Program Specialist, Social Development & Gender, Vietnam

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh is responsible for gender and social development programming at The Asia Foundation Vietnam working on a wide range of issues from gender equality, labor rights, women’s economic empowerment, financial inclusion, and digital literacy. Ngoc Anh has more than 25 years of experience in development work with significant experience managing and implementing development projects in the areas of financial inclusion, gender equality, labor rights, digital and financial literacy, and civil society development for both Vietnamese and international organizations. Ngoc Anh has nearly 14 years’ experience at the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU), where she worked on different programs for women and children. Trained in banking and finance, Ngoc Anh also actively engaged in the development of microfinance programs for VWU, particularly in capacity building and transforming one of VWU’s best microfinance programs into the first licensed MFI in Vietnam.

In 2008-9 she worked at the Ford Foundation Vietnam, supporting the management of the Ford Foundation’s portfolio in Development Finance and Environment. Prior to joining The Asia Foundation, Ngoc Anh was a deputy chief of party for a USAID-funded project on HIV at the Workplace and led the project’s economic strengthening support for high-risk individuals, also serving as the gender focal point for the project.

Education: Ngoc Anh earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hanoi Economics University and received her master’s degree in Development Management from Asia Development Institute, Philippines.