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rogerRoger Mathisen | Program Director, Southeast Asia

Roger is an international nutritionist with more than 18 years of experience working in non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, academic institutions and the private sector. At Alive & Thrive, he provides program and technical leadership, management, and coordination of A&T activities in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, and the Philippines. Before joining A&T, Roger worked as a nutrition specialist for UNICEF in Malawi and Viet Nam from 2004-2014, and provided technical capacity and emergency support in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and the Philippines. He has a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Oslo and continuing education from University of Ulster, Harvard Business Publishing and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Applied Nutrition, Research Design, Organizational Management and Health Policy and Financing. Roger is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam

Do Thi ChungDo Thi Chung | Technical Specialist, Human Milk Bank, Viet Nam

Do Thi Chung manages Alive & Thrive’s human milk bank project in Da Nang, Viet Nam. Before joining A&T, Chung worked with Plan International, the Committee for Child Care and Protection, and briefly as a pediatrician. Chung graduated from Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy and then obtained a Master of Public Health. Chung is based in Da Nang, Viet Nam.




Do Thi Phuong Dung

Do Thi Phuong Dung | Finance and Administrative Manager, Southeast Asia

Do Thi Phuong Dung has been responsible for finance and administration management of programs in Viet Nam since 2009 and Southeast Asia since 2014. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, Dung worked for SMARTWork Viet Nam, a project focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention in the workplace, funded by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and USAID. Dung is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.




 Phan Thi Hong LinhPhan Thi Hong Linh | Technical Specialist, Public Relations & Advocacy, Southeast Asia

Phan Thi Hong Linh is currently based in Hanoi, Viet Nam and supports the Southeast Asia policy and advocacy work including development, implementation and coordination of a strategic communications and advocacy plan. Before joining A&T, Linh worked as a consultant for a Japanese legal consulting firm and as a project manager for a local NGO for more than six years. From 2010 – 2014, Linh was a member of the A&T advocacy team that part of the multi-stakeholder alliance contributing to significant policy wins for maternal and child health and nutrition in Viet Nam, including 6 months paid maternity leave and a stronger national code on marketing of breastmilk substitutes. Linh graduated from the Social Sciences and Humanities University in Hanoi with a Bachelor of Economics, and obtained a master’s degree in Management from Solvay Business School – Universite Libre de Bruxelles.


Nguyen Thi MienNguyen Thi Mien | Project Assistant, Southeast Asia

Nguyen Thi Mien provides a range of support to Alive & Thrive, including translation and interpretation, office administration and operations, logistics arrangement for meetings and workshops, and program documentation. Prior to joining the Alive & Thrive team, Mien worked as a receptionist/customer service representative for Hanoi International SOS clinic and volunteered for various organizations. Mien graduated with a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages from Hanoi University of Technology, and is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.




Nguyen Thanh TuanNguyen Thanh Tuan  | Technical Specialist, Measurement, Learning and Evaluation, Viet Nam

Nguyen Thanh Tuan provides technical leadership for large-scale monitoring systems for interpersonal counseling and mass media activities and project evaluations and their documentation. He also provides technical assistance in policy and advocacy to support the implementation of maternal and child protection policies and to strengthen the Viet Nam Ministry of Health’s monitoring and surveillance systems. As a medical epidemiologist, Tuan has dedicated his career to improving the health of women and children through public health projects and research over the past 20 years. He holds degrees in health and social sciences, epidemiology and statistics with a medical degree from Hanoi Medical University, a doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and postdoctoral research experience at Baylor College of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University. Tuan’s work focuses on maternal and infant nutrition, HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases and their risk factors, and health disparities. He is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

Christina WongChristina Wong | Scientist, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, Southeast Asia

Christina Wong is a behavioral scientist with more than 20 years of experience in public health research. She is based in Singapore and serves as principal investigator on a variety of qualitative research studies including the use of qualitative methods in formative research and applied programmatic research. Her recent studies include formative research on infant and young child feeding practices in Myanmar and the Philippines, an evaluation of a community‐based, integrated non‐communicable disease prevention and control program in Viet Nam, and exploring the barriers and facilitators to retention in HIV care and treatment among people living with HIV in Singapore. In addition to her role as an investigator, she also provides training to build capacity to conduct research and behavior change interventions not only for A&T, but with partner organizations, ministries of health, universities and hospitals across the region and in Africa. Christina received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Health Behavior and Health Education and a Master of Public Health from Yale University.