Overcome Challenges with Optimism and a Sense of Humor

Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao

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"Together with optimism and a sense of humor - challenges can only be overcome with this attitude."

Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao (1970-) is Vietnam's first self-made woman billionaire, the only woman to have started and run her own major commercial airline, Vietjet Aviation, and the wealthiest self-made woman in Southeast Asia.

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Nikol Chen (she/her)

Digital Content Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! I have been with the Laidlaw Foundation for over 2 years, helping us strengthen the global Laidlaw community and expand our programmes to break the cycle of poverty, reduce inequality, and develop a new generation of leaders.

I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. I am a fan of all things human- and design-related, as well as an avid swimmer, obsessive podcast listener, documentary enthusiast, and film photography fan.

Drop me a line if you'd like to chat! 💬👀