Amb. Pham Quang Vinh
Pham Quang Vinh served as the fifth Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the United States of America from 2015 to 2018. He recently retired after spending 38 years in the foreign service and now supports The Asia Group as a senior advisor working out of the Hanoi office where he leverages his experience and deep knowledge of Vietnam’s complex political dynamics to help advance client equities and U.S.-Vietnam commercial relations. Immediately prior to joining The Asia Group, Ambassador Vinh served as a senior advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ahead of Vietnam’s accession to the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020.
Ambassador Vinh has had a storied career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has been accredited to the title of Senior Ambassador – the highest rank attainable by a career diplomat. From 2011 to 2014, he served as deputy minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of relations with countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific, and as Vietnam’s senior official to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN SOM leader). Prior to that, he held the position of assistant minister of foreign affairs and Vietnam’s ASEAN SOM leader, as well as deputy director general, then director general and Vietnam’s ASEAN SOM leader.
Ambassador Vinh began his career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of International Organizations, where he started off as a desk officer in 1980 before being promoted to assistant director general in 1994, and then deputy director general in 1995 – the position that he held until the end of 2003. Ambassador Vinh was also posted twice to Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, first as an attaché from 1987 to 1990 and then as a minister counselor and deputy permanent representative from 1996 to 1999. His third posting was to the Embassy of Vietnam in Thailand as a minister counselor from 2003 to 2007.
Ambassador Vinh graduated from the University of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi and earned a post-graduate degree in international relations from Canberra College of Advanced Education in Australia. He is married to Madame Hoang Bich Lien and has two children.