Keynote Speakers

Mr. Kester Scandrett

Chief Representative of DSI, LLC in Hanoi

Mr. Scandrett is the Chief Representative of DSI, LLC in Hanoi. DSI is a water resources engineering, planning, and research & development firm with its headquarters in Seattle, USA. In his time at DSI, Mr. Scandrett has managed and supported numerous engineering design analyses and water resource studies of many water systems, including rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries. His technical input and project management skills have supported dozens of planning documents, feasibility studies, and design specifications. His work also involves coordination in developing, testing, marketing, and training DSI’s EFDC+ Explorer Modeling System for hydrodynamic, chemical fate and transport, and water quality simulations. 

Mr. Scandrett also has experience in infrastructure development and poverty alleviation with UNDP in Vietnam. This involved working closely with national government officials, villagers, national consultants, and national construction companies to build new capacity for planning, design, construction management, and quality control. He has implemented various infrastructure projects, including water supplies and bridges, as well as a large-scale earthwork and concrete construction.

Mr. John (J.J.) Hurley

APHIS Area Director in Hanoi

John (J.J.) Hurley joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in 2002. In 2006 he joined the Foreign Service. He has held overseas assignments in Panama (2006-10) and Guatemala (2011-15), where he was responsible for overseeing multinational programs controlling insect pests affecting animal and plant health. Mr. Hurley also served in Washington, D.C., (2015-2018) with APHIS’ Trade Support Team, handling sanitary and phytosanitary trade issues for Latin America. He was then assigned to Mexico (2018-21) as the APHIS Attaché overseeing plant health programs including pest monitoring and control, trade, and capacity building. 

Currently, he is the APHIS Area Director posted in Hanoi, Vietnam responsible for plant and animal health issues in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.  Prior to joining APHIS, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras. He is married to Marcela Hurley (Rojas) of Bogota, Colombia and has four children.  He has an undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Louisville.