Hi there. I’m Hai /haːj/

I am a recent graduate of Georgetown University‘s School of Foreign Service, where I majored in international economics (summa cum laude) and pursued graduate studies in global business and finance, in addition to the honors program in international business diplomacy.

My interests lie in the intersection of sustainable development, social & economic policy, and climate financing in Asia. My graduate thesis, which won a unanimous distinction, investigates the challenges facing the green energy transition in my country and Southeast Asia. Having conducted rigorous econometrics research, statistical analysis, and policy writing, I had the opportunity to complement this academic training with apprenticeships at organizations like the World Bank, Brookings, McKinsey, and PwC, among others. 

My writing has appeared in The Diplomat, USA Today, and Newsweek, among others, and I most recently served as the senior economics section editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, a peer-reviewed journal published by Hopkins Press. I have also participated in the United Nations Association Graduate Fellowship, where I participated and spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, as well as the Doyle Global Dialogue Fellowship from the Berkley Center and the Royal Society of Arts Fellowship, among others.

I also co-founded and chaired the Global Association of Economics Education, an NGO working to make economics literacy more accessible among students in the Global South. I was a Young Economist of the Year finalist selected by the Financial Times and the Royal Economic Society in 2019.

My amateur interest is classical music, which you can listen to on Spotify (at your own risk!). I am also a hobbyist software developer and would release some erratic projects from time to time. I have also explored creative writing and alternate history fiction, some of which were shared anonymously and received some positive receptions.

I was born and raised in Quang Ngai, a small coastal town in Central Vietnam. I’ve lived, worked, and studied across Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the U.S.

Please feel free to connect on LinkedIn or write to me at [email protected]. I would love to get to know you over a cup of cà phê.