Ken Atkinson started his career in international banking and after 14 years, including assignments in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, he set up his own consultancy business, which became Grant Thornton Vietnam. With over 40 years emerging market experience and 38 years Asian experience, Ken has undertaken corporate finance transactions in many emerging markets worldwide (Eastern Europe, the People’s Republic of China and several other countries in South East Asia). Ken has been working almost exclusively in Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR during the last 27 years. His work has included financial advisory, transaction support, appraisal of large projects, and capacity building projects funded by multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors. He has broad experience in advising Clients including commercial banks on project appraisal, debt finance, loan restructuring and equity funding.
Chris Milliken is an English-qualified senior associate in the Ho Chi Minh City office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He has been working in Vietnam since September 2017. Chris has a broad corporate and finance practice, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, financing and capital markets transactions, both in Vietnam and in Asia more generally. Chris has a wide client base, which includes both foreign investors and prestigious local firms, and has taken lead roles on a number of high-profile M&A transactions in a wide variety of sectors in Vietnam. Chris has been an active member of BritCham since arriving in Vietnam and is interested both in the promotion of British business in Vietnam and the fostering of valuable ties between the two countries.
I have worked in Vietnam for nearly 10 years since joining British University Vietnam and have been heavily involved with BritCham Vietnam, based in Hanoi. During this period, I have developed and launched the British Education Business Group and also established the Hanoi Fun Run, now in its 5th Year, as well as the inter-company football tournament. Meet the UK with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well visits by provincial chairmen to the UK. I presently sit on the Board of Vietnam Business Forum as the BritCham Vietnam Representative. I was elected to the position of Chair of BritCham Vietnam in 2019 after serving as Vice-Chair in Hanoi. Along with colleagues, I worked to help BritCham Vietnam to develop more of an advocacy role in light of BREXIT. In addition, to prepare the organization for changes in Business Centre funding from the UK Government as well as supporting closer ties to the Embassy, Consulate and British Council. This will benefit the wider community, especially British businesses and companies that work with or trade with the UK.
Entrepreneur, Techie, Brit, baby boomer. He’s worked for 30 years in: supermarkets, accounting profession, breweries, newsagents, defence manufacturing, IT, property development and BP, in the UK, China, Singapore, Switzerland and Vietnam. Posted to China as Finance Manager with BP, in 1990 he relocated to Vietnam likely making him the longest Brit in Vietnam and probably the first Management Accountant and CIMA member too. In 1994 he founded TRG a tech company, with a vision of making your business shine by providing stuff that works. It’s working as it’s still going and taken him to 39 of the 80 countries where TRG’s customers are. Another venture, expanded the vision to making you and your business shine; enabling people to be the best that they can be. Active on the tech start-up scene he’s co-founder of multiple tech start-ups and mentor / coach / investor to many others across UK, Europe and Asia. Chairman of AMCHAM Vietnam ICT Committee and a regular Vietnam speaker on tech. Cofounder and Vice-Chair of the International Project Management Association Vietnam. MSc in Strategic Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. Chairman of SEA Regional Board, CIMA.
I have lived and worked in Vietnam since 1995 in various capacities but always working with small organisations and enterprises. As such I feel I understand and can represent the interests of small businesses and entrepreneurs on the board of the Britcham Vietnam. As an importer and exporter I am very much in favour of an early UK-Vietnam FTA and in the post Brexit world we occupy the role of the Britcham Vietnam in trade matters will be more important than it has ever been before. In my former period of service on the Board I served on the Social committee and on the Charity committee. I sense that many Britcham Vietnam members would like to see the social side of the Britcham Vietnam reinvigorated and I shall be pleased to contribute my time to that or whatever needs of the Britcham Vietnam I can serve best.
Nitin has over 20 years of extensive experience combined with strong commercial awareness and business leadership skills across Finance, HealthCare and Pharmaceutical industries. Nitin joined AstraZeneca UK in 2011 and led several strategic Global and Regional roles to drive commercial model change and enhanced healthcare solutions with multiple markets across Asia-Pac, EMEA and the Americas. Before moving to Vietnam in 2018, Nitin was based in Shanghai- China (2014- 2018) where he focused on expanding patient access, developing and deploying innovative healthcare solutions, led Strategy and Planning, Marketing and Sales Excellence, and Project Management Office. In his current role, Nitin is Company President for Vietnam & Frontier Markets (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka) and responsible for business, innovation, expansion and partnerships. He is based with his family in Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam. Nitin holds a degree in commerce, MBA-International Trade and professional qualifications in Six Sigma, Oncology Master Class-Gustave Roussy France, Avaya-CRM, COPC, Script Writing, eRelationship Marketing, Project Management and Digital Marketing by Square-Google.
I am an experienced individual having a background in both professional services and industry (the Infrastructure/Construction sector) over nearly 40 years. I have been involved in significant projects and travelled and lived in ASEAN through that time. I have an accounting and tax background with a heavy slant to the commercial and business aspects of the roles I have undertaken. I will bring to the Board not only experience but diversity of thinking, providing insight and provoking debate. I have a passion to promote diversity to enhance business and society and have contributed to forums on these matters. I am the BritCham representative on the VBF HR WG and contribute actively to the current representations to Government in respect of the concerns on restrictions that have arisen in getting foreign workers into Vietnam to work and the ability to obtain work permits for the current expat community under the new regulations. I will bring all this experience and a different lens to view the challenges facing the British business community in Vietnam and to bring the British values embracing the concepts of Inclusion and Diversity to my role on the Board.
Experienced Managing Director and C-level executive in banking technology and operations. Strategic thinker and visionary with track record of delivering organizational change and business development. Inspirational leader who has directed and developed senior leaders as well as operational teams to business excellence in emerging and developing markets. Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills. Experienced and persuasive presenter and communicator with a calm but reassuring demeanor. An effective manager with the skills necessary to direct, train, and motivate staff to their fullest individual and team potential. Seasoned traveler, culturally fluent across South East Asia and the Middle East regions.
Louise currently works at the British International School HCMC as the Director of Admissions and Marketing after previously working at Family Medical Practice in both District 1 and District 2 for 7 years. Originally from Derbyshire in the UK Louise gained a degree in Biomedical Sciences at University in Newcastle and went on to work in London for 10 years working at the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK leading marketing teams and developing, delivering and evaluating local public health educational campaigns working with many stakeholders including schools, scientists, Health professionals, policy makers and local and National Government. Louise has a strong focus on business strategy, developing and delivering marketing and communication plans and activities and leading teams. Louise has now lived and worked in Ho Chi Minh City for over 10 years and has two daughters. Louise is greatly embedded into the expat community here as well as the local community through her jobs, children’s school and sporting events. Louise has worked with many organisations, businesses and people across the city and wider Vietnam. In her spare time Louise enjoys triathlon and is actively involved in many sporting groups. Louise also enjoys climbing, travel and socialising.
Colin Terry has been living and working in Asia for almost 30 years and joined the Jardine Matheson Group in 1992. He has held a number of different financial and executive board level leadership roles within Jardines across a range of industries, including insurance, technology and manufacturing, and he is currently the Finance Director of Siam City Cement (Vietnam) Ltd. He has also previously served for several years as an advisor to a charitable organization. Colin is originally from England, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is based in Ho Chi Minh city.