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Nov 25, 2020
GEM Center, HCMC
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“Happiness Captain” Meet and Greet

As 2020 has been a little too much for all of us…

As our resilience gets lower upon non-stop pressure, and the need to stay always-on responsive becomes overdosing, each of us deserves an instant energy bar.

The special edition of VIETNAM HR AWARDS 2020 GALA is proud to offer a unique experience like none before where you can REST, RESET and be REWARDED


The super-4 you don’t want to miss:


  • Real case studies from award-winning companies
  • Our Government representative and the C-suite panel of speakers


  • Special moments to celebrate responsive strategies amid crisis
  • Exclusive gathering of 400+ like-minded business leaders


Guest Speakers

Colin Blackwell
Mr. Colin Blackwell
The HR Committee of the Vietnam Business Forum
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Colin Blackwell is originally from the UK, where he completed his business degree. After starting his career in HR in the UK, he relocated to Russia in 1993 where he was one of the first expatriates to work in the very new HR consulting field there. He was instrumental in setting up the first ever graduate jobsfair in Russia.
In 1995, Colin joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he set up the first and market leading HR consultancy, employment agency and salary surveys in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. During this time, he also founded the HR Club in Ho Chi Minh City and the HR Association in Hanoi, plus also introduced the first ever graduate jobsfairs into Vietnam.
In 2000 he moved with PricewaterhouseCoopers to Australia where he headed a specialist international HR consulting unit. During that time, he also completed his postgraduate studies in strategic HR and became a Chartered Member of the Australian HR Institute.  In 2004 he returned to the UK, where he was deputy head of global HR for a top FTSE 100 company. When that company was taken over he relocated to the new headquarters in Germany, where he was head of global compensation, benefits, executive HR and mobility for 70,000 employees across 40 countries. In addition, he had responsibility for setting up for the same company a regional Asia HR function in Singapore, which he headed for 20,000 employees across Asia.
Colin is now running a social enterprise in Vietnam in software, digital transformation and process outsourcing. A large proportion of his staff are disabled and his company is part of the World Bank's solutions for youth employment global impact portfolio. He is the Chairman of the HR Committee of the Vietnam Business Forum, representing the business community to the Ministry of Labour.

Eric Yeo
Mr. Eric Yeo
Managing Director
Amazon Web Services Vietnam
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Mr. Eric Yeo is the Managing Director of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Vietnam since January 2019. He is the chief representative of the sales and distributions of AWS’s portfolio of offerings, is responsible for the business relationships with the clients, business partners, industry and government and accountable for the P&L.

Prior to this, Eric served as the Managing Director of IBM Vietnam & Cambodia. He began his career with IBM in 2000 in Singapore. Since then he has held a series of leadership positions across the region. Eric also served as the Regional Director of Oracle for 13 countries in building the high growth cities & commercial business.

Eric Yeo was born in Singapore. He lived in various parts of the world (Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam) having a strong interest in cultural differences and the way this effect our way of living. His interests remain strong in the study of how IT affects organizational structure and design, and in defining or aligning IT strategies with future business strategies.

He ran his own ship chandelling business and seafood restaurants prior to joining the Information Technology business and holds an Economic Honours degree from Monash University, Melbourne.

Nguyễn Kỳ Thanh
Mr. Nguyen Ky Thanh
Chief Marketing Officer
One Mount Group
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Mr. Nguyen Ky Thanh has had a remarkable career path in Marketing with impressive achievement, such as Director, Digital Marketing of Atlantic Records in 2010-2014 and led the team to the winning of 2013 Mashable Awards: Best in Marketing to name a few.

After that, in late 2014, he joined Visual Supply Company (VSCO) – the company that is famous for its image editing technology and social platform – as Vice President of Marketing and immediately hit big with the TechCrunch Crunchie Awards 2014 – Best Mobile Application *Runner Up* with the VSCO CAM application. Mr. Thanh also left his mark on VSCO application’s major redesign on both of its visual identity and user interface which has received many compliments and earned the Best Branding of 2016 award by Fast Company Design.

Later Mr. Ky Thanh joined Warner Music Group as Vice President of Brand Marketing and Product while still being Advisor for VSCO. From 2018 to 2020, he held the position of Global Head of Digital & Influencer Marketing, YouTube/Google before returning to Vietnam and taking up the position of Chief Marketing Officer for One Mount Group – The pioneering company which focuses on providing the most comprehensive digital ecosystems that optimize and bridge the value chain gaps across high growth economic sectors in Vietnam.

