- Ms. Tran Thi Hoa - Executive Director
Educational Background: Graduated from Hanoi Foreign Teachers University, 1986. Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Policy and Project Planning, ISS, the Netherlands, 2001
Work experience: 4 years as manager of international relationships, Vietnam Research Institute for Education and Training, Ministry of Education and Training
3 years Regional FAO manager of reforestation programme, covering Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan and Vietnam
5 years vice-director of Towards Ethnic Women, 9 years director of CIRUM
18 years in ethnic minority forest and land rights and community development; trainer in gender and household economic management via saving and credit use and management; facilitator in strengthening customary law based forest management and protection, community based organizations, and networking at village level for lobbying and advocacy over land right issues (LandNet); promoting forest based income activities via small grants.
Interests: Long-term forest land use rights and sustainable forest management for ethnic minorities; Research & Advocacy for affected communities; social enterprise and networking.
Mr. Nguyen Van Su - Deputy Director CIRUM and Director of Field Operations, Vietnam
Educational Background: Degree in Agricultural Irrigation from Construction University, Sophia, Bulgaria
Working experience: Previously with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's (MARD) strategic unit, the National Institute of Agricultural Planning and Projection (NIAPP).
Many years as team leader on research projects, national and international resettlement projects, bio-diversity and environmental protection projects and rural development projects at provincial and district level, funded by a variety of donors for example EU, GEF, FAO, UNDP and INGOs.
Working with Arem, Ede, Bana, Jarai, Rơ Ngao, Xơ Đăng, H're, K'Tu, Vân Kiều, Pa Cô, Mã Liềng, Khùa, Ma Coong, Sách, Sinh Mun, Mông, ZDao, Tày, Nùng, Khơ Me, Thái, Lào ethnic minorities since 1985 in Central Highlands, Central Viet Nam, Northern and Western provinces of Viet Nam; Laos and Campuchia.
Interests: Equality for all ethnic minorities in Viet Nam; Preserving cultural identities of ethnic groups and developing livelihood models in community forests for ethnic minorities
Mr. Phan Dinh Nha - Reasearch and Lobby/Advocacy Manager
Educational Background: Graduated from Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, with major in Rural Engineering and MS. in Rural Development.Working experiences: Reseacher/Project Manager at National Institue of Agriculture Planning and Projection, MARD; Project Coordinator of Vietnam Union of Scientific and Technolgical Associations (VUSTA); Expert at Research, analysis, and Lobby/Advocacy at LISO.Email: email@example.com
Mr. Pham Van Dung - Director Regional Collaboration
Educational Background: Degree in Justice Law, Hanoi University of Law; MA in Anthropology, University of Waikato.
Work experience: community development, writing project proposal, project monitoring, evaluation and report; gender, savings and micro credit; research on cultural identity and customary law; advocacy for land and forest rights for ethnic minority communities; cross-border responsible agribusiness; value chain of agricultural products.
Interests: Interaction between customary laws of ethnic minorities and statutory laws.
Ms. Dinh Thi Ai - Accountant
Educational Background: Banking and finance, Finance Institute
Interests: Development work
Mr. Nguyen Van Dung - Driver, logistic
Role: Driver, logistic and gardening
Interests: Development work
Ms. Susan Black - Mentor in Social Enterprise and Tourism Development.
Educational Background: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and Master of Social Welfare, Administration and Planning from the University of Queensland.Certificate 4 Workplace Trainer & AssessorWork experience:In Australia, Susan has worked as State Director for Oxfam as well as had a number of management roles: a government change project in institutional reform, Director of a local community development organisation; a start-up social enterprise and establishing the first Social Enterprise Hub in Australia.
Susan has also consulted across a wide-range of projects for Social Ventures Australia, supporting indigenous and non-indigenous social businesses and building evidence of collective impact and shared value across Australia.
In the past three years, Susan has worked in social enterprise development in Myanmar through ActionAid.
Positions held on Boards: Oxfam Australia, Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre, Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS); Brisbane Ethnic Multicultural Arts Centre (BEMAC).
Interests: Travel, volunteering and experiencing cultures, all things community development & social enterprise.