Voting for AusCham’s National Board 2016/17 is NOW OPEN and will close at 12 midday on Tuesday 22 March 2016.
AusCham’s Voting Members are entitled and encouraged to vote. Each Voting Member has been emailed separately with a unique link to cast their votes on line.
AusCham’s National Board comprises 12 Directors: 4 from Hanoi and 8 from HCMC. In this election, Members will only be required to vote for Directors in HCMC where we have nine nominations for 8 positions. Hanoi does not require an election as the number of nominations received (4) equalled the number of vacancies (4).
As a National Chamber, Hanoi-registered members are still requested to cast their votes for the HCMC-based candidates.
Below are the profiles of the candidates in HCMC.
1. Professor Ray Gordon – Head of Centre for Commerce and Management, RMIT University
I am a full Professor of Management. As an academic I have held the positions of Dean, Head of School, Associate Dean of International Studies, Associate Dean of Research, Head of School and Professor. Prior to becoming an academic I had 18 years industry experience industry experience working in the computer and communications industry as an engineer, national service manager and state sales and marketing manager. Throughout my career I have lived and work throughout Asia, UK, USA and of course, Australia.
2. Mr. Minh Duong – Partner, Asia Counsel
Minh is a lawyer admitted to the NSW Supreme Court and High Court of Australia and has over nine years of experience advising multinationals and foreign investors with their investments in Vietnam.As an AUSCHAM board member, Minh will work to make investment and business conditions more business friendly for members and investors generally.
3. Mr Greg Ohan (2015/16 Director of AusCham; Senior Director, CBRE Vietnam)
I have been an AUSCHAM board member for the past 2 years. Having worked for CBRE Australia, Hong Kong and the last 5 years in Vietnam, this has allowed me to understand the difficulties and complexities business’ face when entering & operating in our market. I also travel regularly to Hanoi which gives me a good understanding of the “big” national issues. Always happy to work on the challenging committees – membership, finance and events. Am settled in Vietnam, and have learnt to play golf very badly.
4. Ms Chau Ta (2015/16 Director of AusCham; Legal Counsel-Transactions, SC Capital)
I am an Australian “Viet Kieu” lawyer specializing in real estate investments/transactions – and married to a Vietnamese. I have been living and working in Vietnam coming 9 years and on served as a director of Auscham for the past 3 years. Although a lawyer, I am very business centric and can understand and anticipate concerns of investors looking to invest into Vietnam and/or Australia. With my cross nationalities, and as a member of the board, I hope to provide Australian and Vietnamese businesses a bridge to mend the gaps both in the differences in culture as well as the legal vs practical gaps via consultation when needed, representations as well as organizing informative events such as the Real Estate Symposium (this year to be the 3rd).
5. Mr. Jesse O’Brien – Director (Asia), DiCentral Vietnam Co., Ltd
Dear Members, I am seeking election to the AusCham board. My goal is to ensure the chamber creates value for ALL members and becomes a better enabler. At DiCentral, I help businesses across Asia get connected to the global economy through supply chain automation. Vietnam is in a unique position to capitalise on many opportunities and I will strive to help AusCham capture those. I’m an alumni of Monash, RMIT, and a member of AICD.
6. Ms Tran Thi Thuy Ha (2015/16 Treasurer & Director of AusCham; Head of Alternative Distribution, ANZ Vietnam)
I am Tran Thi Thuy Ha. I have been the Treasurer of Auscham Vietnam for more than 4 years and Auscham Director one year prior to that. I am a Vietnamese with great connection to Australia and Australian business: graduating from Australia, working for 16 years at ANZ Vietnam (currently Head of Alternative Distribution). I can help Auscham with its financial reporting under prudent governance as well as connecting the dots between Vietnamese and Australians from different angles where I can. So vote for me.
Brian has been a member of AusCham for over 15 years and has served on the Board for over 7 years. He holds the position of President and has also served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the HCMC Chapter. He also Chaired AusCham’s Advocacy Committee for a number of years representing AusCham at the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF). He is also the Co-Chair the VBF Education and Training Working Group and founding member and Chair of the International Project Management Association of Vietnam (IPMAV). Brian will continue to work to help AusCham achieve its goals in serving the interests of all AusCham members across Vietnam.
8. Mr. Jason Turnbull – Managing Director of Inspire Advisory Group
Jason Turnbull, Managing Director of Inspire Advisory Group. Supporting Organisations with the development of Governing protocols, Business process improvement, and innovation, leadership mentoring, business analytic development, and strategic direction.
I came to Vietnam nearly 12 months ago as SVP Finance for Ho Tram Project, a multi billion dollar integrated resort, and casino development, and during this time I have had the opportunity to connect with many people within business in Vietnam, Australian business, and AusCham representatives.
With formal financial, and business qualifications (MBA), and membership of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), in addition to 25 years’ experience through Australasia, across a number of industries such as Mining, Manufacturing, FMCG, Resorts, Hospitality, and Casinos. Bringing a wealth of finance, and commercial advisory experience, across blue chip multinational organisations such as BHP, Onesteel, Bluescope, Kellogg’s, and Echo Entertainment.
I look forward to supporting, being a valuable asset, and a part of the great work, and growth of Auscham, Vietnam.
9. Mr. Matthew Lourey – Managing Partner, Domicile Corporate Services
I am an Australian Chartered Accountant who has lived in Vietnam for over 11 years.
I established Domicile Corporate Services in 2014 to provide Australian and foreign companies with professional compliance, accounting, reporting and risk management services for their Vietnam operations.
My background in Vietnam includes running a corporate finance practice assisting foreign investors to enter Vietnam. I seek to actively help members and advance Auscham’s reach and community contribution for everyone’s benefit.
(NOTE: order of nominees below is determined by a random draw of names from a hat. The draw was conducted by AusCham’s Executive Director and accountant. This method of ordering was approved by the Board at its meeting on 9 June 2015.)
HANOI – The 2015/16 Directors all nominated again for 2016/17. With no further nominations received, they are automatically re-elected to the New Board.
- Mr Giles Cooper (2015/16 Vice President & Director of AusCham; Partner, Duane Morris)
- Mr Phillip Dowler (2015/16 Director of AusCham; Head of Campus, RMIT University)
- Mr Adam McDonald (2015/16 Director of AusCham; General Manager, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
- Mr David Carter (2015/16 Director of AusCham; Chief Executive Manager, AON Vietnam)