Finding the new normal: Vietnam's response in the face of COVID-19

Join us to hear the latest insights into Vietnam tourism, the hospitality industry and what opportunities lie ahead.

With border closures and travel bans impacting travel and hospitality, what's next? Join RMIT and industry experts as they discuss the popularity of travel to South East Asia, the country's pandemic response and the potential outcomes for industry, tourism and hospitality in the region. 

We'll also take a deep-dive into the Vietnamese property market, how it's changed in light of the pandemic, and the ways in which Vietnam and its property sector can adapt to the current and future state. 

Presented by RMIT Vietnam and the College of Business and Law, this is the first in a series of presentations exploring business resilience in the time of COVID-19. 

Featured guests


Ms Trang Bui

Senior Director, Markets, Jones Lang LaSalle Vietnam. Ms Bui leads JLL’s commercial leasing work in Vietnam and is strengthening the organisation’s competitive advantage within Tenant Representation and Landlord Representation through their global network. Having joined JLL in 2012, Ms Bui has successfully executed the consultancy and leasing services for over 5.6 million sq.ft. of retail and office spaces, as well as won numerous projects throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar. She has developed extensive expertise in advising commercial tenants on their office and/or factory leasing needs, with particular focus on lease acquisition, rent review, lease renewal and restructure consultancy.

Dr Nuno Ribeiro

Senior Lecturer, Tourism and Hospitality Management, RMIT Vietnam. Dr Ribeiro has devoted his career to understanding how culture impacts travel behavior, and how different stakeholders can use this knowledge to better plan and develop tourism destinations, optimize international travel, and enhance the delivery of hospitality services. Having grown up in the hospitality business, Dr. Ribeiro’s professional background is in hospitality and international tour operations management, and he holds degrees in Tourism Planning and Development (BSci, Lusofona), Tourism Management (MSci and PhD, Penn State), and Culture and Behavior (Post-doc, University of Regina). He has over 10 years’ higher education experience and has received accolades for his teaching including multiple awards and teaching grants. Dr. Ribeiro lives in Saigon, Vietnam, and loves to travel, play tennis and dote on his cat, Jordan.

Dr Burkhard Schrage

Senior Program Manager, Management, School of Business and Management, RMIT Vietnam. Dr Schrage is an accomplished academic and award-winning teacher, known for his acclaimed research in the areas of corporate and business strategy, empirical aspects of privatization and deregulation, and corporate governance. Dr Schrage was a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School and has lectured at the Harvard Business School. Before joining academia, he worked in the equity capital market and corporate finance divisions at major international investment banks, advising governments and large corporations in France, Brazil, and Australia on privatization and corporate transactions.

Dr Seng Kok - Facilitator

Senior Program Manager, Human Resource Management & Entrepreneurship, School of Business and Management, RMIT Vietnam. Dr Kok is an active researcher in the areas of public sector management, entrepreneurship, organizational dynamics and tourism. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has developed and managed academic and student mobility programs in Malaysia and Sri Lanka. He has also delivered seminars to regional businesses in the United Kingdom, Spain and Argentina, as well as engaged in business development and consultancy.