Michael DiGregorio, The Asia Foundation
Dr. Michael R. DiGregorio is the Asia Foundation’s Vietnam Country Representative. He has directed the Foundation’s work in Vietnam since 2014, during which time he has led new projects and programs to address business related climate and disaster risk, city level climate resilience, green finance, blockchain traceability for agriculture, trade facilitation, and digital finance for rural and remote farmers and small enterprise owners. Prior to joining the Asia Foundation’s team in Vietnam, Dr. DiGregorio served as a senior researcher within the Rockefeller Foundation’s Asian Cities Climate Change Resilient Network. From 2002-2009, he developed and managed a $35 million portfolio of education, media, arts, and culture programs in Vietnam for the Ford Foundation. He served on the AMCHAM board twice over the past decade, 2007-2009, and 2016-2017. He is a member of the Power and Energy Committee.
Michael earned a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001 with a dissertation on the cultural economy of industrializing craft villages in the Red River Delta. His MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii was published in 1994 as “Urban Harvest: Recycling as a Peasant Industry in Northern Vietnam”. Dr. DiGregorio also holds an MA in Development Economics from Ohio University and serves as an affiliate faculty member at the University of Hawaii.