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Program Specialist, Social Development & Gender, Vietnam

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh is responsible for gender and social development programming at The Asia Foundation in Vietnam working on a wide range of issues from gender equality, labor rights, migration, legal advice provision for migrant and poor populations and anti-trafficking. Ngoc Anh has more than 15 years experience in development work with significant experience managing and implementing development projects in the areas of poverty alleviation, gender equality, HIV/AIDs and organizational development and civil society development for both Vietnamese and international organizations. She has 10 years experience at the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU), where she worked in the international cooperation department on a variety of programs for women and children.

After leaving the Women’s Union, she was the gender project coordinator, managing the implementation of gender mainstreaming in health, education and livelihoods programming for Plan international in Vietnam. Trained in banking and finance, Ngoc Anh also actively engaged in the development of microfinance programs for Vietnam Women’s Union, particularly in capacity building and transformation one of VWU’s best microfinance programs into the first licensed microfinance institution in Vietnam.

In 2008-9 she worked at the Ford Foundation Vietnam, supporting the development and implementation of the Ford Foundation’s portfolio in Development Finance and Environment. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation Ngoc Anh was Deputy Chief of Party of a USAID-funded project on HIV in the Workplace that worked with different Vietnamese Government agencies and civil society to provide economic strengthening support and capacity building to high risk individuals, also serving as the gender focal point for the project.

Education: Ngoc Anh studied Economics in Hanoi Economics University (1996-1999) and received her master’s degree in Development Management (2003-2004) from Asia Development Institute, Philippines.