Phạm Phú Ngọc Trai
Mr. Pham Phu Ngoc Trai
Founder & Chairman
Global Integration Business Consultant (GIBC)
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Pham Phu Ngoc Trai – Founder and Chairman of Global Integration Business Consultants (GIBC), a company which was established with the mission of facilitating the integration and sustainable growth of Vietnamese businesses – has more than 30 years of experience in various FMCGs businesses including state-owned enterprises, joint-ventures and foreign companies, spanning across Vietnam and countries worldwide.

Mr. Trai held the position of Chairman and CEO of Saigon Food Processing Company (Foodexco), General Director of SPco. Holdings Company, Co-founder of International Beverages J.V Company (IBC) in 1991 - IBC was accorded the first foreign JVC license by Vietnamese Government to a Singapore party, which was later became Pepsico Viet Nam. After that, he was being appointed to the President & CEO of PepsiCo Vietnam and South East Asia, Vice President - Corporate Affairs in Asia Pacific…He was among the very first Vietnamese senior leader in charge of regional business in a leading multi-national company. Under his leadership, PepsiCo Vietnam had consecutively won 4 prestigious DMK awards – the most honorable award of Pepsico International.

Mr. Trai is currently holding the position of the Strategies Advisor for multiple leading corporations and reputable brands in Vietnam, guiding them in establishing corporate sustainability development strategies. Widely acknowledged as the pioneer of CSR in Vietnam, in recent years, he has passionately supported and promoted the concept of ‘Creating shared values- CSV’ which aims for environmental, social and economic sustainability in all business activities. In addition to being Chairman of Rolex Vietnam, Chairman of VinaCapital Strategic Advisory Committee, Mr. Trai has participated and been elected to lead multiple charity, business associations, and NPOs such as: Chairman – Recycling Packaging Organization (PRO) Viet Nam, Member of Mentor Committe – Institute of Circular Economy and Development (ICED)- HCMC National University, Members of Science Advisory Committee for Department of International Business and Marketing in University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City; Sponsorial Association for Poor Patients in Ho Chi Minh City, Leading Business Club (LBC), SGT Foundation Scholarship, and involved in many other social activities.

Nguyễn Thái Hải Vân
Ms. Nguyen Thai Hai Van
Managing Director
Grab Vietnam
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Nguyễn Thái Hải Vân is Managing Director of Grab Vietnam. In her role, Hải Vân oversees business strategy and operations of Grab’s businesses in Vietnam to strengthen Grab’s super app proposition.

A 17-year veteran at Unilever Vietnam, Hải Vân was most recently the Vice President of its Beauty & Personal Care Division and also handled Unilever’s media strategy. Hải Vân is also Co-Chair of the Vietnam Mobile Marketing Association.

Hải Vân has deep commercial and customer engagement experience, having run P&L and marketing for Unilever in Vietnam and regionally across varied product lines. As a result, she is truly an expert when it comes to consumers and the Vietnamese market, especially about product development strategies to meet the daily needs of Vietnamese. Having these solid foundations, Hải Vân will continue to strengthen Grab’s leading multiservice super app proposition, bringing the best-in-class services for everyday convenience of Vietnamese people.

Hải Vân calls herself a GREEN person. She loves outdoor activities, cares about health and nutrition and green living. She offers free health/nutrition coaching in her free time.

Yoon Young Kim
Mr. Yoon Young Kim
Country President
Schneider Electric Vietnam, Myanmar & Cambodia
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Mr. Yoon Young KIM was born in Korea and raised in Brazil. After having graduated from FGV University in Brazil, he continued to finish his Master degree in Business Administration at WUH - Wissenschaftliche Hochschule fur Unternehmensfuhung (Otto Beisheim Business School) in Germany.

With more than 20 years’ international experience in Automotive & Lighting, covered several industry segments and in different zone such as South America, Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, Russia, and the Middle-East, Mr. Yoon Young KIM has developed his career through various successful country management assignments, as a marketing strategist to grow business, a people builder, and an excellent implementer of commercial initiatives.

