Colin Blackwell is originally from the UK, where he completed his business degree. After starting his career in HR in the UK, he relocated to Russia in 1993 where he was one of the first expatriates to work in the very new HR consulting field there. He was instrumental in setting up the first ever graduate jobfair in Russia.
In 1995, Colin joined PricewaterhouseCoopers where he set up the first and market leading HR consultancy, employment agency and salary surveys in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. During this time he also founded the HR Club in Ho Chi Minh City and the HR Association in Hanoi, plus also introduced the first ever graduate jobfairs into Vietnam.
In 2000 he moved with PricewaterhouseCoopers to Australia where he headed a specialist international HR consulting unit. During that time he also completed his postgraduate studies in strategic HR and became a Chartered Member of the Australian HR Institute. In 2004 he returned to the UK, where he was deputy head of global HR for a top FTSE 100 company. When that company was taken over he relocated to the new headquarters in Germany, where he was head of global compensation, benefits, executive HR and mobility for 70,000 employees across 40 countries. In addition he had responsibility for setting up for the same company a regional Asia HR function in Singapore, which he headed for 20,000 employees across Asia.
Colin is now running a group of companies in Vietnam in aviation ground handling, air cargo, software, tourism and handcrafts export. A large proportion of his staff are disabled and his companies work closely with the UN International Labour Organization as a success story case study to change perceptions about disability in Vietnam. He is the Chairman of the HR Committee of the Vietnam Business Forum, representing the business community to the Ministry of Labour. He is on the supervisory board of the Vietnam Employment Agency Federation and also a judge for the Vietnam HR Awards.