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Dr. Doan Duy Khuong: “Life is a continual process of adaptation and efforts”

Vietnam business leader and Australian Alumni Ambassador Dr. Doan Duy Khuong credits his Australian education with giving him valuable life lessons as well as professional and academic knowledge.

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Dr Khuong is Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), a national organisation which represents the business community, employers and business associations across all Vietnam’s economic sectors. He is also Chairman of the Vietnam Chapter of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council.

An Australia Awards Scholarship recipient, Dr Khuong completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Wollongong in 1997. He believes that his time studying in Australia has had a big influence on his career.

“Apart from the professional knowledge on marketing, human resource management, financial management and business ethics, I received useful and practical advice from my professors and lecturers about life. In a class, my Australian professor talked about people’s success in society, the links between education, training, society and leaders’ qualities,” he said.

“A university can provide you with all kinds of degrees, from Bachelor and Masters degrees to a PhD. But this alone will not guarantee your success in life, including becoming a successful leader in the future. I always remember this, understanding that life is a continual process of adaptation and efforts, and an academic degree is not the only condition for a person’s success.”

Dr. Khuong has led the VCCI’s e-commerce development program for the Vietnamese business community, connecting more Vietnamese businesses with international partners. This is considered an important mechanism to encourage the flow of foreign direct investment into Vietnam, which has increased fourfold since 2006.

He also initiated a series of Vietnam Business Forums with Vietnam’s strategic trade partners. The Vietnam Business Forum was established at a meeting between the Vietnamese Government and its donor partners in Tokyo in 1997, as one of the first public-private dialogue projects implemented by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank.

The Forum established regular channels of communications between foreign and domestic companies and the Vietnamese Government, which have been sustained for more than a decade. It is now co-chaired by the VCCI, AmCham Vietnam (an independent association of about 500 American and international businesses), the Vietnamese Government’s Ministry of Planning and Investment, the IFC and the World Bank.

Dr Khuong is a founder and incumbent Co-chair of the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD), established by the VCCI under the approval of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. The VBCSD was officially launched on 17th December 2010. It is a business-led organisation with the mandate to promote the business community’s active role in, and strong advocacy for, the implementation of the Strategic Orientation for Sustainable Development in Vietnam. The VBCSD facilitates and promotes the sharing of sustainable development experience, solutions and good practice, and strengthens dialogue and close coordination among the business community, the Government and civil organisations in this area. VBCSD is a partner within the Global Network of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development(WBCSD). The WBCSD's Global Network is an alliance of more than 60 CEO-led business organisations worldwide.

Dr Khuong is the editor of the weekly Vietnam Business Forum Magazine (published in English and Vietnamese), which features in-depth coverage of industries, events and diplomatic relations between Vietnam and other countries. The magazine connects businesses and investors, and serves as a market database for Vietnam’s business community.

Dr Khuong is one of twelve Australian Alumni Ambassadors from eight Indo-Pacific countries recently appointed by the Australian Government who will work with Australia’s diplomatic missions in their home countries to grow Australia’s global alumni community by raising the profile of Australia’s world class education system and strengthening ties between Australia and the rest of the world.

The Australia Awards are prestigious international Scholarships and Fellowships funded by the Australian Government. They offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for high-achieving Australians to do the same overseas.

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