About Us

Vietnam Foundation is an Australian Non-Profit charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). The Foundation was established in 1995 to serve as a bridge between Australia and Vietnam to help improve the lives of poor people and disadvantaged communities in rural Vietnam.

We are an approved organisation under the Overseas Aid Gift Deductibility Scheme (OAGDS) of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), and our VNF Vietnam Relief Fund was granted Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). All donations of $2.00 or more to the Fund by individuals, organisations and Companies in Australia are fully tax-deductible.

All Vietnam Foundation staff and partners in both Australia and Vietnam are volunteers, therefore all monies raised or donated are directed to development and aid programs in Vietnam.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help and empower the poor and disadvantaged people and communities in remote areas in rural Vietnam to break out of the cycle of poverty.

We work collaboratively with our local partners to deliver a range of well targeted development and aid programs in a cost-effective, empowering and sustainable way.

Our Approach

We place strong emphasis on working with our local partners in Vietnam to optimise the effectiveness of funds, and on participation by local communities, which also helps aid recipients and communities build capacity and resilience while creating a better, more sustainable environment.

We ensure your donations create lasting benefits and the greatest opportunities and impact in the lives of individuals and communities in rural Vietnam, through our unique and effective approach to aid delivery, which is based on:


We partner with local charities and NGOs, which liaise with aid-recipient communities to ensure transparent and cost-effective delivery of projects.


We seek to not only fund and help deliver development and aid projects, but also to empower aid recipients by encouraging participation and co-funding by the local people and communities. We give funding priority to communities who can participate at grassroots level by donating their time, labour, goods or services including design and project management. This grassroots participation helps local communities build capacity and develop resilience and self-reliance.

Many of our projects receive co-funding from local communities, charities or NGOs, including part-funding of project cost, donation of land, and providing on-going operating or maintenance cost. In this way, we do not just fund projects, but also act as a catalyst for change, helping to empower local groups and communities by galvanising local participation and resources.


Our Vietnam Recycled Bicycles program and Rain Water Harvesting program promote recycling and Environmental Sustainability, as well as significantly improving the welfare and health of local children and families.

Our People

Board of Directors & Executive Committee Members


Dr Nhan Gia Ly – BE (Hons 1), PhD UNSW

  • Former Senior Principal Research Scientist & Program Manager, CSIRO Division of Wool Technology.
  • Former Senior Program Manager, Australian Wool Innovation.


Mr Hao Van Nguyen – BE (Hons 1), ME University of Canterbury NZ

  • Former Technical Director- General Electric Company (UK-NZ)
  • Former Construction Director- Building Services Co-Partnership (NZ)
  • Former Project Director- Waterman International (UK- Australia)


Mr Truong Quang Minh – BE (Hons) UNSW, MAS University of New England

  • Operations Manager, Manian
  • Consultant, Ethnic Communications
  • Vice President, Association of Vietnamese Performing Artists Australia


Ms Tinh Tien Le – BA, MA (Hons) University of Canterbury NZ, MAS Southern Cross University AU, CPA Australia

  • Certified Practising Accountant
  • Former Public & Management Accountant
  • Former Tax Agent


Mr Hong Ba Le – MSc (Hons) University of Canterbury, NZ

  • Former Enterprise Systems Consultant, Hewlett Packard Australia
  • Former Computer Services Centre Manager, Prahan College of TAFE, Melbourne
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

Board of Directors

Professor Binh Tran-Nam – BEc (Hons 1) James Cook University, MEc ANU, PhD UNSW

  • Professor, School of Taxation and Business Law, UNSW
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Business and Management, RMIT University Vietnam
  • International Fellow, Exeter University & Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University

Dr Thuy Mai-Viet – BE (Hons), PhD UNSW

  • President, University Preparation College
  • Former Senior Statistician, Pathfinders and Australian Post
  • Former Director, Australia-Vietnam Business Council
  • Former Director, Australia-Vietnam Medical Hoc Mai Foundation

Mr Hai Dinh – BE (Hons 1) University of Newcastle

  • Technical Director – Intelle Building Services
  • Former Technical Director Buildings – Aurecon Australia
  • Former Director-in-charge Building Services – Meinhardt NSW
  • Former Director Building Services – Hyder Consulting NSW
  • Former Director Building Services – Engineering Consultants of Australia

Dr Hai Nguyen – BSc (Hons 1), MSc, PhD UNSW

  • Former Global SAP Manager, Orica
  • Former Project Manager, Orica
  • Former Research Scientist, ICI Australia

Mrs. Han Le – BSc (Hons) UNSW

  • Former CSC IT consultant
  • Former Business Analyst Westpac
  • Former IBM Analyst

Dr Tuan Truong – BE Minh-Đức University Vietnam, ME University of Canterbury, PhD Massey University NZ

  • Former Research Engineer at Fonterra Research Centre, NZ
  • Former Process Technical Lead at Fonterra Co-operative Group, NZ
  • Former Senior Process Engineer at Dairy Innovation Australia, AU

In-Country Representatives

Associate Professor Nguyễn Thiện Tống – BE (Hons 1), PhD Sydney University, MPA Harvard

  • Former Head of Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Technology, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Former Vice President, Mekong University, Vinh Long Province.

Dr Huỳnh Công Hoài – BE HCMC University of Technology VN, ME AIT Thailand, PhD INPT France

  • Associate Professor, HCMC University of Technology, Vietnam

Dr Lưu Thái Danh – BSc(Agr) University of Queensland, MSc KU Leuven, PhD UNSW

  • Lecturer, Cần Thơ University, Vietnam

Ms Nguyễn Thị Huyền Trân – BA University of Social Sciences and Humanities VN, MSM L’Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium, BA HCMC University of Law VN, Attorney-at-Law License (Ministry of Justice, Vietnam)

  • Deputy Manager of Administration, Legal and General Affairs, Sojitz Vietnam Co Ltd

Our Story

Vietnam Foundation (VNF) was established in December 1995 by a group of former Colombo Plan scholars, Dr Dương Tấn Trung, Ms Lê Ngọc Lan, Ms Mai-Viết Thanh Tâm, Dr Mai-Viết Thủy, Dr Trần Kim Hoa and Mr Trần Văn Quan. From its inception, Vietnam Foundation has served as a bridge between Australia and Vietnam to bring relief and aids to poor people and disadvantaged communities in rural Vietnam, true to its motto Helping Hands From Australia.

Over the years, Vietnam Foundation has grown into one of the most recognised and trusted charity organisations within the Vietnamese community in Australia, and has touched the lives of thousands in Vietnam.

Our fund-raising events and activities do not just provide much needed funds for aid projects and programs in Vietnam, but also help preserve and promote Vietnamese culture and heritage in Australia, such as our ‘Saigon Through The Years” Symposium in 2018, World Festival of Vietnamese Traditional Music in 2015, and World Expo Paris 1900  Symposium in 2013. Our fund-raising dinners, such as the joint function with Blue Dragon’s Children Foundation in 2017, have become a much anticipated event in the social calendar of the Vietnamese community in Sydney.