Dear Hinrich Foundation alumni and friends,

It has been and would be very busy few months for the Hinrich Foundation.

Alex Boome, our Program Director, and other team members are on the go for the Foundation’s upcoming exciting projects.

In Hong Kong, as the new school year just started, we will be meeting with 18 Global Trade Leaders who are studying in universities under the Trade career development program. Alex Ward, Partnerships manager, is meeting with our partners CML and Knoll, as well as Carrefour (which has 380,000 employees worldwide and is interested in our program for Bangladeshis!).

In Bangladesh, we are exploring new opportunities with industry partners in the country to develop more talents in trade for the country. Alex and Alex will be meeting with the World Bank and Ministry of Commerce as part of Bangladesh’s export diversification program. They will also be reconnecting with their friends at VF who will introduce them to their vendor factories for a briefing on the Hinrich global trade leader talent development program. They are also excited to visit scholar alumni Bibek Sarker and Najmul Haque in their factory.

Sri Lanka is a totally new destination, where we will be having very important meetings with manufacturers through the support of the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transportation (CILT). That connection came from a referral through one of our board members, Spenser Au (Thanks in advance, Spenser!).

In October, The Hinrich Foundation Export trade assistance team will be in Laos to support our alumni, Pik Chanthalangsy and Katink Keopaseuth, to train bamboo and rattan exporters who are participating in a WWF program through a whole-day workshop. Alex will also be in Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh to touch base with our alumni and team there.

Lastly, two very significant welcome receptions await our new Hinrich Global Trade Leaders in Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City on 19 October and 2 November, respectively.

Our footsteps are spreading over Asia. If you happen to be in town, why not catch up with us? A high-level schedule is below.

Event highlights:

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Hong Kong
12-16 September 2017

  • Partner meetings with Knoll, CML
  • University meetings – HKBU & HK Poly U
  • Prospect partner meeting: Carrefour, Hong Kong Design Institute, Inside Fashion Magazine
  • GTL & alumni gathering – with Alumni Leadership Council members Laura Siu and Ben Wong
  • Progress U conference
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Dhaka, Bangladesh
17-21 September 2017

  • Partner meeting with VF Corporation & VF’s vendor companies
  • Factory tour with 2 alumni
  • Prospect partner meeting: the World Bank, Bangladesh Ministry of Commerce
  • GTL & alumni gathering
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
21-26 September 2017

  • Prospect partner meeting: Chartered Institute for Logistics & Transport
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Vientiane, Laos
12-13 October 2017

  • Laotian exporter training
  • Alumni gathering
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
13-16 October 2017

  • Cambodia exporter training
  • Alumni gathering
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Hong Kong
19 October 2017

  • Hinrich Global Trade Leader Welcome Reception
  • Alumni team and global trade leaders at the New Sourcing Markets Pavilion at Global Sources Gifts & Home and Fashion Accessories trade fairs
  • GTL training for export trade assistance & program coaching
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Ho Chi Minh City
2 November 2017

  • Hinrich Global Trade Leader Welcome Reception
  • Prospective partner and GTL information session with Hoa Sen University and the VCCI

For more information, please visit our events list or contact Thu Do (Dory) at

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