Dao Nguyen is IISE’s Program Coordinator. She is responsible for daily operations, administrative procedures, and facility management. She also helps organize IISE’s programs and events, and outreach activities. In addition, she participates in research projects relevant to her research interests and IISE’s initiatives in comparative education, gender, and development.
Prior to joining IISE, Dao took part as co-PI and PI in the cross-national research projects "Instructional Leadership in East Asia: A Cross-Cultural Collaborative Research Study" (ILEA), launched and funded by the Education University of Hong Kong, and “Institutional Issues of Private Higher Education in Vietnam and Implications from Experience of the United States,” funded by the Luce Foundation. At the University of Pittsburgh and IISE, she engaged in “Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA),” launched and funded by the UNDP, and “Assessment of International Efforts in Cyber Security,” sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
Dao has over 20 years of working experience in the capacities of practitioner, advocate, manager, and policy-maker in education and international relations fields (public and private sectors). She worked as a researcher and an operation manager at the IRED Institute of Education, Vietnam. She was appointed Vice Director of the External Relations Department of An Giang Province, Vietnam and elected as a member of the National Assembly of S.R. of Vietnam, Term XI (2002-2007). She managed research and international relations activities at An Giang University, Vietnam.
Dao holds a BA in English Teacher Education from Can Tho University (Vietnam) and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Boston College (USA) under the Fulbright Program Scholarship. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in Higher Education Management and is enrolled in graduate certificate programs in Quantitative Research Methodology, Asian Studies, Global Studies, and Gender-Sexuality & Women Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.