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Academic Council

The Academic Council of NHG consists of 13 members, who are responsible for identifying strategies, policies, goals, operational plans and resources for educational activities of the K-12 system. In particular, the Council is responsible for approving K-12 system development strategy, training program of the schools and monitoring the implementation of the Council’s decisions.

In addition, the Council will engage with local and international educational systems and experts to support and increase the value of all K-12 members in the system.

Directly under the Academic Council: K-12 Academic Department.

Ms. Hoang Nguyen Thu Thao – Master of Arts, finance

CEO - President of Academic Council

M.A. in finance – Columbia Southern University (USA)

Nguyen Hoang Group has been accelerating toward new heights, with more new schools built, more international collaboration programs signed, allowing many paths for development and providing a brighter future for the system’s students. The aforementioned outcomes have been generated by not only the hands and minds, but also the hearts of staff, colleagues, teachers, and students’ strenuous efforts to study diligently, all accompanied with parents’ sincere trust and contribution.” - Ms. Hoang Nguyen Thu Thao, CEO.

Dr. Do Manh Cuong

Deputy CEO, K-12 academic affairs - Vice President of Academic Council

Dr. Do Manh Cuong has more than 9 years in the position of director of research and development at the Institute for Professional Education and over 13 years of teaching and management at the Ho Chi Minh City Pedagogical University.

Dr. Tran Xuan Thao

Deputy CEO, educational research & development affairs - Member

Dr. Tran Xuan Thao holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Pennsylvania (USA), a master’s degree in English language teaching from the University of Canberra (Australia) and a bachelor’s degree from the Hue College of Education.

He was the director of the Fulbright Program in Vietnam. Since 1998, he has served on many professional education administrations in many organizations, institutions and universities.

He was awarded the State Honorary Certificate of Excellence by the US Department of State.

Dr. Vu Thi Phuong Anh

Director of Education Quality Assurance​ - Member

Doctor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation (La Trobe University, Australia, 1998).

Dr. Vu Thi Phuong Anh started teaching in 1983 and has held many management positions in universities. 

She has held the position of director of the Center for Testing and Quality Assessment of the National University of Ho Chi Minh City, and is currently a member of the executive board of the Viet Tesol Association (VTA).

Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Tuan – Master of Arts

Director of Project Development & Management - Member

Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Tuan has over 10 years of experience working in the education sector.

He has held positions as UNWS Global Project manager, University of New South Wales (Australia), representative of La Trobe University (Australia) in Vietnam.

Mr. Phan Ngoc Huynh - Master of Arts

Vice Principal of UKA Ba Ria - Vung Tau - Member

Member of Academic Council.

Mr. Nguyen Tan Canh – Master of Arts

Deputy General Principal of the International Education City – IEC Quang Ngai - Member

Mr. Nguyen Tan Canh, master in education management, previously held many positions, such as: Principal of Vo Nguyen Giap High School (2011-2016), Principal of Le Khiet High School for the gifted (2000-2011) and other positions in teaching and management in Quang Ngai province.

He received certificates of merit from the Provincial People's Committee, Ministry of Education and Training and the Prime Minister for his contribution throughout 40 years of working in education.

With his management experience at senior levels in education, Mr. Nguyen Tan Canh is holding the position of deputy general principal of the International Education City – IEC Quang Ngai.

Bishop Joseph Dinh Duc Dao

Bishop of the Diocese of Xuan Loc cathedral - Member

Bishop Joseph Dinh Duc Dao is now bishop of the Diocese of Xuan Loc cathedral (from May 2016). Previously, he served as an auxiliary bishop (2013-2015) and this is the coadjutor bishop (2015-2016). Bishop Joseph Dinh Duc Dao is also chairman of the Catholic Education Commission of the Bishops' Conference of Vietnam tenure 2013 - 2016 August 3, 2015, he became Director of the Vietnam Catholic Academy.

Ms. Hoang Thi Da Huong – Master of Arts

Expert in Education - Member

Member of Academic Council.

Professor Ngo Sy Dinh

Professor at University of Santo Tomas - Member

Member of Academic Council

Professor Ngo Ngoc Khanh

Vice Director of Franciscan Institute - Member

Member of Academic Council.

Professor Le Xuan Hy

Director of Institute for Human Development, Seattle University - Member

Member of Academic Council

Dr. David Burpee

Principal of International Schools of North America (SNA) - Member

Dr. David Burpee got both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Western Connecticut State University, a certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from the State University of New York and a PhD in education leadership from Teachers’ College Columbia University. He has been working as a teacher, building principal and director of curriculum in various international schools for many years before joining SNA as the principal of American program.

Dr. Nguyen Khac Huy


A graduate from the Chicago – Kent Law School in 1997, Dr. Nguyen Khac Huy has 30 years of experience in the banking, finance, real estate, FMCG, telecom, distribution and retail chain systems.

In addition, he is also a guest lecturer at the MBA programs of: CVFG (France); IMC (Germany); University of Houston (USA); University of Economics, University of Polytechnics, National University of Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).