Meet the Team

Keep Hanoi Clean benefits from the expertise of permanent staff, volunteer specialists and leading advisers.   

Our diverse team works across the multi-disciplinary fields of administration, marketing, fundraising, environmental science, event planning, and education. Recent university graduates work alongside corporate executives, senior environmental PhD scientists, marketing professionals and experienced sustainability consultants. 

Above all, the entire team are passionate about bringing about real change to Hanoi’s natural environments.  

 James Joseph Kendall – Founder

James Kendall is an American English teacher with a B.A. in Communications who has lived in Vietnam since 2013. His captivation with Hanoi’s culture and passion for the environment inspired him in May 2016 to invite a group of friends to clean up Yen Hoa canal in Cau Giay district. The activity soon went viral and led James and his friends to found Keep Hanoi Clean.

“If we all do our own part, big or small, to protect the environment, it adds up to something greater than we could ever possibly imagine.”

Diep Bui – President

Diep Bui became a member of KHC in 2016 and is currently the legal owner of Keep Hanoi Clean Social Enterprise. In 2019, she was an Environmental Fellow of the Community Solutions Program, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States Department of State and implemented by IREX. During  four months in the USA, she worked at EarthGen to develop and implement environmental education programs. She was also selected to be one of the young emerging leaders to participate in the Global Leadership Forum 2019 – Collaborative Solutions for Social Impact, which is hosted by the Presidential Precinct and the University of Virginia.

Douglas Snyder – General Director

Douglas Snyder joined KHC in 2016 and now serves in a leadership role. He is an environmentalist from the United States with over 20 years of experience working on sustainable development issues and green building design. He has a B.S. in Environmental Studies and an M.S. in Organizational Management. Based in Hanoi since 2012, besides Keep Hanoi Clean, he’s been fortunate enough to work locally on sustainability programs for the Ministry of Construction, the Ministry of Science and Technology, USAID, IFC-World Bank Group, UNDP, DFAT, VGBC, Vietnam Green Building Council, and ARDOR Architects.

“If we work together, I know we can all make Vietnam a leader in SE Asia, if not the world, in healthy and sustainable living.”

Our Core Team

Quyen Nguyen

Project Manager

Duc LeAnh

Project Manager

Yen Le

Senior Program Officer

Dung Vu

Project Specialist

Surya Prasad

Environmental Engineer

Linh Nguyen 

Communications & Fundraising Officer

Jonny Lupton 

Marketing Specialist

Huong Nguyen

Environmental Engineer Intern

Khue Tran

Food Technology Engineer

We’re always looking for passionate people to join our friendly team. Why not browse our current vacancies

Our Advisers

Thom Nguyen

Legal Advisor

Trang Tran

Financial Advisor

Lindsey Kauffman

Organic Agriculture Expert

Toni Slater

Senior Marketing Advisor

Jeff Richardson

Senior Ecology Advisor

Ashton Eli 

Fashion Expert

Spencer Phillips 

Ecological Economist

Stephan Ulrich

Management Advisor

Keep Hanoi Clean Volunteers

In addition to our core staff and team of advisers, Keep Hanoi Clean has been lucky enough to draw on the passion, energy and dedication of over 4000 volunteers both from Hanoi and around the world.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of KHC — our achievements to-date would not have been possible without them. 

Volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities are always welcome to join our events. Find out more about volunteering with Keep Hanoi Clean