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UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards:
Meet the Judges
Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh
Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh is the Vice President of the Central Council of Vietnam Business Associations and Founder and the 1st Chairwoman of ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (AWEN) (2014-2016). She also serves as the Vietnam Chair of the Global Summit of Women. With more than 37 years of working experiences, she has edited and co-edited 8 books, 18 subjects and researches and spoke at hundreds of domestic and international forums and conferences. She has extensive experience in many fields such as: policy advocacy and consultation; trade and investment promotion; supporting start-ups and entrepreneurship, promoting SMEs and women-led enterprises; facilitating harmonious labor relationship; gender equality and women’s empowerment in enterprises.
Le Quang Canh
Associate Professor Dr. Le Quang Canh is currently the Vice Director of Institute for Sustainable Development and a lecturer for Faculty of Development Economics, National Economics University. He has more than 20 years of experiences in education for both undergraduate and graduate levels. His teaching includes Research methods, Economic Forecasting, The Contemporary Theories in Economic Research, and Microeconometrics. He also has extensive experiences in working with international organizations (UNDP, WB, ActionAid Vietnam, Oxfam Anh, JICA, DFID, and KOICA), state agencies (National Foundation for Science and Technology Development, Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Planning and Investment), and provincial authorities. His research interests are in applied economics, development studies, economic forecasting, and state governance. "Women are a secret weapon for the happiness of the family, the company's success, and the sustainable development of the economy. Gender equality in the working place and women's economic empowerment fosters such firepower."
Ha Thi Minh Duc
Ha Thi Minh Duc, PhD in economic management, is the Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of Viet Nam. She has been holding her post for 4 years after working for several years in some international development agencies including the International Labour Organization in Viet Nam. Duc is in charge of the overall ASEAN cooperation in her Department, including the issues of labour and migrant workers, social welfare and development, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons. She has been acting as the Leader of Viet Nam Delegation to the ASEAN Senior Official Meetings on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD), ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) and has also been nominated as the representative of child rights of Viet Nam to the ASEAN Commission on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) since 2016. “Any enterprise, big or small, in any sector, should be the enabling environment for promotion of equality between men and women. Gender equality is the investment for the future and profits of the enterprises, contributing to building an equal society for everyone.”
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is Deputy Director and Vice Chairwoman of Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council (VWEC) under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). Thao has nearly 15 years of working for VCCI in different departments: Member of APEC CEO Summit 2006 Secretariat Committee to organize APEC CEO Summit in November 2006 in Hanoi; Expert and Coordinator of Event and Communication Team in Project Department of The Institute of Information Technology for business, VCCI (2006 – 2009); Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council (VWEC), VCCI (2009 – present). Thao has experiences in different fields such as supporting and protecting legal rights of women entrepreneurs, trade and investment promotion, policy advocacy and consultation, supporting start-ups, capacity building for women-led enterprises, and supporting to promote harmonious labor relationship.