Skip to content

Trang Nguyen

A black-and-white headshot of a woman with long dark hair and bangs. She smiles facing the camera and wears a shirt with buttons. Three graphic circles are behind her: one teal, one blue and one white.

Founder & Executive Director, WildAct

Vietnam

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.

Your support turns hope into action

Donate to the Barack Obama Foundation.

The Barack Obama Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 46-4950751).

More Leaders Asia-Pacific

More about the Leaders Program

FPO image

Leaders

For emerging leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the common good.

Learn More
A person wearing a hoodie with the hood up is shown in profile, crouching down to light a candle. She is seen in profile in the glow of candlelight coming from dozens of votives surrounded by assorted flowers. A set of small votive candles are arranged in the shape of a heart near the person’s foot. Six heart-shaped red balloons float above the vigil.

Join other Obama alumni in coming together to support the naming of the Water Garden at the Obama Presidential Center in honor of the life and legacy of President Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham—as a gift for the President’s 61st birthday.

Learn more
placeholder
  • Defending Democracy
  • Leaders
Learn more
President Obama speaks on a panel. In the background is a board that reads, "CHICAGO." It is a bright blue color with the Chicago map on the right side.
  • Watch
  • Barack Obama

Watch President Obama share his vision for the Obama Presidential Center during a surprise visit with supporters and stakeholders—a vision for a public space that will honor history, help revitalize the South Side, and connect people throughout the communi

Learn more