Jeff Browne is the founder of and president emeritus of Vietnomics, a business he created in 2008 to focus on building economic and cultural bridges between Vietnam and the US. He was formerly president of the Public Policy Forum, a nonprofit organization that promotes good local government in the US. His background is in economic and policy research, journalism and education.
Over the past decade, Browne has developed strong professional and personal interests in Vietnam and builds business, cultural, philanthropic, and educational bridges between Vietnam and the United States. He also focused on developing specialty grade coffee in the Vietnam Highlands for international markets.
He and his wife first traveled to Vietnam 14 years ago to adopt two infant boys. Over the past seven years, he has traveled extensively throughout Vietnam. In 2007, he led a delegation of 18 civic leaders on a trade mission to Hanoi. In fall 2008, he led a water resource management products trade mission to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and traveled throughout Vietnam to assess the country’s business climate. In summer and fall 2009, 2010, and 2012, and in winter 2013-2014, he traveled through Vietnam. In 2015, he traveled through Vietnam and also to the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore to explore investment opportunities in those countries.
In recent years, Browne has provided workshops on the business culture of Vietnam for several corporations, and worked with companies to help them get established exporting consumer products in Vietnam.
In 2010, he co-founded Temple Hills Coffee (templehillsonline.com), a long-term social enterprise whose objective is to demonstrate that the coffee farming village of Cau Dat, Vietnam can become more prosperous by developing specialty grade coffee.
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