Ms. To Kim Lien – Director
M.A (Development Studies)
To Kim Lien is the Director of the Center for Education and Development (CED). She has almost 30 years of experience in development, governance, environment, education and women’s empowerment in Vietnam. She has specialized in the research, design, management and monitoring of development projects, particularly relating to education, environmental protection, women’s empowerment and capacity building for local organizations. She has a proven record of supervising and implementing highly successful development projects in challenging program environments. In addition to extensive experience in education sector, she also is an expert on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), an advisor to businesses in the area of disaster risk prevention, adaptation to climate change, and other initiatives to mobilize participation of the private sector in development work.
Prior to joining CED, she worked at The Asia Foundation as a Senior Program Manager for almost 12 years on a comprehensive set of programs: anti-trafficking of people, women’s empowerment, labor rights, civil society development, public participation, and local governance. Before working for the Foundation, Ms. Lien worked for GFA consulting group, where she focused on rural development projects within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Before that, she worked for the Vietnam-Sweden Cooperation Program for Rural Development and the Committee for Mountainous and Minority Areas. She has extensive experience in education, civil society development, local governance, capacity building for local organizations and women’s empowerment. Since joining CED, she has led the design and implementation of national, regional, and sectoral programs related to education and private sector engagement in Vietnam and in the Southeast Asian region. She holds an M.A. in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland (2009), a B.A. in Economics (Finance and Banking) from the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam (1997) and a B.A. in Foreign Languages from the University of Foreign Studies, Hanoi National University, Vietnam (1993).
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