Dr. Steve Pham is an entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, author, and senior lecturer at the ESI Institute of Management. He currently teaches as an adjunct lecturer for various universities and institutes in areas of Leadership, International Human Resource Management, and Research Methods.

Steve maintains a research focus on entrepreneurship and innovation and is interested in collaboration, making good decisions and ideas that help grow and develop businesses and communities. More specifically, this includes research projects on global leadership, strategic management, global trends of talent management and learning and development, applied psychology in human resources management, school counseling, and youth mentorship.

Dr. Steve brings an impressive professional track record in global education, international human resources management to help school and business leaders as well as all stakeholders driving for the sustainable development and growth.

Dr Steve is the founder of Education Services International and serves as Chief Executive Officer and senior education advisor of The ESI Group. In this capacity, Steve oversees the entire ESI group strategy, governance, and all aspects of the group’s education services and business activities. He is currently serving as the Founding Principal and President of the ESI Institute of Leadership and Management.

Dr. Steve has spent almost his life as a speaker, author, human resource practitioner and consultant for many multinational organisations and international schools in SEA region and Vietnam in various capacities; such as, Senior Consultant for Khoi Nguyen Group and Canadian International School System (CISS), Senior Consultant for International Education City (IEC) Nguyen Hoang Education Group, Regional HR Director of A-Star Education (the owner of Wall Street English Vietnam and the European International Schools, Country HR Manager of COGNITA Schools in Vietnam (the owner of International School Ho Chi Minh City, ISHCMC American Academy, and International School Saigon Pearl.

Dr. Steve is also recognized as a senior business lecturer who offers comprehensive lectures on a wide range of business areas, including entrepreneurship, business strategy, leadership, global human resource management, and applied psychology in talent and human resource management. Dr. Steve brings an impressive professional track record in global education, and international human resources management to help school and business leaders as well as all stakeholders driving for sustainable development and growth.

Dr. Steve has attended and presented at many international education conferences in the SEA region such as the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), the Council of International Schools (CIS), and connected with many international school leaders and HR practitioners in the region. In addition, he has provided counseling, coaching, and school administrative leadership training sessions for school leaders and expatriate communities at many international schools and public schools in Vietnam. Dr. Steve lives with his wife and two daughters Adelie and Ainsley in Saigon, Vietnam.

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Brief BioSteve Pham, Ed.D

  • Education & Expertise
  • Awards & Honours
  • Certified Professional Coach, ICF Certified Coaches Alliance
  • Mindfulness CE Credit, American Psychology Association (APA)
  • Business Protocols & HR Practices CE Credit, American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Bachelor’s in South East Asia Studies (Honours), University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Master’s in Business Administration (Honours), Kookmin Graduate School of Business, Kookmin University, Seoul Korea
  • Doctorate’s in Leadership and Learning (Honours), School of Education, Aspen University, CO USA
  • Member: Certified Professional Coach, ICF Certified Coaches Alliance
  • Member: American School Counseling (ASC), American School Counsellors Association (ASCA), American Psychology Association (APA)
  • Member: American Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Vietnam HR Associate (VNHR)
  • Member: Delta Epsilon Tau National Honor Society
  • Adjunct Lecturer: Columbia Southern University, Massey University Vietnam Master Program
  • Award: Outstanding HR Leader Award, Saigon Times
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