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Vietnam – The Rise of Opportunity for Australian Business

  • 23 May 2023
  • 11:45 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Brisbane CBD


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2023 marks the 50th year of Economic Development between Australia & Vietnam

On 1 November 2021, Australia and Vietnam launched the Australia-Vietnam Enhanced Economic Engagement Strategy (the Strategy), which supports our two countries’ joint ambition of becoming top ten trading partners and doubling two-way investment.

Vietnam has one of the fastest growing economies in the region, driven by export-oriented manufacturing, foreign direct investment and increasingly strong domestic demand.

Australian companies are well-received in Vietnam. Australian education, agriculture and food exports all have a strong reputation in Vietnam. More broadly, Australia is regarded as a modern, technologically advanced, and friendly country located within Vietnam’s immediate sphere of interest. Long-term trade and investment opportunities should increase in line with Vietnam’s progress in implementing its trade commitments and administrative reform program.

Join us with an exciting range of speakers and presenters while we celebrate the historic success of bi-lateral trade and look towards how we can grow the economic ties between Australia & Vietnam

  1. Pre-recorded introduction by Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam’ H.E. Mr. Andrew Goledzinowski
  2. Live presentation by Vietnam’s Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Mr. Nguyễn Tất Thành
  3. And a discussion panel including Brisbane Economic Development Agency’s CEO, Anthony Ryan and Trade & Investment Queensland CEO, Justin McGowan. Moderated by AVBC President Simon White


H.E Mr. Andrew Goledzinowski
Australia's Ambassador to Vietnam

Mr Goledzinowski is a senior career diplomat and was most recently First Assistant Secretary, Southeast Asia Regional Division; He has previously served overseas as Australia’s High Commissioner to Malaysia (2018-2021); Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York (2008-2011); Deputy Head of Mission, United Nations Permanent Mission, Geneva (1998-2000). He also worked as Head of World Bank Office, Baghdad (2004); Senior Official, Coalition Provisional Authority United States Department of Defence, Baghdad (2003-2004); and Chief of Staff, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva (2000-2002).

In Canberra he served with DFAT as Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking (2014-2017); Assistant Secretary, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia Branch (2012-2014); Assistant Secretary, Pacific Regional and New Zealand Branch (2011-2012); Assistant Secretary, International Organisations Branch (2007-2008); Senior Adviser, Foreign Minister’s Office (2006-2007); Assistant Secretary, Counter Terrorism Branch (2004-2006).

Mr Goledzinowski holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Jurisprudence from the University of New South Wales.

H.E. Mr. Nguyễn Tất Thành
Vietnam's Ambassador to Australia

Ambassador Thành presented credentials to the Governor-General and became Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Việt Nam to the Commonwealth of Australia on November 27, 2020. He is also accredited to the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu.

As a career diplomat, he had been Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Việt Nam to the Kingdom of Thailand (March 2013 - June 2017) and Deputy Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to the United Nations, New York (January 2005 - January 2008).

Starting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990, Ambassador Thành had been working for, inter alia, the ministry’s Cabinet, the department of Multilateral economic cooperation, the ASEM 2004 and APEC 2017 national secretariats, and the department of South-east Asia, South Asia and South Pacific.

He had been engaged in various bilateral and multilateral negotiations, including the bilateral trade agreement (BTA) with the United States, Việt Nam’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), ASEAN’s free trade agreements with various partners, Việt Nam - EU Partnership and cooperation agreement (PCA), EU – Việt Nam free trade agreement (EVFTA) and the Comprehensive and progressive trans-Pacific partnership agreement (CPTPP). After serving as Deputy Director-General for 12 years, he became Director-General in 2013. 

Ambassador Thành pursued his BA and post-graduate studies in Việt Nam, Ukraine, Switzerland, Japan and the United States. Born in Hà Nội in 1965, he is married with two children.

Anthony Ryan
Chief Executive Officer
Brisbane Economic Development Agency

Anthony Ryan is Brisbane Economic Development Agency’s Chief Executive Officer.

Recognised as a ‘Queensland Great’ in 2013, Anthony is a well-respected and self-confessed sport loving local who is known for the passion and entrepreneurial spirit that he brings to all professional endeavours.

An inspiring leader with a proven track record in delivering strategic business outcomes and strong partnerships, Anthony is responsible for leading Brisbane Economic Development Agency (BEDA) to drive sustainable economic growth for the City.

As Brisbane’s champion, BEDA works with stakeholders to enhance the City’s reputation globally, drive visitation and attract investment and talent, whilst looking ahead at emerging opportunities for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Previously CEO of Youngcare, Anthony pioneered the transformation of the national not- for-profit organisation into an innovative and entrepreneurial company that provides meaningful solutions and choices for young people with high physical care needs.

Justin McGowan
Chief Executive Officer, Trade and Investment Queensland

With significant international trade experience, Justin was appointed to the leadership role to drive Queensland’s investment and export future. 

Justin McGowan has held Senior Executive roles within the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is an accomplished diplomat. Most recently, he led the Capability Taskforce driving Australia’s Foreign and Trade capabilities to meet future challenges and deliver economic potential. 

He was previously Australia’s Commissioner General to the World Expo in Dubai for four years (2017 to 2021), facilitating engagement opportunities for government representatives, business councils, investors and entrepreneurs across most markets and sectors.

In previous roles, Justin has held senior leadership positions a range of private sector companies, has delivered on major global programs with the Department of Defence and served in the Royal Australian Navy on numerous operational deployments, including enforcing United Nations sanctions in the Middle East.   

He has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal, Australian Service Medal (Solomon Islands), Operational Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Australian Defence Medal and the Maritime Commander Australia Commendation.

Mr McGowan holds a Master of Management and Graduate Certificate in Management from the Australian National University and has studied at Melbourne and Harvard Kennedy Business Schools and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).


Simon White
President, Australia Vietnam Business Council &
CEO, Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce

Simon White is a high-profile Australian C Level business identity with a background in International Project Management & strategy consulting in rapid growth tech-based companies

Simon currently consults to a number of key national and international organisations across a range of high-level business engagement models. He is also the CEO of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce in Brisbane, where he works alongside business & government to enhance trade relationships between these 2 countries.

As MD of WhiteCorp International, Simon drives the success & profile of the organisation through deepening the wide range of Worldwide networks & relationships that are the lifeblood of the company. His work within strategy and growth enables companies to fulfil their goals with articulated and measured planning.

He has run successful trade missions to Israel, The United States, The Philippines, China, Vietnam, New Zealand & pacific Island nations.

Simon was Brisbane City’s G20 Project Leader in 2014, hosting over 3500 guests and 130 Global speakers in a globally recognised engagement program.

He is the Chief Executive Officer of The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of The W Hub, Committee for Brisbane sub committees, and in-kind advisor to several charity organisations.

He holds a Bachelor of International Business, Bachelor of International Law and an MBA. He is qualified in Governance & Framework development in Cyber Security Risk.


Venue: Brisbane CBD
Date: Tuesday 23 May 2023
Time: 11:45am - 2:00pm
Tickets: AICC & AVBCQ Members $155, $1400
Non-Members $175, $1600


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