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Delegates announced for the 2019 Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue

The Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue (AVYLD) has announced 22 young leaders representing Australia and Vietnam as delegates for its 2019 Dialogue. For the first time, the Dialogue will be held in Vietnam on 26-30 May, 2019. On this exciting occasion, the Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership team, in partnership with Asialink Business, hosted an exclusive reception at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre to celebrate and formally announce the delegates.

On this milestone, HE Mr Craig Chittick, the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, says "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 on both our countries as we face shared challenges together." - states Mr Ngo Huong Nam, the Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia.


“Vietnam's rapid economic growth, young and vibrant population, and transformation towards a market economy, make it a rapidly rising star in Southeast Asia and globally. In sectors like tech and innovation, agribusiness, education and more, there are diverse new opportunities for Australia and Vietnam to collaborate. Asialink Business is delighted to support the AVYLD and help foster the next generation of leaders of this dynamic relationship.” - says Mr Mukund Narayanamurti, CEO of Asialink Business, a Major Partner of the Dialogue.


The five-day dialogue aims to facilitate deeper cross-cultural understanding and collaboration through discussions and workshops with distinguished speakers and peers from 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-founder 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.


One of the selected delegates, Ms Louise Tran, Head of Marketing at ForPurposeCo. - part of OzHarvest, shares, "I look forward to sharing my passion and enthusiasm for creating positive change and social impact in our communities and learning from my peers. I genuinely hope that my experience at OzHarvest will provide a different and innovative perspective on how we can better look after our planet, address the UN Sustainable Development Goals, while also taking care of our vulnerable citizens”


Another 2019 delegate, Mr Christopher Hunter, Strategic Advisor (South East Asia) for the Victorian Government says, ”The reason I applied for the AVYLD was to broaden my understanding of the Australia-Vietnam relationship beyond the scope of economic development. I'm looking forward to working with my fellow delegates to generate meaningful ideas for a more inclusive and holistic approach to Australia-Vietnam relations.”


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: www.dfat.gov.au/aac


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