Dr. Nguyen Viet Cuong holds a PhD and MSc Degrees in Development Economics from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Dr. Cuong has extensive experience in impact evaluation, poverty analysis, ethnic minority issues, education and health issues. He has been the lead consultant in multiple studies and projects organized by ministries, academic institutes, international agencies and other NGOs in Vietnam. His recent studies have been published in well-respected journals such as: the American Political Science Review, World Bank Economic Review, the Journal of Comparative Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, World Development, the Journal of Development Studies, etc. Dr. Cuong is currently ranked as the top economist in Vietnam by a number of academic articles published by the RePEc organization, and among the Top 300 Economists in Asia. In the world, he is ranked in the top 5% of economists according to a variety of publications that were published within the last 10 years .