Friday, April 29, 2005

Curriculum Vitae

Thang D. Nguyen is a Jakarta-based columnist. A prolific and provocative writer, Thang pens frequently on Indonesian and Asian affairs for international and major Asian newspapers, including The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Australian, The International Herald Tribune, The Jakarta Post, The Nation, The New Straits Times, The South China Morning Post, and The Straits Times.

He has also published several books, including Indonesia Matters: Diversity, Unity, and Stability in Fragile Times (Times Editions, 2003) and The Malaysian Journey: Progress in Diversity (Times Editions, 2004); and The Indonesian Dream: Unity, Diversity, and Democracy in Times of Distrust (Marshall Cavendish Academic, 2004).

He is also the Program Director of the United in Diversity Forum ( He wrote and actualized the program of a forum of 400 participants in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2003. Currently, he is in charge of the Forum’s Aceh Initiative, a sustainable 15-year, tri-sector effort to help the Acehnese build their post-tsunami future.

His previous professional experience also includes a 6-month international image-building campaign for the Government of Indonesia as commissioned to APCO, a global communications firm. While at APCO, he was tasked with promoting a better, more perceptive understanding of Indonesia abroad. He designed, prepared, and sent 3 goodwill delegations composed of dignitaries to speak on post-Suharto Indonesia and its developments and progress in Australia, Europe, and Europe. Among other responsibilities, Thang reached out to Indonesianists and opinion leaders from Indonesia and abroad to commission and place Op-Eds about Indonesia in major international and regional media.

He was, for 3 years, with the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was a Regional Manager for Asia. While at the WEF, Thang was in charge of the Business Interaction Groups (BIGs), a series of informal, private gatherings of global business leaders and public figures from developing countries at its Annual Meeting in Davos, a global, foremost gathering of 2000 participants from business, politics, and civil society. He was responsible for its Indonesian and Southeast Asian affairs and managed its relations with the governments and national leaderships from the region.

Thang has been a discussion leader at international fora, including the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Asian Strategic and Leadership Institute (ASLI), Ernst and Young Indonesia, and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

A recipient of numerous awards, Thang holds an AA in liberal arts (cum laude) from Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), Massachusetts, US; a BA in American studies (magna cum laude and phi beta kappa) from Hobart College, New York, US; and an MA in international relations and economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, US.

Thang is a member of the United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) and the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents’ Club (JFCC).


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