Please scroll through this page to see the bios of our ILV Committee for 2020. We are looking forward to making this a wonderful year for all ILV members, and we hope to get your input on what you are looking for in your membership. If you have an idea for a speaker for Coffee Morning, a discount provider, or an outing or activity you’d like to bring forward for consideration, we’d love to hear from you. 

If you are a current ILV member and interested in joining the ILV Committee, most of us are here on indefinite assignments so ILV occasionally has unexpected committee vacancies that need to be filled during the year. Those vacancies are filled by a vote of the current Committee, based on members volunteering for a position or being nominated.

You don’t have to speak or write perfect English to take these positions, and you will be provided with lots of help to get you started and as we carry on through the year.

Being on the ILV Committee is very rewarding, and is a great way to provide your valuable input for the benefit of all members. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend to nominate you, or to nominate yourself for the position you are interested in. The Committee wants YOU!

Piu Lahiri
ILV President

Piu is a bookaholic, passionate about ancient history, community service and is writing her first book. Since she left Indian shores two decades ago, she has lived in Bangkok, Seoul, Singapore, Cairo, Lusaka, Hanoi and now Saigon. An English lecturer by profession, her passion for the education of underprivileged children has inspired her to work with NGOs as a fundraiser. She has also trained as a museum docent. She loves discovering hidden alleyways, old pagodas, researching traditional arts and crafts.

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Dalit Nir
Vice-President Administration
Dalit and her family arrived in Vietnam 2 years ago.For them, this is the first time to live abroad and they like it very much.
Dalit worked at the university and now she enjoys not working! She enjoys taking  time to travel, read and learn about different cultures.  ILV has given her the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and she loves being an ILV member.
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Freeda Kingelin
Vice-President Social
A mother of five adults, Freeda was born in the UK to Finnish and Kashmiri parents. She moved to Denmark when she was 25 years old, and identifies herself as an eclectic mix of all these countries. In 2017, she quit her career in Marketing & Branding and moved to Saigon with her husband´s work. She loves her time in Vietnam; enjoys her new freedom, new network of friends, as well as the many adventures living in South East Asia offers.
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Christine Floreani

Christine is from France and has lived abroad her entire life. Born in Algeria, she lived as a child in Uganda, Syria, the USA and as an adult in Kenya, Rumania, Indonesia, the UK, the United Arab Emirates and the USA again. Mother of 3 grown up sons, she is married to a French diplomat who took his post in HCMC in September 2017. Christine has worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over 25 years, with assignments abroad at embassies or at headquarters in Paris, respectively as an accountant, admin/financial officer and human resources manager. She has taken a leave of absence to be with her husband in Vietnam. She loves history, visiting ancient monuments, walking in cities and in nature. She enjoys having free time to meet and socialize with the local and international community and grateful to ILV for its wonderful spirit of friendship and solidarity.    

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Anne Ross
Anne came to HCMC in August 2018 from Warsaw, Poland. Originally from Scotland, Anne has enjoyed living in many other countries around the world including Ireland, Belgium and China. Anne retired from her job in consumer insights, to come to HCMC with her husband. She is now fully enjoying the freedom of not working for the first time, as well as the chance to explore more about the people, culture and language of Vietnam, Helped by the great friendships and activities with ILV, Anne has never been so busy!
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Maila Nanaga
Membership Secretary
Maila is from the Philippines and has lived in Vietnam for a total of 10 years. Her husband is from Denmark and they have a 13 year old son going to SSIS. In addition to the Philippines and Vietnam, Maila has lived in Bangladesh, Sweden and Denmark. Maila likes going to the gym and swimming. Or rather, she says she doesn't really like to go to either one, but forces herself to go to make up for her love of cheese and wine.
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Sophia Nguyen
​Activities & Outings Coordinator

Vietnamese-born and educated in France, Sophia lived in Connecticut, USA, for 30 years where she enjoyed a successful career in banking. During her sabbatical stay in Singapore, Sophia was part of FOM (Friends of the Museum) and was involved in various charity ventures.She has now returned to her motherland after extensive travels and is dedicating her time to social, art and cultural activities. She is currently a volunteer at Point d’Ecoute, an initiative in liaison with the French Consulate, to assist French citizens in carrying out administrative procedures.

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Linda Pearce
Community Liaison & Coffee Morning Coordinator
Linda and her husband arrived in Vietnam October 2018 from Manilla. As a child, her family emigrated to Australia from the North of England,living in Sydney predominantly, later in Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Her hunger for travel, all ready set in her gene code, continued. She raised 3 daughters who are now women living across the world. Linda has grand children born in Korea, Hong Kong, Wales and Australia.Her working life was very diversified,but she has a love of sales and marketing.She worked with the Mars group Australia, from sales agent through to nsw merchandise manager.Her first expat post was in Taiwan, then the Philippines, then Bulgaria and finally Thailand. It wasn’t long before the itch began again,and now here they are! She enjoys keeping fit,currently with bike riding,she also loves reading, having a hunger for crime novels;she writes poetry & and short stories.She is thankful and grateful to ILV as a group,has made some great friends and enjoys fabulous outings. She's looking forward to working with this group of talented ladies making her livfe in Vietnam FUN and diverse.
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Jo Watson
Speakers Coordinator

Joanne was as born in the UK, immigrating to Australia as a baby. She has lived in many places around Australia, currently calling Perth her home. Joanne has worked across numerous industry sectors including retail, banking, consulting and healthcare, where she held administration, management and customer-facing roles. She loves meeting people, networking and entertaining for family, friends, and colleagues. Joanne is a devoted mother to two wonderful young men – Ben (30) and Sam (27). She moved to Saigon in 2018 when her husband Mark accepted the position of Country Manager for an international environmental consulting firm.

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Catherine Graydon
Discount Coordinator
Catherine is Canadian and moved to HCMC adding to her 21 years in Asia. The last 17 years were in Hong Kong where she kept busy volunteering, playing bridge, hiking and teaching English. Catherine is an avid birdwatcher, loves working out and playing bridge. "ILV is an extraordinary connector leapfrogging me into daily life, making friends, socializing and adjusting to my new home." Contact Catherine if you find a unique, quality company that should join ILV's Discount Provider team.
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Moray Banfield
Social Media Coordinator

Former broadcast journalist, Moray has been living and working in Vietnam for 14 years. She has been a member of ILV since her arrival in Saigon. She enjoys exploring new areas, photography, and crafting.

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Larissa Boden
Bazaar Coordinator
Larissa is from Ukraine and has lived in Ho Chi Minh the past 2 years as her first overseas experience. She moved here with her husband who is from Sweden and their three children, but continues to manage her two businesses in farming and handmade carpets in the Ukraine. Her family considers Vietnam as their primary home now and want to learn about Vietnam and its wonderful people better. Larissa is in charge of the ILV Charity bazaar and is excited to learn about local entrepreneurship and craftsmanship.
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