Message from the Board of Directors

Officers of the Board for 2019-2020

I am delighted to announce that the following Board officers were approved for the 2019-2020 school year:  

Board Officers/Executive Committee
Board Chair: Dr. Amie Pollack
Vice Chair: Ms. Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa
Treasurer: Mr. Hieu Nguyen
Secretary: Mr. Louis Vigneault Dubois

The 2019-2020 UNIS Board of Directors and officers assumed their duties following the board meeting on June 4th. Board officers serve in that capacity for one year.

Departure of UN Appointed Board Member

The Board would like to thank Paul Priest  for his dedicated years of service on the Board. Paul will be returning to Australia with his family to take on a new position there. Paul was appointed to the Board in November 2016 and has served on both the Campus Development Task Force and the Committee on Directors. We are grateful to Paul for his strong advocacy of the SDGs and their incorporation into all aspects of our school.  We look forward to welcoming a newly appointed UN Board member after the summer.

A Call for Volunteers for 2019-2020

Before we all head in different directions over the summer, I would like to ask you to consider volunteering at the school next year.

The Board of Directors at UNIS Hanoi are all volunteers and we depend upon other members of the community to volunteer their time and talents for the benefit of the School. There are many ways you can help the school. The following are some examples:

  • Class parent representative
  • School Community Organisation (SCO)
  • Booster Club
  • Spring Fair
  • Helping new families on orientation day at the start of the school year
  • Volunteering for a Board committee or task force

If you would like to volunteer on a Board committee or task force next year, please send your CV and bio to Board of Directors Administrator, Maeve O’Donovan, at bodadministrator@unishanoi.org.

Have a wonderful summer

Thank you to the Board, Committee and Task Force members and everyone who contributed to making 2018-2019 another wonderful year. Safe travels, we look forward to welcoming you back in August. And best of luck to those families leaving Hanoi this summer. We wish you well and encourage you to keep in contact via our Alumni network.

Have a great summer!

Amie Pollack
Board Chair

From the Board of Directors – New Board Appointments

At the 14th May Board meeting, the Board approved the appointment of Amie Pollack (parent elected 2015-2019) to the Board appointed position becoming vacant in June as Barry Knaggs completes his third and final term on the Board. Amie’s second term will run from 2019-2023.

Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa was re-appointed to the Board for a second term of four years (2019-2023).

United Nations Resident coordinator Kamal Malhotra has appointed Dr. Le Thanh Forsberg to replace Dr. Catherine Phuong who will step down in June. Dr. Forsberg is appointed for a four-year term 2019-2023. The Board would like to welcome Le Thanh Forsberg, and looks forward to working with her.

Le Thanh Forsberg joined the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office as UN Results and Partnerships Specialist in August 2018. Prior to joining the UN in Vietnam, she served as a research advisor and anti-corruption policy specialist at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in Stockholm, Sweden. Before joining SIDA, Ms. Forsberg was an Oxford-Princeton Global Leadership Postdoctoral Fellow where she focused on health policy research. She holds a Ph.D. from Lund University and the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. Le Thanh has three children at UNIS.

Recognition for Two Departing Board Members

Barry Knaggs (Board Member 2009 – 2019)

The Board would like to recognise the outstanding contribution of Mr. Barry Knaggs. Barry joined the Board in 2009, served as the Board Secretary in 2010, chair of the Advancement Task Force and member of the Strategy Task Force in 2010-2011, chair of the Buildings & Facilities Committee and member of the Strategy Task Force, Advancement Task Force and Committee on Directors in 2011-12 and Vice Chair of the Board 2011- 2013. He was Chair of the Campus Development Task Force from 2014-2018, has served on the Executive Committee since 2015 and is Treasurer this year.

Barry has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, starting from being a software developer to project management, moving on to sales, business development and corporate IT management in Vietnam. His daughter graduated from UNIS in 2017 and his 2 younger children are current students at UNIS.

We are grateful for Barry’s dedication and long-standing service to UNIS!

