HINRICH SCHOLARSHIPRMIT University
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Master of Global Trade, Class of 2021
CURRENT EMPLOYMENTTrade Portfolio Management
The Development Bank of Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
“I am eager to join this program to expand my knowledge in global trade, connect with people and contribute to the Hinrich Foundation community.”
Based in in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Thong is a Trade Portfolio Management for The Development Bank of Singapore, one of the largest banks in Southeast Asia. He oversees growing trade assets and revenue for a portfolio of Singaporean and Vietnamese clients. Previously, he worked as a Business Management Analyst for HSBC, one of the largest foreign banks in the Vietnam.
Thong received his Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business in 2013, and his Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Finance at the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City in 2007. He completed a Master of Global Trade from RMIT University through the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarship Program in 2021.
Trade is a fundamental part of economic activity everywhere. In today’s global economic system, countries exchange not only final products, but also intermediate inputs. This creates an intricate network of economic interactions that cover the whole world. It is a field that I am greatly interested in and wish to learn more about. I have always been drawn to business management. To me it is a very exciting environment with lots of demands and challenges.
I give prominence to commitment and set high levels of discipline in all organizations that I belong to. Serving for two years in the armed forces as a corporal has equipped me with a strong and resilient mind. A further two years working on my MBA with countless sleepless nights, doing homework and balancing daily work, did not drag me through the mud. On the contrary, it taught me the value of endurance.
Learning has brought me to a higher level. I have learned three most important points so far from my work experience. First, I am able to understand what drives a business and the processes needed to help resolve any barriers to continued growth and profitability. Second, I am able to look beyond the numbers to the business trends and drivers. Third, I am able to work through deadlines and handle pressure.
I am honored to be selected as a Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholar and committed to the values of the Foundation.