Ms. Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Ms. Nguyen Phan Que Mai was born in 1973 in Ninh Binh but grew up in Bac Lieu province. She received an Australia Awards scholarship in 1993 and graduated in 1996 as the top student from Monash University’s Bachelor of Business Administration course (majoring in communications). Later on, she earned a Diploma in Insurance & Financial Management at Deakin University. She has designed and conducted many gender mainstreaming courses and actively advocates for gender equality. In addition, she is an independent film maker and freelance journalist for major national newspapers, writing about arts, literature and social issues. She is currently working as a freelance communications consultant.

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In 2007, Ms. Que Mai set up the ‘Making Dreams Come True’ volunteer group to assist more than 3,000 children with cancer living in the northern Vietnam. She manages and is currently Chairperson of the Advisory Board of this highly active voluntary group.

For her professional work, Ms. Que Mai has been honoured with many awards, the most significant awards include the Hanoi International Women’s Club Female Vision Award (2010) and the Australian Alumni Award for Sustainable Social Development in 2008. In 2010, Ms. Que Mai won two major prizes for her poetry including First Prize, Poetry Competition about Hanoi (Hanoi Literature Newspaper & Hanoi Radio & Television), and the Poetry of the Year Award (Hanoi Writers Association). Ms. Que Mai is the author of two poetry books entitled Trái cấm (Forbidden fruits, 2008) and Cởi gió (Freeing myself, 2010). She has translated five poetry books from Vietnamese to English and one poetry book from English to Vietnamese. She has been acknowledged with an Award for outstanding contribution to the Advancement of Vietnamese Literature Overseas from the Vietnamese Writers Association (2010).

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