The Advisory Board

Dr Nguyễn Thị Quỳnh Lâm

Dr-Nguyen-Thi-Quynh-LamAn experienced educator, who has worked in different educational settings, with a proven history of inspiring students to acquire new knowledge, skills, concepts, and also encouraging people of all ages to be life-long learners.

A leader who respects the rights and values of others’ opinions and more importantly, develops individuals’ positive self-worth and confidence to enable them to become valued members of our global education world.


  • Administrator – Principal – Head of School – School President of various international schools (ISHCMC, EIS) in Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam over 20 years.
  • Experienced educator/leader with sound understanding of different curriculum models; more recently the 4 International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes:
    • International Baccalaureate – Primary Year Programme (lB PYP).
    • International Baccalaureate – Middle Year Programme (IB MYP).
    • International Baccalaureate – Diploma Programme (IB DP).
    • International Baccalaureate – Career Programme (IB CP).
    • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
    • Advanced Placement (AP).
    • International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
    • Vietnam – Ministry of Education and Training Curriculum (MOET) trained.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Ambassador/ International Baccalaureate (IB) School Relation Officer in Vietnam.
  • Teacher: EAL, English / Language A: Primary – Secondary School.


  • PhD in Bilingual Education – UK.
  • The Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters – US.
  • M.Phil in Education – UK.
  • TESOL Diploma – Australia.
  • CTEFLA (Certificate of Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults) – UK.
  • Bachelor of Art – Major: English – The Ho Chi Minh City Education University.

Mr Robin Klymow

Mr Robin Klymow

Mr Robin Klymow originally worked in education in London before taking up his first overseas position in Japan. His work has been focussed in international schools for over twenty years now. He has held Principal and Deputy Principal positions in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. He has had experience of working on start-up projects in both Thailand and Indonesia as well as working in established schools in Japan and Malaysia.

Mr Klymow joined Yokohama International School for six years before being invited to be Secondary/Deputy Principal at International School of Penang, Malaysia. From there he moved to be Assistant Principal the Western Academy of Beijing helping in the set up and authorization of the IBDP programme. Following his time in Beijing he moved to Jakarta as the Middle and High School Principal at a new school, Samaras World Academy. The Board of Phuket International Academy Day School invited him to be Head of School where he worked on the growth and buildings plan. Most recently he worked at Nagoya International School (NIS) Japan.

He is a Consultant, Team Leader and Examiner for the International Baccalaureate organisation and conducts verification, evaluation and consultation visits for the IB. He has considerable experience in both primary and secondary education from administrative positions and has taught Economics, History, English, Psychology up to the Higher Level in the IB Diploma programme.

His work has involved curriculum development in the UK and internationally as well as serving on accrediting teams for the Council of International Schools (CIS) He contributed to the establishment of the Jump Foundation and has worked closely to link international schools with charitable and community work. He is based in Vietnam having wanted to return after a work period here from 2011 to 2013.

Dr Dinh Toan Trung

Dr-Dinh-Toan-TrungDr. Dinh has spent more than 15 years in the field of education, first as Researcher at the University of St. Gallen, later as Professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland for Strategy, International Management. Dr. Dinh was also a lecturer for Change Management in a Swiss program “Train-The-Trainers” for senior government officials in Beijing and Founder of a successful Swiss Master’s Programme with a focus on Finance and Banking in Ho Chi Minh City.

Besides, Dr. Dinh has long working experience in multinational companies, such as UBS AG, Credit Suisse, Trisa AG, and Holcim Ltd, but also as entrepreneur, such as co-founder of a leading packaging company in Vietnam, managing director of PAT Industrial Park in Long An Province. He was also a strategy consultant for many companies in Vietnam, such as Holcim Vietnam Ltd, Viet-A Bank, PAT Industrial Park, Thien Y Packaging, Fideco JSC.

Currently, Dr. Dinh is Portfolio-Partner of International Center for Corporate Governance at the University St. Gallen and Executive Director of Pavo Capital AG.

Dr. Dinh has received his Ph.D. of Economics from University of St. Gallen, and a Master degree in Management from University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Mr Steve Lawrence

Steve-LawrenceFollowing undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Wales, Mr Lawrence lectured in Economics and Business with an American University for four years. He subsequently joined the staff at Aberystwyth University where he held the positions of Director of Development and Director of Development and External Affairs for the next 20 years. More recently his appointments have been in the charity sector and have included the roles of Chief Executive of Chawton House; Executive Director of the Africa Justice Foundation; and Chief Executive Officer of Dyslexia International.

Mr Lawrence has also been Chairman of the Wales International Consortium, Chairman of Welsh Higher Education Brussels and a member of the UCAS (UK’s central admissions system for universities) International Board. In Vietnam he led a consortium of institutions which promoted overseas study opportunities for students and provided scholarships to support professional development for Vietnamese teachers. Through these activities he worked closely with MOET, with local higher education partners (including the Agricultural University) and with the British Embassy / Consulate to facilitate visa applications. He also liaises with Vietnamese and International Schools as part of a global student recruitment strategy.

Mr Lawrence and his family are regular visitors to Vietnam, a country which has been so welcoming to all of them.

Dr Laurence Roberts

Dr-Laurence-RobertsDr. Roberts has spent most of his 25 year academic career at Utica College, a small university in central New York State. He received his BA in Psychology in 1983 from Utica College, and his MA and PhD in Social Psychology in 1988 and 1989 respectively, from Syracuse University.

Dr. Roberts had a distinguished teaching career and served as the chair of the Psychology Department. In 1996 he was asked to develop an international office and charged with internationalising the university. From 1996 to 2013 under Dr. Roberts’ leadership, the Office of International Education grew in scope and importance as faculty and student international exchange programmes, university partnerships, and international recruitment flourished.

As Dean of International Education, Dr. Roberts traveled to over 30 countries in search of qualified students. He developed a strong interest in and appreciation of Southeast Asia and was successful in recruiting many students from that region of the world. He had particular success in Vietnam, recruiting over 60 students who went on to earn degrees at his university.

Dr. Roberts visited Vietnam dozens of times over an 8 year span and eventually opened an office in HCMC. He worked closely with MOET in developing a scholarship programme and with the American Embassy in Vietnam to support the application process of students requesting visas.

Dr. Roberts retired from academia in 2013 but remains in contact with many of his students and their parents. He considers Vietnam his “second country” with deep respect for its historic culture, love for its kind and gentle people, and a passion for its outstanding cuisine!