Vu Thi Quyen, Executive Director and Founder
In 1996, when Quyen graduated from Hanoi National University, she immediately went to work for Fauna and Flora International (FFI), a UK-based NGO working in Cuc Phuong National Park (Vietnam’s first national park located about 120 km southwest of Hanoi). At Cuc Phuong, Quyen developed and ran the park’s community-based environmental education program, focused on raising awareness within local communities about the need to protect the park. It was the first program of its kind in Vietnam.
Having pioneered the program model at Cuc Phuong, Quyen began training environmental educators from national parks and nature reserves throughout Vietnam. In 2000, less than two years before the formal end of the FFI project at Cuc Phuong, Quyen founded ENV, the country’s first nature and environment-focused local non-government organization, as a means of sustaining her efforts to train educators and influence attitudes and behavior on a much larger scale. Under Quyen’s leadership, ENV evolved to focus on what Quyen considers to be the greatest threat to her country’s wildlife (as well as that of the region): hunting and illegal wildlife trade, driven by an ever-increasing consumer demand.
In 2008, Quyen completed her Masters in Geography specializing in natural resource management. In addition to her role as Executive Director, Quyen also directly manages the policy and legislation program at ENV.
Her husband Douglas Hendrie serves as a technical advisor to ENV. They have two daughters, Kylee and Katherine, and currently split their time between working in Vietnam and the U.S.
Bui Thi Ha, Vice Director & Head of Policy and Legislation Department
Having earned a BA and an MA from two prestigious law schools of Vietnam, Ha is arguably the country’s foremost expert on wildlife protection law. Ha has contributed to and led efforts to strengthen Vietnam’s wildlife protection laws, works directly with prosecutors and judges to ensure that Vietnam’s new penal code is applied to the fullest extent, and provides support and legal advice to law enforcement and the judicial system on application of current laws. Ha’s passion for wildlife, combined with her expertise in wildlife protection law, have resulted in unprecedented impacts on behalf of wildlife in Vietnam over the past few years.
Nguyen Thi Phuong Dung, Operations Director
Dung came to work for ENV in 2003 as a Communications Officer soon after graduating from Hanoi National University. Originally from Cao Bang province on the border with China, Dung’s father, now retired, was the Director of the Provincial Forest Protection Department, an influence that must have inspired Dung from an early age. While others came and went through the ENV door, Dung remained steadfast and committed to making a difference for wildlife in her country, moving up through the ranks of ENV to become the Director of Operations in 2010. Dung plays the critical role of running the organization day to day, and directly manages ENV’s efforts to reduce demand and consumption of wildlife. Dung has been a member of the ENV management board since 2006. She is married and has two daughters, Trang and Linh.
Nhan Thi Hien, Chief Financial Officer and Administration Manager
Hien has degrees in Accounting, English, and Southeast Asian Studies, and extensive work experience in the business sector focused on program administration. In 2010, Hien came to work with ENV filling the difficult and critically important role dealing with finances and managing office operations. Hien is credited with bringing ENV’s financial and administrative capacity up to par with legal requirements, and implementing policies and procedures that have greatly helped ENV accommodate performance and growth. Hien has been a member of the management board since 2011. She is married and has a son and a daughter.
Douglas Hendrie, Chief Technical Adviser
Doug first came to Vietnam in 1996 to complete his Master Degree research, and then returned in 1997 to work for Fauna and Flora International as Director of the Cuc Phuong Conservation Project at Cuc Phuong National Park. There at the park, he met Quyen, who he married in 2000. Since then, Doug has worked to support the development of ENV as Chief Technical Advisor.
However, Doug has worn many hats during his long stint in Vietnam, contributing a portion of his time to ENV, while also founding the Asian Turtle Program in pursuit of his life-long interest in tortoises and freshwater turtles. Additionally, in 2004, Doug helped establish the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Vietnam program. Doug is also credited with helping to establish the Small Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program and Turtle Conservation Center at Cuc Phuong National Park, both of which were programs under the Cuc Phuong Conservation Project he directed. He sits on the boards of the UK-based non-profit organization Indo-Myanmar Conservation and the Turtle Conservation Fund, and recently established a new NGO in the United States dedicated to helping support conservation efforts in Vietnam.
Presently, Doug works full time for ENV, serving on the management board and tasked with strategic development of ENV and its staff. He also directly manages ENV’s Wildlife Crime and Investigations Unit. Doug has a Masters in Wetland Science and Conservation from the University of Massachusetts. Like his wife Quyen, he currently splits his time between working in Vietnam and the US.
Special thanks to the following people who contributed to the creation and development of ENV:
The late Prof.Vo Quy
Dr. Nguyen Cu
Michael & Verna Kennedy