The Vietnamese Graduates of Australia Club (VGAC) held the annual Alumni Awards on Saturday 8 November 2014 in HCMC.

AusCham would like to congratulate all winners and finalists for their extraordinary achievements.

Details of the winners from VGAC are published below.

Mr. Le Van Phong, University of Queensland

Mr Phong won the Special Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is currently the Project Manager of Children of Vietnam which focuses on helping disadvantaged children and their families in Da Nang and Quang Nam provinces.

This project receives support from the Vietnamese Governmentand donors. Its operation is based on principles and methodologies of community development through case management and an emphasis in a public and private partnership. Mr Phong plays an important role in ensuring the sustainability of social development in Vietnam, particularly for the well-being of disadvantaged people.

Ms. Ho Tran Da Thao, a Douglas Mawson Institute of Technology (TAFE SA)

Ms Thao was awarded the Australian Alumni Award for Media, Culture and Arts. She is currently the Founder and Creative Director of Tsafari Label.

Her love of culture and history always brings the identity and meaningful stories into her TSAFARI artworks in which she aims to preserve Vietnamese hand-made techniques and traditional culture by ensuring a sustainable work for rural women and presenting Vietnam on the world fashion stage. Ms Thao received the Mercedes-Benz Asia Fashion Award 2004 and International Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award 2008.

Ms Thuong Nguyen Sobey, University of Technology, Sydney

Ms Sobey was awarded the Australian Alumni Award for Sustainable Social Development.

Diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2012, despite her fears and feelings of despair, she pushed forward and founded the Breast Cancer Network Vietnam (BCNV).

BCNV improves the quality of life for hundreds of women affected by breast cancer and raises breast cancer awareness in local communities. Ms Sobey was also awarded with the Outstanding Achievements in Community Development Work by Hanoi Women’s Union.

Mr. Vo Hung Tien, Master of Accounting, Swinburne University of Technology

Mr Tien won the Australian Alumni Award for Business Leadership, sponsored by Eden Saigon Hotel.

He is the Board Chairman and General Director of A&C Auditing and Consulting Co., Ltd and was awarded the Certificate of Merit from the Prime Minister of Vietnam in 2014. With extensive experience in the fields of finance and accounting, Tien has directly manages the works of auditing and consultancy in finance, accounting and tax for State-owned companies, joint stock companies and foreign-invested capital companies.

Dr. Tran Thi Tuyet, La Trobe University

Dr Tuyet won the Australian Alumni Award for Research and Innovation. She is currently working as the Director of Language Education and Quality Assurance Research Center, ULIS, Vietnam National University, Hanoi. 

Dr Tuyet has produced extensive academic publications over the past few years and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the President of Vietnam National University, Hanoi for outstanding achievement in Scientific Research in 2014. Upon her return to Vietnam, Tuyet has shared her research skills with other colleagues and made significant contributions to the National Foreign Languages Project 2020 of Vietnam.

Dr Nguyen Xuan Trach, University of New England,

Dr Trach won the Australian Alumni Award for Education, sponsored by the University of Queensland.

In his role as the Vice President for International Affairs, Quality Assurance, PhD training, Vietnam National University of Agriculture, he has overseen many collaborative projects between VNUA and international partners which enhances the university’s teaching and research as well as national development, particularly in the agricultural sector.

Dr Trach’s extensive work experience to date has led him to his current position of executive responsibility at the VNUA, where he is able to influence the education of both Vietnamese nationals as well as international students, particularly as a driver for animal welfare teaching in Vietnam.

Mr To Xuan Vu, Curtin University

Mr Vu won the Outstanding Young Australian Alumni Award, sponsored by Curtin University.

Mr Vu is the Producer and Director of Documentary series for Vietnamese National TV Station, HTV9 & HTV7. At his young age, he has produced a series of documentaries which provides Vietnamese audiences with an insight into the people, the education, culture, society, history and the scenic vistas of Australia.

Mr Alistair Briscombe, University of Newcastle

Mr Briscombe won the Friendship Award, which was decided after considering the significant and long-lasting contribution that he has made to the Australia – Vietnam bilateral relationship.

Being a HIV and Human Trafficking Specialist in the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project, CDM Smith, he has contributed to the understanding of health issues in Vietnam through his research work including one focusing on the elimination of Dengue via community programs in Central Vietnam and the second on improved methods for data collection for public health purposes in Vietnam.