Breakfast with the Governor of South Australia – 17 April 15, SA

Upcoming SA Catholics in Business Networking Breakfast, Adelaide

His Excellency, the Hon Hieu Van Le AO Governor of South Australia

Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le

Catholics in Business are delighted to announce His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia as our special guest speaker, His Excellency will touch on topics of great passion and experience including Cultural Diversity, our engagement with South East Asia, Diversity in the Workplace, Community Engagement and touch on his personal journey as a refugee from Vietnam.

His Excellency was born in Central Vietnam in 1954. Following the end of the Vietnam War, His Excellency, and his wife, Lan, left Vietnam in a boat in 1977.  Travelling via Malaysia, they were one of the early groups of Vietnamese refugees to arrive in Darwin Harbour, in the time following the Vietnam War.  His Excellency and Mrs Le soon settled in Adelaide, starting with three months at the Pennington Migrant Hostel.

As his Tertiary study in Vietnam was not recognised in Australia, the Governor returned to study at the University of Adelaide, where he earned a degree in Economics and Accounting and Master of Business Administration.

His Excellency gained Certified Practising Accountant accreditation, and from 1991 worked at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, where he led many high-profile matters. Upon his retirement from the Commission in March 2009, he held the position of Senior Manager – Financial Services Regulation.

His Excellency has served on many community boards and committees, in particular those relating to cultural and linguistic diversity, the arts and education.

His Excellency was the first person of Asian background to be appointed Chairman of the SA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission having already served as a Member and Deputy Chairman for 13 years.

In August 2007, His Excellency was sworn in as the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia.  Over the next seven years in this role, His Excellency served as the Patron or Honorary member of more than thirty organisations.

On 1 September 2014, His Excellency was sworn in as Governor of South Australia.

It is understood that His Excellency is the first Vietnamese-born person who has ever been appointed to a Vice-Regal position.

His Excellency was awarded the Australia Day Medal in 1996 for outstanding service to Australian Securities and Investment Commission, and has been awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for service to the advancement of multiculturalism.

On Australia Day 2010, His Excellency was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia for service to the community in South Australia.  He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from both Adelaide University and Flinders University.

Catholics in Business is delighted to welcome His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO Governor of South Australia as our inaugural guest speaker in Adelaide.

WHEN:   Friday 17 April 2015

WHERE:   The Playford, Ballrooms 2&3, 120 North Terrace, Adelaide SA

PRICE:   $55.00 per head (includes full breakfast and beverages) or table of 10 for $550.

TIME:   7am Mass (optional)  7.30am Breakfast. 9am Conclusion.

DRESS CODE:   Corporate/Business attire

RSVP:   To register your interest in attending this event, contact Tanya Fullarton at Join the Dots Marketing & Events via email [email][/email] or mobile 0417 193 071.

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