Minh Duong is a partner of the law firm Asia Counsel Vietnam Law Company Limited. He has been a director and secretary of Auscham Vietnam for the last four years. He has practised law in Vietnam for over 12 years and is a qualified Australian lawyer. Minh is interested to pursue more training initiatives for members and ensure that members will have greater value for being an Auscham member. Minh is fluent in English and Vietnamese.
I am an Australian from Melbourne, living and working in Vietnam since 2005, with offices in Hanoi and HCMC.
I have been an Auscham member since 2005 - Director, Chairman of Hanoi Chapter, and Vice-President during that time. I am a member of a number of committees of the VBF and have represented Auscham in workshops, conferences and seminars in Vietnam and overseas. I have a strong business relationship with the Australian Embassy and the Australian-Consulate. I have good relationships with all Business Chambers including AmCham, BBGV and EuroCham.
I wish to stand as a Hanoi Director in 2019. I believe I have knowledge and understanding of business in Vietnam, as well as particular experience dealing with government authorities in provinces throughout the country. As a former Auscham Director and Vice-President, I believe I could contribute effectively to the Board of Directors in 2019.
I am admitted to the NSW Supreme Court and hold a WA legal practicing certificate. I am also a chartered accountant and an Associate of CA ANZ. I am a partner at EY and lead the tax practice in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Prior to that I was a corporate tax partner in EY Sydney, Perth and Croatia. I have lived in Vietnam with my family since July 2015. I joined the AusCham Board in 2017 and hope to be reappointed this year.
As a member of Auscham since 2013 and current director, I have been incredibly fortunate to be able to support our organization directly and see firsthand the benefits membership brings. We can always do more for our members, therefore my sole focus in the coming year is for the Auscham to help business grow, survive and thrive in a competitive Vietnamese market. As a chamber we will endeavor to support all members achieve their business and personal goals in Vietnam.
Through GroupGSA, we have supported Auscham via sponsorships and offering pro-bono architectural services. In return I have met some incredible people, gained exposure to networks I wouldn’t have otherwise, and learned to develop my business by attending seminars and through informal mentoring from other members. As someone who started and grown a successful business here, I value having a strong business chamber to help all Australian businesses in Vietnam.
Brian has been a member of AusCham for 19 years and has served on the AusCham Board for over 11 years. He has worked in a variety of roles on the Board and was formerly AusCham’s President. He is the current Chairperson of the Education and Training Working Group of the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) that represents all Chambers of Commerce in Vietnam.
In addition to his work with the VBF, Brian also helped organise AusCham’s Education Symposiums and the new breakfast event AusCham Chats. In 2020 Brian intends to continue to work to improve AusCham’s service to its members. He will also continue to represent AusCham in his role in the VBF, help run business related events, and help organise another Education Symposium in 2020.
Highly experienced in real estate legal matters. Prior to joining SC Capital Partners, Chau practiced not only in Vietnam with one of the country’s largest international law firms on property law, but also served as Vice President for Legal Affairs of one of Vietnam’s leading listed property funds and most recently with DFDL as its Vietnam’s Head of Real Estate Practice Group.
Chau is the Executive Director – Legal Transactions for SC Capital Partners Group in charge of all transactions Pan Asia including Australia, New Zealand, Maldives, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Greater China and Vietnam. SC Capital Partners Group manages opportunity funds – Real Estate Capital Asia Partners (currently up to Fund V) with over US$2.2 billion in capital commitments from institutional investors across the four funds. Chau is qualified Australian lawyer with unique international and Vietnamese law experience on real estate matters.
Chau was the Chairwoman for Auscham Vietnam in 2017/18 and is currently the Chairwoman for AustCham ASEAN for 2020.
Having resided in Vietnam for the past decade and South East Asia for the last 18 years it is a pleasure to be joining the AusCham community and serving members as a Board of Director over the coming year.
Originating from Brisbane my career for the most part has been related to Hospitality and Tourism. Recently I joined The Grand Ho Tram Resort and Casino as Chief Operating Officer transferring from the new majority shareholder Lodgis Hospitality Holdings where I have been Executive Vice President – Head of Asset Management for the past four years. Prior to my recent roles I have held similar positions in Vietnam with Vinacapital and BRG Group.
Serving on other boards and committees relating to Hospitality and Tourism in Vietnam I look forward to assisting AusCham link with other like-minded organizations to the benefit of the chamber and its members.
