Being a passionate advocate for genuine community engagement and diversity is Viv Nguyen’s greatest talent. This is something Viv was involved in not long after arriving in Australia as a 12 year old refugee.
For over 25 years Viv has worked as a business executive and a community leader in corporate, community and government settings agencies applying her business knowledge, leadership and technical expertise to help organisations with funding, governance, risk management, stakeholder relationships and to advance their social objectives. Viv has held roles at the AustChoice Financial Services, AMP Asset Management and ANZ Banking Group where she led the global organisation’s diversity strategy.
Viv’s contribution was recognised and as a result she was recorded on the Victorian Honour Roll in 2002 for advocating for women in leadership and work with Vietnamese young people. In 2003 she was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal.
Along with her corporate career, Viv’s community activities span across many different cultures to provide input into public policy on asylum seekers, civic engagement, participation, anti-racism and human rights.
During her time with the Vietnamese Community in Australia – Victorian Chapter, Viv founded the Dual Identity Leadership Program which is now in its 9th year, designed to young Australians of Vietnamese background to embrace their identity to be great Australians. She also played a key role in advocating for Australia’s first Vietnamese cultural museum during her time as President.
In her first year as the Chairperson of the VMC, Viv has sought to provide a platform for communities to voice their opinions despite the challenges that 2020 presented and now hopes to partner with community to promote and inspire Victorians to continue embracing and celebrating our diversity and differences.