Nguyen Anh Tuan


Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Boston Global Forum

Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation

Nguyen Anh Tuan is the Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI), the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Boston Global Forum (BGF).

Tuan is also the Founder and Chairman of the VietNamNet Media Group and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VietNamNet, Vietnam’s preeminent online newspaper. Additionally, Tuan was the Founder and CEO of VASC Software and Media Company and VietNet, the first Internet service provider in Vietnam.

For his contributions to his native land, the Government of Vietnam named Tuan one of the nation’s 10 most outstanding young talents in 1996.

Under Tuan’s leadership, VietNamNet has raised significant political issues resulting in several Vietnamese Government reforms. He pioneered an interactive live format called the VietNamNet Online Roundtable that allowed online viewers to participate in interviews with leading political, social and cultural figures as well as foreign dignitaries. In 2009, Tuan conceived of an annual global initiative making September 9th World Compassion and Reconciliation Day. Tuan also founded and organized the Vietnam National Concert to be held annually on September 2nd, Vietnam’s National Day holiday.

As a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School in 2007, Tuan researched major trends in the development of electronic media in Vietnam.

In 2011, he became a Pacific Leadership Fellow at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California San Diego. That year he addressed the prestigious Club de Madrid Conference in a speech titled Democracy and Digital Technology.

From February 2011 to July 2014 Tuan was an Associate of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

He later became a Visiting Scholar at the College of Communication, Boston University for the academic years 2014-2015, and 2015-2016.

In April 2012, Tuan founded the Tran Nhan Tong Academy, which is dedicated to encouraging reconciliation to avoid conflict among nations.

In December of 2012, Tuan cofounded the Boston Global Forum with the Honorable Michael Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts and U.S. Presidential candidate, who serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for this think tank dedicated to developing peaceful solutions to global tensions.

Three years later, Tuan and Governor Dukakis, cofounded The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI), where Tuan serves as Director of the Institute.

Tuan served on the Harvard Business School Global Advisory Board from 2008 to 2016. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Free-for-All Concert Fund in Boston. Since July of 2015 to November of 2017 he served as Chair of the International Advisory Committee of UCLA – UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education at the University of California Los Angeles.

Tuan is cofounder, and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Citizenship Education Network (GCEN), a collaboration between the Boston Global Forum and the UNESCO-UCLA Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education as well as being cofounder and Former Associate Editor of UCLA’s Global Commons Review.

In an effort to enhance cybersecurity worldwide, Tuan created Global Cybersecurity Day, produced the recent BGF-G7 Summit Initiative, and coauthored the Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Peace and Security (ECCC). In November of 2017, Tuan and Governor Michael Dukakis founded AI World Society Initiative.