About Us AVBC

Formed in 1996, under the Ethnic Exporter’s program of Austrade by the late Fred Fenech OAM The Australia Vietnam Business Council (AVBC) was originally founded as the former New South Wales Vietnam Chamber of Commerce. It was joined later with the Australian Vietnam Business Council functions . The Vietnam Trade Office, Consular and Embassy staff of both Australia and Vietnam have been of great assistance for the past 20 years. The AVBC at all times remains non- political and focused on the benefits for the people of Vietnam and Australia and seeks to assist charities wherever possible.

The essential roles of the AVBC are to promote the development of trade, commerce and investment between Australia and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and to facilitate communications and co-operation among its members, friends and governments. Critical to this process has been the need for extensive networking and leveraging from understanding of culture and business practices and the building of trust and long term relationships.

We are proud to have more than twenty years of Australian and Asian Investment and Corporate experience and a pivotal function in providing invaluable business and cultural support to our members’ and sponsors’ activities in Australia and Vietnam.

The President’s Report 2020


The aim of AVBC is to establish networking opportunities for business members involved with Australian Companies, SMEs and Start-ups, to link their products and services with ongoing bilateral trade between Australia and Vietnam.

AVBC Current Operations

Since inception in 1996 and after AVBC was formed under the Ethnic Exporter’s Program of Austrade, the organization had established effective communication with the Vietnam Trade Office, Consular and Embassy staff in Australia, to assist in the consultation processes for AVBC to engage with Vietnamese businesses in Vietnam. Over several years this became a reality for AVBC after ongoing dialogue in building rapport and trust in developing business opportunities with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Government Departments and Vietnamese businesses on establishing potential bilateral trade that will benefit both Australia and Vietnam.

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    Laurence STRANO – President

    Laurence Strano is the Chief Consultant of Laurence Strano & Consulting Associates (25 Yrs.). He was also the former Chief Economist, Export Finance & Insurance Corporation (14 Yrs.) as well as the Executive Chairman of Global Trade Support (10 Yrs.). Laurence was also a Visiting Lecturer on Vietnam and SME Globalisation, as well as a Visiting Lecturer on Finance, for the UTS MBA Programs and Macquarie Graduate School of Management. Laurence is committed to advising Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Australia and throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East on Globalisation. He is currently the Founder and National President, of the Australia Vietnam Business Council. Since 1996, the organization is focused on business networking opportunities for members as well as to facilitate bilateral trade between Australia and Vietnam.

    Kiem DINH – Deputy President

    Kiem Dinh has over 18 years’ experience in the Finance Industry, holding diplomas in Real Estate and Commercial and Office buildings. Sourcing property sites to potential investors/developers looking for a good return. Past experience in Fixed Interest Portfolio Manager, managing government bonds and short-term bills in New Zealand for Government Life Insurance (now Tower Corp) Financial Planning. Sourcing funding for development projects ranging from residential to and ANZ – $3B AUD. As a Co-founding member of AVBC (Australia Vietnam Business Council) – Deputy President, whose existence of the last twenty years is to foster the commercial relationship of potential business partners between Australia and Vietnam.

    Son Thanh DO – Vice President (in Vietnam)

    Son Thanh Do is the Chairman of the Rich Group (JSC) based in Vietnam with over 200 employees comprising of young Digital Information and Technology Innovators. The company commenced its business in 2010 with a group of young Vietnamese entrepreneurs with ambition and determination to strive for success. Thanks to a clear strategy and the right direction, this company continues its sound position in the many fields that have brought certain successes, such as in the areas of Information Technology, Commerce, Real Estate, Education, Training, and Human Resources Supply that are considered as the key strengths of Rich Group in the future. Son is currently the Vice President of Australia Vietnam Business Council in Vietnam.

    Azalia CANUTO-AH MAT – Vice President

    Azalia Canuto-Ah Mat is an Independent Executive Marketing &Communication Strategist, as well as the Executive Consultant for Laurence Strano & Consulting Associates and Research Consulting Analyst for Aurora AVE International. She was a former Senior Public Servant (15 years) and also an Executive Marketing & Communication Strategist for Companies, SMEs, and NFP Organisations (25 years). Some of the highlights of her career included the recruitment of Cadet Journalists for major media establishments in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Darwin. She is also a recognized author of various discussion papers and submissions based on Community Economic Development, Intercultural Communications, and Employment Strategic Initiatives for the Australian Public & Private Sector. Azalia is currently the Secretary and Vice President of the Sports Development and Real Estate & Commercial Development Portfolios, Australia Vietnam Business Council.

