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Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue 2021 Launch Reception in Ho Chi Minh City

Applications now open for young Australian & Vietnamese leaders looking to accelerate their leadership journeys


The Australia-Vietnam Leadership Dialogue (AVLD) launched the 2021 Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue.


The Australia-Vietnam Leadership Dialogue (AVLD) launched the 2021 Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue.


The 2021 Dialogue, the third Young Leadership Dialogue hosted by AVLD, opens the international and highly competitive search for outstanding young leaders with a desire to deepen their contribution to the Australia-Vietnam bilateral relationship and accelerate their own leadership journey.


The 2021 Dialogue will bring together 20 young, dynamic and talented delegates, representing leaders from business, policy, education, health, arts and culture, innovation, and not-for-profit sectors. The next generation of leaders from both nations will embark upon a transformative journey towards stronger innovation partnerships and collaboration across mutually beneficial priority areas.

The launch event was simultaneously hosted in Sydney at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Ho Chi Minh City at the Australian Consul-General’s Residence.



In Vietnam, Her Excellency Ms Robyn Mudie, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam opened the launch event. The Australian Ambassador was joined by Ms Julianne Cowley - Australian Consul-General, Mr Kien Nguyen - NSW Director of Investment and Trade (Vietnam), and representatives from Vietnamese and Australian Governments, universities, the private sector, NGOs, and local media.


Following the search and announcement of delegates in June, the 2021 Dialogue will be held as an exciting residential five-day hybrid program across Ho Chi Minh City and Sydney from 5 – 9 September 2021. The theme of the 2021 Dialogue is “Regeneration”.


Newly appointed on the AVLD Advisory Board, Her Excellency Ms Robyn Mudie - Australian Ambassador to Vietnam said: “The relationship between Australia and Vietnam has never been stronger. Organisations like the Australia Vietnam Leadership Dialogue play an important role in building these personal connections, particularly at the grassroots level. I am always heartened to hear stories of our scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators and others working together to advance our shared interests”, said Ambassador Robyn Mudie.

Her Excellency Ms Robyn Mudie - Australian Ambassador to Vietnam.


“We are incredibly appreciative of the support from our partners, alumni and community since 2017. It is this community which allows us to carry the momentum into our third dialogue in 2021, and continue to strengthen AVLD as the only dedicated and pre-eminent non-Government organisation focused on the bilateral relationship between Australia and Vietnam”, said Ms Thao Nguyen, Co-founder and Board Chair of AVLD.


AVLD Patron, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC, said that “Australia and Vietnam have made incredible strides in their bilateral relations through ongoing diplomatic ties, economic engagement and trade relationships. The future of the Australia-Vietnam relationship is built on positive and future-focused collaborations, such as those driven by AVLD.”


Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and Trade, Mr John Barilaro said Vietnam was NSW's 9th largest trading partner.


"The state's export strengths in the food and beverage, agriculture, water, and education and training sectors, coupled with strong technology and innovation ecosystem, position NSW as an ideal partner to help Vietnam meet emerging economic, demographic and social challenges," Mr Barilaro said.


"As an emerging market with an increasingly globally and regionally integrated economy and a growing middle-class there is a need to increase awareness in NSW of the Vietnamese market and raise the profile of NSW in Vietnam”.


"The NSW Government is also proactively collaborating with our ASEAN counterparts to create stronger, more innovative, and strategic Sister-State arrangements across the region."


AVLD is an independent not-for-profit organisation that was established to nurture relationships, promote engagement and incubate collaboration between Australian and Vietnamese young leaders from a broad spectrum of society. The Dialogue is a core program of AVLD.


Applications for delegation will close on 16 April 2021. For information about how to apply, click here. Assistance with application queries is also available by email: info@australiavietnam.org.




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