British Council

In order of participation in the programme

Assoc Prof Dr Bui Hoai Son was appointed director of the Vietnam National Institute for Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS) in 2017, having been a key member of this key institution in the arts and culture in Vietnam over the last 20 years. He was part of the expert group that penned the ‘National Strategy for the Development of Cultural Industries to 2020, vision 2030’, ratified by the Vietnamese government in 2016.

Dr Tom Fleming heads up the Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFC), a leading international consultancy for the creative economy. TFC offers strategy and policy leadership across the creative, cultural and arts sectors. Through research, evaluation, collaboration and advocacy, they are a think and do tank for the creative economy. Dr Tom Fleming was part of the expert group for the research and strategic planning for the Vietnam’s National Strategy for the Development for Cultural Industries to 2020, version 2030. 

Truong Uyen Ly is an independent researcher and media consultant. Ly has been active in the arts and cultural scene in her home town for many years. Ly is now managing the event-listing website and online creative hub, Hanoi Grapevine. During 2017– 2018, Hanoi Grapevine collaborated with University of Leicester in a project mapping the cultural and creative industries in Vietnam. 

Dr Marta Gasparin is a lecturer in design and innovation management at the School of Business, University of Leicester. During 2017–2018, University of Leicester collaborated with Hanoi Grapevine in a project mapping the cultural and creative industries in Vietnam. Dr Marta Gasparin’s research area is innovation and design management, focusing on the role of social innovation in the creative industries in transformational economy, and on how these improve inclusiveness and the development of creativity and innovation. 

Nguyen Anh-Tuan has worked as art researcher at the Hanoi Institute of Art from 2002–2015 and as manager of Muong AIR, the artist-in-residency programme of Muong Studio, the Muong Cultural Museum, between 2011–2016. Currently, Anh-Tuan is art director of Heritage Space, an independent art space in Hanoi.

Tran Thi Bich Ngoc is a film producer and founder of An Nam Productions. During the early 2000s, Ngoc worked as director assistant and producer for internationally renowned films such as The Quiet American (Người Mỹ thầm lặng, Dir Phillip Noyce) and The Vertical Ray of the Sun (Mùa hè chiều thẳng đứng, Dir Tran Anh Hung). She worked as an independent film producer for Father and Son and… (Cha và Con và…, Dir Phan Dang Di) – Vietnam’s first feature film participating in the official selection of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, and The Third Wife (Người vợ ba, Dir Nguyen Phuong Anh) – winner of the NETPAC Award for World of International Asian Premiere. Ngoc co-founded Autumn Meeting – Vietnam’s largest independent film festival. She is in Forbes Vietnam’s list of 50 most influential women in 2019.

Dr Nguyen Thu Ha has been a long-term staff member of the Vietnam National Institute for Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS). Dr Ha was appointed Director of VICAS Art Studio in 2018, a position that facilitates her continuing support to the arts and cultural scene in Vietnam.

Tran Kim Ngoc is founder and director of Đom Đóm – the Hanoi-based hub for experimental music and art. Kim Ngoc founded Đom Đóm in collaboration with the Vietnam National Academy of Music, Malmö Academy of Music and Ensemble Ars Nova. Đom Đóm promotes all forms of music and art practices through an audience development programme that aims to initiate and educate the Vietnamese to experimental and contemporary art, and through music training for young composers/musicians in order to generate a strong foundation for the Vietnamese experimental and contemporary scene. Kim Ngoc is one of Forbes Vietnam’s 50 most influential women in 2019.

Bui Cam Van is head of operation at UP – a series of co-working spaces and that support the community of start-ups in the fields of technology and creativity. UP brands itself as a creative hub at heart with a mission to bring together a community of people who really want to make meaningful conversations and help each other to grow both professionally and personally. UP initiates CreateLab by UP, a creative makers space to nurture and spread the joy of making and creativity. 

Le Quoc Vinh is currently the Chairman and CEO of Le Invest (Holdings) Corporation with four affiliated companies including Le Media Joint Stock Company, Le & Brothers Limited, Vietnam CEO Corporation and Le Digital Co., Ltd. All four companies are widely considered as leading Vietnam companies regarding fields of publishing, journalism, communication, marketing, public relations and event management. He is also a marketing and communication expert. Le Quoc Vinh established his reputation as Public Relations specialist, speaker and visiting lecturer in public relations subject at Academy of Journalism and Communication (AJC), University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) and RMIT University. He is the founder and president of Vietnam Creative Entrepreneurs Club (VCE Club) with more than 10,000 members. He is one co-founder at Elite PR School, which is a PR training center established in early 2014.

Nguyen Phuong Hoa is a prominent figure in the arts and culture sector in Vietnam. As Deputy Director General of the Department for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hoa supports culture sector development from the policy-making and government management stand points. She has been a strong advocate for the ratification and implementation of the Vietnam’s National Strategy for the Development of Cultural Industries to 2020, Vision 2030. Hoa holds a BA in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, and an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration from Goldsmiths, University of London.