Quynh Nguyen Khanh
Quynh Nguyen Khanh is the Chief Executive Officer of PAN Farm and the Chairman of PAN-HULIC. Following a decade-long stint at SSI Asset Management covering its investments in agriculture businesses, Mr. Quynh began his career in The PAN Group as its Investment Director. Mr. Quynh has also served in the Board of Supervisory of Vinaseed (Vietnam National Seed Group), as a Board of Director of Quang Nam Seed and the Supervisory Board of Southern Seed (SSC, 2015-2018), two subsidiaries of Vinaseed.
Mr. Quynh was born and raised in a rural area and worked on farms until he turned 18 years old when he got accepted into university. He then sought a job in the urban area and never considered returning to his village to do farm work. His educational and early professional background is in the field of economics and finance. He graduated from Hanoi Foreign Trade University, earned an MBA degree in finance from Ritsumeikan Asian Pacific University (Japan), and became a charterholder from CFA Institute, USA. Early in his career, he held the positions of a banker, an export-import dealer and procurement dealer, and an investment job professional following his MBA.
Although a career in the agriculture sector did not interest Mr. Quynh initially, the path he chose eventually led him here. His foray into the agriculture sector was largely due to The PAN Group’s strong focus on investments in the sector. His very first proposal was to invest in Vinaseed, a manufacturer of crop seeds. He recalls that as a beginner, he did not understand anything about agriculture. Over the years, his hard work and genuine interest helped him to better understand the company’s business model, competitive landscape, and the sector at large. His involvement in mergers and acquisitions within the sector also played an important role in his professional growth.
Sustainable development is an integral part of PAN Group’s long-term development strategy. The Group partners with several organisations that promote and uphold sustainable development and its efforts have received recognition by many prestigious awards. Our hearty congratulations for the same! Could you tell us about the Group’s focus on sustainable development strategy and its importance to its stakeholders?
Information transparency in end-to-end traceability is today the norm for the agri-food supply chain to instil consumer’s confidence in the brand. How does The PAN Group leverage technology, or plan to in the future, to ensure the supply of high-quality, traceable agricultural products? What have been the benefits of traceability for both the producers and the brand?
Speaking of certifications and their role in food safety and quality assurance, especially when exporting to global markets, how do you believe digital solutions ensure that sustainable practices are being followed and the optimum quality is met throughout the production process?
Vietnam is one of the oldest rice civilizations globally, and the crop accounts for 82% of the total cultivated land. With several agrarian economies adopting digital technologies, especially during the pandemic, how prevalent is digital agriculture in Vietnam considering that rice producers in the country largely follow traditional agricultural practices?
Young farmers in developing countries are increasingly migrating to urban areas. However, the digitalisation of agriculture is creating new opportunities for the younger generation. Could you comment on this?
Do you have any words of advice for the agri-community?