KENAN IN VIETNAM
Kenan developed and managed the North Carolina-Vietnam Environmental Trade and Technologies Initiative (NC-VNETT), which linked North Carolina and other US environmental technology suppliers to Vietnam and addressed policy and financing constraints that prevent the development of water supply and treatment systems. The program promoted bilateral trade and coordination on economic and sustainable development initiatives.
With Vietnam and the US ratifying a Bilateral Trade Agreement in 2001 and Vietnam preparing for entry into the World Trade Organization, Kenan organized a series of workshops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on intellectual property rights and e-commerce laws, as well as international quality standards for software products. These workshops, which were funded by USAID and supported by the US-Vietnam Trade Council and Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology, benefited local businesses, government officials, and judges.
Kenan led the USAID-supported Vietnam Competitiveness Initiative to improve the business practices of software companies and make them more globally competitive.
In the mid-2000s, Kenan became heavily involved in combating the spread of avian and pandemic influenza, malaria, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases. Working with a range of partners, such as UNICEF, USAID, Pfizer, Cargill, and the Ministry of Education, Kenan helped more than 7,000 veterinarians and farmers control zoonotic diseases, introduced a behavioral change communication curriculum to more than 100 schools, and improved cross-border collaboration between health officials from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
Leveraging its expertise in corporate social responsibility, Kenan has implemented several CSR projects and studies since 2009. For example, Kenan created a unique CSR curriculum that was embedded into the existing curricula for business students at the Foreign Trade University, Hanoi School of Business, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, and Thai Nguyen University. With funding from UNDP, Kenan partnered with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vietnam Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, and Global Compact Network Vietnam to conduct comprehensive research on the state of CSR among Vietnamese companies in 2010 and 2014.
Kenan opened an office in Hanoi, strengthening its commitment to sustainable development in Vietnam.
Kenan led the Nghi Son Community Health Awareness project that spread knowledge about behaviors that can prevent tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The effort benefited nearly 11,000 people in Tinh Gia District.
As implementer of the Microsoft TechSperts program in Hanoi, Kenan built the sales and technology capacity of vocational students in an effort to improve the employment prospects of youth interested in a career in IT retail.
To build the advocacy capacity of CSOs working on women’s issues, Kenan is implementing the Vietnam Women Improving Lives and Leadership (WILL) project. The US Department of State funded project empowers CSO leaders to engage effectively with policy makers to call attention to pressing issues related to women.
Diageo and Kenan collaborated on the Building Interpersonal Skills for Hospitality Workers in Vietnam project that developed the interpersonal skills of 700 women working in Hanoi’s hospitality sector.