Pioneer International Consulting’s team brings a passion for energy transition accompanied by a proven track record of delivering clean energy power projects in Vietnam and the wider region.
With an in-depth knowledge of Vietnam’s power and energy market, our team combines policy and regulatory experts, macro and financial specialists and extensive project development experience.
Co-Founder and Chairman
Phong is recognised as a leading expert and lawyer in Vietnam’s power and energy sector and has over 25 years of experience working on the country's most significant project financings and major M&A transactions (Legal 500 and IFLR100) . With his broad experience Phong has represented numerous international sponsors, lenders and corporates in large scale and country critical power projects across multiple technologies including onshore and offshore wind, LNG, solar, coal and hydropower. Hanoi Law University, LL.B., 1995. Tulane University (US), LLM., 2002 with distinction, Fulbright Scholarship.
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Denzel manages the firm’s offices in Hanoi and Singapore. He brings over 19 years of experience working with global financial institutions and leading law firms in Europe and Asia. He previously worked with Clifford Chance LLP based in London, Tokyo, Moscow, Hanoi and Bangkok. During his 10 year career with the firm he worked on some of the largest and country first project and leveraged financings in the UK and Asia and he has a broad and deep expertise in project finance, leveraged finance and cross border restructurings. Following Clifford Chance he worked for HSBC in Hong Kong with a focus on distressed debt and global restructurings. Denzel was based in Hanoi, Vietnam from 2010-2012 and was seconded to BTMU’s project finance team in Tokyo in 2013. London School of Economics, BSc, 2002. Kellogg School of Management, MBA, 2017.
Dung is an analyst with Pioneer International Consulting in Hanoi. She combines expertise in policy and financial analysis to advise clients on Vietnam’s clean energy market, policy and regulation. Dung has a background in research and M&A with a focus on the power sector with experience in macro and sector research, project development, financial and regulatory analysis. National Economics University, Economics, 2016 Hanoi Law University, LLB, 2021.
Macro and Financial Specialist
Binh is an economist with a focus on macroeconomics, monetary policy, and energy policy. He holds a PhD in Economics from Yokohama National University (YNU) and an MA in Economics from the International University of Japan (IUJ). Binh has been a lecturer at the Banking Academy of Vietnam for over a decade. His ongoing research at the Academy is focused on policy and mechanisms for supporting investment in Vietnam’s renewable energy sector.
Senior Adviser (Power Sector)
Duong is a senior advisor to Pioneer International Consulting with over 30 years experience of power project development and Vietnam’s power and energy sector. Duong’s wide experience includes both project development and advisory roles. He brings an in-depth understanding of Vietnam’s regulatory authorities, power project development, power plant operations management, procurement, and negotiation of BOT and PPA contracts. Duong holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Thermal Power Plants from Hanoi Polytechnics University (1981) and an International Executive Master of Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Technology - Hanoi Center (2005).
Senior Adviser (Macro and Financial)
Shikeb is a senior adviser on macro and financial policy with background in global macro strategy and portfolio management. With a strong quantitative background, he crafts incisive macro views, evaluates emerging market assets, and guides cross-asset investment strategies. Shikeb's adeptness in tracking major central bank developments and his nuanced approach, fusing systematic research with event-driven assessments, have fueled his success in trading frontier markets. Shikeb's academic journey includes a PhD in Economics (Summa Cum Laude) from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain (2009), an MSc in Economics, Management, and Finance (2004), and a BSc (Honors) in Economics from the London School of Economics, UK.