OUR STORY

Loreto Vietnam is an Australian INGO that focuses on capacity building in Vietnam by directly addressing Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education. By facilitating equitable access to quality education through the building of classrooms, libraries, safe toilets, computer rooms and multipurpose rooms in schools that cannot otherwise afford such facilities, Loreto Vietnam exists to empower children in southern Vietnam’s most underprivileged contexts. Loreto Vietnam also distributes school packs (containing school uniforms, shoes, stationary sets, exercise books etc), educational resources, bicycles and helmets, as well as scholarships, to children identified by local education partners as critically in need.

LORETO VIETNAM IS A CAPACITY BUILDING ORGANISATION FOCUSED ON IMPROVING ACCESS TO QUALITY EDUCATION FOR VIETNAM’S MOST UNDERPRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

Loreto Vietnam originally known as Loreto Vietnam Australia Program (LVAP), was formed in 1997 in Vietnam by Sister Trish Franklin, a charismatic and gifted educationalist from Australia, who felt strongly the challenge to respond to the needs of the disadvantaged children she saw in the community. Trish brought to the organisation the 400-year-old heritage and values of the larger worldwide community of the Catholic Loreto Order which seeks to focus on inclusiveness and working where the need is the greatest.

The Loreto Order (Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary) was formed in the 1600s by Mary Ward, a British woman who had experienced persecution due to her faith, and who herself was denied access to mainstream education due to her gender. Despite many challenges, Mary Ward subsequently began the Loreto order which has always recognized and articulated the importance of women as thinkers and contributors to society, and in Australia, has been inextricably linked to the education of girls. These links with Loreto Schools in Australia continue in their support of Loreto Vietnam’s educational projects.

The focus of the work of the organisation has evolved in the past 19 years, constantly responding to needs that Trish either identified or was asked to assist with. Loreto Vietnam’s initial work focused on street children, creating safe shelters for them and offering learning opportunities in partnership with local organisations. It has also focused on working with children with disabilities, improving their access to learning and enhancing their abilities and life opportunities. With increasing prosperity in HCMC, it became apparent that many of the needs of those in rural communities, particularly in the education sector, were not being met. Children were learning in, and with, substandard and inadequate facilities and resources, so Loreto Vietnam began supporting infrastructure development in 5 other provinces in the south of Vietnam, namely An Giang, Ca Mau, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, and Phu Yen.

Our team

Jaom Fisher

Executive Director
executivedirector@loretovietnam.org


Jaom Fisher is a qualified social worker and former migration agent who has worked in cross-cultural and refugee settlement contexts both in Australia and overseas, and in various capacities in education as a teacher and manager. She has been living in Vietnam for 9 years with her family during which time she has spent time as a volunteer for a number of organisations including Loreto Kids Charity.

Nguyen Thi Quyen

Project Manager
projectmanager@loretovietnam.org

Quyen is experienced in the design, implementation and management of educational projects of international non-government organizations including Plan International, Save the Children, ChildFund, and Room to Read. Her scope of work focuses on holistic and bilingual education, child-rights based programming, teacher capability building, curriculum development, and child-friendly environment creation. Quyen has forged strong partnerships with local communities and provincial authorities nationwide .

Lauren Cameron

Communications and Fundraising Director
communications@loretovietnam.org


Lauren is a qualified journalist with over 10 years’ experience working in NGO communications and media strategy. Having helped launch Hong Kong’s first environmental magazine, Ecozine, Lauren went on to manage The Sovereign Art Foundation – a non-profit organisation which provides rehabilitation to vulnerable children and communities in Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Nepal and Vietnam. Lauren has a Diploma in Journalism and B.A. in Sustainable Development, and is a former Loreto student herself.

Le Anh Thu

Project and Administration Assistant
officeassistant@loretovietnam.org

Thu has experience working in human resources within the education and non-profit sector.

THAO NGUYEN

Chairperson
Thao.Nguyen@insearch.edu.au

Thao’s family is from Tay Ninh province in Vietnam on the border of Cambodia. When her family moved to Australia, they settled in Sydney. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and is a lawyer admitted to the New South Wales Supreme Court.

Thao is currently a Strategy Partnerships Consultant to UTS INSEARCH, an education company under the University of Technology Sydney. She was a former corporate lawyer with leading international firms and was founder of Ernst & Young Law Vietnam LLC and head of Vietnam/Cambodia strategy for a multi-billion dollar investment fund focusing on education & healthcare.

