Spring 2019 Parent-Election to the Board

On behalf of the Board, I am pleased to announce that Maria S. Chung and Zeynel Kasapoglu have presented their candidacy for the Parent Elect position on the UNIS Board of Directors, the term which will run from June 2019 until June 2023. As we have two candidates but only one position open, we will hold an online election from today Friday 12 April – 12 noon to Friday 26 April 2019 – 12 noon.

The community will have an opportunity to meet with the two candidates at the Community Meeting with Head of School on Tuesday 23 April 08.15 09.15 . As well as other agenda items, candidates will be invited to introduce themselves and to explain why they have chosen to seek election.  

Making your vote

Each parent should have now received an email on Friday 12 April from UNIS Hanoi with a link to their unique vote for this parent election to the Board. The unique link to vote will show both candidates’ pictures with attached personal statements in English, Vietnamese and Korean. Simply indicate which candidate you wish to vote for and submit your vote. Voting is anonymous and managed via a third party voting software Scholastico Ecoballot. If you experience any difficulty with voting please send an email directly to smit@unishanoi.org. Results will be shared with the community at the Board Annual General Meeting 7 May and in the Tin Tuc.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Maria Chung and Zeynel Kasapoglu for putting forward their candidacy.

Best regards,

Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa
Board Vice Chair



Name: Maria S. Chung

Nationality: American 
Grade of child: Daughter, K2
Arrived in Hanoi: 2009
Expects to live in Hanoi: Long term

Click here for Maria’s personal statement in English, Vietnamese and Korean

 Personal Statement:

As a parent, international attorney and committed volunteer at UNIS, I have had a wealth of professional and personal training in listening and advocacy. When I first embarked on my legal career in the US, I worked as a City Prosecutor representing over 50 government agencies within the state of California, while serving on the Board of Korean-American Democratic Committee and the Korean-American Community Lawyers Association. For the last 10 years, I have been practicing law in Vietnam in the areas of international arbitration, corporate compliance, and general commercial matters. I am also actively involved in community and business organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce, the Korean Chamber of Business, and Board of Korean Residents Association (specifically, the Education Committee).

Most recently, I started volunteering with the Fundraising Task Force at UNIS, getting to know the school community and learning about its needs. Owing to my professional training and volunteer experience, I am well prepared to navigate culturally sensitive situations and to bring about solutions when there are differing interests and opinions.

I come from a family of educators and am a passionate believer in the power of education to build a better world. Moreover, my legal training enables me to ask key questions, research viable solutions and negotiate agreeable outcomes. These skills, along with my empathy for each student and educator, will be my contributions to the UNIS Board. If given the opportunity, I look forward to promoting collaborative and open dialogues about the important issues that impact the UNIS community and working with others to secure quality education for all our students.

Name: Zeynel KasapogluNationality: Cypriot-Cyprus
Grade of children: Daughters – grade 4, 2, K2 and Son – Discovery
Arrived in Hanoi: 2009
Expects to live in Hanoi: Long termClick here for Zeynel’s personal statement in English, Vietnamese and Korean

Personal Statement:

Dear Parents, I am writing to introduce myself and seek

your support to serve the UNIS Community as a member

at the UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors.

I was born in Limassol, Cyprus but lived most of my adult life in London, United Kingdom, managing play, youth and community work projects in the London Boroughs of Islington, Wandsworth and City of Westminster Council. My work experience in Vietnam includes 3 years of lecturing in strategic management at Full- time and Executive MBA Programmes at FPT University-Hanoi Business School between 2009-2012 and the establishment and management of ILSE Education and Consulting since 2010. The centre specializes in academic English, international exams and overseas education consulting.

My motivation for this role is our four children at UNIS Hanoi who are studying at Discovery, K2 and Elementary Schools. Just like every parent at UNIS Hanoi, I want the very best for my children. I want them to be happy, confident and become the very best that they can be. As a parent, I am passionate about supporting the school, but when necessary, engaging in tough scrutiny since there is nothing more important than the education and welfare of our children.

Clear direction and leadership are key skills and qualities to effective school governing body and therefore a successful school. If appointed, I promise to work collaboratively to ensure that the school is not achieving for every child, but that it is constantly striving to exceed for every child.


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