Lam Ngoc Thao

Executive Director


Thao believes that every individual is capable of making the world a better place and this belief has inspired her to commit her professional life to the Community Development sector.

Thao has been LIN’s Executive Director since August 2019 after joining LIN in September 2017 as Finance Director, where she had oversight of all financial and operational functions, including budgeting, forecasting, internal control system, working with donors on grant proposal budgets and financial reporting, communication with Governmental Departments to ensure that the organization’s governance and finance system complied with Governmental regulations, as well as advised the senior management team and Board of Director on governance decisions.

Prior to LIN, Thao had seven years of financial management experience in the nonprofit sector. She also was a university lecturer in business finance and has mentored nonprofit emerging leaders on internal controls.

She is described by her colleagues and associates as a trusted partner, a collaborative leader and a relationship builder who deeply commits to the organization’s mission and the community. That is why in early 2018, Thao was selected to participate in the US Government’s “Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative” professional program. This exchange program provided an opportunity to broaden her leadership skills and build a wide network with American partners and emerging leaders from different countries who work in the community development sector