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Vietnamese and Australian leaders pave the way for a regenerative future


Today, 22 young leaders from Vietnam and Australia meet virtually to engage in the 2021 Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue (AVYLD). Selected on the basis of their leadership ability and potential to shape national and regional agendas, the young leaders represent diverse industries, including health, agriculture, arts, technology, business, education, tourism and media. The Dialogue takes place over 5 days from 5 – 9 September 2021 in an engaging and interactive virtual format, opening up new possibilities for delegates and speakers to connect through thought-provoking discussions and collaborative workshops.

Added to the joy and anticipation of this transformational journey are the words of encouragement that the delegates and organisers of AVYLD 2021 received from the Prime Ministers of both countries. These messages, in support of the Dialogue, recognise the contributions of young leaders from both Australia and Vietnam to support the fight against COVID-19, and their ability to tackle some of our greatest current and future challenges.

Board Chair and Co-founder of AVLD, Ms Cat Thao Nguyen says: “The 2021 Delegates are exceptional, visionary leaders. They are driving sustainable social, environmental and economic impact with a clear interest in the bilateral relationship to achieve their goals. The Dialogue is of vital importance to the development of the Australia-Vietnam relationship which is more important than ever”.

The 2021 program will focus on “Regeneration” and will challenge young leaders with new paradigms and shape their minds to think more deeply about their role and responsibility in supporting Australia, Vietnam and the bilateral relationship to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A strong emphasis will be placed on four of the SDGs – Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities, Climate Action, Responsible Consumption and Production.

Delegates will have the opportunity to engage, discuss and be provided with new perspectives by a number of profound speakers who have been invited to deliver their perspectives and engage in discussions with delegates. Daily program overviews will be shared on the AVLD social media.

The NSW Government is the Headline Sponsor of AVLD 2021, and NSW Trade and Investment Director, Ho Chi Minh City, Mr Kien Van Nguyen says: “NSW celebrates the Australian and Vietnamese young leaders today. They drive deeper trade and people to people links to address immediate challenges in health, education, food and technology. These leaders are a critical bilateral ‘bridge’ between our countries, promoting frontier innovation and trade collaboration to solve challenges both our countries face.”

In addition, there will be a graduation ceremony to celebrate the transformative week, wrap up the significant milestone and express sincere appreciation to the AVLD community. This includes recognising distinguished Partners, Sponsors, Speakers, Advisors and AVLD’s Alumni for all of their support in co-creating and delivering this transformative experience for the delegates and contributing to the development and regenerative future of both countries.

One of the selected delegates, Ms Linh Nguyen, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of PAN Food JSC shares that “AVYLD [will] be an important platform for me to explore valuable business connections and partnership opportunities, who also value integrity, responsibility and sustainability as much as our company and myself.”

Another 2021 delegate, Mr Joey Nguyen, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Venntifact says: ” My heritage and culture as a product of both nations gives me a deep emotional and philosophical alignment with this mission, and I am passionate about driving the success of the AVYLD program.”

This year’s delegates will join 41 outstanding AVLD delegate alumni who have or are moving into positions of influence and leadership within the Australia-Vietnam relationship.

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. 2021 Dialogue is proudly supported by the NSW Government.

For more information about AVLD and a full list of delegates to AVLD 2021, visit or follow the Facebook page: and LinkedIn page:

To view the messages from the Prime Minister of Australia and Prime Minister of Vietnam visit:

Media Contact

Elise Giles

+61 428 199 300


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