Speaker Series: Vietnam - A Personal View

Speaker Series with Club Member Ronald Ainsbury

Many people still associate Vietnam with a war, but as Hartley wrote: "The past is a foreign country". Today’s Vietnam is a different place. Ron has visited Vietnam a dozen times since 1992, most recently in July. He describes the many changes that he has witnessed and also the challenges that young Vietnamese face. This is not a travelogue, although Ron’s stories and pictures might inspire you to visit. Nor is it a trade talk, although you might be encouraged to explore business opportunities. Rather, it is a personal reflection based on his most recent visit which took him from the capitalist city of Ho Chi Minh (where he was working with wannabe entrepreneurs), to the more staid capital of Hanoi, and the very rural area of Sapa/Lao Cai, close to the Chinese border.

South African by birth, Ron was educated at Oxford and is now living in Martinborough. His career includes business and academia and has spanned four continents. He is a Senior Fellow at the Research Centre Business Innovation at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.


Thursday 26 September | 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start
Main Dining Room, Fifth Floor | Business Casual
$30 for presentation, arrival drink and lunch


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