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Melbourne Asia Game Changers


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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 as they discuss their work and experiences as Asian-Australian leaders, as well as showcase the cultural contributions of the Melbourne Asian community. Hear from Daizy Mann, Leah Jing McIntosh and Ly Tran.  With special guests Philipp Ivanov, Sally Capp and Caro Llewellyn.

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


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, sh... Read more

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 Universit... Read more

Leah Jing McIntosh

Leah Jing McIntosh is the founding editor of Liminal magazine. As part of her work for Liminal, Leah has published books, created mentorships and fellowships, and established national literary prizes, seeking to create new spaces and opportunities for community. She has recently edited the essay col... Read more

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 a... Read more

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 ser... Read more

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, which is about her father’s polio and her own MS diagnosis. She’s also the former artistic director of several large-scale literary festi... Read more

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 experien... Read more


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