In Australia, Thao was deeply involved in legal education community development within lower socio-economic communities in western Sydney, working with various local, state and federal governments. She was also involved in policy development for refugee and migrant communities as a Board member of the NSW Ethnic Communities Council (2003- 2005) and theNational CommunityAdvisory Committeeto theSpecial Broadcasting Service (SBS) (2004-2005). As a strong advocate for young people and children’s rights, she was a member of the Australian national NGO committee to the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child (2005).

In Vietnam Thao has been a member of the Board of Australian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (2007-2009) and Board of San Art, a contemporary arts non-profit (2013-2016).

In addition to being current Chairperson of the Board of Loreto Vietnam, Thao is co- founder and Board Chair of the inaugural Australia Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue and member of the Asian Development Bank’s Mekong Business Initiative Women’s Cabinet.

CASS LE

Member
Casslegardner9@gmail.com

Born in My Tho in the Mekong Delta, Cass left Vietnam at the age of two with her family arriving first in Malaysia as refugees then sent on to live in Perth, Western Australia where she grew up and became a naturalized Australian. After firstly attending Loreto Convent Primary School, she then went on to Perth Modern Senior High School on a music scholarship. In 1995, after Graduating from Curtin University of Technology with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Management and Marketing, she then moved to Singapore to take up positions firstly with Burson-Marsteller in Public Relationsand Corporate Communications then on to Citigate Su Yeang as a Branding Consultant.

In 2001, Cass joined AB-InBev in Singapore as an Area Manager for Asia Pacific responsible for their Exports & Licenses business across the region. In 2005, Cass then moved to AB- InBev’s Headquarters in Belgium as a Marketing Director responsible for External Growth and New Market Development.

After 3 years in Belgium, Cass could feel her Vietnamese roots calling and in 2007 accepted a position at Tetra Pak Vietnam as Marketing & Product Management Director for their rapidly growing operations. Today, she is the General Manager of the Professional Products Division in L’Oreal Vietnam. Cass has a combined 20 years of global experience in marketing, strategy, consumer insights, innovation, key account management, and new business development in a variety of B2C and B2B industries. Providing leadership and building teams that have driven bottom-line objectives, Cass believes that success comes from ethics, integrity and transparency.

Cass has a wide range of interests outside of work ranging from scuba diving to photography to golf and general fitness. Over the last 10 years of living in Vietnam, Cass and her family have been actively involved in a variety of INGO projects for education and training of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the fight against human trafficking.

JOHN DITTY

Member
JDitty@kpmg.com.vn

John has been living and working in Vietnam since 1993. From 2004 (when he joined KPMG) until 2009 he was the Managing Partner of the Audit practice and he is currently responsible for the Advisory practice of KPMG in Vietnam and Cambodia. In addition, John was the Chairman of the firm for four years until 2014.

Since John joined KPMG in 2004 he has overseen the growth of the firm from 2 Partners and less than 200 staff to 25 Partners and more than 1,000 staff. Prior to joining KPMG in 2004, John spent more than 17 years with another of the “Big 4” accounting firms in Australia, England, Hungary, Poland and Vietnam. Through his experience John has developed a wealth of knowledge and understanding regarding business and business practices and has assisted many foreign invested businesses to enter and succeed in Vietnam.

In addition to his role at KPMG, John is also:

  • Chairman (Honorary) of the RMIT Alumni Association in Vietnam
  • Past Chairman of the Vietnam Advisory Committee for CPA Australia in Vietnam
  • Past Chairman (and current Board member) of the Loreto Vietnam Australia Program
  • Past member of the Advisory Committee to the Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP) and organisation established in Vietnam to promote and support entrepreneurial and sustainable solutions to social issues

John is an Australian Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Certified Public Accountant in Vietnam.

MAI QUANG TRI

Member
QuangTri.Mai@atkinsglobal.com

Quang Tri joined the Atkins in 2012, taking the leading role in Vietnam, participating in the implementation of the group’ strategic global expansion into new territories. With him comes a strong architectural design and multi- disciplinary management experience, complimented by an extensive knowledge and appreciation of Vietnamese culture and business that the group needs to export its global expertise to this new emerging market.

Holding the position of Atkins Chief Representative Vietnam, Tri further extends his professional portfolio in designing and delivering major reputable urban developments and landmark buildings in HCMC and Hanoi, following his successful 8-years directorship at DCM.

COLMAN PATRICK ROSS

Member 

cpross2001@gmail.com

Colman is a highly experienced International Development Planning and Education Advisor with over 20 years of experience on Programme Management, Coordination and Institutional Capacity Development.

