Michael DiGregorio, The Asia Foundation
Dr. Michael DiGregorio is the Asia Foundation’s Vietnam Country Representative. Michael has led the Foundation’s work in Vietnam for four years, developing new projects and programs to address business related climate and disaster risk, blockchain traceability for agricultural exports, and mobile banking for rural and remote farmers and small enterprise owners. From 2002-2009, Mike managed the Ford Foundation’s education, media, arts, and culture programs in Vietnam. Some of the projects he funded and managed include the mosaic along Hanoi’s dike road, renovation of Vietnam’s film industry, creation of university level art management, anthropology and film studies departments, and major exhibitions at Vietnam’s Museum of Ethnology.
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.
Michael is a past board member of AmCham Hanoi and looks forward to serving again if elected.