John Duy-An Nguyen, PhD, is the first president of One Body Village. Before joining OBV in 2013, he held appointments at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Kay Jewelers, SmartSoft Technology, TRW, and National Geographic, where he spent 15 years with the last position as Senior Vice President of Information Systems and Technology. He is also a member of IBM Technical Advisory Board, NEXTGEN International Advisory Panel, Midmarket CIO Forum, Enterprise Mobility Forum Advisory Board, and Vietnam One, the first Vietnamese Content News and Lifestyle Programs Channel in the United States. In addition, he was an OBV Board member from 2008 to 2011, and was instrumental in creating the OBV By-Laws in its beginning.
Before leaving Vietnam in 1983, John had studied for priesthood in St. Paul seminary of Xuan-Loc Diocese for ten (10) years. Therefore, after working in Business Management and Information Technology for three (3) decades, he took early retirement and looked for ways to fulfill his childhood dream of serving God's children. He participated in the OBV's May 2013 Mission Trip led by Fr. Martino Nguyen – founder of OBV to witness first-hand the poverty, the oppression, the lack of shelter, food, and amenities of our people, as well as the commercial trafficking of children in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore. The experience from this trip reassured his decision to "BE A VOICE, LEND A HAND, MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and SAVE A LIFE" when joining the OBV management team. He joined the team, he came, he saw with his own eyes, and he decided to continue following God's call to serve His children through OBV mission.