Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar: 2016 Political Developments in Three of ASEAN's Largest Countries

Representatives from Vriens & Partners: Chloe Martinez, Director, Indonesia; Nyantha Maw Lin, Managing Director, Myanmar; Matthew Garland, Senior Associate, Vietnam; and Vo Thi Lan Phuong, Managing Director, Vietnam

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-01/05 Shaw Centre)

Date : March 04, 2016

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $0.00

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Please join us for a special presentation by Vriens & Partners experts from Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

Many political changes are taking place in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar in the coming months – Indonesia is expecting a cabinet reshuffle and the implementation of deregulation policies to boost FDI; Myanmar is going to have new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi; and Vietnam announcing its next generation leadership.

Vriens & Partners experts from Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar will take a closer look at political and economic developments in these markets, and what that will mean for businesses, over a lunch briefing on March 4.


Chloe Martinez
Director, Indonesia
Vriens & Partners

Chloe Martinez has lived in Indonesia since 2010. Before joining Vriens & Partners, she managed projects for the European Commission in Jakarta focusing on trade and investment policy.

In parallel to her activities with the European Commission, Chloe held several advisory positions for European organizations in Indonesia, supporting foreign companies in developing successful market entry strategies across a range of sectors. While working with the EU-Indonesia Business Network, she was responsible for strategy development and implementation of ASEAN intra‑regional cooperation and advocacy, and for content development and organization of the EU-Indonesia Business Dialogue in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Her project work has involved advocacy for the implementation of international automotive standards in Indonesia and has allowed her to engage with a variety of stakeholders and build strong networks across government and civil society.

Chloe holds a Master’s degree in international relations from the Toulouse Institute of Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California.

Nyantha Maw Lin
Managing Director, Myanmar,
Vriens & Partners

Nyantha Maw Lin is Managing Director at Vriens and Partners Myanmar. Nyantha focuses on government relations and political analysis, advising clients in energy, consumer goods, financial services, and telecoms. He has produced research on sectoral policies and regulatory regimes, assisted clients develop stakeholder engagement strategies, and organized high-level business missions.

Prior to joining Vriens & Partners; Partners, Nyantha worked at a social business specializing in the development of the agriculture sector, where he devised strategies for the marketing and delivery of products and services to rural consumers, managed R&D for agricultural financial services, and handled external relations and delegations of foreign officials, donors, and scholars. He has also provided research services on Myanmar for retail corporations and Western NGOs.

He holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Carleton College in the USA.

Matthew Garland
Senior Associate, Vietnam
Vriens & Partners

Matthew Garland is a Senior Associate with Vriens & Partners’ Hanoi office and supports a variety of public affairs and government relations accounts. Prior to joining the team, Matt worked for Burson-Marsteller's public affairs and government communications practice in Hong Kong. His project experience extends to litigation support, risk and vulnerability assessment, issues management, and high-level communications and stakeholder engagement strategies, with particular focus on market issues in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

Matt earlier worked for the Asia Business Council, a Hong Kong-based executive organization made up of some of the region’s preeminent business leaders. There, he conducted research on contemporary economic and political issues, composing briefs that were shared directly with council members. Matt also participated in the council’s annual forums attended by members and Asian political leaders.

Matt first came to Asia as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow to teach English at a rural college in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins University. He complemented his studies by participating in the Hansard Scholars Program at the London School of Economics, and interned in both the U.S. House of Representatives and UK House of Commons.

Vo Thi Lan Phuong
Managing Director, Vietnam
Vriens & Partners

Vo Thi Lan Phuong has worked in public affairs in Vietnam since 1997. Phuong previously acted as a senior policy advisor to the USAID-funded Vietnam Competitiveness Initiative, as an advisor to various ministries and to Vietnam’s national assembly, and as a regulatory consultant to several business and non-governmental organizations.

During her two years with the Vietnam Competitiveness Initiative, Phuong was involved in assisting the government with the design and implementation of a regulatory reform program. She worked closely with international and local experts to deliver training programs on policy-making and economic governance to numerous government agencies, including the Office of the Government, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, and the Ministry of Justice. She also worked with public and private stakeholders in the drafting of new legislation, including the price law, the administration penalty law, the labor code, the codification ordinance, the mediation law, and the civil law. In the course of this work, she helped stakeholders from business and civil society express their interests in the policy process.

Phuong spent more than six years at the economic section of the US Embassy in Hanoi providing advice on Vietnam’s trade, labor, intellectual property, services, and investment regimes to US companies and assisting with the negotiation and implementation of the US-Vietnam trade agreement and Vietnam’s accession to the World Trade Organization. She was awarded an ASEAN scholarship and completed a master’s degree in public policy in economics at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in finance, English, and computer science.

This lunch presentation is kindly co-organized with the Europe-ASEAN Business Alliance (EABA) and Vriens & Partners.

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