What: AmCham Luncheon on promoting US Economic and Commercial Interests in Vietnam
When: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:00pm – 1:45pm
Where: Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, K5 Nghi Tam, 11 Xuan Dieu Road, 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. This Thursday at lunchtime, AmCham is pleased to welcome Ambassador David Thorne and Ambassador Thomas Shannon for a roundtable discussion about economic/commercial opportunities and challenges facing the US business community in Vietnam.
About the guest speaker:
Ambassador David Thorne was named Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State in August 2013. Among other duties, Secretary Kerry has asked Thorne to lead a Department-wide effort to position economic and commercial issues more prominently within the US foreign policy landscape. Ambassador Thorne is also working to elevate the importance of entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation in the State Department’s promotion of global prosperity.
Thorne brings a wealth of public and private sector experience to Foggy Bottom. Most recently, he served from 2009-2013 as the US Ambassador to Italy, following in the footsteps of his father, Landon Thorne Jr., who was administrator of the Marshall Plan for Italy (1953-1956). Ambassador Thorne bolstered U.S.-Italian relations, strengthening partnerships with the leaders of three consecutive Italian governments. In 2013, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano made Thorne a Knight of the Grand Cross, the highest ranking honor for meritorious service and achievements in Italy.
Prior to his service with the Department of State, Thorne co-founded Adviser Investments, one of the nation’s most highly regarded investment advisory firms specializing in Vanguard and Fidelity mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. He has been an investor and entrepreneur in a wide variety of business ventures, including marketing consulting, real estate, publishing, and financial services. In 2004, he sold his publishing business to Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Thorne is a former president and board member of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. He served as a lieutenant in the US Navy including a tour in Vietnam from 1966-1970, and is author of The New Soldier (Macmillan 1971).
Thorne graduated from Yale University in 1966 with a B.A. in American History and received a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University in 1971.
Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., was appointed Counselor of the Department by Secretary Kerry in December 2013. Ambassador Shannon had served briefly as Senior Advisor to the Secretary following his return in September from Brazil, where he served as US Ambassador for nearly four years. He is a Career Ambassador in the Senior Foreign Service of the United States. Ambassador Shannon is the first Foreign Service Officer to hold the position in over 30 years.
Prior to his tenure in Brazil, Ambassador Shannon served as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2005 to 2009. He served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council from 2003-2005. From 2002 to 2003, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State, where he was Director of Andean Affairs from 2001 to 2002. He was US Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), with the rank of Ambassador, from 2000 to 2001. Ambassador Shannon also served as Director of Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council from 1999 to 2000, as Political Counselor at the US Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, from 1996 to 1999, and as Regional Labor Attaché at the US Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 1992 to 1996.
During his thirty year career as a Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Shannon also served as Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the US Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil from 1989 to 1992, as Country Officer for Cameroon, Gabon, and Sao Tome and Principe from 1987 to 1989, and as a Consular/Political Rotational Officer at the US Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala, from 1984 to 1986.
Ambassador Shannon graduated with high honors from the College of William and Mary in 1980, having studied government and philosophy. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then studied at Oxford University, where he received a M. Phil in Politics in 1982, and a D.Phil in Politics in 1983. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
During their upcoming visit to Hanoi, these two senior diplomats will be holding high-level meetings with the government, National Assembly and Communist Party. AmCham invites representatives of US-based companies to participate in a roundtable discussion on Thursday about doing business in Vietnam. Attendees at this event will enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch during the discussion. Please register your participation in this event by calling (84) 4.3934.2790 or by filling out the online registration form below.
Cost: 650,000 VND (members); 850,000 VND (non-members)