Dom LaVigne is a seasoned American executive who has over 20 years of senior management, government relations, and foreign direct investment (FDI) experience in the Asia Pacific region. He has lived and worked in Asia since 2000.
Mr. LaVigne is Director for Government & Public Affairs – Asia Pacific/Middle East for the Methanol Institute (MI), a non-profit, private
sector, global trade association headquartered in Singapore which supports the growth of the methanol industry. In this role, he is responsible for leading government relations and market development initiatives and outreach, and with helping MI and its members become more visible throughout these vibrant regions.
In 2010-2011, Mr. LaVigne was Senior Advisor, Asia Pacific Region for his alma mater, John Carroll University (JCU). In this short-term consultancy role, he helped the university develop its first relationship-building and recruiting initiatives across nine Asia Pacific markets.
Between 2003-2011, Mr. LaVigne worked in senior-level positions for the American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham). He started in 2003 as Government Affairs Manager at AmCham Singapore. Since that time, he has served as Executive Director at AMCHAM Malaysia, AmCham Singapore, and most recently at the newly-created AmCham Afghanistan in Kabul.
Mr. LaVigne has been influential in helping U.S. and international companies achieve their public policy objectives through his experience and extensive contacts in the Asian and US foreign direct investment (FDI) communities. He has been an advisor to governments in China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam on American business interests in the region. From 2003-2007, he organized numerous AmCham-US Embassy business investment missions to China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
Mr. LaVigne also has close ties with several former heads of state and world leaders. This resulted from his having worked as an aide to Vice President Al Gore at The White House in 1993-1995, and from producing CEO-level conferences for BusinessWeek and its event-management company, dnmStrategies Limited, in Hong Kong and Singapore in 2000-2003.
Mr. LaVigne graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio (United States). He has excellent German, intermediate Mandarin Chinese, and basic Korean language skills. A Singapore permanent resident, Mr. LaVigne has lived and worked in Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Afghanistan, and presently resides in Singapore.