Pham Thi Thanh Tam

Pham Thi Thanh Tam | Executive Director at REACH organization

Pham Thi Thanh Tam | Executive Director at REACH organization

Tam is one of the very first people to set up the foundation for REACH when it was just the LABS project of Plan international in 2004. She is currently the founder and Executive Director of REACH.

REACH works to overcome the high unemployment rates in Vietnam by providing tailored training to disadvantaged youth. REACH targets disadvantaged youth between the ages of 16-30, who do not have access to formal vocational training programs because of barriers such as poverty, lack of education, and difficult family circumstances. REACH students include street and migrant youth, youth living with a disability, school dropouts, unemployed secondary school graduates, and ethnic minorities. We also cater to marginalized groups such as trafficked women, domestic violence victims, and those affected by HIV.

With intensive experience in training, educating disadvantaged youth as well as project management, Ms. Tam has successfully lead the organization to expand its reach to more than 18,000 youth from underprivileged background over Vietnam.

Tam has worked for REACH as founder and executive director for 10 years, leading the executive management team which oversees the implementation of REACH’s strategic objectives and represents REACH to internal and external stakeholders. In the past four years, Tam has set up 04 social enterprises within REACH’s ecosystem. These social enterprises are hybrid models that create dual effects to achieve REACH’s mission of supporting disadvantaged youth all over Vietnam sustainably.

Education: Tam has an M.A on Economics of Development from Vietnam National Economics University and Institute of Social Studies – The Hague Netherlands.

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