Thao is Chairperson and co-founder of the Australia Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue. She is Regional Director of UTS:INSEARCH covering Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia. She was formerly Vietnam/Cambodia head of private equity strategy for a multi-billion dollar investment fund. As a corporate lawyer and advisor she assisted clients with market entry strategy including acquisitions and greenfield ventures. Thao helped to establish and was managing head of Ernst & Young Law Vietnam LLC. Thao was previously a Management Board Member of the NSW Ethnic Communities Council, National Community Advisory Committee member to the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), National NGO Delegation member to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam. She is currently the Board Chair of Loreto Vietnam Australia Program, an education charity. Her memoir, We Are Here was published by Allen & Unwin and shortlisted for 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Thao has been living in Vietnam since 2007.