In the current climate, it is more important than ever to encourage communication, open dialogue and joining AusCham as a Director I look forward to doing my part and providing support to members through what are challenging times for most.
Again, it is indeed a pleasure and honor to be joining AusCham and I believe my extensive Vietnam business experience and network will be of benefit to the organization and you, its members. I look forward to meeting, conversing with everyone in due course.
For the past 15 years, I have been living in Vietnam, based in HCMC. I initially came to Vietnam on a work trip as a teacher from Melbourne and took a position as one of the foundation teachers at AIS-Saigon. During my time there, I joined AusCham, became Executive Secretary and was hugely active.
Following AIS-Saigon, I have worked in supporting the INGO sector, until taking on a position with RMIT Vietnam and remained there for nearly 7 years. For the past 3+ years, have had the privilege of working with AFG Vietnam as Group HR Manager. For those who know me, I am very present within the local community, especially through my involvement with Loreto Vietnam. I am fiercely “grounded” and believe I bring a sense of Australian common sense to groups I am involved in. I am happy to contribute as an active Board Member.
Mario Mendis is currently based at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza as a Hotel Manager. With over 20 years as a Passionate International Hotelier. He is an outgoing, dynamic and sales focused professional, who has a relentless drive to deliver more than just results, having a track record of effectively leading and managing all aspects of the hotel operations, and of making guests genuinely feel cared for, valued, and respected.
As a true hand on leader, having strengths of an analytical and expedient approach to problem solving which always results in a win/win resolution for all parties. Not to mention a self-assurance which enables goals to be achieved, and constantly looking to introduce new product and services that will meet the needs of tomorrow’s savvy global travelers.
Melissa Keane is a partner in the Projects team at Allens, one of Australia's leading law firms. She has been living in Hanoi with her family since the start of 2019, having first being posted to Vietnam from 2008 to 2012. She is an energy, infrastructure and utilities industry specialist and has worked with government, regulators, sponsors and financiers on a range of energy, water, gas and critical infrastructure projects and M&A transactions in Australia and across Asia (including on the ground in Japan and Vietnam). 2019 has been an exciting year for Vietnam in terms of energy policy and development and 2020 is shaping up to be similarly dynamic. Melissa has enjoyed her first year on the board of AusCham but is looking forward to playing an active role in stimulating engagement and providing greater networking opportunities for Hanoi based members.
Xin chào! My name is Patrick Chang and I work as Head of Corporate Development for Blackstone Minerals, a nickel focused mining and exploration company. I am privileged and delighted to be joining a group of like-minded business people with a common vision to connect Australian businesses in Vietnam.
2020 brought unprecedented challenges to businesses and individuals alike. I am grateful to RMIT and AusCham who brought me from Australia back to Vietnam, so that I was able to commence work in Hanoi. Whilst relatively new to Vietnam, I am genuinely excited about the journey and opportunities ahead. Blackstone is a young, energetic and dynamic company which has an ambitious target of delivering battery material to the electric vehicles market by 2023. In my role here in Hanoi, I will be looking after business development activities and external relations for my company.
Professionally, I would describe myself as a passionate, well-rounded and diligent business person who enjoys creating win-win scenarios, being rewarded for taking appropriate risks and overcoming challenges. I have worked across multiple industries including IT, mining and investment banking. My personal background is equally diverse, having lived in China, Singapore, USA and Australia prior to arriving in Vietnam. I am looking forward to speaking Vietnamese fluently in the near future.
Despite being a new AusCham member, Blackstone has already benefitted significantly from the membership. In addition to getting instantly connected to the Australian community, we are able to meet key policy makers in the Vietnamese government, provide direct feedback and learn about incentives available for foreign direct investments. Looking ahead, in my new role with AusCham, I look forward to bringing complementary skill set to the current Board and continue adding value to our sponsors and members.
Born in Vietnam and raised in Australia, I feel lucky to have lived and worked in both cultures. Since returning to Vietnam 18 years ago, I've lived in Hanoi, HCMC and Hoi An. My professional experiences include Architecture, Property Development, Horse & Greyhound Racing, and Video Production & Betting Systems.
In my past four months on the AusCham Board, further to general requirements, I played a key role in the Bushfire Appeal events in Danang and Hoi An, where AusCham members, Aussie expats, and the wider community came together in great numbers.
In the coming year, I want to further AusCham’s reach in Danang and Hoi An, helping members to benefit from this extended market. I look forward to serving Auscham in 2020, helping to foster more enthusiasm and closer relationships for all members.