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Australia – Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue Officially Launches 2019 Applications in Vietnam

The Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue (AVYLD/Dialogue) is pleased to announce the launch of AVYLD 2019 in Vietnam. The launch event was hosted by the Australian Consul-General to Vietnam, Ms. Karen Lanyon. Applications are now open for candidates to apply to be selected as one of 20 delegates to contribute to deepening the bilateral relationship between the two countries and accelerating their leadership journey.

The second Dialogue will be held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 26 - 30 May 2019 and will bring together a group of 20 dynamic and talented leaders under 35 representing various industries such as: business, policy, education, startups, non-for-profit and the arts.

This is the second launch after the first launch event in Sydney, hosted by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honorable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, (Ret’d) at his official residence in Sydney.

The main theme of the 2019 Dialogue is “Creating Our Sustainable Future Together”. Delegates will explore this theme throughout the four-day residential Dialogue.

Hosting the event, Australian Consul-General to Vietnam, Ms. Karen Lanyon said “This year marked the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Vietnam. The Dialogue is a platform that demonstrates the power of people to people links. The Australian government is a proud supporter of this program through the Australia-ASEAN Council. I believe the Dialogue contributes directly to our strengthening bilateral relationship, and supports the sustainable development of both our countries”

Ms. Thao Nguyen, Co-founder and Board Chair of AVYLD said, “In 2017, the delegates were given a life-changing experience describing the Dialogue as ‘transformative’ and ‘groundbreaking’. The 2017 Delegates have engaged with both country Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers and other senior people in business and government. With the help of our partners including RMIT and the Australia-ASEAN Council, I believe in 2019 we will build on our previous success, propelling and challenging delegates to define their impact roles, as they shape the future of our countries and the region.”

Ha Lam, Co- founder and COO of Triip Pte Ltd, a company valued at over $US 10 million. Ha is listed as a Forbes 30 under 30 young leader and as a Dialogue delegate in 2017, she said “The Dialogue opened me up to new perspectives that changed how I work and live. I was inspired on many levels. The new friendships I created are lifelong.”

Last year, the inaugural Dialogue was held In Sydney, which received 1400 expressions of interests, had 56 high-profile speakers, 15 partners/sponsors, 20 volunteer steering committee members and 20 delegates from Australia and Vietnam.

Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue 2019 is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


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