H.E. Mrs. LE THI HONG VAN
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the S.R. of Viet Nam to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
H.E. Ambassador Le Thi Hong Van is a career diplomat with extensive experience in international relations, multilateral diplomacy and gender equality. She is presently Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the S.R. of Viet Nam to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France.
Prior to her appointment in Paris, H.E. Mrs. Le Thi Hong Van served in different positions in the diplomatic service of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam since she joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002. She was Deputy Director-General of the Multilateral Economic Cooperation Department since 2015, Deputy Director-General of the National APEC 2017 Secretariat in charge of hosting APEC Year in Viet Nam in 2017; Alternate ASEM Senior Official for Viet Nam, member of the MOFA Committee for Women's Advancement and member of the ASEAN Community Women Circle in Ha Noi since 2018.
She was Director then Assistant Director-General 2008 – 2009 and 2013 – 2015, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Viet Nam to the Republic of Korea from 12/2009 – 3/2013. From 2002 to 2008, she was official of the Department of Southeast Asian, South Asian and South Pacific Affairs, and the National ASEM 5 Secretariat in charge of hosting the 5th Asia – Europe Summit in Viet Nam in 2004.
Ambassador Le Thi Hong Van received the B.A. Degree in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam (2001) and the M.A. Degree in International Relations from the University of Warwick, the United Kingdom (Chevening Scholarship Programme) (2007).
She received a High-level Degree in Politics from the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and a High-level Degree in Public Administration from the National Academy of Public Administration. She has published a number of books and articles and given lectures on economic and political trends in the Asia – Pacific region, ASEM and Viet Nam's international integration and multilateral diplomacy.
Ambassador Le Thi Hong Van can speak Vietnamese, English and French. She is married with a son and a daughter.