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Trang Nguyen

Leaders Asia-Pacific 2023


Founder & Executive Director, WildAct





Trang Nguyen is the founder and executive director of WildAct, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring, motivating, and empowering individuals to engage in science-based conservation of threatened species and ecosystems. Under her direction, WildAct launched Vietnam’s first-ever certificate course in conservation, and the program has 72 graduates to date. WildAct is the first organization in Vietnam to have a gender officer who works to mitigate and respond to gender-based violence in the conservation sector. Trang previously worked undercover with local authorities to apprehend wildlife traders in South Africa, Mozambique, Cameroon, and the Ivory Coast. She also wrote a conservation-themed children’s book published in the United States and nine other countries across the world. Trang is inspired by the belief that humans are fundamentally the solution, not the cause, of wildlife conservation efforts, and that people from all ages and different sectors can join hands to protect and conserve our natural world.