Technical advisor for the International Labour Organization in Vietnam

Vietnam is a fascinating country to work in

Bas Rozemuller, aged 37 
Graduated in 1996
Technical advisor for the International Labour Organization in Vietnam

Bas Rozemuller is enjoying Hanoi and finds Vietnam - a country in the fight against poverty - a fascinating place culturally, economically and socially. He works for the International Labour Organization (ILO), a UN agency engaged in labour rights.

Since March 2006 Bas has been involved in a development project for Small Business Development. Together with the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce the project offers support to small businesses in a number of provinces in Vietnam. “My job is to support the project director with the daily management of the project and to maintain relations with the project’s many partners,” he explains. “Moreover, we all have our own technical fields to work in, like Business Development Services, entrepreneurship education, policy development for the small business sector, and value chain research; all for small scale business development. The aim is to eventually create employment. In practice we train small businesses in accounting and marketing, through our local partner organizations, we help open up export markets and assist with association building: to form small business networks with a louder voice towards the government.”

Even in his study programme Culture, Organization and Management, Bas focussed on Asia. The programme itself intensively studies organization processes, organizational capacity building, human resource management and the intercultural aspect of organization analysis. Additionally Bas took courses in Chinese economics at the University of Amsterdam and studied Mandarin-Chinese in Leiden. He also did two internships in China and one in Cambodia. “The international orientation of the programme has been very useful. The University has many international connections, which you can make good use of as a student.”

For Bas it lead to a first job in Cambodia, then the ILO head quarters in Geneva, Switzerland, a year in Kabul, Afghanistan, a two year small business project for ILO in Cambodia and Laos, and now his job in Vietnam. “It is a very different world to work in, but the first signs of progress are there. I believe that eventually we will make a difference for the labourers here in Vietnam.”