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Delegates announced for Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue 2019

Released at: 08:13, 30/03/2019

Delegates announced for Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue 2019

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Leadership dialogue to be organized between May 26 and 30.

by Hung Cao

The Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue (AVYLD) has announced 22 young leaders representing Australia and Vietnam as delegates to its 2019 Dialogue.

For the first time, the Dialogue will be held in Vietnam, from May 26 to 30 this year. On this exciting occasion, the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam H.E. Craig Chittick hosted an exclusive reception at his residence to celebrate the 2019 AVYLD delegates and their exciting journey ahead at the Dialogue.

“The Australian Government, via the Australia ASEAN Council, is a proud supporter of the Dialogue,” Ambassador Chittick said. “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,” said H.E. Ngo Huong Nam, Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia. “The alumni and 2019 delegates will indeed create the necessary impact for both our countries as we face shared challenges together.”

The five-day dialogue aims to facilitate deeper cross-cultural understanding and collaboration through discussions and workshops with distinguished speakers and peers from both Vietnam and Australia. This year, the dialogue centers 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, and technology among other sectors, growing the AVYLD community of those who are committed to impact, leveraging the bilateral relationship,” said Ms. Thao Nguyen, Co-founder and Board Chair of AVYLD. “Vietnam will host the 2019 Dialogue for the first time.”

Throughout a rigorous selection process, AVYLD received over 2,000 expressions of interest, out of which 22 young leaders, eleven from each country, were selected. This diverse group of delegates spans across various industries: arts, agriculture, technology, sports, business, education, environment, and human rights.

“I’m looking forward to engaging in thought-provoking conversations with fellow delegates that may stimulate innovative project ideas for positive and long-term impact,” said one Australian young leader chosen as a 2019 delegate, Alli Devlin, an alumna from UTS in Sydney and site engineer at Lendlease. “With other delegates, I want to unravel the complex social, economic, political and environmental issues facing our nations, both now and in the future. I want to drive profitable and sustainable construction in both Australia and Vietnam.”

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