 

Dr. Catherine Phuong

The Board would like to thank Catherine Phuong for her dedicated work on the Board 2017-2019. Catherine has served as a UN-appointed member. She joined the Board as soon as she arrived in Hanoi in September 2017, leaving unpacked boxes to attend the 2-Day Board meeting. She has been an active contributor at Board meetings and attended the East Asia Region Council of Schools Leadership Conference with the Board. Catherine was member of the Fundraising Task Force during 2018-2019 where she particularly contributed to reviewing the ethical framework for major donations and defining the Impact Fund for next year. Catherine Phuong is French and works for the United Nations Development Programme as Assistant Country Director – Governance and Participation.

Thank you to Catherine for all her valuable contributions!

From the Board of Directors

Annual General Meeting and Parent Election 2019

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank everyone who attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 7 May, 2019. A copy of the Board End of Year Report 2018-2019 can be found here and a meeting summary can be found here.

The AGM presentation included a financial update as well as details of the work of the Fundraising Task Force this year. The current strategic management plan `Strategy 2020’ will conclude next year and Board Secretary Louis Vigneault Dubois provided details on the work that has been undertaken this year and will continue next year to help define the next strategic management plan. The community exercise invited discussion and ideas to put towards the next strategic plan.

New Parent Elected Board Member – Maria S. Chung

The Board takes pleasure in announcing that Maria S. Chung is the winner of the parent election 2019. Maria will assume her Board duties in June and will serve a term of 4 years 2019-2023. We are delighted to welcome Maria to the Board and we look forward to working with her. Please read her bio here.

The Board would also like to sincerely thank Zeynel Kasapoglu for presenting his candidacy in the parent election 2019.

Board of Directors Annual General Meeting

You are warmly invited to attend the Board of Directors Annual General Meeting (AGM)

on Tuesday 7 May in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre, upstairs rooms 115 & 116 .

There will be a reception from 18:30; canapés, wine, beer and soft drinks will be available.

The formal meeting will commence at 19.00.

The agenda for the evening will include an introduction to the Board of Directors, results from the Parent Election, updates from our committees and task force on the work they have been doing this year and a community exercise linked to planning for our next strategic management plan.                                                              

If you have any specific questions you would like us to address, please send them in advance to the Board Chair at boardofdirectors@unishanoi.org.

We look forward to your company,

Dr Amie Pollack,
Board Chair

Board Annual General Meeting – 7 May

You are warmly invited to attend the Board of Directors Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, 7 May in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre, upstairs rooms 115 & 116.

There will be a reception from 18:30; canapés, wine, beer and soft drinks will be available. The formal meeting will commence at 19.00.

The agenda for the evening will include an introduction to the Board of Directors, results from the Parent Election, updates from our committees and task force on the work they have been doing this year and a community exercise linked to planning for our next strategic management plan.                                                              

If you have any specific questions you would like us to address, please send them in advance to the Board Chair at boardofdirectors@unishanoi.org.

We look forward to your company,

Dr Amie Pollack,
Board Chair

Make Your Vote in the Parent-Election today!

Voting in the Parent Election 2019 is now on and will continue until next Friday 26 April at 12 noon. We encourage all parents to review the bios of our two candidates Maria S. Chung and Zeynel Kasapoglu (see bios below) and to make their vote via the online voting link sent to your email from UNIS Voting. Your voting link includes a brief intro to the two candidates, their photo, and attached bios in English, Vietnamese and Korean. 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 .

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.  

Results of the election will be announced at the Board Annual General Meeting 7 May.

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 KoreanPersonal Statement: Dear Parents, I am writing to introduce myself and seekyour 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.

 

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.

 

Parent Election 2019

The Board of Directors would like to invite all parents to consider running for the current open parent-elected position on the Board. Nomination/registration for the parent elected position is open until March 29th at 12 noon. Parents can find more information about the work of the board, the role of a board member and the election process including registration HERE.

