RMIT University Vietnam has appointed Professor Ian Alexander Eddie as the VinaCapital Professor of Private Equity.
The four-year term professorship, established by RMIT Vietnam and VinaCapital, will focus on research in economics and the capital market in Vietnam.
A recognised expert in international corporate governance regulations and practices, Professor Eddie has more than 20 years of experience in the strategic management of business school research programs and activities. He has held senior academic leadership positions in three Australian universities including the Head of the New England Business School at the University of New England, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Government at the University of Canberra, and Director of the Graduate College of Management at Southern Cross University.
Associate Professor Mathews Nkhoma, RMIT Vietnam’s Head of the School of Business & Management, said he was delighted to have someone as accomplished as Professor Eddie take on the professorship.
“Professor Eddie has already achieved distinction at the international level in this discipline, so we expect his research leadership to accelerate research growth across the University,” Associate Professor Nkhoma said.
“Professor Eddie will provide high-level leadership to develop and lead research teams and programs, while fostering a vibrant research culture at RMIT Vietnam. Specifically, he will conduct research on the private equity sector within Vietnam, focusing on a few select industries.
“He will be valuable not only to VinaCapital and RMIT Vietnam, but also to the broader community and industry.”
Don Lam, Co-founder and CEO of VinaCapital, said, “One of the reasons VinaCapital sponsored this professorship is because Vietnam’s business landscape is rapidly changing, and there has been very little academic research into the factors at play, particularly around private equity.”
“Professor Eddie’s pioneering work in this area will produce actionable insights for the Vietnamese business community at large as well as VinaCapital’s clients and investees. I am delighted to welcome him into this role and look forward to working with him.”
Professor Eddie will join RMIT Vietnam on 28 May 2018.
Founded in 2003, VinaCapital is a leading investment and asset management firm headquartered in Vietnam, with a diversified portfolio of USD1.8 billion in assets under management. The firm has two closed-ended funds that trade on the London Stock Exchange: the VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund Limited, which trades on the Main Market, and VinaLand Limited which trades on the AIM. VinaCapital also manages the Forum One - VCG Partners Vietnam Fund, one of Vietnam's largest open-ended UCITS-compliant funds, the Vietnam Equity Special Access Fund, numerous segregated accounts, and two domestic funds. VinaCapital also has joint ventures with Draper Fisher Jurvetson in venture capital, and Warburg Pincus in hospitality and lodging. VinaCapital's expertise spans a full range of asset classes including capital markets, private equity, real estate, venture capital, and fixed income.
About RMIT Vietnam
RMIT University Vietnam is the Asian campus of Melbourne-based RMIT University. Starting with just over 30 students in 2001 in Ho Chi Minh City, and then in Hanoi in 2004, RMIT Vietnam now boasts a dynamic student body of over 6000 at both campuses. RMIT Vietnam offers programs in the business, technology, and creative areas, and boasts an impressive range of extra-curricular activities that encourage students to break new ground in their areas of interest.