This “hands-on” workshop will give participants a competitive edge with stocks, bonds and commodities.

The workshop will be held in RMIT’s state of the art Financial Trading Lab and participants will have access to the information systems and tools used by most financial firms.

Participants will:

  • Be able to manage a portfolio of diverse market securities (assemble, track and rebalance according to risk appetite) that incorporates macroeconomic indicator analysis
  • Gain experience with trend and momentum indicators as well as develop price identification techniques
  • Have real-time access to global financial resources

The workshop also offers participants an overview of the capabilities of RMIT Vietnam’s graduates who are possible future recruits.

For profiles of presenters and details of the actual workshop, see below the poster.

Note: While parking is available on site for bikes, it is NOT available for cars.


Activities Agenda

Time Activity
8:00-8:30am Breakfast and Registration
8:30-8:35am Opening speech from RMIT Vietnam
8:35-10:00am Training sessions
10:00-10:15am Tea-break and Networking
10:15-11:30am Stock Trading Competition
11:30-11:45am Discussion
11:45am-12:00pm Conclusion


  1. RMIT Vietnam Financial Trading Lab.
  2. Proprietary software, including Thomson Reuters Eikon, RMIT Trader.
  3. Publicly accessible databases for research purpose.


Tai Tran:

Tai Tran is currently leading the upgrade project for RMIT Vietnam Financial Trading Lab. He has taught at RMIT for 5 years. Prior to RMIT, Tai guided postgraduate research candidates in University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. Tai has experience in equity investment, having been managing portfolio for SBI Holdings Japan, FPT Capital. Apart from investment, Tai used to consult Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange and stock brokerage firms on process optimisation, product development, information systems for front-end trading and back-end management. His research interest is equity investment, financial engineering, and entrepreneurship.


Wil Martens:

Wil Martens has been teaching at RMIT for 9 years in both the Finance and Accounting disciplines.  He is currently pursuing his PhD in Finance with RMIT- Australia.  Prior to his time at RMIT, Wil has held various roles, from an Account Manager at CIBC World Markets in Canada, to Business Development at Vietnam Asset Management in Ho Cho Minh City.


Geoffrey Vanderpal:

Ambassador Dr. Geoffrey VanderPal spent nearly 25 years in the field of finance working in wealth management, investment management, insurance, personal financial planning and banking. He also founded and was CEO of a start-up financial management firm eventually growing it organically into a multi-million USD enterprise, and later sold the firm. He has been teaching finance for multiple universities on 4 continents since 2003. He is published in various academic journals and currently has a new book titled, “Invincible Investing” available soon. He earned an MBA from Webster University, a Doctorate degree in Business and Finance from Nova Southeastern University and a Post-Doctorate in Global Leadership from Colorado Technical University. He also maintains the Certified Financial Planner (™), Certified Treasury Professional and Chartered Life Underwriter professional certifications. Most recently he was appointed to the diplomatic position of Ambassador at Large and Special Economic Adviser for the Republic of Guinea.