Delegates announced for Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue

Friday, 2017-03-17 13:20:47
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NDO - The Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue (AVYLD) has selected 20 young leaders representing the two countries as delegates to its inaugural dialogue in Sydney to be held during May 15-18.

The initiative is was established by Australia’s Foreign Minister in September 2015 to shape engagement with South-East Asia and strengthen partnerships through stronger business, science, arts and cultural links.

AVYLD Chair Thao Nguyen said the selected delegates for the inaugural dialogue are an exceptional group of visionary young leaders who she believes will set a model foundation for the dialogue.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick said that these 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.

Delegates will have the opportunity to meet with global leaders, senior government officials and successful entrepreneurs from both Australia and Vietnam.

Ten delegates representing Australia and ten representing Vietnam were chosen through a rigorous selection process from more than 1400 expressions of interest and 375 qualified applications.

The delegates span various industries including the arts, finance, technology, philanthropy, business, education and healthcare.