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Mr. Tam Nguyen

Global Head of Sustainability
Bechtel

Tam Nguyen is the global head of sustainability and serves as the functional manager. He directs the overall formulation and implementation of the enterprise sustainability strategy. He also leads special enterprise initiatives, project support, and policy planning on a range of global sustainability issues. Mr. Nguyen serves as vice-chair of the corporate responsibility committee of the U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB), and executive officer of Chevron’s Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation.

Mr. Nguyen has over fifteen years of progressive, diversified experience in corporate policy and strategy, sustainability, and public affairs. Prior to joining Bechtel, he was manager for corporate responsibility at Chevron Corporation where he developed and directed the implementation of Chevron’s human rights policy and served as the principal advisor to senior executives, business units, and functions on managing corporate responsibility issues and international standards. Concurrently he chaired the social responsibility working group of IPEICA, a major oil and gas association in London. Prior to Chevron he worked for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the Philippines, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, DC. As senior associate at Pacific Basin Partners, Inc., a Washington, DC-Tokyo consulting firm, he managed several projects commissioned by The World Bank, United Nations, IDB and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Early in his career, he worked for a non-governmental organization to implement a program between the U.S. agri-business industry and the U.S. Agency for International Development to restructure the food sector in the former Soviet Union. Mr. Nguyen orchestrated, and later managed, the first inter-agency partnership agreement between two of the world’s largest multilateral finance institutions serving Asia and Latin America. International posts and assignments included Southeast Asia, Eurasia, West Africa, and Latin America.

Mr. Nguyen was awarded visiting fellowships to the Research Institute of the Export-Import Bank of Japan (Tokyo) and the Center for Corporate Responsibility of the Asian Institute of Management (Manila). He co-edited Regional Public Goods: from Theory to Practice (IDB: 2004), and authored the chapter “Coordinating the Supply of Regional Public Goods.” He co-drafted the recommendations and edited the report “Our Shared Opportunity: A Vision for Global Prosperity” (Center for Strategic International Studies: 2013), shared to U.S. Congress and the Administration to strengthen American leadership in the developing world. He has authored a number of industry publications on social responsibility in the oil/gas sector.

Educated in the United States, Europe, and Asia, he is a graduate of George Washington University, and holds a doctorate in business administration and two masters’ degrees in international business and international development.

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