Lasting until May 18, the Dialougue aims to facilitate deeper understanding and cooperation between Australian and Vietnamese young leaders to enhance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of both nations.
An impressive number of successful delegates have emerged from the start-up space and business sector, showcasing Vietnam’s ever-rising skilled workforce and talent which Australia could benefit from.
Speaking at the event, Ms. Thao Nguyen, Co-founder and Board Chair of AVYLD said: “Australia has traditionally overlooked business and trade opportunities with Vietnam in comparison to its focus on other larger Asian markets. It is the only country other than China, to grow consistently on average above 6% per year for over a decade. Vietnam has been emerging as a tiger. It is time Australia took more notice.”
Nguyen highlighted young talent selected to share their knowledge: “The inspiring delegates include Hoang Dao, who studied at the University of Technology Sydney and is creator of Monkey Junior, an early childhood reading app. This 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 AO, 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. 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 Dat Pham, who was listed in Forbes 30 under 30 Vietnam 2016 is Founder & Director of HATCH!, an entrepreneurial and start-up accelerator program. Pham said: “Tens of thousands of entrepreneurs have already come through our program since we began in 2012. 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 that determination is what creates this modern-day success story which I hope will inspire others.”
Rachel Bui, CEO and Co-founder of AVYLD, and founding team member at Telstra’s startup accelerator, muru-D added: “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.”
The Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Craig Chittick, said: “Australia's future relationship with Vietnam will be characterised by dynamism, innovation and deep personal linkages. 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.