    Graham KINDER – Vice President

    Graham Kinder has over 30-year in Financial Services Industry, with vast experience and expertise in the Australian Capital Markets, Retail and Wholesale Superannuation, Investment Management, Financial Planning, Actuarial, and Insurance Sectors. He has held senior positions in corporations and varied companies such as MLC (City Mutual), Westpac Investment Management, ING (Mercantile Mutual), and founder of the Strategic Group. Graham has long-term consulting contracts with Equity Trustees Superannuation, Elders, and Linchpin Capital. During the Global Financial Crisis, his unique depth of skills helped preserve literally thousands of clients and advisors. Graham is currently a Volunteer Deputy Captain with the NSW Rural Fire Service and a Deputy Local Controller with the NSW State Emergency Service. Graham was recognized and acknowledged at the 2016 Australia Day Awards by receiving the Emergency Services Medal. Graham is currently the Vice President of Economic Development and Community Relations & Sister City Relations, as well as Public Relations, AVBC Conference Coordination and Speakers Bureau Portfolios, Australia Vietnam Business Council.

    Thomas VO – Vice President

    Thomas Vo is Managing Director of TVM Digital and Director, Rich Group in Vietnam. He is an entrepreneurial Innovator of Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies for Corporations, Medium & Small Enterprises (SMEs), Start-Ups, and Non-For-Profit Organisations with over 25 Years’ experience in Computer Science & Information Technology. He is co-developing TVM Marketing with a team of Professional Entrepreneurs involved in Marketing, Media & Communications. He believes that Digital Marketing and Digital E-Commerce will accelerate businesses globally in the marketplace, as well as keeping up pace with the continuous changes in the world of Digital Information and Technology. Thomas is also an Executive Director of Wisegate Mortgage & Finance Company, with extensive knowledge of the Banking Industry. He is a Member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA), as well as a member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Thomas is currently the Vice President of Digital Innovation, Marketing & Communications as well as the Education – University, Secondary, Primary & International Study Portfolios, Australia Vietnam Business Council.

    James PHANS – Vice President

    James Phan is a Director of ALE Asia and Associate Director of Aurora Ave International. He is also an Independent Consultant for Australian Livestock Export and Australian Timber Logs Companies that are based in Vietnam. James is also a Business Development Consultant for Companies, Medium and Small Enterprises SMEs, Start-Ups as well as Non-For-Profit Organizations. He has an extensive network of business and community organization connections both in Australia and Vietnam. Over the last several years James has attended meetings with various Vietnamese Companies (JSCs) located in Vietnam Provinces on bilateral trade opportunities between Australia services in the marketplace globally in the future. James is currently the Vice President of the Business Development Portfolio, Australia Vietnam Business Council.

    David COOTE – Senior Advisor

    David Coote is a Registered Migration Agent and was instrumental in the development of an independent Migration Advice Service in Skilled Migration and Employer-Sponsored Migration. He is an experienced professional who provides ethical advice about the viable pathway to permanent residence, as well as preparing and submitting all types of visa applications. David successfully represented clients to the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship. He is committed to providing the most comprehensive, effective, and efficient immigration services for clients. David also provides innovative solutions for his clients to overcome the ever-changing environment of immigration rules, regulations, and procedures. He has also prepared submissions to and represented clients at the Migration Review Tribunal. David is currently the Senior Advisor to the Australia Vietnam Business Council.

    Francis WONG OAM OSJ – Senior Advisor

    Francis Wong is a leading South Australian entrepreneur who has been actively developing positive relationships between Australia and Global economies. He is currently the Managing Director of Encounter Australia which is one of the leading inbound tourism companies based in South Australia. Francis was honored in 2014, by the Australian Tourism Export Council for Australia’s Most Outstanding Contribution by an individual to the tourism industry. Francis is also the Representative for Australia / New Zealand BECAMEX IDC (JSC) for the Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. He was involved with various organizations such as Tourism Australia, Football Federation South Australia, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation South Australia, as well as the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation. Francis is a Board Member of the Brunei Economic Development Board – International Advisory Board, and he is currently a Senior Advisor to the Australia Vietnam Business Council.

    Camtu PHAM – Senior Advisor

    Camtu Pham is the Founder of CleverLink, innovative technology and website development company with a highly qualified team of Specialists-Designers, Developers, SEO Experts, and Professional involved in the business, marketing, and communications. She is also the Master BBX Licensee for Canberra & ACT, NSW South Coast, and the Highland. She is recognized as a leading motivational speaker, practitioner, and lecturer on E-Business Strategies for executives and staff at all levels. Cantu is recognized as a dedicated business networker with a high profile within Australia and Internationally. She is the author of Aim High Fly Fast, which is in three different languages such as English, Indonesian and Vietnamese. Cantu is a member of the Industry Reference Group, TAFE NSW, as well as the Senior Advisor & Coordinator, Businesswomen’s Network for the Australia Vietnam Business Council.