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Members of the Board oversee the general direction of the Vietnam Foundation. They are talented individuals who are leaders in their profession and community.  

  1. Mr. Kien Pham, President and Co-Founder, the Vietnam Foundation
  2. Dr. H. Ray Gamble, Chairman and Co-Founder, the Vietnam Foundation
  3. Mr. Robert Schiffer, Board member and Co-Founder, the Vietnam Foundation

Kien Pham, President and Co-Founder, The Vietnam Foundation.

Mr. Kien Pham is President and the Co- Founder of the Vietnam Foundation and Vice Chairman of the VietNamNet Media Group, a leading multi-channel media company in Vietnam. Before VietnamNet, he was the founding Executive Director of the Vietnam Education Foundation.

Pham has broad experiences in business, government and non-profit sectors. In the business sector, Pham has been an international executive in Fortune 500 companies such as Tenneco and Procter & Gamble, as well as an entrepreneur owner of technology, energy, and international consulting firms. In the government sector, he served in the White House under President Reagan and the Pentagon under President Bush, as well as in the U.S. Senate. He was a White House Fellow in 1985. In the non-profit sector, Pham was the founder and chairman of the Vietnam Forum Foundation, and was also a board member of the Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped. In 1996, Pham was a recipient of the “Never Fear, Never Quit” Award. Pham is publicly recognized for his leadership and management abilities.

Pham has also been active in international affairs. In 1986, he was chosen as a Young Leader by the American Council on Germany, and in 1992 was selected as the U.S.-Japan Leadership Fellow by the Japan Society. In 1993, he was elected as a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a participant in the American Assembly.

Pham grew up in Saigon, Vietnam.  In 1977, at the age of 19, he came to the United States on a boat and settled in Colorado, where Pham became a factory worker, learned English and later attended college on scholarship.  He received a B.S in marketing and international business from University of Colorado at Boulder, and won a scholarship to study in England.  His graduate degrees, earned concurrently at Stanford University, include an MBA in international and organizational management, an MA in International Economics and a special diploma in public policy management.  In 1990, Stanford University named Pham as one of the “Most Outstanding 100 Alumni” in the school’s 100-year history. Pham is a recipient of an honorary doctorate of law degree from Pfeiffer University.

Dr. Ray Gamble – Chairman and Co-Founder, the Vietnam Foundation

Dr. Ray Gamble is Director of the Fellowship Programs Office of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. His office administers a variety of graduate, postdoctoral and senior awards, including the Research Associateship Program and the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program. Since 2003, he has worked with the Vietnam Education Foundation in implementing its educational exchange program.

Dr. Gamble began his professional career as Research Scientist with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agricultural Research Service in 1981 and remained there until 2000. From 1993-2000, he was Laboratory Director of the Parasite Biology and Epidemiology Laboratory located in Beltsville, Maryland, managing research programs in animal disease, public health and food safety.  He has over 180 publications in the fields of food safety/zoonotic diseases, parasitic diseases of livestock, disease detection, and vaccine development.

Dr. Gamble assumed his present position as the director of the Fellowships Office with the National Research Council in 2000. He remains active in research through collaborative grants with the USDA and university colleagues and serves as an Adjunct Professor in the George Washington School of Medicine.

Dr. Gamble received his B.A. from Lafayette College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Massachusetts.

Mr. Robert Schiffer - Board member and Co-founder, the Vietnam Foundation

Mr. Schiffer is one of Washington's leading experts on Vietnam commercial and political issues. His long involvement in Vietnam included an appointment from 1998 to 2001 as Senior Advisor to US Ambassador to Vietnam Pete Peterson.

As the Ambassador's top political envoy on business matters, he developed new strategies to promote US-Vietnam business and finance, labor standards, and international trade. He is credited for his pivotal role in the successful negotiations of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement and the OPIC-Vietnam Bilateral Investment Agreement.

Before his service in Vietnam, Mr. Schiffer was Vice President for Investment Development at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). For nearly two years, he managed the agency’s product development, business and market development, and public affairs strategies.

Schiffer began his federal service in 1993 in the White House where he worked as a special assistant in the Office of Management and Budget on the National Performance Review. From 1993-1997, Schiffer held senior positions at the United States Information Agency (USIA), directing agency activities in Russia, South Africa, China and Vietnam.
From 1981-1992, Shiffer held different management positions at leadingWall Street firms such as Managing Director of the East Coast Public Finance Group at Drexel Burnharm, Managing Director at L.F Rothschild, Senior Vice President at A.G. Berker- later know as Becker Paribas and Vice President at Bear Stearns and Company. He was also a founding partner of a boutique financial firm, Schiffer and Lacey.

Mr. Schiffer's civic activities have included serving as Chairman of the New York State Real Estate Advisory Board to the Governor, Director and Treasurer of the Board of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and Chairman of the Committee for Housing New York and the US Vietnam Trade Council.

Mr. Schiffer received his BA at the University of Tennessee and attended the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Managers in Government.

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