Viet Tan held its 7th Party Conference in September 2012 marking thirty years since the founding of the party on September 10, 1982. Members adopted a strategic plan of action and elected a Central Committee to steer Viet Tan’s activities inside and outside the country for the next five years.
Following are the Central Committee members based outside of Vietnam:
Party Chairman: Do Hoang Diem
Mr. Do Hoang Diem (Diem H. Do) was born in 1963 in Saigon. Finding the dictatorship and injustice in his homeland unacceptable, he joined the democracy movement as a college student and became a member of Viet Tan in 1982. He holds an MBA from the University of Houston and has held executive positions in diverse industries including banking, manufacturing and health care. He is currently devoted full-time to promoting democracy and human rights in Vietnam. As part of this effort, he has met with government leaders around the world, spoken at international conferences and given testimony to U.S. Congressional committees on the situation in Vietnam. In addition to his pro-democracy activities, he is actively involved with the Vietnamese overseas media and community. He was elected Viet Tan Chairman in 2006.
General Secretary: Ly Thai Hung
Mr. Ly Thai Hung was born in 1952 and studied abroad in Japan beginning in 1971. He holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from Tokyo Metropolitan University. In the late 1970s, he was a member of the Organization of Free Vietnamese, one of the first overseas Vietnamese pro-democracy organizations after the fall of Saigon. An influential writer and commentator on Vietnamese issues, he is the author of “Dong Au tai Viet Nam" (Eastern Europe in Vietnam). He has been a member of Viet Tan since 1982 and general secretary since 2001.
Spokesman: Hoang Tu Duy
Mr. Hoang Tu Duy (Duy Hoang) holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. Before becoming a full-time democracy activist, he worked as an investment banker for over 10 years. He was a principal financial officer at the International Finance Corporation, the private-sector arm of the World Bank, where he was responsible for IFC’s local currency financing programs in Asia and Eastern Europe. During his trips to Vietnam for the IFC he witnessed the tremendous potential of the people, while also seeing the necessity of democracy to harness the country’s potential and bring about sustainable development. He joined Viet Tan in 1996 and has been a member of the leadership since 2001. He currently lives in Washington DC.
Dr. Nguyen Do Thanh Phong
Dr. Nguyen Do Thanh Phong (Phong Nguyen), born in 1970, is a cardiologist and received his medical education in Australia. He was the chairman of the Federal Vietnamese Students Association of Australia from 1997-1999. As head of the organizing committee of the first International Vietnamese Youth Conference in 1999 in Melbourne, he was a co-founder of the Lenduong International Vietnamese Youth Network. He is involved in the Vietnamese Community of Australia, serving as external vice-chair from 2001-2003. He joined Viet Tan in 1998 and has been a member of the leadership since 2006.
Mr. Nguyen Kim
Mr. Nguyen Kim is a former officer in the Air Force of the Republic of Vietnam. A co-founder of Viet Tan in 1982, he is past Chairman and a member of the leadership since 1985.
Dr. Nguyen Quoc Quan
Mr. Nguyen Quoc Quan was a school teacher in Kien Giang from 1976-1981 until he left Vietnam by boat. He resettled in the U.S. and received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from North Carolina State University in 1987. He joined Viet Tan a year later and has been a member of the leadership since 2006. He has written software programs to support the democracy movement and further Vietnamese language and culture. A founder of the Vietnamese Professionals Society, he frequently interacts with Vietnamese youths inside the country and overseas. In November 2007, he was arrested during a visit to Vietnam and jailed for six months for promoting understanding of nonviolent struggle. International pressure and advocacy efforts by Vietnamese around the world led to his release. He was detained again in April 2012 at the airport in Saigon. The Vietnamese authorities initially charged him with "terrorism" but later changed the charge to "subversion". Under immense international pressure, the Hanoi regime released Dr. Quan on January 30, 2013.
Dr. Dang Vu Chan
Dr. Dang Vu Chan, born in 1955, is a medical doctor practicing in the Washington DC metropolitan area. He has been an activist since his university days and has been especially involved in pro-democracy, cultural, educational, and health care activities since resettling in the U.S. in 1984. He has been a member of the Viet Tan leadership since 2001.
Dr. Dong Xuyen
Dr. Dong Xuyen has a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in clinical social work. A longtime community volunteer, she also serves as a speaker, trainer, and a clinical consultant for a number of non-profit agencies, health institutes, universities, community forum/workshops, and ethnic media. In 1994, she received the Orange County Human Relation/Service Award for her work in empowering at risk youth and underserved communities. In 1997 she received the Citizenship Award from the League of United Latin Americans. In 1998, she received the Asian Pacific Islander Community Service Award from California State University, Long Beach. She was selected by the Orange County Register in 2004 as One of the Thirty Vietnamese Americans in the Making. In 2010, she received the Women Making A Difference Award from the Office of California State Senator Lou Correa. She joined Viet Tan in 1997 and has been a member of the leadership since 2012.