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Vietnam and the United States: Recognizing 25 Years of Comprehensive Partnership, Highlighting Future Opportunities and Saluting Senator John McCain

  • 11 Feb 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004


  • (As of 2/5/2020)

Registration is closed


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

11:30 am - Registration, networking

12 pm to 1:30 pm - Plated lunch, keynote presentations


Hyatt Regency Phoenix

122 N. 2nd Street

Phoenix, AZ 85004



RSVP by Tuesday, February 4 for the Early Bird Rate.

Individual tickets and table sponsorships are available.

$50 Early Bird General Public

$60 Standard General Public (as of 2/5/20)

$700 table of 10


About the Event

This year marks 25 years since the formal normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam. The McCain Institute, Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations (PCFR), and Snell & Wilmer are sponsoring a special lunch to mark this historic anniversary.

This special event will feature remarks from honored guests Cindy McCain and Vietnamese Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc, along with other community and governmental leaders who will acknowledge the leadership of Senator McCain in solidifying the relationship, highlight international trade between the two countries, and discuss future opportunities and strategic partnership.



Cindy Hensley McCain has dedicated her life to improving the lives of those less fortunate both in the United States and around the world. As the Chairman of the Board of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, she oversees the organization’s focus on advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity. Cindy also chairs the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. This is an issue she cares deeply about and is committed to ending in Arizona, throughout the United States and around the world, as well as working to improve the lives of victims of human trafficking. Through her work with the McCain Institute, several partnerships have been formed with anti-trafficking organizations working on solving various aspects of the problem. She also serves as co-chair of the Arizona Governor's Council on human trafficking. In addition to her work at the McCain Institute, she serves on the Board of Directors of Project C.U.R.E and the Advisory Boards of Too Small To Fail and Warriors and Quiet Waters. Cindy holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a Master's in Special Education from USC and is a member of the USC Rossier School of Education Board of Councilors. Cindy is the Chairman of her family’s business, Hensley Beverage Company, which is one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributors in the nation. Cindy is the wife of the late U.S. Senator John McCain. Together, they have four children.


Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc has served in the diplomatic service since 1988 in different positions and has much experience in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. He was appointed as the sixth Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the United States of America in March 2018. He arrived in Washington, D.C. on July 15, 2018 and presented his Credentials to President Donald J. Trump on September 17, 2018. From May 2013 to July 2018, Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc served as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in charge of relations with countries in the Americas, especially the United States as well as with the United Nations and other international organizations. Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in 1985. He studied Russian in Kiev University, Ukraine from 1986 to 1987 and earned a master degree of International Relations at Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in 2010.

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