Girls and women are greatly underrepresented in STEM educational programs and careers. Women represent only 36.5% of university graduates in STEM fields, and another study showed that women comprised only 11% of those studying information and technology fields. The innovation and tech sectors have the greatest gender imbalance of all sectors, with its workforce comprising of only 37% women. Based on the current status of women’s participation in STEM, women will be left behind in Vietnam’s digital transformation and excluded from the prestigious and well-paying jobs of the future.
The business luncheon organised by EuroCham and its Women in Business Sector Committee, held just before Vietnamese Women’s Day, will address the following main questions arising from this issue:
• What policy changes in respect to education and retraining are necessary to ensure
women gain the necessary skills to equally participate in Industry 4.0?
• What can companies do to help encourage women to join STEM careers?
• What are some challenges faced in attempting to integrate women into the innovation
and tech sectors?
• What are some examples of success in integrating women into the innovation and tech
You are invited to join and discuss with our esteemed panel, including Annica Witschard, the CEO of Home Credit; Vincent Choo Wing Sun, the Director of Investment Promotion of CT Group Vietnam; Kim Francois, the Executive Director of BeluxCham and a Board member of EuroCham and Jodie Altan, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement at RMIT University Vietnam!
* Registration in advance is required: please contact Ms. Nhung at email@example.com.
*Please note that cancellation must be made at least 48 hours before the event; otherwise, full charge (900,000VND/pax or 1,100,000VND/pax) will be applied due to venue obligation.
Annica WitschardCEO of Home Credit
Annica Witschard has a long background in finance, banking and digital transformation. She spent more than 15 years working for GE Capital, holding a variety of positions including managing its digital contact center, driving online sales, and leading various operations, quality improvement, and project teams. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GE Money Bank for the Nordic region in 2012. Throughout her career here, Annica worked across Europe, in the United Kingdom, and the United States.
In 2016, she joined the Home Credit group as CEO in the Philippines. In 2020, she took on her current role as CEO at Home Credit Vietnam.
Home Credit Vietnam is a leading consumer finance company, which serves more than 14 million customers across the country. Its 6000 strong workforce are dedicated to including more people in the formal economy by offering cutting edge, responsible lending products to their customers. It is widely recognized as one of Vietnam’s top employers, thanks to its inclusive culture.
Jodie AltanAssociate Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement of RMIT University Vietnam
Jodie Altan has had an extensive career spanning over 30 years, with a strong focus on student recruitment within large, complex universities.
Throughout her career, Jodie has had responsibility for student recruitment, enquiries and conversion, admissions, and marketing, making her proficient in understanding the entire student lifecycle, from initial interest to post-graduation engagement.
With a passion for helping students navigate their educational journey, Jodie has immersed herself in all aspects of student life, including serving as Deputy College Head at Monash Residential Services.
Jodie was also the Director, Student Recruitment at Monash University where she had experience in both international and domestic student recruitment including offshore campuses (Monash Malaysia) and pathway programs. Following this she joined RMIT University as Director, Global Student Recruitment, where she enjoyed the opportunity to work in a multi-sector University in the heart of Melbourne. During the 6 years in this role, Jodie oversaw a wide range of diverse activities, such as, introducing a new admissions system, overseeing Open Days, aligning domestic and international functions, setting up the conversion team and establishing teams in India and beyond.
In the position of Associate PVC, Engagement at RMIT Vietnam, Jodie oversees externally focused functions and activities contributing to the University’s reputation, brand and recruitment needs.
Outside of work, Jodie enjoys spending quality time with her husband Gokhan, their 12-year-old son Isaac, and their dogs, Harriet and Rocket. Currently residing in Ho Chi Minh City, they are actively exploring the city’s vibrant culture and sampling its cuisine.
Kim FrancoisExecutive Director of BeluxCham and Board member of EuroCham
Kim Francois is the Executive Director and Board Member of BeLuxCham Vietnam. After having worked and lived in China for almost 13 years, Kim moved to Vietnam during the summer of 2022 and uses her work experience of 10+ years as Managing Director of Materialise. Materialise, one of the world leaders in 3D imaging and 3D printing, has been one of the leading innovative enterprises to implement 3D printing for sustainable manufacturing in industries from medical to automotive, aviation and aerospace, and consumer goods. Before joining BeLuxCham, Kim was the Global Business Development Director of HeyGears, one of the fastest growing Chinese companies using Industry 4.0 technologies to transform healthcare into a sustainable industry that provides customized solutions for all its customers. Kim uses her former working experience and focus on sustainability to bring growth to the Belgium and Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce
Kim became part of the Women in Business (WIB) board of directors in July 2023, and became a board member of EuroCham in August 2023.
Kim has an MBA from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and has a major in sinology at the University of Leuven.
Vincent Choo Wing SunDirector of Investment Promotion of CT Group Vietnam
Vincent is currently Director of Investment Promotion with CT Group Vietnam.
He is a Chartered Accountant that has accumulated 26 years (13 years in Vietnam & 13 years in Malaysia) of post qualifying working experience from property development and construction companies.
He has been with multinational companies that develop townships for mixed development, logistic warehouses, golf course and including the fit out of Petronas Twin Towers.