Our story

Founded in response to the demand from the business community for more useful economics than that taught in universities.


"To make economics intelligible and of practical use for business decision-making."

Our mission is to provide economic and financial training services to the Vietnamese business community, complemented by information on the Vietnamese and global economies, and with the specific objective of contributing to more informed business decision-making in this community.

Founded in 2018

Vietnam Economic Training & Information Services (VIETIS) is an independent body which provides economic training and information services to the Vietnamese business community. The company was established in 2018 and is based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Its establishment is in response to the perceived need for more sophisticated economic data and information by business leaders and managers that are attempting to come to grips with the major structural changes taking place in the Vietnamese economy in the context of its rapid growth and increasing integration into a turbulent global economy.

The global
business cycle

All our services are based on the belief that any understanding of developments in the Vietnamese economy requires context of the global economy and global business cycles.


We intend to embark on our mission through the provision of regular workshops, short courses and in-house training sessions on an array of topics which will showcase the usefulness of the economic information and data analytics that are to be provided in the form of economic reports and user-friendly data sets. 


Short courses


The workshops are meant to regularly update participants on the current state and future directions of the global and Vietnamese economies.

The short courses are for those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of economics and how it can be used for business and investment decision-making.

Our reports serve as economic monitors, with our own on the Vietnamese economy supported by a report on the global economy from our partner.

The team

Dr Nguyen Ngoc Duc


Dr Duc Nguyen is one of the co-founders of VIETIS. He has established numerous business ventures in Vietnam and internationally, the most recent being the establishment of the financial data-analytics company YouTrade.

Dr Nguyen is currently a professor at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HUTECH) in Vietnam, where he is dean of the faculty of Management Information System. He has an extensive record of academic accomplishments, the most notable of which are:

Best thesis award in relation to building and deploying the Vietnam Securities Information System (2002);

Post-Doc and Research Scholar at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA;

Experience in collaboration projects with research groups from: University of Fribourg, Switzerland, University of Northwestern, Switzerland, University of Bolton, UK, University of Marburg, Germany, University of Illinois, USA, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand;

Founder and Vice Director of Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Technology (CIRTECH), HUTECH; founder, consultant, operator of SMEs in Vietnam.

Bram Nicholas


Bram is one of the co-founders of VIETIS. He has worked as an investment analyst for Econsult International (Pvt) Ltd since 2013, studying- and trading in global equity, currency, commodity, and bond markets. At present Bram is a lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh University of Technology (HUTECH).

Bram is currently in the process of writing a PhD on the subject of exchange rates and forex markets at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, and has recently completed a MBA from the University of Western Sydney while studying at the International School of Business (University of Economics) in Ho Chi Minh City.

Dr Howard Nicholas
Senior Trainer

Dr Howard Nicholas is presently an Associate Professor at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. He has been at the ISS since 1981, except for a 9-year period from 1987-1996 when he was the resident coordinator of two Dutch government projects in Sri Lanka – to set up a think tank for the Sri Lankan government and develop a department of post-graduate studies in economics at the University of Colombo.

Dr Nicholas has published numerous articles in reputed international journals and, in 2011, a book on the subject of prices with Macmillans Press. He is currently working on a three volume sequel to this book, looking at money and business cycles. The first of these three volumes is expected to be published in 2019.

Dr Nicholas has had considerable policy experience in his country of birth, Sri Lanka, where he helped establish a think-tank for the government in 1989, the Institute of Policy Studies, and worked closely with the Ministry of Finance and planning on a number of different projects, including one which was published as a report by the UNDP in 2004 entitled “The Macroeconomics of Poverty Alleviation”.

Dr Nicholas has extensive teaching experience in the area of business economics and financial markets, having taught these subjects in a number of countries, especially in Asia. He has won the best-teacher award in his own Institution for the last 18 years – which is every year since the award was first given.

Dr Nicholas is regularly invited to give lectures on the global economy and is known by those who have attended his lectures for his early warnings on the Asian crisis (1996-8), the global crises of 2001-3 and 2007-9, and the little known crisis of the Chinese economy in 2015.


VIETIS is a partner of the Netherlands-based Kapital Economics, a company which offers support with the development of economic training programs and information analytics for companies that provide local business communities with economic intelligence. Kapital Economics aims to develop information-sharing synergies with associate companies across the globe to establish more a sophisticated and complete economic analysis on a global and local level.