Mr. Thai Quang Trung
Chairman GreenWorld Holding
For many years, GWS has been a germinating Green Resources Network that grows along with the maturation of think-tank institutions, civil society organizations and social enterprises within the ASEAN Community, until Thai Quang Trung formally established GWS in 2009 as a BVI registered entity for global access. His regional experience in the business of bridging people and planning humanities has resulted in multiple cooperation efforts for the sole purpose of making the world a better place to live in. Thai Quang Trung’s think-tank and leadership capacity building activities in the region, and in Vietnam in particular, were initiated in the mid of 80s when he joined the Hanns Seidel Foundation of Bavaria (Germany) as its regional program coordinator, with over 25 years of resources networking with regional institutions, including the ASEAN Secretariat and UNEP/ROAP, ADB, World Bank Institute, Asia-Europe Foundation. He was member of the Steering Committee of the Asia-Europe Environment Forum, a platform that has significantly contributed to the greening of the ASEM synergy. In Vietnam, for over 20 years, Thai Quang Trung has developed institutional and capacity building projects on management of transitional economy, environmental law and policy, bio-diversity and heritage conservation, education for sustainable development, regional and international economic integration, climate change, green economy and green growth (GEGG).
Thai Quang Trung was trained as an archeologist at the Institute of Art and Archeology (Sorbonne University). He graduated from the Institute of Political Studies (Science-Po Paris), was a Rockefeller scholar at the Graduate Institute of International Advanced Studies (Geneva), before joining the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS – Singapore). Along with M. Rajarethnam, Thai Quang Trung is the co-founder of the Asian Dialogue Society (ADS), a pan-Asian resources network devoted to Building a Better Asia (BABA) through dialogue. The first Dialogue platform was ASEAN-Vietnam Interaction for Progress, a four-year dialogue process (1991-1994) supported by CIDA (Canada), which has significantly contributed to bridge the gap between ASEAN and Vietnam and shorten the road from confrontation to membership. A recently published book, “One Southeast-Asia: Shared Destiny and Shared Future”, records the proceedings of this dialogue process. Faithful to his well-know motto: “Thinking Green, Going Clean and Living Cool”, Thai Quang Trung is now devoting his energy to the implementation of the “Trans-Asia Green Corridor” concept, an initiative supported by India-Japan Global Partnership.