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Alma Gulapa Hinrich Scholar RMIT MGT Class Of 2022

Alma Gulapa




RMIT University
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Master of Global Trade, Class of 2022
Co-sponsor: VF Asia


Senior Manager, Product Supply, Equipment and Packs (JanSport, Eastpak, Kipling)
VF Asia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
“It’s a great honor to be a part of the Hinrich Foundation’s diverse and dynamic community. I’m very excited and looking forward to all the learnings from great minds.”

Scholar background

Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Alma is the Senior Manager of Product Supply, Equipment and Packs at VF Asia, a 121-year-old footwear and apparel company with more than 30 global brands, including The North Face, Timberland, Bulwark and Dickies. In this role, she oversees Production Management and Product Development teams for the Eastpak, JanSport, and Kipling brands. Her responsibilities include strategizing sourcing footprint across vendors to support current trends of market and brand’s growth plan, and leading product development initiatives every season across all brands and vendors.

She joined VF Asia in 2012 as a Manufacturing Excellence Engineer. She was based in Cambodia prior to moving to Vietnam to work as a Merchandising Manager for the firm. Previously, Alma had served in managerial positions in the industrial engineering department at Fashion Focus Leather Manufacturing Goods from 2011, and Luen Thai International Group Philippines for four years from 2007.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Tarlac State University in the Philippines and attained her Master of Global Trade at RMIT University through the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarship in 2022.

Personal statement

The Master of Global Trade, through the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarship, will give me an in-depth understanding of how trade policies are made and all the underlying business fundamentals. This educational background and exposure will make me a better and efficient leader in our industry and help me strengthen my business acumen.

I will be able to support the brands that I’m working with if I have a deeper understanding of trade agreements, trade frictions, duties and taxes and business related to global trade. All the more that I can plan ahead and build a better roadmap to where we will produce those products in the next three to five years. To be prepared is to have a backup plan and most of all, to be a much more effective merchandiser.

I know that the Hinrich Foundation not only provides the financial assistance for this scholarship, but also the opportunity to build deep relationships with people from different walks of life and countries. The exposure to such a diverse community will help me have a wider vision of how to efficiently become a business leader in my organization.