Bringing the United States and Vietnam Closer Together through Educational Exchange

Mr. Kien Pham to Lead VEF (Based on our enabling legislation and the impending closure of VEF in 2018, VEF is no longer offering any Fellowships or Grants)

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Washington, D.C.
March 17, 2003--Mr. Herbert M. Allison Jr., Chairman of the VEF Board of Directors, announced that Mr. Kien Duc Trung Pham has been named VEF Executive Director. The Vietnam Education Foundation was created by the U.S. Congress as an independent Federal Agency within the Executive Branch. Its mission is to build stronger relations between the U.S. and Vietnam through scholarships and educational exchange.
Mr. Pham was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1977. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Mr. Pham earned an MBA and MA from Stanford University. He is the Founding Chairman of the Vietnam Forum Foundation, an organization created to provide educational and humanitarian support to Vietnam.
Mr. Pham was a White House Fellow in 1985-86, where he served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Trade Representative. In 1989, he was appointed to the position of Special Assistant, International Security Affairs, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He later worked for Tenneco Energy where he was Vice-President and General Manager for East Asia and the Pacific. In 2000, Mr. Pham became the recipient of the White House Fellows Legacy of Leadership Award. Most recently, Mr. Pham has served as Senior Managing Director of Utility Choice Electric in Houston.
"Kien Pham brings to the Vietnam Education Foundation a solid record of leadership and broad experience in the private, government and non-profit sectors, plus a unique cultural and political understanding of both the United States and Vietnam," said Mr. Allison. "We are pleased that Kien will bring his exceptional experience, energy and leadership skills to directing VEF's important activities."
The Board of the Vietnam Education Foundation consists of six private citizens appointed by the President, four Members of Congress and three Department Heads. Current members of the Board include Chairman Herbert Allison of TIAA-CREF; Robert Bryant of Duke University; Frank Jao of Bridgecreek; Chung Kim of Korea Institute for Advanced Study; Marilyn Pattillo of University of Texas; Tuan Joseph Pham of Capitol Development Company; Senator John Kerry; Senator Chuck Hagel; Congressman Christopher Smith; Congressman George Miller; and the Secretaries of State, Treasury, and Education.
The Vietnam Education Foundation provides fellowships for Vietnamese nationals to pursue graduate and post-graduate studies in physical sciences, natural sciences, environmental sciences, mathematics, technology (including information technology), and medicine; and for U.S. citizens to teach in those fields in Vietnam.
Interested individuals, especially Vietnamese nationals who are currently awaiting acceptance or have been accepted to U.S. universities in the above fields of study, should contact the Foundation for fellowship consideration, by email to