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Young Vietnamese leaders attending Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue

Released at: 17:04, 17/05/2017

Young Vietnamese leaders attending Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue

Photo: Embassy of Australia in Hanoi

Dialogue being held in Sydney from May 15-18 and aims to facilitate a deeper understanding and collaboration between young Australian and Vietnamese leaders.

by Le Diem

Twenty of Vietnam and Australia’s brightest young leaders representing the arts, finance, technology, philanthropy, business, startup, education, and healthcare fields will converge in Sydney to share ideas and innovation at the inaugural Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue (AVYLD) from May 15-18.

The Dialogue aims to facilitate a deeper understanding and collaboration between young Australian and Vietnamese leaders to enhance the economic, social, and cultural prosperity of the two countries.

An impressive number of successful hand-selected delegates have emerged from the startup space and business sector, showcasing Vietnam’s ever-rising skilled workforce and talent, which Australia can benefit from.

“Australia has traditionally overlooked business and trade opportunities with Vietnam in comparison to its focus on other larger Asian markets,” said Ms. Nguyen Thao, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of AVYLD. “It is the only country other than China to grow consistently above 6 per cent per year on average for over a decade. Vietnam has been emerging as a tiger. It is time Australia took more notice.”

Ms. Thao also highlighted the young talent selected to share their knowledge: “Inspiring delegates include Dao Hoang, who studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, and is the creator of Monkey Junior, an early childhood reading app,” she said. “The app is the most downloaded education app in the App Store and Google Play in the US, Canada and Vietnam. This Dialogue will demonstrate the exciting potential of the bilateral relationship.”

Chair of the Board for UTS:INSEARCH, Emeritus Professor Ross Milbourne, said that higher education is an important area in which Australia and Vietnam can collaborate for mutual benefit. “Developing greater cultural awareness, a global mindset and international connections are some of the benefits we see when Vietnamese and Australian students learn together,” he said. “The Dialogue will offer this experience to a group of impressive young leaders who can drive innovation between both countries in the future.”

One of these young leaders is Vietnamese AVYLD delegate Mr. Pham Dat, who was listed in Forbes 30 under 30 Vietnam 2016 is the Founder and Director of HATCH!, an entrepreneurial and startup accelerator program. “Tens of thousands of entrepreneurs have already come through our program since we began in 2012,” Mr. Dat said. “There is a huge appetite from young Vietnamese to become the international success stories that past generations could only have dreamed of. That drive and determination is what creates this modern-day success story, which I hope will inspire others.”

“Now is the time to tap into the emerging talent and entrepreneurial mindset of the younger generation, who are driven with ambition to build bridges, create change, and lead innovation to the benefit of their respective countries,” said Ms. Rachel Bui, CEO and Co-Founder of AVYLD and founding team member at Telstra’s startup accelerator, muru-D.

“Australia’s future relationship with Vietnam will be characterized by dynamism, innovation, and deep personal linkages,” said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Craig Chittick. “The first group of participants are outstanding leaders in a range of fields and their contribution to building a strong partnership between Australia and Vietnam will be felt for years and decades to come.”

The inaugural four-day Dialogue aims to facilitate deeper cross-cultural understanding and collaboration through discussions and workshops with speakers and peers. It will focus on innovation as an overall theme in areas such as leadership, education, business, and national development.

“The AAC Board is proud to sponsor the inaugural Dialogue between young leaders from Australia and Vietnam,” said Ms. Christine Holgate, CEO of Blackmores and Chair of the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) Board. “I am confident that the outstanding delegates participating in this important event will make a significant contribution to building strong people-to-people and economic prosperity linkages between our two countries.”

Vietnam boasts a population of more than 90 million with the fastest-growing middle and affluent class in Southeast Asia, which is expected to double to 33 million people by 2020.

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