Virginia “Ginny” Foote, Bay Global Strategies
Virginia “Ginny” Foote currently serves as a Board member of AmCham and the Vietnam Business Forum, served as past Chair AmCham, and is active on trade, energy, financial, manufacturing, governance, regulatory and other key issues in Vietnam.
Ms. Foote played a leading role in US-Vietnam normalization, the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement, Vietnam’s accession to the WTO, and TPP negotiations. In 2016, Ms. Foote was awarded the Vietnam President’s Friendship Order Medal for career contribution to the normalization and development of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the US.
She founded Bay Global Strategies LLC in 2011 to provide clients with critical knowledge and strategic planning for doing business in and with Vietnam. With over 25 years of experience with Vietnam, Ms. Foote provides clients with top notch on-the-ground strategic advisory services, stakeholder engagement, planning and implementation support, and government relations. Ms. Foote is a well-known expert on Vietnamese politics, economics and the business environment and formed a partnership with the investment firm Indochina Capital in 2012.
From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Foote served as President and Partner of Vietnam Partners LLC, providing investment banking and advisory services. For three years prior, Ms. Foote served as Executive Vice President of the US-ASEAN Business Council, merging the US-Vietnam Trade Council members with the US-ASEAN Business Council.
In 1989, Ms. Foote co-founded with former Ambassador William H. Sullivan, the non-profit US-Vietnam Trade Council (USVTC) under the International Center in Washington and remains IC President today. Ms. Foote served as Chair for the US Business Coalition for APEC 2006 and Chair of the US-Vietnam WTO Coalition. She received the US Ambassador’s Award for Citizen Diplomacy in 1999 and the Vietnam President’s Medal of Friendship in 2007.
She is the past Co-Chair of the Vietnam Business Forum 2014-2016. Ms. Foote serves as President of the Board of the International Center where she oversees the humanitarian projects of VVAF in Vietnam.