Virginia B. Foote
Virginia B. Foote, Senior Advisor, advises clients on matters in Vietnam. She is based in Hanoi.
Ms. Foote founded Bay Global Strategies LLC, which provides clients with critical knowledge and strategic planning for doing business in and with Vietnam. She formed a partnership with the investment firm Indochina Capital in 2012.
From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Foote served as President and Partner of Vietnam Partners LLC, providing investment banking and advisory services. For three years prior, Ms. Foote served as Executive Vice President of the US-ASEAN Business Council, merging the US-Vietnam Trade Council members with the US-ASEAN Business Council.
In 1989, Ms. Foote co-founded with former Ambassador William H. Sullivan, the non-profit US-Vietnam Trade Council (USVTC) under the International Center, in Washington DC and remains IC president today. Under Ms. Foote’s leadership, USVTC played a leading role in normalization, the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement, Vietnam’s accession to the WTO, and she received the U.S. Ambassador’s Award for Citizen Diplomacy (1999). Ms. Foote served as Chair for the US Business Coalition for APEC 2006 and Chair of the US-Vietnam WTO Coalition. She received the Vietnam President’s Medal of Friendship for her career achievements in 2007.
Ms. Foote continued to help efforts to build economic and political relationship between the US and Vietnam, including work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Ms. Foote serves as President of the Board of the International Center where she oversaw the humanitarian projects of VIC in Cambodia and VVAF in Vietnam. She is the past Co-Chair of the Vietnam Business Forum 2014-2016, the premier foreign and domestic business association in Vietnam, and Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, and currently serves as Board member of both the VBF and AmCham.
In June 2016, Ms. Foote was honored to be awarded the Vietnam President’s Friendship Order Medal for active contribution to the normalization and development of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the US.