Ho Chi Minh City Peace and Development Foundation

Our Mission

Through understanding and connecting, through active empathy and community action, HPDF works to promote positive societal awareness and social inclusiveness

Core Values


Knowing who we are, where we belong


Upholding and acting
on what makes us all
part of humankind

Heritage & Creativity

Organically embedding past & future, heritage & creativity

Viet Nam Forum: The Moment

16-17 August, 2024 | Ho Chi Minh City

A not-for-profit HPDF (Ho Chi Minh City Peace and Development Foundation) initiative to:

Connect the Vietnamese inside and outside Viet Nam and stimulate two-way engagement and cooperation between the diaspora and Viet Nam.
Share synergizing lessons of success among the Vietnamese, especially towards younger generations, and shine a light on Viet Nam’s emerging nation brand.

The Forum will deploy divered activities under three leading interrelated themes:

  • Culture
  • Connectivity
  • Creativity

Contact us: VietnamForum@hpdf.vn

HPDF President

Ton Nu Thi Ninh
  • President, Ho Chi Minh City Peace and Development Foundation
  • Vice President, HCMC Peace Committee
  • Former Ambassador of Viet Namto the E.U, Belgium and Luxembourg
  • Former Vice-Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Viet Nam National Assembly
  • Conceptor, Viet Nam Forum: The Moment 

Our Leading Members

Our Activities

Our Network

With limited staff support, our Foundation owes its strength and effectiveness to the vitality of a diverse network of members, partners, donors, associates, volunteers and friends. Thanks to the effectivenes of our network, the Foundation has consistently demonstrated some definite social impact.

Partners & Associate Organisations


Standing Vice President

Ms. Nguyen Thi My Tien

Former Secretary General, Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations

Ms. Nguyen Thi My Tien is currently Standing Vice President of the Ho Chi Minh City Peace and Development Foundation (HPDF)

  • She has been a founding member of HPDF
  • Executive Member of the Vietnam Peace and Development Foundation (VPDF)
  • Member of the standing committee of the HCMC Peace and Development Foundation (HPDF)
  • Executive Member of the HCMC Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO)
  • Secretary General of HUFO from 2007 to 2011
  • Ms. Tien holds a Master degree in Development Management (MDM) from the Asian Institute of Management (Philippines)

Vice President

Dr. Nguyen Ba Son

PhD: International Law, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (1985)

Member – Former President of the Vietnam Society of International Law (VSIL)

Member of the Executive Committee of HCMC Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO)

He worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam for over 39 years, from 1974 to 2013, successively as Director General of Department of International Law and Treaties; Ambassador to Germany – Permanent Representative of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the International Organizations In Vienna – Austria. Nguyen Ba Son has also been very actively teaching international law in several local universitites, writing as an editor in chief or a sole author of research papres, monographs, textbooks and articles on internaional law subjects.

Vice President

Ms. Tran Thi Hieu Hanh

Ms. Tran Thi Hieu Hanh is Vice President of HPDF, in charge of the Orange Initiative Program, including the OI – Tam Viet Scholarship.

She was Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of Viet Nam in San Francisco (2012-2015), Deputy Director General of the Ho Chi Minh City Extenal Relations Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009 – 2012, 2016 – 2017).

Ms. Hanh holds a Master’s Degree in International Development Policy form Duke University (USA)

Vice President

Ms. Le Thi Kim Hong
Ms. Hong joined HPDF in 2016 with an experience of 25 years working as a specialist of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Vietnam National Commission foe Unesco (1998-2008). Her active involvement in the Foundation also largely benefits from her study of Master in Public Policy (NUS, Singapore, 1996 – 1997) and her work as UNESCO’s Independent Translator (2009-2020)

Secretary General

Ms. Tran Thi Nguyet Sa

Tran Thi Nguyet Sa has been a news editor and producer at HCMC Television and the BBC World Service in London. She later worked as Head of PR and Programming at Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera; and Programme Consultant for Transposition Programme Norway, a partnership scheme to support the development of Viet Nam’s major classical music institutions. In her jobs she has opportunities to take part in many cultural and philanthropic projects. She founded Saigon Chamber Music, a summer intensive programme for young musicians in 2014 and managed to take it through 5 impactful seasons before Covid broke out in 2020. She is also an educator who creates and delivers two programmes in Music Appreciation at various Universities in Ho Chi Minh City.