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1. Mme Dang Thi Hoang Yen:yendang
Dang Thi Hoang Yen is the founder and main sponsor of Tan Tao University. She is also one of the key founders of the Tan Tao Group and has been the Chairwoman of the Board of Management since November 1993. Mme Yen was awarded the Super Star for Non-State Run Company in Vietnam in December 2007 when she sponsored the delivery of injected hepatitis B vaccine to 18.500 children and supported health care funding for 4000 women. In addition, she was honored with the distinguished Golden Rose Award by the Vice Prime Minister of Vietnam in March 2008. She was honored to be elected to the National Assembly in Course XIII in 2011. Currently, Mme Yen is the Chairwoman of the Tan Tao University Board of Trustees.
At the beginning, the Library of Tan Tao University had so few books to serve students; Mme Yen donated over one thousand books which she collected since she was young. They are fiction, history, cultural, economics books. Reading each of her books, you can feel her emotion along with her memory with it.

michael2. Michael W. Michalak:

Michael W. Michalak retired from the Foreign Service at the end of 2011 after over 30 years of service. A career Foreign Service Officer with extensive knowledge and experience in Asia, was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Vietnam on August 10, 2007 and served there until March of 2011 when he took on the position of Special Advisor to the Private Sector Host committee for APEC 2011 USA. Since retirement, Ambassador Michalak has begun a consulting business in international trade and government relations and spends several months a year in Vietnam and Japan. He also joined the advisory board of Tan Tao University in Long An province Vietnam. Most recently he has begun a new career as the Regional Managing Director and Senior Vice President of the US-ASEAN Business Council resident in Singapore. Prior to these positions, Ambassador Michalak served as the U.S. Senior Official to APEC, Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs and was also Deputy Chief of Mission in US Embassy Tokyo.

In his over 30 years of service with the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Michalak has worked in Tokyo, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Islamabad, Pakistan; Beijing, China; as well as Washington, D.C., where he was assigned to the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the Office for Japan and the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs. He was part of a group award for valor for his actions in time of crisis when the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad was burned down. He also spent four years working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Michalak received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Physics from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., respectively. He received a second Master's degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He speaks Chinese, Japanese and is still struggling with Vietnamese.

Mr. Michalak is married and has three daughters.

During his visit to Tan Tao University in 2011, former Ambassador Michalak donated over eighty English books in Mathematics, Astronomy, Applied Science and some books on the Culture and People of the U.S.

Malcolm Gillis3. Professor Malcolm Gillis:
Malcolm Gillis was President of Rice University from 1993-2004. He is now University Professor at Rice University; he holds also the Ervin K. Zingler Chair in Economics. He spent the first twenty-five years of his professional life teaching economics and bringing economic analysis to bear on important issues of public policy in nearly twenty countries, from the United States and Canada to Ecuador, Colombia, Ghana, and Indonesia. From 1996 to 2004, his career was devoted primarily but not exclusively to university leadership. He continued, nevertheless, to publish in his scholarly specialties. He resumed teaching and research in 2005. His research and teaching fall into three broad categories: fiscal economics, economic development and environmental policy. He has published more than seventy articles for journals and books. Individually or jointly, he has also written or edited eight books, including a widely acclaimed 1988 co-authored publication,Public Policies and the Misuse of Forest Resources. He also co-authored the leading textbook in the field,Economics of Development (5th edition, 2002), now available in five languages.
Before Coming To Rice, He Was Dean Of The Faculty Of Arts And Sciences At Duke University (1991–1993) And Dean Of Graduate School And Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, At Duke (1986–1991). From 1979–1984, He Served As Co-editor Of Quarterly Journal Of Economics, The Oldest Professional Journal Of Economics In The English Language. He Has Earned Many Academic And Service Awards, Including The Alumni Award Gold Medal From The Association Of Rice Alumni (2004) And The NASA Distinguished Service Medal (2004). He Has Served On The Executive Committee Of The Association Of American Universities (1994–1995, 2002-2004), The Board Of Directors Of The Federal Reserve Bank Of Dallas (1998–2004), And The Governing Or Advisory Boards Of Many Other Academic Associations And Government Agencies.
For-profit Board Memberships Include, Among Others, AECOM, SCI, Cormedics And Nano-Tox. Nonprofit Boards Include Jacobs University Bremen (1998-2012), TAN TAO University In Vietnam (2008-2011), Pyongyang University For Science And Technology (2007-2011), And Catholic University Of Chile (1997-2012). He Was A Founding Member Of All Four Of These Boards. He Was For Two Years Vice Chair Of The Cancer Prevention And Research Institute Of Texas (CPRIT) (2008-2010). He Served As Board Chairman Of The Vietnam Education Foundation From 2005-2008. He Founded And Later Led Several Academic Organizations Including The Texas/UK Research Collaborative On Nano And Bio Technology (2002), The Boniuk Center For The Study Of Religious Tolerance (2004), And The Duke University Center For Tropical Conservation (1990). He Was A Founding Member And Later A Chairman Of The Board For BioHouston (2006). He Is A Member Of The Board Of Reasoning Mind, Devoted To Enhancement Of Instruction In Quantitative Skills.
Prof. Malcolm Gillis donated 646 books to the library of Tan Tao University in various fields including Finance, Philosophy and Psychology, Religion, Social Studies, Political Science, Economics, Financial Economics, Law, Education, Commerce, Language Studies.
Ms.Phuong Anh 14. Ms. Nguyen Phuong Anh:
Ms. Nguyen Phuong Anh is the daughter of Mme Yen.  She graduated from Oxford University (United Kingdom) and was one of three outstanding students of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London to be chosen as directors. In 2002, Ms. Phuong Anh was one of students who achieved the highest scores in Law that year.
Ms. Phuong Anh donated more than 1 thousand  books in Literature, Motion Pictures, Arts, Business, Technology, and other subjects. These were books collected since her childhood, her school years and her recent career.

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