About the Ha Noi Office

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The UNESCO Field Office in Ha Noi opened in 1990 with the focus of providing support to Viet Nam's Education and Culture sectors. The office has since expanded its programming into the Communication and Information and Natural Sciences sectors and continues to work together with Government, UN partners, donors and civil society to contribute towards Gender Equality, HIV & AIDS prevention, poverty reduction and Education for Sustainable Development.

Who's Who

Toshiyuki Matsumoto joined the UNESCO Ha Noi Office in June 2016 as the Education Programme Specialist. He was previously the Education Programme Specialist in the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States in Apia, Samoa (2010-2016) and the Assistant Education Programme Specialist in the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand (2003-2010). He holds a master’s degree from Nagoya University in Japan with major focus on educational development, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Hiroshima University in Japan. He started his UNESCO career as a consultant at the UNESCO Bangkok Office in 1999 taking part in the Education for All (EFA) 2000 Assessment, follow-up activities of the World Education Forum 2000, and education planning and sector analysis/review in Asian countries.

Contact email: t.matsumoto(at)unesco.org


Hoang Minh Nguyet joined UNESCO Viet Nam in November 2010 as the Office’s first Communication and Information Programme Coordinator. Ms Nguyet was previously Deputy Director General of the National Radio Voice of Viet Nam in charge of editorial policy. Ms Nguyet started her career as a program producer and presenter at the Overseas Service and afterwards worked as Director of the International Cooperation Department in Radio Voice of Viet Nam. She holds a post-graduate diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Brighton University in 1980 and a bachelor’s degree in English Teaching from the Ha Noi National University in 1977 and in Journalism from the Ha Noi Academy of Journalism and Communication in 2004. 

Contact email: hm.nguyet(at)unesco.org

Pham Thi Thanh Huong joined UNESCO Viet Nam in August 2016 as the Natural Sciences Programme Coordinator. She previously contributed to UNESCO’s initiatives and flagship programmes in World Biosphere Reserves, World Heritage Sites and other Protected Areas since 2010. She started her career as a conservation technical advisor at Fauna and Flora International in 2002 and has worked and consulted for various international organizations and NGOs including FFI, WWF, ENV, UNEP, UNDP and ILO. She is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Global Public Use Planning Consortium. Ms. Huong holds an advanced degree in Public Policy, Media and Communications from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia and a Bachelor degree in Economics from Viet Nam’s Institute for International Relations. She applies her cross-disciplinary background to investigating the economy of Protected Areas, sustainable tourism, strategic planning and co-management of natural and cultural resources for sustainable development.

Contact email: pt.huong(at)unesco.org

Tran Thi Phuong Nhung joined UNESCO Viet Nam in August 2015 as Programme Manager of the Gender Equality and Girls’ Education Initiative in Viet Nam, contributing to the Education Sector’s programmatic work. After attaining her bachelor’s degree in English and Literature from the Ha Noi National University Ms. Nhung worked as a permanent officer and project/programme coordinator and manager for over 20 years. Her experience with the Ministry of Education and Training; Ministry of Planning and Investment; Ministry of Labour-Invalids and Social Affairs; and the Committee for Finance and Budgetary Affairs under the National Assembly has equipped her with ranging expertise in education management, poverty reduction, gender equality, and budget oversight.

Contact email: tt.nhung(at)unesco.org

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