On August 2016, Mr. Yoon Young KIM was appointed as Country President of Schneider Electric for Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia, based in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. His mission is to drive Schneider Electric Vietnam, Myanmar, and Cambodia towards further successes in the expansion of both business and manufacturing capability in these countries.  


  • 12:30 - 13:00

    Welcome Guests

  • 13:00 - 13:10

    Opening remark by Deputy Minister of MOLISA

  • 13:10 - 13:30

    Keynote | Vietnam - The snapshot of the post-pandemic economy

    Mr. Brook Colin Taylor - Asset Management Chief Executing Officer & Group Chief Operating Officer of VinaCapital


    Business leaders around the globe are searching for answers during this time of great uncertainty. Along with the pressure to act quickly and strategically, management teams seem to find themselves paralyzed among the complexed unknown facing their companies and industries. In order to help these “forefront fighters” stay beyond the unnecessary uncertainties and preventing more waste amidst crisis, the keynote will deliver: 

    • A macro landscape of current  Vietnam economy amid Covid-19
    • A reflection on FDI in Vietnam now and future 
    • Exemplary measures from other countries within ASEAN region, in dealing with Covid-19
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  • 13:30 - 14:15

    Panel discussion | Managing through a crisis: business models versus responsive strategies


    • Mr. Nguyen Ky Thanh - Chief Marketing Officer of One Mount Group
    • Mr. Pham Phu Ngoc Trai - Chairman of Global Integration Business Consultants (GIBC)
    • Ms. Nguyen Thai Hai Van - Managing Director of Grab Vietnam


    • Mr. Nguyen Khac Nguyen - HR Head of ACB


    Leaders among businesses are navigating a wide range of interrelated issues, starting from staff safety, mental health, responsive approach to business development. The recent pandemic with its new normal emergence has witnessed different crisis responses from a variety of business models, including well-established, disruptive and start-up companies. The convergence of C-suite speakers from different generations in the panel will offer in-depth perspectives towards following concerns: 

    • What are the impacts of Covid-19 crisis on these business models and how to create people advantage in times of crisis?
    • Should there be a complimentarily responsive model to crisis?
    • How to redeploy competencies in dealing with potential workforce shortages? 


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  • 14:15 - 14:35

    Break - Refreshment

  • 14:35 - 15:10

    Dialogue | Case study: How Amazon reimagine their HR - a glimpse into an agile transformed future


    • Mr. Colin Blackwell - Chairman of The HR Committee of the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF)
    • Mr. Eric Yeo - Managing Director of Amazon Web Services Vietnam



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  • 15:10 - 16:10

    Panel discussion | Business immunity - Gaining back the stability to headstand safely in the upside down world


    • Mr. Hemant Rupani - Chief Executive Officer of Mondelez Kinh Do
    • Mr. Yoon Young Kim - Country President of Schneider Electric Vietnam, Myanmar & Cambodia


    While short-term survival and building resilience are vital, it’s also important to improve your competitive position in the future. However, it is always easier said than done. With the purpose to help business stay vulnerability-proof and mission-critical for whatever next, the session aims to explore: 

    • The importance of maintaining great solidarity and speed in responding to business challenges and crisis across company departments 
    • Lessons learned for more sustainable growth, going beyond the over-reaction and burnout which lead to more waste amid crisis
    • The immunity of business post pandemic about business and people 
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  • 16:10 - 16:40


  • 16:40 - 21:00

    Award Ceremony & Gala dinner | 10+ best practices sharing from the winners


Purchase in group of 3 to receive up to 25% off!

Finish your registration and payment before 20/11/2020 to reserve your seat at the biggest HR event of the year!

Early Bird
6,500,000 VNĐ
VAT included
(for payment before Oct 20, 2020 only)
    8,000,000 VNĐ
    VAT included
      Group Purchase
      for 3 tickets or more
      Discount 25%
      on standard price
      6,000,000 VNĐ
      VAT included

        Special Thanks To

        Our Organisers, Sponsors & Partners
        Báo LĐ&XH
        Báo LĐ&XH
        Strategic sponsor
        Gold sponsors
        AA Corporation
        Phúc Khang
        In-kind sponsor
        Minh Long

        CONTACT US

        Ms. Nguyen Thi An Ha
        Project Director
        Ms. Nguyen Hoang Kim Khanh
        Project Leader
        Vietnam HR Awards 2020 - Award Ceremony & Gala