Mary Nhan Nguyen, CPA
Mary grew up in poverty. She appreciates the values of education her parents gifted to her. Compassion was instilled in Mary from her childhood days, seeing her mother helping the same beggar every morning at 10AM.

Mary has a degree in Business. She is a CPA with over 20 years of experience working as a senior finance leader and business partner for top 50 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 has been volunteering and providing pro bono business and accounting services for the charity and not-for-profit sector for over 20 years. She inspired many young people at the very early age when she led Hoa Nien Youth 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 leverages her network to become a conduit of many impassioned talents to Hands For Hope since 2000.

Mary founded Hands For Hope in 2000 with a group of community friends. She selflessly and resiliently led the charity voluntarily since inception until 30 June 2019. Mary currently serves as the Chairperson of the Advisory Board.


Matt Peters, MBA

Matt is an Executive Leader and Consultant with experience in strategic leadership, operational management, contract management, project management, business systems and technical roles in Essential Infrastructure.

As a renowned leader of large dispersed workforce and transformational change programs, Matt has an impressive career trajectory, with regular expansion of responsibility and capability, obtained through authentic leadership, achievement of strategic business objectives and continuous professional development.

Matt brings his leadership and business acumen and serves as Hands For Hope member of the Advisory Board. When he is not working, you will find him sweating off at the gym, watching AFL, hangout with his wife and four children or supporting his kids at their local sporting clubs.

Matt has a Bachelor of Business, an Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School and he is a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



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 H4H’s member of the Advisory Board, board director for 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 Hope Inc.

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.

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