Melbourne Asia Game Changers

The Asia Society’s world-renowned Asia Game Changers series has come to Australia. Boasting international recipients such as Naomi Osaka, BTS, Malala Yousafzai and Yo-Yo Ma, the initiative recognises individuals in the Asian community who are making a positive impact in the fields of art, health, science, sport, business and media.

During a time when Australia’s role in the region is changing, the Melbourne Asia Game Changer Awards amplify the diversity, strength and excellence of Asian culture and advocacy here in Melbourne.

At this event, hosted by MasterChef Australia co-host and judge Melissa Leong, we’ll honour the inaugural recipients – Daizy Mann, Leah Jing McIntosh and Ly Tran – as they discuss their work and experiences as Asian-Australian leaders, as well as showcase the cultural contributions of the Melbourne Asian community. With guest speakers Philipp Ivanov, Sally Capp and Caro Llewellyn.

Presented in partnership with Asia Society Australia and the City of Melbourne

Melbourne Asia Game Changers

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Portrait of Daizy Maan

Daizy Maan

Daizy is passionate about young people shaping the future, social entrepreneurship and representation. She hosts a podcast called The Daizy Project, which explores living a purposeful life through meaningful conversations with bold entrepreneurs, leaders and change-makers. She is an avid speaker, sharing her learnings at BMW, Pausefest and on a panel discussion alongside Ela Gandhi (Human Rights activist and granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi). She has worked and volunteered on social impact projects in Tanzania, in Thailand as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development assisting in legal aid for refugees and travelled to the Himalayas in India to resolve her quarter-life crisis through meditation. She's currently on a mission to squeeze in writing a memoir and building a social movement to empower South Asian women through Bold Punjab and Australian South Asian Centre.


Portrait of Ly Tran

Ly Tran

Ly Tran is a Professor in the School of Education at Deakin University and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. She worked at Hue University, Vietnam, prior to coming to Australia. She is a Visiting Professor at Phu Xuan University, Vietnam; Toyo University, Japan and Hitotsubashi University, Japan. Her research focuses on international education, international students, the education-migration nexus, Australian student mobility to the Indo-Pacific, and internationalisation of higher education in East Asia.

Portrait of Leah Jing McIntosh

Leah Jing McIntosh

Leah Jing McIntosh is the founding editor of Liminal. Since 2017, Leah has published art, writing and interviews by and for Asian-Australian artists. She has founded national literary prizes for minoritized writers, and co-edited Collisions (Pantera Press), a collection of fiction by First Nations writers and Writers of Colour.

Portrait of Philipp Ivanov

Philipp Ivanov

Philipp Ivanov is the Chief Executive Officer of Asia Society Australia, a position he has held since 2015. He is leading Asia Society Australia through a period of growth and transformation. He is a co-leader of the Asia Taskforce by the Business Council of Australia and Asia Society Australia to advance Australian business engagement with Asia.

Portrait of Sally Capp

Sally Capp

Sally Capp was re-elected as Lord Mayor of Melbourne in November 2020 after having been first elected in May 2018, and is the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor.

Sally was also the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. She has also served as the CEO for the Committee for Melbourne and COO of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Portrait of Caro Llewellyn

Caro Llewellyn

Caro Llewellyn is CEO of the Wheeler Centre and the author of four works of non-fiction including the 2020 Stella Prize shortlisted memoir, Diving into Glass. She's also the former director of several large scale literary festivals, including Sydney Writers' Festival and the PEN World Voices Festival chaired by Salman Rushdie in New York.

Portrait of Melissa Leong

Melissa Leong

Whether she’s getting lost in the back streets of Ho Chi Minh looking for the perfect banh mi or getting up close and personal at a rural Tasmania sheep dairy to better understand agriculture first hand, there is nowhere and nothing Melissa Leong won't do in the name of a great food experience.


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