Ed.D. Dang Thi Hoang Yen
Key Founder and President of Tan Tao University
Founder and Chairwoman of Tan Tao Group
Member of ASEAN Business Advisory Council
Ed.D. Yen Dang is also Chair of the Vietnam-US Business Forum, Member of ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), and Member of World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on South-East Asia.
Ed.D. Yen Dang graduated from Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics. Then, she worked for the Vietnamese government for 13 years. In 1993, she decided to start her own business by establishing Tan Phuong Dong Company Ltd., the predecessor of Tan Tao Group. Tan Tao Group has grown into the leading industrial park and infrastructure developer in Vietnam. Tan Tao Group has created hundreds of thousands of jobs across Vietnam while providing a solid platform for the country’s rapid economic progress. The Group has a number of subsidiaries specializing in multiple sectors, including infrastructure development, construction, energy and food. Tan Tao Investment & Industry Corp (ITACO), Tan Tao Group’s key subsidiary, has become one of seven blue-chip stocks to be established as part of the Global Russell Vietnam Index and one of the 10 companies with the largest market capitalization and highest liquidity included into S &P Vietnam 10 Index. According to the 2011 ranking of Vietnam’s top 1000 companies with the highest corporate income tax contribution conducted by the Vietnam Report Company in coordination with VietnamNet and Tax magazine of the General Department of Taxation, ITACO was ranked 129th, and it was ranked 35th among Vietnam’s top 200 private companies with the highest corporate income tax contribution.
In 2002, Ed.D. Dang decided to go to the United States to learn about the American model of a non-profit liberal arts university. Thanks to this vision, she attracted well-known American professors with whom she founded Tan Tao University. In 2007, Ed.D. Dang returned to Vietnam and founded ITA Scholarship, ITA Medical Aid and ITA Veterans Assistance for the purpose of providing education, medical support and financial assistance to the needy in Vietnam. Annually, thousands of scholarships are awarded to outstanding students nationwide. Apart from granting thousands of scholarships, Ed.D. Dang and her family are the major sponsors for development and construction of all facilities of Tan Tao University (TTU), the first Vietnamese University in the model of American liberal arts education.
Ed.D. Yen Dang has been awarded with numerous international and national prestigious prizes and merits, including the Top 100 ASEAN Talent and Virtuous Leader 2016, the ASEAN Excellent CEO Award 2015, the Top 100 ASEAN Excellent CEO Award 2014, the Chu Van An Award for the Development of Vietnamese Culture and Education from the Union of Science and Technology Association of Vietnam 2014; the Certificate of Honor for the Outstanding Manager of the Ho Chi Minh Era 2014; the Humanitarian Award 2011 by San Francisco – Ho Chi Minh City Sister City Committee, the Typical Vietnamese Entrepreneur Award (2008, 2009); the 2008 Golden Rose Award for outstanding business women with significant contribution to the national socio-economic development as well as the development of Vietnamese business community, the 2007 Business Super Star Award for Vietnam’s outstanding entrepreneurs in international integration and competition, and many other Certificates of Merit granted by Government Prime Minister, Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and Long An Province People’s Committee.