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Khoa Do

Khoa Do

Khoa Do is a film director, screenwriter and teacher who has extensive experience working with the most disadvantaged in our community, inspiring them and guiding them to incredible success. Khoa's belief is that everyone on a team, no matter what their background or experience, is extraordinarily gifted, and our goal is to help others to realise their true potential.

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Testimonials for Khoa Do

“Khoa makes me laugh and cry - at the same time. He is an exceptional young Australian and an inspirational public speaker who captures the imagination of a broad spectrum of Australians. I have seen a room of business leaders give him a standing ovation and I have seen him interview the Governor-General. I have also seen him inspiring young Australians to be all that they can.”

National Australia Day Council


"Khoa was a great inspiration to all who attended our meeting.  Everyone very much enjoyed his encouraging and spirit filled story and were both impressed and excited to have had Khoa at our meeting.  We feel privileged to have met such a humble young man who puts alot of faith back into the future of our youth."

Colgate Palmolive


"He moved us alternately to laughter and tears and his spirit of generosity and caring served as an inspiration to his audience.  Given that this was his own life, it was authentic and all the more powerful for the very personal manner in which it was delivered."

Flinders Housing


"Khoa Do is one of the most humble, genuine and interesting presenters I have seen. He has an extraordinary background and a fantastic attitude - his story was amazing, was very well received and taught 1300 IBM employees a bit of humility I would not hesitate to recommend Khoa for another event."


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Khoa Do's Biography

As a volunteer and teacher, Khoa has received multiple awards for his work in the community and with youth – the Young Vietnamese Australian of the Year Award, the Young Citizen of the Year Award and the Young Australian of the Year Award.

As a film director, writer and producer, Khoa has had incredible success, being nominated for AFI Awards, Film Critics’ Circle of Australia Awards, Australian Writers’ Guild Awards and Australian Screen Director’s Awards. His first short film was shortlisted for an Academy Award and in 2004 he was the youngest film director in Australian history to be nominated for an AFI Award for Best Direction. Today he continues to direct some of Australia’s brightest talents including David Wenham, Bryan Brown and Claudia Karvan on his projects.

As a keynote speaker, Khoa has travelled globally, speaking to audiences across several continents. He has appeared on all platforms, whether it be speaking to newly arrived refugees in Cabramatta, Aboriginal kids in Alice Springs or to the Prime Minister and the leaders of our country in Canberra. After hearing him speak, the Governor General of Australia, Michael Jeffery, exclusively asked for Khoa to interview him in Kalgoorlie to launch Australia Day 2006.

In Khoa’s signature keynote presentation he shares his amazing life story, one that began with an infant fleeing Vietnam on a tiny fishing boat and culminating in Khoa being named the Young Australian of the Year. It is a personal journey of courage, resilience and hope amidst extraordinary opposition.

Over the years, he has worked tirelessly with marginalised communities including at-risk and homeless youths, former convicted prisoners and refugees of multiples nationalities, inspiring and guiding them to success. Khoa’s belief is that everyone on a team, no matter what their background or experience, is extraordinarily gifted and that our goal is to help others to realise their true potential.

Amongst the many tales that Khoa shares, hear his story of how a group of “at-risk” youths in south-western Sydney had come to a welfare centre in Cabramatta to seek help. One was homeless, sleeping in refuges and McDonald’s play areas, another was a shy Aboriginal young man who never spoke a single word, and another an accused criminal currently on parole. None had finished high school. Two years later they were AFI Award nominees, walking the red carpet opposite Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts and Cate Blanchett.

Regarded as one of the funniest and most moving speakers in Australia, Khoa Do’s presentations encompass tapping into your inherent creativity, focusing on what you have and harnessing your natural talent to reach ultimate success.

Speaking Topics Include

In every obstacle lies an extraordinary opportunity

In his presentations, Khoa addresses:

  • Finding and harnessing your talent
  • Working as a team amidst incredible opposition
  • Your obstacles are your greatest opportunities
  • Tapping into your creativity
  • Following your heart
  • Leadership
  • Resilience
  • Focusing on what you have
  • Not taking yourself too seriously