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Named one of AFR-Westpac’s Top 100 Influential Women in Australia, Dai has over two decades of storytelling skills and change making experience. Dai’s mission is to help build an inclusive society where mainstreams institutions and organisations truly reflect the diverse society we live in.
As a former award-winning journalist, film-maker and broadcaster with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Dai has a unique understanding of the challenges that people of culturally diverse backgrounds face in progressing their leadership positions in public and private organisations.
Through her social enterprise, DAWN, an organisation that champions diverse leadership in the Australian workspace, Dai is challenging the status quo by harnessing the potential of Australians of culturally diverse backgrounds and unlocking their potential to be leaders in their field.
Dai has been a passionate advocate for the community through her roles as a former Community Commissioner of Multicultural NSW and as a Board Member for STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors). She was also formerly on the board of Global Sisters (a not-for-profit start-up that focuses on building economic independence among migrant and refugee women).
Dai stepped into the world of politics in 2008 standing as a candidate in the NSW State seat of Cabramatta where she achieved historic results, shocking the media and political pundits. In September 2012, Dai was elected as Councillor to Fairfield City Council.
Dai wants to help build an inclusive society where mainstreams institutions and organisations truly reflect the diverse society we live in.
Dai was born in Saigon, Vietnam and spent years in refugee camps in South East Asia before being accepted for resettlement in Australia, arriving with her mother and two younger sisters in December 1979. She is also a breast cancer survivor.