Nguyen Quoc Toan

  • Chairman cum CEO, EQuest Group;
  • Co-founder, EQuest Group and iSMART Education.

Dr. Toan Nguyen is co-founder, Chairman cum CEO of EQuest. He is a serial entrepreneur in the finance and education sectors who co-founded several successful businesses in investment banking, education, and edtech.

Dr. Toan is very committed to transforming the education sector in Vietnam. He believes that massive education reform is the only way Vietnam can move forward and be globally competitive. Besides running EQuest, Dr. Toan also writes extensively about various education policies, political economy, and business strategies.

Dr. Toan holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from New York University, USA, a Master’s degree in Economics from National Economics University, Vietnam, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Edith Cowan University, Australia.


Annabelle Vultee

  • Board Member, EQuest Group.

Annabelle Vultee is an Education Executive, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer of EF Education First’s local adult training businesses across EMEA markets. Over her seven years on the ground in China, she led all functions and thousands of worldwide employees to a more innovative, customer-oriented and sustainable business model.

Prior to her role in China, Annabelle served as President of EF’s Explore America division; a leader in US domestic educational travel for middle and high school students. She has also served as Chief Operating Officer of AirShares Elite, a shared aircraft ownership company. Early in her career she quickly rose through the ranks of The Coca-Cola Company as one of the youngest managers in the US.

Annabelle holds a BA in Native American Studies from Colgate University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Nguyen Thanh Son

  • Vice Chairman, EQuest Group;
  • Chief Executive Officer of College & Universitiy Division, EQuest Group;
  • Co-founder, EQuest Group and iSMART Education.

Son Nguyen is co-founder of EQuest, iSMART and Vice Chairman of EQuest’s Board of Directors. He has more than 20 years of experience in management across various sectors such as IT, finance and education.

At present, he is in charge of EQuest’s College & University Division. Son’s priorities lie in internationally accredited programs, innovative training models, data science and new techs to advance the competitiveness of EQuest’s ecosystem. Son is a visionary leader who is very successful in recruiting talents and coaching them to reach their full potential.

Son holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Computer Science at University of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York, USA under the Vietnam Education Foundation scholarship program.


Sharon Yang

  • Board Member, EQuest Group.

Sharon Yang (Hong Kong) joined KKR in 2009. She is currently a member of the Global Impact team in Asia, focused on investment opportunities where financial performance and societal impact are intrinsically aligned. Previously, she was involved in the Firm’s capital raising and capital markets activities as a product specialist across private equity, growth equity and real estate, and held responsibilities across various portfolio, strategy and operating roles within KKR Asia.

Prior to joining KKR, Ms. Yang was with J.P. Morgan in New York.

She holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Columbia University.


Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan

  • Board Member, EQuest Group;
  • Chief Executive Officer of ESL & Edtech Division, EQuest Group;
  • Co-founder, EQuest Group and iSMART Education.

Lan Nguyen is co-founder, Board member of EQuest Group, and CEO of iSMART Edtech and the ESL business. With over 20 years of experience in the education sector, Lan is instrumental for EQuest’s aggressive expansion to edtech businesses and its success with over 80 thousand subscribed students. Lan’s vision is to transform Vietnam into a bilingual country where English is a second language and Vietnamese students can learn internationally accredited programs at a disruptive cost.

Lan speaks fluent Vietnamese, Mandarin and English. She holds a Bachelor degree in Education at Vietnam National University, Hanoi. She got her Master’s degree in Economics at City University of New York, USA.


Chee Wei Wong

  • Board Member, EQuest Group.

Chee Wei Wong is the head KKR Global Impact for Asia. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Wong was a managing director at Tailwind Capital in New York and spent nine years at EQT in New York and Singapore, where he was an investor and board member of sustainability-focused technology enterprises and healthcare companies.

Before that, he was a consultant at Bain & Company and a Justices’ Law Clerk in the Supreme Court of Singapore.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honors) degree from the National University of Singapore.


Bach Ngoc Chien

  • Vice President, EQuest Group;
  • Deputy General Director, iSMART Education.

Chien Bach has diverse experience in foreign service, media, government and business. He was a diplomat for 11 years, a television managing editor for 6 years, deputy governor of Nam Dinh provincial government for 5 years. Currently, he works as Vice President of EQuest Education Group and Deputy General Director of EQuest’s iSMART Education Joint Stock Company.

Chien holds a Master’s degree in foreign affairs and trade which he earned at Monash University, Australia in 2000, a law degree from Hanoi Law University in 2018 and an MBA at Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA in July 2021.


J. David Armstrong, Jr.

  • Vice President, International Relations, EQuest Group.

J. David Armstrong, Jr. has more than 35 years of experience as a national and state leader in higher education, economic development, community service and leadership development.

Having more than 10 years of experience in Vietnam, David Armstrong now serves EQuest as Vice President in charge of international relations. He is retired president emeritus of Broward College in Florida after 10 years of successful leadership, and previously Chancellor for the Florida College System. He is an executive search consultant for college boards; past chairman for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Economic Development Alliance; and past chairman of Leadership Florida.

He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Montevallo in social sciences; M.S. in Management from Troy University.


Dam Quang Minh

  • Chief Executive Officer of K12 Division, EQuest Group.

Since July 2018, Dr. Minh has served as Chairman cum President of Phu Xuan University, a member of EQuest’s College & University Division. Before that, he was the President of Thanh Tay University and FPT University. Dr. Minh is an expert in restructuring and innovation in higher education, evidenced by his successful transformation of Thanh Tay University and Phu Xuan University. In addition, he is an active member of various education forums and has contributed a number of articles and ideas regarding education reform policies.

In November 2020, Dr. Minh was appointed as CEO of EQuest’s K-12 Division, responsible for strategic planning and development of EQuest’s K-12 schools nationwide.

Dr. Minh holds a Ph.D. degree in Earth Science from The University of Greifswald, Germany, a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Honors Program) from the University of Science, Vietnam National University.


Nguyen Quang Binh

  • Vice President, EQuest Group.

Mr. Binh has more than 17 years of experience in education and business management. Being a seasoned EQuester, Mr. Binh managed the operation in the South of EQuest’s College & University Division and was the principal of Saigon Polytechnic College at the same time.

Since July 2021, Mr. Binh has been appointed Vice President in charge of Business Performance & Digital Transformation to oversee and provide EQuest’s business units with solutions to achieve business targets. He also is responsible for supporting new businesses under the Digital Transformation initiatives.

Mr. Binh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and an MBA from the Open University, Malaysia.