, Director of the Australian Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Director of Australian Marine Science and Technology Ltd (AMSAT), Vice President (international and development) and Professor of Marine Science at the Australian Maritime College, research manager SARDI Aquatic Sciences, and program leader at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (New Zealand). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Featured speaker
Monash University

Mr. Philip Martin


Philip Martin is a Lecturer at the School of Media and Communications, RMIT University, and is completing in 2010 a PhD in Gender Studies, University of Melbourne (Research Thesis: 'Renovating Masculinities: Urban Men’s Experiences and Emergent Masculinity Models in Post Doi Moi Vietnam'). His PhD project explores young urban heterosexual Vietnamese men’s experiences, memories and expectations in relation to issues of gender identity, masculinity, sexuality and self in the context of 1986 state policies of renovation (Doi Moi), and other social transformations.

Philip has previously been a Lecturer at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Ho Chi Minh City), and variously has supervised, advised on, and participated in a number of health, education, communications and gender research projects in Vietnam.

RMIT University

Dr. Julian Silverman


Julian Silverman is the coordinator of Koorie Community Services Programs at RMIT's School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning. He creates vocational training programs in a range of local and international community development contexts.  His research interests include the link between culture and community development and he is currently assisting  in the  formation of social work training in partnership with UNICEF and the Government of Vietnam.

RMIT University

Mr. Ngoc Doan



Ngoc Doan (in Vietnamese Đoàn Bá Ngọc) is currently undertaking his doctoral study at the University of South Australia (UniSA).  His research is investigating the constructs of English as an international language (EIL) and the implications that this model has for the teaching and learning of English in Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.  Ngoc has obtained a Master of Educational Studies (M.Ed Studies) from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Arts in teaching English (BA in TESOL) from Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

Ngoc has been a full time lecturer in English, a curriculum developer and material designer at Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE) since 1995.  His research interests cover sociolinguistics and pedagogy with particular focus on context-based curriculum development and methodology.

PhD student
University of South Australia
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