Following ten years in academe in Paris and Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, Madame Ninh served Viet Nam as a diplomat for more than two decades, specializing in global issues and multilateral institutions before being elected to Viet Nam’s 11th National Assembly, where she continued to actively work to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between Viet Nam and the rest of the world.
Today, as a leader or member of several Vietnamese and international entities and networks, she consistently pursues her lifelong commitment to Viet Nam’s all-round development and constructive engagement with the world. Madame Ninh is a much sought after speaker at international gatherings inside and outside Viet Nam as well as a passionate advocate on diverse socio-cultural, educational and international issues, inter alia gender, youth empowerment, sustainable development and nation branding. She also works to raise public awareness on post-war issues regarding the Vietnamese diaspora and Agent Orange/dioxin in Viet Nam.
Through her frequent interaction with the public, especially women, youth and the media, she is known as one of the public figures with a meaningful voice in Viet Nam. She has published a collection of her articles, interviews, and speeches in her book “Reflecting and Sharing” now in its eighth edition.
Madame Ninh has been awarded the French Legion d’Honneur (Commandeur), the Belgian Order of Leopold II, and the Vietnamese Medal of Labor – First Class. She has also been conferred the title Doctor of Social Science Honoris Causa by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University).