Donald G. Nay

Senior Commercial Officer
U.S. Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam

After 8 months of Vietnamese language training in Hanoi, Don Nay began his tour of duty as Senior Commercial Officer in Vietnam on July 23, 2007, overseeing the Commercial Service operations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

This follows Mr. Nay’s three-year tour as Deputy Senior Commercial Officer in New Delhi where he had operational responsibility for seven commercial representations in India, the most extensive countrywide presence that the Commercial Service has in any country. In June 2004, Mr. Nay was presented with the International Trade Administration’s Steven Kaminsky Memorial Award “as the ITA employee who during the past year exercised the greatest degree of diplomatic skill and ability in furthering trade relations with one or more of American’s trading partners.” Prior to this assignment, Mr. Nay covered Southern India from the U.S. Consulate in Chennai as Commercial Consul.

Mr. Nay also served as Chairman of the Board of the American International School of Chennai during this period where, under his leadership, an $8 million purpose built and world-class school campus was constructed, which now accommodates 300 children from over 20 countries.

Prior to his Chennai posting, Mr. Nay was the Director of the Ronald H. Brown Commercial Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, which was dedicated by President Clinton and the First Lady in March 1998. As member of the Commercial Service South Africa team, Mr. Nay was a recipient of a Group Gold Medal Award in December 1998 for “consistent energy, innovation and quality performance in major events supporting Administration and Departmental initiatives and objectives in Africa.”

Prior to his three-and-a-half year assignment in South Africa, Mr. Nay served for four years as Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague. Mr. Nay joined the Commercial Service in 1985 and has served as a Trade Specialist with the San Francisco and Atlanta District offices.

He also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines (1978-80) and worked with the U.S. Indochinese Refugee Program based in the Philippines (1980-82).

Mr. Nay earned a BA from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management. He is accompanied by his wife Nancy, who is the Deputy Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Global AIDS Program in Vietnam. Don and Nancy have two children, Alex and Katie.

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