PODCAST: Ambassador Insight into Vietnam – Expert Interview


Frontier Strategy Group CEO Richard Leggett had the pleasure of sitting down with the former United States Ambassador to Vietnam, Raymond F. Burghardt, to discuss Vietnam’s business environment. Ambassador Burghardt discussed areas of opportunity for multinationals who want to enter or expand their operations in Vietnam.

To listen to or download the podcast, click on  this link to access the iTunes store.


Raymond F. Burghardt

Ambassador Raymond F. Burghardt has a long history of involvement with Taiwan.  He was Director of the American Institute in Taiwan from 1999-2001, representing U.S. interests in Taipei during the period of political transition when President Chen Shui-bian was elected and took office.   Prior to his arrival in Taipei, Burghardt was Consul General in Shanghai (1997-99), a position in which he served as the U.S. Government’s chief interlocutor with the late Wang Daohan, the People’s Republic of China’s lead negotiator with Taiwan.  In the mid-1970’s, Burghardt studied for one year in Taichung at the State Department’s Chinese Language School.

For many years Burghardt was one of the leading Asian specialists in the U.S. Foreign Service.  He was Ambassador to Vietnam from 2001 to 2004, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Manila (1993-96) and Seoul (1990-93) and Political Counselor in Beijing (1987-89).  An earlier assignment was as Special Assistant to President Reagan for Latin American affairs. Concurrently with his position as AIT Chairman, Burghardt was the Director of East-West Seminars at the East-West Center in Honolulu from 2005 until December 2012

Burghardt serves on the boards of several non-profit and for-profit organizations, including the Pacific Century Institute and Indochina Capital Corporation, which invests in and develops projects in Vietnam.

He received a B.A. from Columbia College in 1967 and did graduate study at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.  He was born in New York City and raised in the New York metropolitan area.

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