Phuc Phan, 2015, Vietnam

Head of Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ha Noi, Viet Nam
My work involved doing economic research (from an economic diplomacy perspective), organizing workshops on economic policy and knowledge exchange, preparing for high-profile participation in such international events as WEF and other economic fora, and developing connections with international and domestic scholars for Viet Nam

On the Fletcher network: I gained a lot of valuable knowledge at Fletcher, but the most useful skill for me was building networking skill thanks to the weekly happy hours, hospitality of Fletcher students, and the close and wide network of Fletcher alumni. Right after resuming my work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I had a business trip to Ethiopia where I hadn't been and we don't have diplomatic office. I reached out to Fletcher network and received super helpful information, which prepared me well before the trip.

How I learned about Fletcher: Fletcher is very famous in the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Many generations of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs studied here, including the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, the Vietnamese Ambassador to the US, and the Vietnamese Ambassador to the United Nations, among others. The more I heard about Fletcher, the more I dreamt of being a Fletcher alum. When the time came for me to select a graduate school, I knew Fletcher was the perfect place for me.

Favorite newspaper
The Economist

Favorite movie
Slumdog Millionaire, Life Is beautiful

Favorite city
Da Lat (Viet Nam), Singapore, Seoul, Vancouver

Most memorable international experience
The 4th ASEAN Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) in Puerto Princessa, Philippines (2009) where I represented Viet Nam

Best place to study
Ginn Library

Fletcher Capstone

Economic Diplomacy in Viet Nam - US Relations

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • International Business Relations

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • ASEAN Society
  • Fletcher UN Club

Education before Fletcher

  • Master of Public Management, Public Management, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • MA, International Relations, Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam
  • BA, International Relations, Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam

Experience before Fletcher

  • Head of Economic Diplomacy Facilitation Division, Economic Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
  • Third Secretary, Vietnamese Embassy in the Philippines, Manila, Philippines


  • Vietnamese
  • Chinese Mandarin
  • English