Merle A. Hinrich, Chairman of the Hinrich Foundation, will be delivering the keynote address at the Viet Nam Philanthropy Roundtable on July 7th, 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City.

This event is jointly organized by the Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), Ho Chi Minh City Peace and Development Foundation (HPDF) and Lin Center for Community Development (LIN Center).

The event will bring together philanthropists, NGO leaders, opinion shapers, government officials and media to create a dialogue and a trusted platform for philanthropists in Viet Nam to share, exchange and develop shared goals and a common vision for addressing social issues with impact in Viet Nam.

The goals are to emphasize the importance of being impact oriented and to inspire philanthropists to work together for addressing some of the key challenges that require collective action. Special emphasis will be placed on creating a framework for growing strategic philanthropy in Viet Nam.

In his speech, Mr. Hinrich will discuss how multi-stakeholder partnerships can help maximize the impact of philanthropic activities and achieve better success, giving examples from the work done by the Hinrich Foundation in Viet Nam in this area.

The Hinrich Foundation focuses on creating engagement, opportunities and choice through sustainable global trade. We have been present in Viet Nam since 2007, with two separate programs to build talent in trade and enable the successful participations of SME’s in global trade. To date we have provided Masters’ degree scholarships to over 20 Vietnamese students, and supported 700 SME’s through our Export Trade Assistance program and executive trainings. Our local programs are being delivered with the support of local partners such as Vietnamese German University, Ho Chi Minh University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh – Vietnam International University, French Vietnamese Center for Management Education, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Leipzig University, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Saigon Innovation Hub, and some key local and international industry players. These partnerships have been instrumental for us, to achieve success with our programs.

About organizers

Chairman of the Hinrich Foundation gives keynote address at Viet Nam Philanthropy Roundtable 1Asia Philanthropy Circles (APC) is a membership platform for Asian philanthropists to jointly grow the impact of their philanthropy and to catalyse an Asian philanthropy. APC is a registered charity headquartered in Singapore. Their mission is to secure a sustainable future for Asia. A future that is significantly at risk because of the multitude of complex and interconnected social challenges around us – challenges that governments struggle to contain, that private enterprises often choose to ignore and that civil society organisations are ill-equipped to tackle.


Chairman of the Hinrich Foundation gives keynote address at Viet Nam Philanthropy Roundtable 2Ho Chi Minh City Peace & Development Foundation is an organization within the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO). The Foundation was established on 14/01/2005, and operates on a voluntary and non-profit basis, and in accordance with the vision, mission and objectives of the Vietnam Peace and Development Foundation. The Ho Chi Minh City’s Peace and Development Foundation works to promote the participation and contribution among the community, local and foreign partners to the peace, development and international integration of the country, especially of Ho Chi Minh City.


Chairman of the Hinrich Foundation gives keynote address at Viet Nam Philanthropy Roundtable 3

The LIN Center for Community Development (LIN) is a Vietnamese, non-governmental and not-for-profit organization under the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations. Their mission is to help local NPOs, skilled volunteers, and donors to fulfill their potential as vehicles for sustainable development, poverty alleviation, and citizen participation in Vietnam.