Dr Thi Thu Hien Phan is a senior lecturer of international business at the Vietnam Foreign Trade University. She had worked as a specialist in international business in the automobile industry in Vietnam before her academic career. She is known as an expert on international trade transactions and customs affairs not only lecturing at her University but also training and supervising Vietnam’s business community and customs officers. She is an active researcher about cross-border trade in Vietnam with typical projects including illicit trade, informal trade and customs in Vietnam; trade costs of Vietnamese enterprises; timber value chains in Vietnam, so forth. Now she is also an associate researcher of Cross-border Research Association in Switzerland – focusing on a study on global trade facilitation and supply chain security.