Press Release: Delegates announced for inaugural Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue 2017!

SYDNEY, Australia – 17 March 2017

The Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue (AVYLD) have selected 20 young leaders representing Australia and Vietnam as delegates to its inaugural dialogue in Sydney, Australia during May 15-18th, 2017.

The not-for-profit cross-border initiative is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC). The AAC was established by Australia’s Foreign Minister in September 2015 to shape engagement with South-East Asia and strengthen partnerships through stronger business, science, arts and cultural links. Other partners include UTS:INSEARCH, KPMGMuru-D, EY, Bluescope Vietnam, Horwood Partners and StudyNSW, NSW Government Department of Premier and Cabinet among others.

“The selected delegates for the inaugural dialogue are an exceptional group of visionary young leaders. We are deeply inspired by their stories and believe they will set a model foundation for the dialogue,” states Ms Thao Nguyen, Board Chair of AVYLD.

Mr. Craig Chittick, the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam who was part of the selection process and hosted the Vietnamese delegates at a private evening reception last night, adds that “Australia’s future relationship with Vietnam will be characterised by dynamism, innovation and deep personal linkages. The first group of participants are outstanding leaders in a range of fields and their contribution to building a strong partnership between Australia and Vietnam will be felt for years and decades to come.”

The inaugural four day dialogue aims to facilitate deeper cross-cultural understanding and collaboration through discussions and workshops with speakers and peers. It will focus on “innovation” as an overall theme in areas such as leadership, education, business and national development. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet with global leaders, senior government officials and successful entrepreneurs from both Australia and Vietnam.

“We are pleased to be a distinguished partner and supporter of the dialogue and look forward to hosting a day at the UTS Business School in Sydney. We will be encouraging the delegates to explore and discuss the future of education, and we look forward to hearing their perspectives, questions and ideas,” states Mr. Tim Laurence, Dean of Studies at UTS:INSEARCH.

AVYLD received more than 1400 expressions of interest and 375 qualified applications. 10 delegates representing Australia and 10 delegates representing Vietnam were chosen through a rigorous selection process. The diverse group of delegates spans across various industries including the arts, finance, technology, philanthropy, business, education and healthcare.

Mr. Trieu, an Australian delegate of the inaugural program and TV host of SBS Pop Asia is excited about “getting the opportunity to make new friends while helping the future of Vietnam and Australia.”

“AVYLD is a platform that is really needed. Nurturing and maintaining relationships between both countries can create endless opportunities including making the leaders of tomorrow,” Mr Trieu adds.

Ms. Huong Dang, Vietnamese delegate and International Partnership and Engagement Manager at KOTO Social Enterprise says, “I am looking forward to seeing other delegates [and be] engaged with their projects to not only learn but also exchange my knowledge [and] form a community where we can support each other, or even working as a group for some community projects.”

Ms. Rachel Bui, CEO of Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership is looking forward to “meet the delegates in May and help them start initiatives that will contribute significantly to Australia and Vietnam. The future is definitely in their hands.”

The inaugural delegates were selected by an esteemed judging panel of senior Australian and Vietnamese leaders which can be found here.

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The 20 delegates representing Australia and Vietnam are:


David Ding – Community and Operations Manager at Telstra’s accelerator, muru-D Singapore and an advisor to the Viet Youth Entrepreneurs.

Elsa Dominish – Senior Research Consultant at UTS’ Institute for Sustainable Futures working on natural resources and climate change projects within research, non-government organisations and the private sector in Australia and Asia.

Elouise Hahn – Communications Manager at Loreto Australia and Southeast Asia and former journalist who has previously produced two full-length documentaries about life in Kolkata India.

Kathryn Louise Michie – Public Sector Partnerships Manager at World Wildlife Fund where she oversees international development and conservation projects across Asia-Pacific.

Mark Andrew Schultz – Senior Consultant at Nous Group where he leads projects to improve organisational performance and develop new public policy initiatives for governments, universities and businesses.

Shuyin Tang – Principal at Unitus Impact where she dedicated the last four years to working in impact investment and has a record of experience with social ventures.

Nguyen Tran – AI researcher at IBM Australia based in Melbourne where he is developing research techniques and applications in the natural language processing and deep learning fields.

Andy Trieu – TV Host at SBS Pop Asia and is passionate about promoting diversity in the Australian entertainment industry.

Isabella Truong – Advisory Pharmacist at Blackmores Institute with over 10 years of experience working in pharmacy. Isabella is committed to helping the community achieve positive health outcomes.

Caroline Vu – Chief Impact Officer of Impact Investment Group who has founded her very own network for emerging leaders in philanthropy/impact investment.


Huong Dang – International Partnership and Engagement Manager at Australian social enterprise Know One Teach One (KOTO) and winner of the Victorian International Student of the Year 2013.

Hoang Dao – CEO of Monkey Junior, which has more than 1.5 million users and is currently number 1 most downloaded learn to read app in both App Store and Google Play in many countries including USA, Canada and Vietnam.

Hang Do – Vice President of Business Development and External Relations at Seedcom, a young retail holding group with a portfolio of 10 companies such as,, etc.

Ha Lam – Co-founder of, a VC-backed tech startup that focuses on creating unique local experiences in 98 countries and 635 cities with over 4,500 hand-picked tours.

Nga Le – Senior Director of XLE which developed Saigon Heat, VBA, and Jr. NBA. Nga also set up her own foundation to help Vietnamese women to be more confident as well as mentally and physically fit.

Vinh Le – Dean of Faculty of Teacher Education at Vietnam National University. Vinh became the young Associate Professor in Vietnam after returning from the US where he completed a PhD in Maths at Harvard.

Khoi Nguyen – An award-winning and passionate young writer/ filmmaker in Vietnam who has also achieved his first book deal through his travel blog which attracts over 40,000 followers.

Phillip Nguyen – Vice President of Business Development Imex Pan Pacific Group, a diversified conglomerate that controls a majority of the Vietnamese market in distributing major international brands.

Tin Nguyen – CEO Trung Thuy Group, a corporation that is diversified across real estate, tourism and commerce. Tin is a serial entrepreneur and is currently working on the Lancaster residential apartments.

Hang Vu – Deputy CEO Japan Vietnam Medical JSC where she leads restructuring, operations, and co-investments to improve hospital facilities and services.