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Hong Hoang
Founder & Executive Director , Vietnamese environmental NGO
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
High-profile environmentalist with 24 years of experience working for various NGOs in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Founder and executive director of a Vietnamese NGO working on climate change, wildlife, pollution. Seeks opportunities in the US for Southeast Asia or Vietnam positions, related to climate, wildlife campaigning, community mobilizing, capacity building, organizing in restricted contexts
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
1. Founder and Executive Director, CHANGE: Mar 2013 – present
- Founded and leading the Vietnamese environmental NGO called CHANGE with 20 staff members, running programs around three priority issues: climate change, wildlife, and pollution.
- Being the legal representative for CHANGE
- Raising funds and mobilizing other support for CHANGE’s programs and operations
- Working with the Board of Directors and Advisory Board to work out the organization’s strategic plan and its implementation

2. Southeast Asia Coordinator, part time: Apr 2011 - Sep 2015
- Coordinated the’s climate change movement in Vietnam, assisted the East Asia/Southeast Asia regional campaign
- Developed and coordinated campaigns and projects to change awareness and inspire actions, with a focus on energy
- Providing support for climate change affected communities, through solution support and capacity building
- Building a network of committed environmental volunteers and partners in the countries to sustain a long-term grassroots climate change movement with an emphasis on practical solutions that fit the countries’ contexts.

3. Regional Marketing and Communications Manager, WWF: Oct 2002 – Jun 2009
Managed the WWF Greater Mekong’s marketing and communications team.
- Managed the communications team and built communications capacity for all parts of WWF Greater Mekong, covering Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam
- Developed and coordinated WWF Greater Mekong’s communications strategy to promote WWF and increase public awareness of conservation issues.
- Coordinated WWF’s large awareness campaigns in Vietnam, namely the Earth Hour 2009, and a 4-year wildlife trade awareness campaign.
- Managed the Green Office Program and other corporate engagement activities; Developed and maintained relationships with WWF’s corporate partners, to raise funds and support for WWF programs and operations.
- Organized and facilitated annual regional introduction courses for new staff members

4. Director of Client Services, Venus Communications: Mar 2000 – Sep 2002
- Developed, proposed and managed public relations projects for Venus’ clients (event management, sponsorships, TV shows, press campaigns, market surveys ...)
- Built and maintained relationships with the media and coordinated media campaigns;
- Trained junior staff

5. Senior Marketing Representative, Vietnam Investment Review Ltd.: May 1994 – May 1999
- Coordinated sales of advertising space in VIR's publications (Vietnam Investment Review, Dau Tu, Heritage, Nguoi Dep)
- Manager of VIR's partnership projects with VTV and other media agencies
Certificate of Obama Scholars Program. 2019
Certificate of WWF Leaders. 2006.
Bachelor degree in Economics. 1997
Bachelor degree in English studies. 1994.
Affiliations and Achievements:
- Top 50 most influential Vietnamese women by Forbes Vietnam 2019
- Top 5 Inspirational Ambassador by WeChoice Awards 2019
- Green Warrior of the Year by Elle Vietnam 2019
- Climate Hero by 2015
- The first Vietnamese to set foot on Antarctica in 1997
- Special Junior Envoy of the UNESCO
- Certificate of Merit from the Vietnamese Prime Minister (1997)

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