Business Conference 2008, 2009 and 2010

VietAbroader Business Conference (VABC) is the premier venue for networking, learning and exchanging ideas about doing business in Vietnam between students and business leaders. After receiving many positive feedbacks from both our guests and participants in our first conference in 2008, we decided to make VABC an annual event to serve as a connecting bridge between business leaders and college students as well as young professionals to discuss about career possibilities and economic outlooks in Vietnam. In August of 2009, VietAbroader launched its second VABC – Reinvent Yourself in Ho Chi Minh City with the participation of more than 200 college students from both Vietnam and overseas.

On August 8th, 2010, VABC was held for the first time in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. 2010 celebrates the 1000 years of establishment of the city, a celebration for the city’s past, and also its future with increasing business opportunities and active economic development. This provided a great foundation for VABC Hanoi as a discussion forum for aspiring and motivated students and young professionals interested in the field of business and entrepreneurship.


VABC’s mission is to act as the connecting bridge between our participants and policy makers, accomplished business leaders and distinctive scholars. Thereby, our conference aims to arm our ambitious audience with the necessary knowledge and skills to start a smart career and contribute to the sustained development of Vietnam. VietAbroader Business Conference (VABC) strives to combine a learning experience with outstanding opportunities for networking with top executives, entrepreneurs and business decision-makers from all sectors of industry in Vietnam. Our target participants are young business-minded talents with drive and ambition, as well as business people.


VABC aims to accomplish three goals:

  • Help our delegates understand the trends and factors shaping business in Vietnam and challenge them to think beyond their comfort zones
  • Connect talented delegates with some of todays’ leaders in society
  • Nourish long-term relationship between young leaders in Vietnam

The conference focuses on the following six topics: Vietnam and Globalization, Telecoms & IT, Media & Entertainment, Financial Services, Entrepreneurship,Building a Career in Vietnam.


August 16, 2008: Shaping the Future Together
– White Palace, HCMC

August 17, 2009: Reinvent Yourself
– White Palace, HCMC

August 08, 2010: Entrepreneurship Vision
– National Convention Center, Hanoi


 Success would never come without a vision. That vision has to start from the very understanding of the dynamic economic and business environment in Vietnam. Only with that knowledge can we effectively respond to the rising opportunities and imposing challenges, especially after the global financial crisis that altered the business landscape for years to come. With the provided insights from renowned scholars and experts, VABC is the perfect opportunity to contemplate the past and envision the future of Vietnam on both a macroscopic and microscopic scale.



The Conference is a combination of Presentations, Discussions, and Q&A Sessions.

The Conference will start off with Presentation and Discussion about general state of the economy (Panel 1) to establish the groundwork. On that basis, we will introduce growth strategies of the key industries and corporations in Vietnam (Panel 2). Finally, the focus will switch to discussions about prominent career opportunities for those who want to work in a corporate environment (Panel 3), and those who want to jumpstart their own business (Panel 4).

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 – 8:35 a.m.

Opening Speech

8:35 – 8:45 a.m.

Introduce speakers, guests and delegates

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Keynote speech – “Why Vietnam?”

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

1st panel – Start-up with Vietnam

10:00 – 10:20 a.m.

Tea break & Networking

10:20 – 11:20 a.m.

2nd panel – Corporate Success Stories

11:20 – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

3rd panel – Building Personal Brand in a Corporation

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Tea break & Networking

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

4th panel – Be Your Own Boss

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Closing remarks

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Career fair


Panel Details:

Panel 1 – Start-up with Vietnam

– Find your niche in a landscape of change –

In this panel, policy makers and experts will offer diverse perspectives on business and entrepreneurship environment in Vietnam. Presenting the past achievements and addressing the current challenges, we wish to envision the desired changes and future directions for Vietnam.

Panel 2 – Corporate Success Stories

– Experience From the Past, Path for the Future –

Considering businesses as the key driver of the economy, in this panel, attendees will get to hear success stories and learn about the future strategies of various types of corporations and companies.

Panel 3 – Building Personal Brand in a Corporation

– To Contribute and to Be Recognized –

Believing that anybody can take the lead in the corporate world, we invite human resource specialists and business pioneers to share insights on how to navigate through the complex world of corporate career.

Panel 4 – Be Your Own Boss

– The Entrepreneurship Know-How –

Opening a new business can be a risky yet rewarding option for young professionals. In the 4th panel, outstanding entrepreneurs and franchisers will share their start-up tales and offer guidance to our delegates to build their own business.