Le Dong Hai Nguyen

Founder, Executive Director

Le Dong Hai Nguyen

Founder, Executive Director

Le Dong Hai Nguyen is a Vietnamese economist, social activist, and the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Association of Economics Education (GAEE). He was the first Vietnamese and the first person under 18 years of age to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Before being named chief executive in January 2018, Hai served as the founding vice president and was responsible for GAEE’s incorporation as a 501c3 nonprofit organization and securing GAEE’s partnership with organizations like AIESEC, Microsoft, and the World Economics Association. Since assuming the leadership position, Hai has played a key role in sustaining the growth of GAEE from a regional youth platform in Asia into a global network of student-led academic initiatives across ten countries. In 2020, he represented the organization to send a memorandum to the UN Secretary-General petitioning for GAEE’s participation in the UN’s initiatives, resulting in GAEE’s recognition by the UN-DESA as a SMART initiative as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Action no. 36897.

Hai has been featured on The London Economic, USA Today, VnExpress, RSA, Vietnam Television Corporation, Big News NetworkApple News, Vietnam Insider, Thrive Global, Startup Info, and many other media outlets. He was dubbed “the 17-year-old democratizer of economics education” by Yahoo.

After getting accepted to 21 universities, Hai is pursuing a degree in International Economics with a full merit scholarship at Georgetown University’s prestigious Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he actively promotes gender equity through his role as the student-elected Title IX Representative and upholds academic integrity by serving as the Student Outreach Chair of the University’s Honor Council.

Besides his activism at GAEE, Hai is an aspiring economist, an op-ed columnist for publications like The Diplomat Magazine and the Asia Times, and a social activist. A two-time TEDx speaker, he is also a former software developer, having authored the highly acclaimed XZ2 Sound System. He was named one of the 36 Young Economist of the Year honorees by the Royal Economic Society in 2019.

Contact or learn more about Hai via his Website or LinkedIn.

*also known as DoHa Nguyen.


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