Dear Members and Friends,

  • [Update 25 March 2018, For full results, click here.]

Announcement: Finalists for Australian Business Awards 2018*. See below.

*The Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner will be held on Friday, 23 March at the Park Hyatt Saigon.

Register here.

The Australian Business Awards are open to all AusCham members which have a connection with Australia. Nominations opened on 25 August 2017 and closed on 15 December.

During that period, a total of 55 nominations were received across the five categories. AusCham’s eleven current directors then assessed each of the nominations – and came up with the following list of finalists:

Award for Alumni in Business – Sponsored by Allens

  1. Mr Nguyen Hoang Hai (RMIT Vietnam) (Founder, Canavi)
  2. Mr Ho Thai Binh (RMIT Vietnam, University of Queensland) (Deputy Director SiGen /Founder, Overseas Alumni in Vung Tau)
  3. Mr Nguyen Canh Vinh (La Trobe University) (CEO, SeABank)
  4. Dr. Le Thanh Vinh (Deakin University, Monash University) (Standing Vice Chairman, FLC Group JSC (hospitality, real estate))
  5. Ms Huong Dang, (Swinburne University, Box Hill Institute) (International Partnership and Engagement Manager, KOTO (social enterprise/community services))

Notes: RMIT Vietnam is a Titanium Sponsor of AusCham. La Trobe University is a Bronze Sponsor of AusCham. University of Queensland and KOTO are members of AusCham.

Award for Business Excellence – Sponsored by Commonwealth Bank Australia

  1. CBRE Vietnam (real estate agency), represented by Ms Hang Dang
  2. District Eight Design Company (furniture design and manufacturing), represented by Mr Darren Chew
  3. KPMG Vietnam (finance services), represented by Mr Warrick Cleine
  4. Mavin Group (agricultural producer), represented by Mr David Whitehead
  5. Midway Metals (manufacturing), represented by Mr Anthony Jolly

Award for Community – Sponsored by Asia Counsel

  1. The Al Fresco’s Group (AFG) Vietnam (hospitality), represented by Ms Fiona Terry
  2. KOTO (social enterprise), represented by Mr Jimmy Pham Viet Tuan
  3. KPMG Vietnam (professional services), represented by Mr Paul Huynh
  4. RMIT Vietnam (education), represented by Vice President, Prof Beverley Webster
  5. VinaCapital Foundation (not-for-profit), represented by Mr Rad Kivette

Award for InnovationSponsored by the Australian Embassy

  1. CBA Solutions, a subsidiary of Commonwealth Bank (financial services), represented by Mr Malcolm Yow
  2. DEK Technologies (software and hardware development), represented by Mr Daniel Tedesco
  3. Heart of Darkness Brewery (Craft Brewery), represented by Mr John Pemberton
  4. Meat and Livestock Australia (Australian service body/association – agriculture), represented by Mr Michael Patching
  5. Midway Metals (manufacturing), represented by Mr Anthony Jolly

Award for Sustainability – Sponsored by CPA Australia

  1. Chains Caravelle Hotel (hospitality), represented by Mr Michael Robinson
  2. NS BlueScope Vietnam (manufacturing), represented by Mr Vo Minh Nhut

AusCham has put together a judging panel which will now assess each of the finalists’ applications to determine which of these outstanding organisations will win their particular category.

The process will conclude with the Australian Business Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner which will be held from 6.00 – 11.00pm at the Park Hyatt Saigon on Friday 23 March. Tickets are just VND1.5 million for members and VND1.95 million for non members.

Attending the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner

Sponsoring a prize for the awards

  • If you would like to offer an in kind sponsorship as a prize for one of the awards, please email Ms Nhien Ton, Marketing Manager, at
  • While cash sponsorships for individual awards have already been filled, there is still room for an event sponsor, audio video sponsor etc. Please email to discuss options.

For full details of the Australian Business Awards

AusCham thanks all members who entered the Australian Business Awards – irrespective of whether they made the finals or missed out on the finals by a whisker. The interest and engagement of our members in this Australian Business Awards program is helping to showcase the business excellence of companies operating in Vietnam that are connected with Australia.