Promoting US Economic and Commercial Interests in Vietnam

Event Details

  • Date:


What: AmCham Luncheon

When: Wednesday, May 27, 11:30 – 1:00pm

Where: InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, 1A Nghi Tam, Tay Ho District, Hanoi

AmCham’s Global Leaders Lunch Series is one of our signature programs and provides members and guests with unprecedented access to the political, policy, corporate, and institutional leaders whose expertise, insights, and experience shape the global business climate. On May 27, AmCham is pleased to welcome Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin for a discussion about economic/commercial opportunities and challenges facing the US business community in Vietnam.

About the guest speaker:

Charles Rivkin has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs since February 2014. In this role, Rivkin leads a team that is responsible for managing trade negotiations, investment treaties, economic sanctions, transportation affairs, telecommunications policy, international finance and development related issues, as well as intellectual property right protection. The Bureau is also the Department of State’s primary link to the private sector through its Office of Commercial and Business Affairs, which supports US business interests internationally and works to create US jobs by facilitating foreign investment in the United States. Rivkin is part of a team of business leaders at the State Department who were brought in to support Secretary Kerry’s mandate that ‘economic policy is foreign policy.’

Prior to his appointment, Rivkin served for more than four years as the United States Ambassador to France and Monaco. Before entering government service, Rivkin worked in the media sector for over 20 years, serving as CEO of award-winning media companies The Jim Henson Company and Wildbrain. In 2000, Rivkin helped engineer the sale of The Jim Henson Company to EM.TV for nearly $1 billion. Rivkin earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1984 where he graduated with distinction in political science and international relations. He then earned an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1988.

Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with a good friend and trusted advisor of Secretary of State Kerry. Attendees at this event will enjoy a delicious lunch during the discussion.

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