Born in Thanh Hoa province, Harry Tran studied at the Foreign Language Specialized School of the Vietnam National University, Hanoi in 1995. In 2003, he received a bachelor's degree in Public Finance from the Academy of Finance.

He then studied Business Administration in Germany to acquire more knowledge of business.

Six years studying and working in Germany enabled him to get a good job at the German Society for International Co-operation (GIZ) in Vietnam. He continued to improve his expertise in Sydney in 2013 and settled there due to “similarities between Australia and Vietnam.”

Tran Dang Hue and an Australian at an event in 2018

Realizing that there was no organization to link the large and diverse Vietnamese overseas community in Sydney, Hue and several Vietnamese businessmen set up the Vietnamese Entrepreneurs Association in 2018 with the aim of uniting Vietnamese enterprise community in Sydney and supporting other Vietnamese businesses at home in doing business in Australia.

Highly appreciated by the Vietnam Trade Office in Australia, the association’s monthly events include exchanging knowledge of business administration and legal regulations, updating latest market news, and discussing investment opportunities.

“At an event last May, chairwoman of Australia’s Export Council Dianne Tipping emphasized that Vietnam is a potential market and partner for Australia due to its positive growth rate and high market demand. Vietnam has integrated to the world in a deeper and wider manner and participated in a lot of free trade agreements to which Australia is a signatory. This is a motivation for us to exert more efforts to promote the Australia - Vietnam trade ties,” shared Harry Tran.

The association also carries out  a number of activities to support the homeland to overcome consequences of natural disasters or donate to the national COVID-19 vaccine fund.

Harry Tran is not only an active member of the Vietnamese Entrepreneurs Association in Sydney, but also the director of Vietnam - Australia Trade Promotion Company which facilitates two-way trade between the two countries’ companies.

“Before the outbreak of COVID-19, I invited Australian entrepreneurs to Vietnam to learn about its business and investment environment. After a visit of an Australian delegation to the conference on 30 years of FDI attraction in Vietnam in October 2018, Global Study Partners - a leading Australian educational institution - opened two offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The Vietnam - Australia Trade Promotion also received Vietnamese delegations from Hoa Binh, Son La, Lang Son provinces to examine business prospects in Australia,” said Harry Tran.

With his contribution, Harry Tran was among 100 typical expatriates invited by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to attend the Xuan Que Huong (Homeland Spring) festivals in 2018 and 2019.

He highlighted the newly-issued Politburo’s Conclusion No.12 on overseas Vietnamese affairs in the new situation with some new requirements on attracting overseas resources and disseminating information to foreigners. He stressed that the conclusion is absolutely in line with the aspiration of overseas Vietnamese.

He suggested the Vietnamese representative agencies abroad step up and diversify activities and cooperation forms to connect expats in Australia and in other countries all around the world.

“Despite residing abroad, I always turn my heart to the Fatherland. I am very pleased to see increasingly-innovative and developed Vietnam. Hopefully in 2022, the world will overcome the pandemic, people will resume normal life and visits to seek Vietnam - Australia investment opportunities will be resumed as soon as possible,” he added.

Translated by Tra My - Ha My - Khanh Linh - Truc Linh