(Pictured: Board Retreat September 2017)

Board Member Profiles 2017-2018

Board Chair, Nguyen Van Hieu (Parent elected) joined the Board in 2011 and was elected to the position of Board Chair in January 2015. Previously, Hieu served as the Board Secretary in 2012-13, as chair of the Finance Committee in 2013-14, as chair of the Buildings and Facilities Task Force in 2012-13, and as members of both the Governance & Policy Committee and the Finance Committee in 2011-12. Hieu worked for Oracle Vietnam in 1995 and later became its Managing Director until 2002. He then held a number of regional management positions in the Asia Pacific Region for Oracle based in Singapore until 2007, at which time he decided to return to Vietnam as an independent entrepreneur. Hieu has served on a number of small business board including a board of governor member for the American Chamber of Commerce in Hanoi.  He is currently involved in health care and IT services. Hieu is Australian with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has two children at UNIS Hanoi.

Vice-Chair, Barry Knaggs (Board appointed) joined the Board in 2009 and is Chair of the Campus Development Task Force. Previously, he served as Board Vice-Chair (2015-2016 and January 2011-June 2014) and as Board Secretary (2010). Barry has also served as both Chair and committee member of the following: Chair of the Campus Development Plan Task Force in 2013-14, Chair of the Advancement Committee in 2012-13, Chair of the Buildings & Facilities Committee in 2011-12, and as a member of the Strategy Task Force, Advancement Task Force and Committee on Directors in 2011-12, and Strategy Task Force in 2010-11. Barry has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, starting from being a software developer to project management, moving on to sales, business development and also managing IT companies in Vietnam. He is currently the general director of a security monitoring joint stock Company in Hanoi. He is married to a Vietnamese and he has four children, 2 are still at UNIS Hanoi.

Treasurer, Bob Hughes (Board appointed) joined the Board in 2013 and was elected to the position of Treasurer in February 2015 and chairs the Finance Committee. Previously, Bob served as Chair of the Advancement Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee in 2013-14. Prior to joining the Board, Bob was a member of the Advancement Committee in 2011-12. He also served as a member of the Board’s School Legal Status Task Force from 2009-10. He is American and has a background working in both multinational corporations and local Vietnamese companies, in the IT, financial, aviation, agricultural, and resource business sectors. He holds BA degrees in Finance and Chinese Studies from University of Utah, USA and an MBA from Stanford University, USA. Bob has lived in Vietnam for over fifteen years and has one child at UNIS Hanoi.

Secretary, Amie Alley Pollack (Parent Elected) joined the Board in June 2015 and is the Board Secretary. Amie is from the United States and holds a PhD in Clinical Developmental Psychology. She is on faculty at Vanderbilt University (USA) and is a Visiting Professor at Vietnam National University. For the past 6 years Amie’s work has focused on the development of mental health research and training capacity in Vietnam and Cambodia. She works with universities, hospitals and ministries to design and evaluate mental health services and programs and conducts research related to the impact of natural disasters on mental health. Previously she held positions with US universities and nonprofit organizations where her work focused on child mental health, trauma and models of community-based mental health care. Amie has two children at UNIS Hanoi.

Catherine Phuong (UN appointed) is Assistant Country Director/Team Leader, Governance and Participation Team, UNDP Vietnam. Prior to that she was Deputy Regional Representative, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in Suva, Fiji, and prior to that coordinated a Rule of Law  Programme for OHCHR in Cambodia. She has also participated in working groups on Human rights and legal advocacy groups in Geneva and lectured in Law at Newcastle University UK. Catherine studied Political Science in Paris, obtained a Master of Law in Durham University and a PH.D from Nottingham that looked at the international protection of internally displaced persons. Catherine has two children studying at the French School.

Louis Vigneault Dubois(UN appointed) is the Chief of Communication and Advocacy UNICEF Vietnam. He oversees UNICEF's communication and advocacy agenda for children while working to enhance UNICEF's profile and image in the country and abroad. He also works within the broader UN Communications and Advocacy team in Viet Nam on specific communication priorities. Before taking on this assignment in 2015, he held similar functions working for UNICEF in Côte d’Ivoire (2010-2015) and in Liberia (2009-2010). Prior to joining UNICEF Haiti in 2008, Louis has lived in DR Congo, France and his home country, Canada. Louis is married with one child. He speaks fluent French, English and German.


Paul Priest (UN appointed) is the Head of the Programme Unit with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) – the United Nations Migration Agency. Prior to arriving in Hanoi in April 2016 accompanied by his wife Lumi and two sons, Paul held the position of Associate Expert with the IOM Development Fund in Geneva, Switzerland. Born and raised in Far North Queensland, Australia, Paul also holds British and Canadian citizenship and has lived for extended periods in Papua New Guinea, the Sultanate of Oman, South Korea and Switzerland. Having attended an international school as a youngster, Paul is a passionate advocate for the merits of studying in a culturally diverse educational environment and learning about the world from those around him.

Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa (Board Appointed) joined the Board in June 2015. Hoa is a Vietnamese national with over 20 years’ experience of leading, managing and evaluating international development programs and policy dialogues. She has held key positions with a range of organizations, including the World Bank, UN (UNDP and UNIDO), and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Her work has contributed directly to the development of Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Timor-Leste. Previously a Fulbright Scholar, Hoa holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from Williams College (USA), and two Bachelor's degrees, one in Education and Languages teaching from the Hanoi Foreign Languages’ Teacher Training College, and another in Banking and Finance from the National Economics University (Vietnam). Currently Hoa is working with UNICEF. Hoa has one child at UNIS Hanoi.

Karin Fock (Board appointed) joined the Board in June 2016. Karin is German with 20 years of experience in the field of agriculture and rural development and entrepreneurship development in Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and Eastern Europe, working with multilateral and bilateral development organizations, research institutions, and NGOs. Her recent work as independent advisor for the World Bank and GIZ focuses on capacity and organizational development, project management & coordination, strategy formulation, and Monitoring & Evaluation. Karin has two masters in Economics from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University (Germany) and from Université Paris IX-Dauphine (France). She also holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Martin Luther University (Germany). Karin has three children at UNIS Hanoi. 

Ex-Officio member of the board

Dr. Charles Barder has been Head of School since 2008. He has a B.A. degree in Economics with a teaching credential in the social sciences, an M.S. degree in Counseling, and a PhD in Curriculum and Teaching. He has been a teacher, counsellor, and principal at all three levels: Elementary, Middle, and High School. He has also been a university faculty member in teacher education and school administration. He has worked in seven different international schools starting in 1973 and has been the head of three of those schools before UNIS for a total of over 20 years. He has served in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Pekanbaru, Indonesia; Damascus, Syria; Moscow, Russia; and Warsaw, Poland. In the U.S., he has worked in Bloomington, Indiana; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Tampa Florida; East Lansing Michigan; and Bellingham, Washington.

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  • Hanoi, Vietnam
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