Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang

 

Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang arrived in the United States in 1979 as a boat refugee from Vietnam. In 1988 he joined BPSOS and became its volunteer Executive Director two years later. In 1995 he launched an advocacy campaign that resulted in the resettlement of over 18,000 former boat people from Vietnam.  In 1997 he initiated a long-term effort to build capacity for the Vietnamese-American community. He has since built BPSOS from a small, all-volunteer organization into a national one with operation in 14 different locations nationwide and 4 locations in Asia, and a vast mass media network. Simultaneously he has mentored over 50 faith-based and community organizations and secured $4 million to support their good work. In 2001 he left his engineering profession to fully dedicate his time to humanitarian causes.

He launched many national and international initiatives, including among others Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA) to combat labor trafficking, Vietnamese American National Chamber of Commerce (VietAmCham) to support small businesses, and Renewing Democracy Fund to politically empower Vietnamese-Americans. He has dedicated time and efforts to nurture younger leaders for the past 20 years and is rallying Vietnamese-American leaders across the country to advance their communities in the government, business and social sectors. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

 

 

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