Mary Nhan Nguyen
Mary Nhan grew up in poverty. She appreciates the values of education her parents gifted to her. Compassion was instilled in Mary Nhan from her childhood days, seeing her mother helping the same beggar every morning at 10am. Her passion to change people’s lives for the better motivated her to co-found Hands For Hope in 2000.  She has been selflessly and tirelessly leading the charity voluntarily since then.

Mary Nhan has a degree in Business – Accounting. She is a CPA with over 20 years of experience working as a senior finance leader and business partner for top 200 Australian companies and not for profit organisations including Melbourne University and The Australian Red Cross Blood Services. She continues to bring her business acumen, inspirational and authentic leadership to Hands For Hope.

Mary Nhan has been volunteering and providing pro bono business and accounting services for the charity and not-for-profit sector for over 20 years. She has a solid network and influence in the Australian – Vietnamese community.  She inspired many young talents at the very early age when she voluntarily led Hoa Nien Group from 1993-2000 and together they drove a strong youth movement that touched, influenced and inspired the lives of thousands of young Australian Vietnamese over the past three decades. Mary Nhan leverages her network to become a conduit of many impassioned talents to Hands For Hope since 2000.

Mary Nhan currently serves as Chairperson. In 2017, Mary Nhan took a year off from her professional life to work full-time, unpaid for Hands For Hope. She is determined to reinvigorate and steer the charity towards 2020 on a journey of sustainable growth.


Van Le-Hugh
Van came to Australia as a young refugee child and grew up making her living as a Marketing Professional in Melbourne Australia before she left to explore the world in 1995 and ended up on many different shores from trekking to Everest Base Camp to living in Europe and the Caribbean. Life was good and she lived for the most part, quite self-centred.

Today Van is an active member of the community here in Melbourne and also participates in different charities and relief efforts in Vietnam.

Van reflects that whilst donating to a charity is often easy and convenient, volunteering on the other hand is not as easy, is more often inconvenient and requires passion, dedication and time. Van now brings her business acumen and passion to volunteering and joined Hands For Hope as Managing Director in 2014.



Tam Nguyen is an experienced research administrator with previous clinical research experience at numerous teaching hospitals and medical research institutes across Australia.

In the current role as a senior executive of research at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, he is responsible for research strategy, business development and research administration. Tam leads a dynamic team dedicated to providing innovative solutions to facilitate health and medical research.

Tam currently serves as board director, Tweddle Child and Family Health Service and as Vice-President, Australian Multicultural Community Services Inc. He has previously served as non-executive director for Engineers Without Border (Aust.) and the International Young Professional Foundation.

In 2000, he co-founded Hands for HopeInc. with a group on young Vietnamese Australian professionals in Victoria.

Tam has a double degree in Biomedical Engineering, a PhD in Biomechanics and an MBA in general management. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at RMIT University, Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Hands for Hope is a team of impassioned volunteers who are making a difference by being the change they wish to see in the world.


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