Hieu Van Le AO

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Lieutenant Governor of South Australia
and Chairman of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC)

Hieu Van Le arrived in Australia in 1977 as one of the “boat people” from Vietnam.

He has gained a degree of Bachelor of Economics and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Adelaide University.

He is a member of the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) and from 1991 has worked at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). He held the position of Senior Manager – Financial Services Regulation until his early retirement from ASIC in March 2009.

Hieu has been the Chairman of SAMEAC since 2007.

In August 2007, Hieu Van Le was sworn in as the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia. It is understood that Mr Le is the first Vietnamese-born person who has ever been appointed to a Vice Regal position in the world.

Hieu Van Le is a Member or Trustee of the following Boards and Committees:
South Australia's Community Engagement Board

  • Research Centre for Languages and Cultures - University of South Australia
  • The Alumni Advisory Committee of the Adelaide University
  • The Education Adelaide Board
  • The Adelaide Festival Trust Board
  • National Centre for Child Protection – Fundraising Board – University of South Australia

Hieu Van Le is an Honorary advisor to several culturally and linguistically diverse communities in South Australia.

Mr Hieu Van Le is the Patron of the following organisations:

  • United Nations Association (South Australia Division) Inc.
  • Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia
  • Australian Chinese Medical Association
  • Hong Kong Australia Business Association
  • Chinatown Adelaide Inc.
  • Ethnic Schools Association of SA
  • Overseas Chinese Association
  • Australian-Tanzanian Services Foundation Inc.
  • Adelaide Festival Centre's OzAsia Festival
  • Churchill Fellowship Association
  • Multicultural Festival of South Australia Inc.
  • Norwood Greek Festival
  • SA Anti Poverty Week
  • Malaysian Club of SA
  • African Communities Council of SA
  • Vietnam Veterans’ Federation SA Chapter
  • Chinese Welfare Services of SA Inc.

Mr Le is honorary member of a range of organisations including the followings:

  • Campania Sports and Social Club (Sons of Italy)
  • Vietnamese Literature and Arts Association in South Australia
  • Friends of the Vietnamese Invalid Veterans Association
  • Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia SA
  • Australian Hellenic Education Progressive Association
  • Rotary International Club - Adelaide South

Hieu Van Le is an Ambassador for:

  • The White Ribbon Foundation
  • Australian Refugee Association
  • Adelaide Convention Bureau

Hieu Van Le is a recipient of the following Awards and Recognition:

  • He was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia (A.O.) - on Australia Day 2010
  • Australia Day Medal for outstanding service to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • Australian Centenary Medal "for service to the advancement of multiculturalism in Australia” in 2001
  • "Golden Achiever of the Year" awarded by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce SA in 2008
  • Honorary Doctorate for service to the society – awarded by the University of Adelaide in 2008
  • Honorary Doctorate for significant contribution to society – awarded by Flinders University in 2011
  • Paul Harris Fellowship- awarded by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 2009