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STORYTELLERS

Van Ly is a partner at Raise Partners, a new collaborative consulting practice bringing together expertise to share with organizations that contribute to the betterment of humanity. She has 20 years of experience working in both the private sector in branding and communications and the nonprofit sector in fundraising, communications, and program management.  In particular, she has extensive experience in nonprofit fundraising and program strategy, strategic marketing and communications planning and delivery, grant writing, corporate social responsibility and citizenship, and donor and stakeholder engagement.

 

Van has a master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from American University in Washington D.C.

Van worked as Senior Manager in Branding & Communications at KPMG in Vietnam for over two years.

 

Van worked in various capacities at East Meets West Foundation (now rebranded as Thrive Networks) for seven years.  She served as Regional Communications Manager for Southeast Asia, assisting health, education, and WASH program teams in promoting their work in the media, and in the conceptualization and production of information, education, and communications materials to be used with local partners. 

 

She also managed two public health programs in school oral healthcare and pediatric cardiology. As part of the school oral healthcare program, Van worked with two medical universities to create a train the trainer program for school nurses in basic dental care and oral hygiene education.

 

Before living in Vietnam, Van also worked in nonprofit organizations in the United States, including human rights organizations in Washington D.C. and an educational nonprofit in Florida that trained at-risk youth in life skills. 

Mimi Vu is partner at Raise Partners, a consulting practice that helps nonprofits, philanthropists, corporations, and governments work in partnership to achieve their highest social good.  She has nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience in communications, policy, fundraising, and advocacy for organizations including Pacific Links Foundation (PLF), VinaCapital Foundation, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Her areas of expertise include: Human trafficking, modern slavery, and irregular migration; gender equality; public health; law enforcement training; transparency in supply chain; corporate social responsibility and citizenship; fundraising and partnership strategy; public-private partnerships; campaigns; NGO/NPO capacity building; research; and diaspora engagement. Mimi led the growth of PLF’s supply chain training program, “Factor Awareness to Counter Trafficking (FACT),” which helps factories and their customers comply with international transparency in supply chain laws by training thousands of Vietnamese migrant factory workers and management staff on safe migration and prevention and reporting of trafficking risks in industrial zones. She developed and managed training partnerships with international sourcing companies, brands, and retailers such as Walmart, VF Corporation, LBrands, MGF, Abercrombie & Fitch, Clarks, and Bitis Shoes.  

 

In addition, Mimi led the expansion of PLF’s program activities and research into trafficking of Vietnamese to Europe, securing the only grant for a Vietnam-based organization from the inaugural UK Modern Slavery Innovation Fund in 2017. The grant included support for the FACT program, private sector engagement, and safe migration training in the supply chain. She co-developed the grant program concept, theory of change, logic model, outcomes, indicators, and tracking system, and developed new programs in response to the key learnings generated during the monitoring and evaluation process.  

 

Today, Mimi is considered one of the world’s leading experts on Vietnamese trafficking and modern slavery and provides commentary for media outlets such as The Washington Post, The Guardian, BBC, Reuters, Associated Press, AFP, CBC, South China Morning Post, and Sky News. In 2017 she was recognized by The Evening Standard (UK) as one of their “Anti-Slavery Heroes.” Mimi has undergraduate degrees in English Literature and French from the University of Michigan and an MPA in International Nonprofit Policy and Management from New York University. She is a native of Flint, Michigan and has been based in Vietnam since 2006.

CURATOR

Irene Ohler founder of LightPath Leadership, is passionate about leadership development and women’s empowerment. Irene has more than 20 years of international experience in HR development, having worked with Fortune 500 corporates and governments in Europe, China, Brazil, New Zealand and Vietnam as an executive coach and consultant. Her mission is to ignite leadership and support organisations to nurture talent, through executive coaching and delivery of programs designed especially for female executives.

Since her arrival in Vietnam in 2012 Irene has become a sought-after expert in Vietnam for her work to promote women leadership. She is the co-author of a best-selling book on Vietnamese women leaders, BaTrieu’s 21st Century Daughters. Stories of Remarkable Vietnamese Women. She also curates the unique live event series, the the Women’s Storytelling Salon in Hanoi and HCMC. 


Since 2014 Irene has organised almost 30 Women's Storytelling Salons in Hanoi, HCMC as well as tailored events for Flinders University's Women's Leadership Development programmes. 

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