GBA Monthly Business Meeting
Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel

Dear Members and Friends,
We would like to invite you to our monthly

GBA Business Meeting – April 2017
Date:               Monday, 17 April 2017
Time:              17:45 - 22:00
Venue:            Ballroom 3, ground floor, Park Hyatt Saigon  
                        2 Lam Son Square, District 1
                        Tel: 08-3824 1234 

17:45 – 18:30:             Registration and networking cocktail
18:30 – 20:30:             Meeting and presentations
20:30 – 22:00:             Dinner and networking opportunity

Meeting chairman: Mr Erik Petermoeller – GBA Treasurer

Meeting program:

“Retail in Vietnam – Opportunities and Challenges”

1.    Farewell from the former GBA Chairman and welcome note from the new GBA Chairman

2.    Short Presentations providing valuable insights into the Retail Business in Vietnam, covering Consumer Behavior as well as multiple distribution channels such as Own Retail, Multi-Brand Distribution and E-Commerce:
Consumer Behavior - Ralf Matthaes, Infocus Mekong
Multi-Brand Distribution - Jenny Parchyk, Xuan An
Own Retail - Kim Thu Huong, Van Laack
E-Commerce - Fabian Wandt, Lazada

3.    Panel Discussion

About the Speakers:

Ralf Matthaes, Founder, Infocus Mekong

Ralf has been living and working in Vietnam for 23 years. He set up TNS Kantar back in 1996 and ran South Asia for TNS from 2010 to 2014. Ralf set up Infocus Mekong Research in 2015 Vietnam's only dedicated mobile based research company.

Jenny Parchyk, Chief Commercial Officer, Xuan An Fashion & Lifestyle
Jenny has joined Xuan An Fashion & Lifestyle at its very beginnings and has led the Vietnam market entry of the six international brands that constitute its portfolio today. She oversees the operations of all brands and manages their retail expansion nationwide. Prior to moving to Vietnam in 2014, Jenny has gained experience in different facets of fashion retailing as store manager, buyer and brand manager at Alisa Company in Ukraine, the distributor of well-known brands such as Hugo Boss, Givenchy, Lanvin, etc.

Kim Thu Huong, Managing Director, Van Laack Asia Co., Ltd

Mrs. Kim graduated from University with a Bachelor Degree in Economic Science. Currently, she is Managing Director of van Laack Vietnam. She has previous experience with the Int’L Devison Chamber Of Commerce at “Doi Moi” and the Spedition Royal Air Freight Militzer and Munch.

Fabian Wandt, COO, Country Manager, Lazada e-Logistics
Fabian graduated with a Bachelor Degree in International Logistics Management from ESB Business School in Germany. After working as an inhouse consultant for DHL Singapore, he contributed to establishing Lazada in Vietnam over the last 5 years.

Dr. Eckart Dutz, General Director, Pacific Partners

Eckart is General Director of Pacific Partners (VN), Ltd., a Sourcing Company specialized in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (Food and Nonfood). That includes export activities to  Markets in the Pacific Islands as well as the import of Nonfood products (Sole agent for UBL China) to Vietnam. Most recently he has opened a Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City ( . He came to Vietnam in 1995 and has worked from 1996 - 2004 for Unilever in Vietnam, Thailand, Netherlands, Germany in various Supply Chain positions. Most recently as Regional Supply Chain Manager for Ice Cream for South East Asia.

4.    Introduction of New Members
Mr Erik Petermoeller – GBA Treasurer

5.    Updates on GBA Activities

Mr Erik Petermoeller – GBA Treasurer

Meeting fee:
•    Early bird discount for registration by 11 April 2017:    

Member:         VND    950,000 (from GBA/ NORDCHAM &SBA)
Non-member: VND 1,200,000

(Please kindly note that registration on early bird discount is binding confirmation. Cancellation of attendance need to be made latest by Wednesday 12 April or you will be charged due to the hotel obligations.)

•    For registration after 11 April 2017:

Member:         VND 1,500,000 (from GBA/ NORDCHAM &SBA)
Non-member: VND 1,800,000

Please be so kind as to register with Ms. Mai Anh, Tel: 08 38 23 97 72 or to enable us to plan successfully.

Looking forward to seeing you.

With best regards,
GBA Team

German Business Association
05th floor - Somerset Chancellor Court
21-23 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street
District 1 - Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

t:   (+84) 8 38 23 97 72 – ext: 112
f:   (+84) 8 38 23 89 09
c:   (+84) 903 720 788

Ms. Nguyen Thi Mai Anh
Event Co-ordinator
+84 28 3823 9772, ext 112