Anyone considering this opportunity or who would like to understand in greater detail the work of a Board member are invited to attend an Information Session About Board Service on Wednesday 27th  March at 6.30pm, B7, room G015, Conference Room in the Admin Building.

Board Chair, Dr. Amie Pollack (whose first term as parent elected Board member will expire at the end of June) has decided not to re-run in the parent election. She has expressed her interest to serve the Board in the capacity of a Board appointed position to be determined in May following the election.

We are very much looking forward to receiving a wide pool of applicants for this open parent elected position.

If you have any questions, please contact Maeve O’Donovan, Board of Directors Administrator,  bodadministrator@unishanoi.org

Parent Election to the Board 2019

The Board of Directors has the following 3 positions open for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year. All Board terms are for four years.

  1. One parent-elected position.
  2. Two Board-appointed positions. Board appointed positions are determined in May following the parent election.

Nomination/registration for the parent-elected position is now open until March 29th. Online voting will take place April 12th – April 26th with results to be announced at the 7th May Annual General Meeting. Parents can find more information about the work of the Board, the role of a Board member and the election process including registration and registration forms HERE.

Anyone considering this opportunity or who would like to understand in greater detail the work of a Board member is invited to attend an Information Session About Board Service on Wednesday 27th  March at 6.30pm, B7, room G015 (Conference Room in the Admin Building).

The Board of Directors encourages all parents to consider putting themselves forward for election. The deadline for receipt of application forms is Friday 29th March at 12 noon. If you have any questions, please contact Maeve O’Donovan, Board of Directors Administrator, bodadministrator@unishanoi.org.

Please consider joining us on the Board.
www.unishanoi.org/ParentElection2019

Sincerely,

Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa
Board Vice Chair

Parent Election to the Board 2019

The Board of Directors has the following 3 positions open for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year. All Board terms are for four years.

  1. One parent-elected position.
  2. Two Board-appointed positions. Board appointed positions are determined in May following the parent election.

Nomination/registration for the parent-elected position is now open until March 29th. Online voting will take place April 12th – April 26th with results to be announced at the 7th May Annual General Meeting. Parents can find more information about the work of the Board, the role of a Board member and the election process including registration and registration forms HERE.

Anyone considering this opportunity or who would like to understand in greater detail the work of a Board member is invited to attend an Information Session About Board Service on Wednesday 27th  March at 6.30pm, B7, room G015 (Conference Room in the Admin Building).

The Board of Directors encourages all parents to consider putting themselves forward for election. The deadline for receipt of application forms is Friday 29th March at 12 noon.

If you have any questions, please contact Maeve O’Donovan, Board of Directors Administrator, bodadministrator@unishanoi.org.

Please consider joining us on the Board.

Sincerely,

Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa
Board Vice Chair

UNIS Hanoi Advisory Council

In 2011, the Board established an Advisory Council to support long-term strategic planning for the school. The aims of the Advisory Council include the following:

  1. Strengthen the organisational relationship to the United Nations (UN), with the UN Resident Coordinator serving as Chair of the Advisory Council.
  2. Establish and mobilize relationships with key stakeholders in the UNIS Hanoi community including the Government of Vietnam, Diplomatic Community, Business Community, International and Local NGO Community, Vietnamese Community and educational leaders.
  3. Enhance and strengthen the visibility and status of the school with influential people providing advice, support, counsel, and ideas for strategy, positioning and advancement towards building a great school in Hanoi, Vietnam and internationally.

Over the years, UNIS Hanoi has worked to engage this influential group with discussions on a range of topics from shifting landscapes in international school competition to UNIS Hanoi’s unique role and contributions to Vietnam. Each meeting is organised around a dinner and discussion topic and we are grateful to the 20+ members who have attended these gatherings over the years.

Last year the Advisory Council met twice – first in April to introduce visiting HOS elect Jane McGee to our Advisory Council key stakeholders and more recently in December 2018 where discussion focused on identifying key 21st century skills for student future success.

