CanCham - Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam

12th Annual Crystal Ball - 2017 Speaker Bios

2017 Crystal Ball Speaker Bios

Mr. Ousmane Dione: Country Director Vietnam, World Bank

Mr. Ousmane Dione has been the Country Director for the World Bank in Vietnam as from September 12, 2016. Prior to this position, he had been the World Bank Water Practice Manager for East Asia and the Pacific Region based in Manila, Philippines. Earlier, he served as Sector Manager for the Philippines Sustainable Development Unit. Mr. Dione also held several positions in the World Bank as a Sector Leader for the Andean countries (Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela) in the Latin America and Caribbean Region based in Lima (Peru), Lead Water Resource Specialist in South Asia Region, and as Senior Water Resources Specialist in the Africa Region.


Mr. Frederick Burke: Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie (Vietnam) Ltd

Frederick Burke has over 30 years of experience practicing in the area of international corporate law. He served as the Practice Group Leader of the Firm’s Global WTO & International Trade Practice Group from 2006 to 2007, and has been ranked as a leading lawyer for 2015 in both Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions (Chambers Asia, IFLR1000 and Asia Pacific Legal 500) and International Trade (Chambers Asia and Asia Pacific Legal 500). He is currently a member of the Ministry of Justice’s Advisory Council on Administrative Reform in Vietnam.

Mr. Burke also has worked closely with Vietnamese legislators and law drafters on the many new laws and decrees that have been introduced to implement Vietnam's treaty commitments and integrate it into the global economy.


Mr. Pham Hong Hai: CEO, HSBC Bank (Vietnam) Ltd.

Pham Hong Hai is the first ever Vietnamese national to be appointed head of Global Markets at HSBC Vietnam in 2004 and head of Global Banking and Markets (GB&M) in 2012, and became the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HSBC Bank (Vietnam) Ltd. on 1 December 2014. Under his leadership, GB&M developed into one of the largest and most highly-regarded franchises among foreign banks in Vietnam and personally received a Certificate of Merit for excellence from Trade Union of the State Bank of Vietnam for his contribution to the Banking industry of Vietnam between 2011 and 2013.

Hai holds a Professional Diploma in Financial Services from the Institute of Financial Services in the UK and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City

Mr. Marc Townsend: Managing Director, CBRE (Vietnam) Co, Ltd.

Marc arrived in Asia in 1988 and has lived in Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam since 2003 covering property sales & marketing, investment sales and development consultancy throughout South East Asia. Presently, as a Managing Director for CBRE Vietnam with a staff of over 532 professionals, Marc oversees all CBRE Vietnam business activities. He is an active speaker on Vietnam’s real estate market on topic such as Residential, Office for lease, Investment and Development throughout South East Asia. Prior to working for CBRE Vietnam, Marc worked for Vigers (HK) Limited, Regus PLC and Rockwell Land. Marc sits on the Board of Amcham HCMC. Marc is member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Marc started his career as an officer in the Royal Marines and has five daughters


Mr. Fiachra Mac Cana: Managing Director and Head of Research, HSC.

Educated in University College Dublin and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. Strong track record with 25 years of experience in Investment Banking in London and Tokyo, co-founded JCN Network, and directed Research Department of WestLB, VinaCapital and VinaSecurities before joining HSC. Listed as one of the top 15 Japan strategists by Asia Money in 2003 and voted The Best Analyst in Vietnam by Thomson Reuters 2010 and Institutional Investor & Asia Money in 2011.


Mr. Ralf Matthaes: Managing Director, Infocus Mekong Research

Ralf has been living and working in Vietnam for 22 years and 360 days, but who’s counting.  He is the founder and Managing Director of Infocus Mekong Research, Vietnam’s first dedicated Mobile Market Research firm. Previously he set up and ran TNS in South Asia and is considered one of the prime builders of the Research industry in the country.  He won the TNS Global Star Award for his innovative “Spreading the D.I.R.T.”  HR initiative program in 2008. Ralf is the VP of Cancham and is the founder of the HCMC Ice Hockey league.