Press Release (Vietnam): Delegates announced for the 2019 Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue


Ha Noi, Viet Nam – 15 March 2019

Today, The Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue (AVYLD) has announced 22 young leaders representing Australia and Vietnam as delegates to its 2019 Dialogue. For the first time, the Dialogue will be held in Vietnam on 26-30 May, 2019. On this exciting occasion, the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Craig Chittick hosted an exclusive Reception at his residence to celebrate the 2019 AVYLD delegates and their exciting journey ahead at the Dialogue.

On this milestone, Mr. Craig Chittick, the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, said “The Australian Government via the Australia ASEAN Council is a proud supporter of the Dialogue. It was inspiring to have been part of the process to select the delegates for the 2019 Dialogue. There is no doubt that the selected delegates will help shape the future of Vietnam and Australia. I look forward to strengthening our bilateral relationship with Vietnam through this significant platform.”

“I commend the co-founders and team at the Australia Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue for creating a unique and powerful platform to deepen our strategic bilateral relationship. The alumni and 2019 delegates will indeed create the necessary impact for both our countries as we face shared challenges together.” states Mr. Ngo Huong Nam, Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia.  

The five-day dialogue aims to facilitate deeper cross-cultural understanding and collaboration through discussions and workshops with distinguished speakers and peers from both Vietnam and Australia. This year, the dialogue centres around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals under the overarching theme Beyond 2019: Creating Our  Sustainable Future Together.  Within this theme, delegates will have the opportunity to be provided new perspectives that can shift mindsets and drive action towards achieving a brighter future for the countries and the world, with clear momentum.

“We have assembled an inspiring group of young leaders from agriculture, education, technology among other sectors – growing the AVYLD community of those who are committed to impact, leveraging the bilateral relationship. Vietnam will host the 2019 Dialogue for the first time. We are confident this opportunity will deepen linkages in many transformative ways.”, states Ms Thao Nguyen, Co-founders and Board Chair of AVYLD.

Throughout a rigorous selection process,  AVYLD received over 2,000 expressions of interest, out of which 22 young leaders, 11 from each country, have been selected. This diverse group of delegates spans across various industries: arts, agriculture, technology, sports, business, education, environment and human rights.

Mr. Nguyen Duy, a Vietnamese 2019  delegate and Co-founded Startup Vietnam Foundation is excited to share “If asking myself, how future looks like, these keywords will pop-up in my mind: young generation, sustainable development, global care, human links, and I can find all of these in AVYLD. I strongly believe that engaging with young leaders from diverse background from both countries and learning from other senior leaders  from the Dialogue will be a lifetime experience”

As an Australian young leader chosen as a 2019 delegate, Alli Devlin, an alumna from UTS Sydney and site engineer at Lendlease, says, “I am looking forward to engaging in thought-provoking conversations with fellow delegates which may stimulate innovative project ideas for positive and long-term impact. With other delegates, I want to unravel the complex social, economic, political and environmental issues facing our nations, both now and in the future. I want to drive profitable and sustainable construction in both Australia and Vietnam”.

Following this event, there will be an announcement event in Melbourne, Australia next week, 21st March, hosted by Asialink Business, a major partner of AVYLD, to announce the Australian delegates.

Information on the AVYLD 2019 young leader delegates can be found here.

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The Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Further information on the Australia-ASEAN Council is available at:


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Media Contact:
Ly Nguyen (Vietnam)

Rita Do (Australia)