Dr. Michael R. DiGregorio, the Asia Foundation’s Vietnam Country Representative, has served as a development professional in Vietnam for nearly 25 years. During that time, he has worked as a researcher, program manager, and documentary filmmaker with a variety of philanthropic, academic, business, and international development organizations. Before joining the Asia Foundation in 2014, Dr. DiGregorio served as a senior consultant on climate change within the Rockefeller Foundation’s Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network. Prior to that, he served for eight years within the Ford Foundation’s Hanoi office developing and managing $34 million in grants in education, media, arts, and culture.
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. He is an affiliate faculty member of the University of Hawaii, where he continues to advise doctoral students in Urban Planning.