Duy Hoang is spokesman of Viet Tan, an unsanctioned pro-democracy political party in Vietnam.
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.
He has testified before US Congressional committees on human rights issues and written for the Wall Street Journal, Asia Times Online and leading Vietnamese-language publications.
Born in Saigon, he left Vietnam in April 1975 at the age of three. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. He currently lives in Washington DC.