Following UNIS Hanoi’ successful 30th anniversary last year, the Board looks forward to the challenges of the next 30 years with the ongoing support and counsel of the Advisory Council.

From the Board of Directors

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I write to update you on some of the work the Board has been engaged in during the first half of this year.

Finances

One of the main duties and responsibilities of the Board is the fiscal stability of the School. We are committed to maintaining a secure financial foundation and transparency for our community. We are pleased to note the following;

  1. Audit 2017-18: Ernst and Young have carried out last year’s audit and have declared the school’s financial reports to be in good order. The Annual Report 2017-2018 (UNIS Unfolded)  will provide the summary financial overview – available end semester 1.
  2. Budget planning 2018 -19: Our projected budget for this year was based on an enrollment figure of 1135 students. Current admissions  data anticipates no change to this figure with no budget adjustment required.
  3. Budget 2019 -20: The Board has approved the budget for next year’s annual action plan based on a steady enrollment of 1135. This is a cautious figure as we  budget conservatively to ensure long term stability for the school. UNIS Hanoi remains the number 1 choice of new families relocating to Hanoi.

Tuition Fees Increase of 4%, Capital Fees increase to $3,000 (K2-G12)

The Board bases its budget decision on the School’s Values, Mission and Vision to ensure that the School honours its commitment to you and your children. Key to that commitment is recruiting and retaining highly qualified and experienced teachers and further developing our facilities in support of teaching and learning. Thorough benchmarking analysis of local and regional international schools as well as wider economic scans are used to determine the budget figures each year. Following review, a draft budget with a proposed 4% tuition increase for 2019-2020 was presented at our community meeting in November with  a capital fee increase to $3,000 for grades K2 – 12. These budget figures were subsequently approved at the 20 November Board meeting.

During the first half of this year the Board has also worked in the following areas:

  1. Nurturing and supporting our new Head of School Jane McGee during her first year at UNIS Hanoi.
  2. Establishing a Fundraising Task Force that will work to define the future of Fundraising at UNIS Hanoi.
  3. Preliminary planning for our next strategic planning cycle to follow `Strategy 2020’, which reaches completion at the end of next year.  
  4. Maintaining strong financial oversight as the school works to build reserves for our next phase of campus development.

None of these achievements would be possible without the dedication of Board and Committee volunteers. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support and I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year. 

Amie Pollack, PhD.
Board Chair 2018-2019

From the Board of Directors

Audit Report for 2017-2018 School Year

The Board is pleased to advise that the School’s auditor, Ernst & Young (E&Y), has reviewed and audited the School’s financial statements for the school year ended 31st July 2018. The E&Y audit report states

`In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the School as at 31 July 2018, and its financial performance and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.’

The audit statement summary report can be viewed here.

The Audit for 2017-2018 as well as the Budget for 2019-2020 (which was presented at the Board Community Meeting) was approved at the 20th November Board meeting. Details of tuition and capital fees for the 2019-2020 school year will be communicated to all parents in early December.

Best regards,

Amie Pollack
UNIS Hanoi Board Chair

From the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who attended the Board Community meeting on Tuesday 13 November. Details of the presentation can be found here.

  • Board Chair Amie Pollack introduced the 2018-2019 Board members and briefly outlined Board goals for the year.
  • Treasurer Barry Knaggs provided an introduction to the 2019-2020 school budget, the members and objectives of the Finance Committee and details of the budget planning  process for approval. Jane McGee, Head of School, provided details on the main budget drivers, including faculty/staff and facilities. Misty Shipley, Director of Finance and Operations (DFO), provided greater details on competitive benchmarking (fees and salaries) for schools within Vietnam and the South East Asia Region as well as details regarding capital fees.
  • The community exercise reviewed the defined school mission. Notes from the exercise will be used as data in the upcoming CIS/WASC/IB accreditation at UNIS Hanoi.

A summary of the meeting including questions and answers can be found here.

Amie Pollack, PhD.
UNIS Hanoi Board Chair