Press Release: Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue launch applications to develop the next generation of leaders


SYDNEY, Australia – 13 October 2016

Young Australian and Vietnamese leaders will benefit from the Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue (“AVYLD”), a new non-for-profit cross-border initiative supported by the Australian Government via the Australia-ASEAN Council and other partners including UTS:INSEARCH, Muru-D, EY, Bluescope Steel Vietnam, Horwood Partners, CPA Australia, Asia Society Australia and StudyNSW, NSW Government Department of Premier and Cabinet among others.

AVYLD aims to facilitate a deeper understanding and collaboration between Australian and Vietnamese young leaders to enhance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of both Australia and Vietnam.

Ms. Thao Nguyen, Board Chair of AVYLD stated, “Given the deepening relationship between Australia and Vietnam, we believe it is timely to launch the first Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue. National and global prosperity starts with simple ideas fuelled with passion and vision. We hope to nurture the 10 young leaders from each respective country to incubate collaborations that can accelerate such prosperity”.

The inaugural dialogue will be held in Sydney from May 14-18, 2017 and will bring together a group of 20 young, ambitious delegates between the ages of 25-35 with potential to be future leaders of Australia and Vietnam in areas such as business, policy, education, start-ups, non-for-profit and the arts.

The Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Craig Chittick added, “The Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue is a timely and welcome initiative by an outstanding group of young Vietnamese and Australians. Its work to develop relationships between the next generation of Australian and Vietnamese leaders in a range of fields complements the Australian Government’s efforts to strengthen our bilateral partnerships, particularly in commerce and innovation. I look forward to the first Dialogue meeting in 2017.”

The Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia, his Excellency, Mr Luong Thanh Nghi stated, “Viet Nam is Australia’s fastest growing trade partner among ASEAN countries. At different levels of economic development and with complementary strengths, Australia and Vietnam have much to share. We have built up a new base on which our economic partnership will thrive.”

“The Australia-Viet Nam Young Leadership Dialogue is indeed a very good initiative. I highly appreciate its mission that is to facilitate deeper understanding and collaboration between Vietnamese and Australian young leaders, and to enhance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of Australia and Vietnam.”

Throughout the four-day innovation-themed dialogue, delegates will meet high level government officials, successful entrepreneurs and global leaders from both countries to discuss opportunities and challenges facing their countries and propose innovative solutions to address them collaboratively. They will also be personally challenged through a leadership development component. There will be support post-dialogue from the AVYLD team and its network to help get existing and new initiatives off the ground.

AVYLD is led by CEO Rachel Bui, who has previously worked at Telstra’s muru-D accelerator and helped its startups expand to Asia. Rachel aims to bring her skills and experience from strengthening the startup community to strengthening relationships between Australia and Vietnam by building a vibrant community to support each other via the dialogue and online cross-border collaboration.

Rachel envisions that “through the dialogue and our network of partners, we’re working towards accelerating the collaboration between young Australians and Vietnamese and supporting the delegates to become true global leaders in 10-15 years time. We hope that they contribute back to their local communities and inspire another 1000 people to take action. The support and opportunities from the network are there. We just need visionary leaders who are willing to take up the challenge.”

AVYLD aims to maintain and grow the bilateral relationship between Australia and Vietnam after the dialogue with events and workshops with strategic partners to increase collaboration between both countries.

“UTS:INSEARCH is proud to be supporting close ties between Australia and Vietnam. As the educational partner for the first AVYLD, we hope to encourage a dialogue between young, future leaders that highlights the important role education can play in developing and enhancing knowledge and skills, bilateral relations and global connections,” says UTS:INSEARCH Managing Director, Alex Murphy.

Applications for the inaugural Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue are now open and will close on November 30, 11:59pm AEST (SYD time), apply here:

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The inaugural Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue 2017 is supported by distinguished partners:


Media contact:
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