He gas provided significant inputs and collaborations at national and sub-national level for the development, research and improvement of methods and systems for poverty alleviation including participatory Socio-Economic Development Plans (SEDP), rural development, educational and institutional capacity building interventions at national, provincial, district and commune levels in Vietnam and SE Asia.

He has a comprehensive understanding of both global and national development perspectives, aspirations and impediments from direct participation in government and donor funded programmes in a diverse number of provinces in Vietnam. Through direct stakeholder engagement in Vietnam, he has developed an intrinsic understanding of the challenges to consolidate middle-income status and steps necessary for achieving a prosperous, creative upper-middle-income inclusive and equitable society by 2035. 

He has completed a PhD on Ethnic Minority Adult Basic Education (ABE) in Vietnam conducting his research in Ha Giang and Dien Bien provinces focusing on the impact of ABE on selected Tay, Dao, H’mong and Black Thai communities’ access to poverty elevation resources.

TRUONG HANH LINH

Member
linhtruong@kpmg.com.vn

Linh currently holds the role of Head of Risk Consulting, including Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services and Financial Risk Management Services in KPMG Vietnam and Cambodia.

Linh has over 17 years of professional experience working for professional firms and multinational corporations in the United Kingdom (UK), Thailand and Vietnam in the field of corporate governance, internal control, risk management, compliance, auditing and finance & accounting.

Prior to joining KPMG Consulting practice, Linh was Head of Risk and Compliance cum Company Secretariat for an international financial services group’s base in Vietnam for 05 years. Her work was to assist the Board and Management in maintaining an effective corporate governance and internal control system in Vietnam-based operations to ensure the compliance with Group’s policies and applicable laws/regulations in Vietnam.

Linh has intensive knowledge and experience in corporate governance, risk management and internal controls. She also a finance/accounting and legal background and has conducted tens of projects in several sectors.

BUI THI THANH NGOC

Member
ntbui@kpmg.com.vn

Ngoc is currently Director of KPMG Legal (Vietnam) and has been a legal advisor for almost 20 years. Before joining KPMG Legal, she held positions of senior legal counsel of the top ranked Korean telecom group, was the founding partner of a leading Vietnamese law firm, and a partner of a leading French law firm in Vietnam.

Ngoc’s professional experience spans M&A and Business Restructuring, Foreign Investment, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Arbitration, Corporate Governance and General Corporate and Commercial Law, and Real Estates Business.

Ngoc has spent her career acting for multinational companies and top ranked Vietnamese companies, including State-Owned Enterprises, and in various industries.

Ngoc has successfully assisted clients

MARGARET CALLAGHAN

Member
margcallaghan75@gmail.com

Margaret, an Australian, is a trained teacher, majoring in English and History. She has taught in Australia for 30 years and was a Board member of the Loreto School in Ballarat for 6 years. She currently teaches English on a voluntary basis in HCMC and supports her community. She has a long association with Loreto Vietnam, having lived in Vietnam for over 10 years during which time she managed the organisation for a period when Trish Franklin was on leave. Her passion is education and having had a diverse educational experience herself (lived in 3 different countries, attended 6 schools during her own primary/secondary years), has an appreciation for the various educational contexts in different countries, and a strong commitment to educational opportunities for children.

DR RODERICK CROUCH

Member
Roderick.Crouch@aisvietnam.com

Dr Roderick Crouch is a highly experienced international school educator and is currently Executive Principal of the Australian International School in Vietnam. His leadership career has included being Principal/CEO of schools in various states of Australia, as well as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and now Vietnam. In all the schools he has led, Dr Crouch has ensured that service learning and community action are key components for students. While in the UAE, Dr Crouch also trained and mentored school principals.

Dr Crouch was educated in Australia and has various degrees including a Doctorate of Education. He has presented at education conferences on school leadership, middle schools, and the impact of gender on education. He is a regular contributor to a variety of professional publications.

Accountability

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  1. Loreto will act with integrity.
  2. Loreto will develop and nurture collaborative relationships based on mutual respect.
  3. Loreto is a social justice oriented organisation which prioritises and protects the best interests of our beneficiaries.
  4. Loreto aims to operate according to best practices of operational excellence.

Where We Work

95 sustainable projects in 6 provinces
  • Ho Chi Minh
  • An Giang
  • Tra Vinh
  • Ca Mau
  • Tien Giang
  • Phu Yen