Blue Dragon International
Blue Dragon International (BDI) is the Australian partner of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation a grassroots charity delivering aid to children in Vietnam. BDI is based in Australia and driven by a voluntary board of Directors and community-based members.
BDI provides professional and strategy support for the programs in Vietnam and assists in building the profile of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation through fundraising and community events. In this way, we maximise opportunities and resources to assist the most disadvantaged children in Vietnam.
You can make an Australian tax-deductible donation to Blue Dragon by visiting the Australian donate page.
Who we are
Blue Dragon International (BDI) is an Australian not for profit public company limited by guarantee. Our principal objectives are to provide development aid, funding and operational assistance to the Vietnam-based charity, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. In 2004, the Blue Dragon Committee was formed in Australia. In 2010, it was incorporated into Blue Dragon International.
What we do
Our primary responsibilities are to ensure that Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Vietnam upholds and implements the Blue Dragon Charter and conducts its activities within the terms of its Licence Agreement. Under this Agreement, BDI grants the use of the Blue Dragon brand and logo to Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation to undertake charitable aid programs in Vietnam.
The performance obligations under the Licence Agreement require Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation to obtain approval from the BDI Board for
- business plans and annual budgets
- new programs, projects and budgets
- operating policies and procedures
- partnership agreements
- monthly program reports and monthly CEO reports
- audited annual financial statements
- appointment of senior management
BDI provides regular and ongoing consultation, support and approval across various aspects of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation’s activities. Directors of the BDI Board undertake site visits in Vietnam to help monitor and support our programs.
The ongoing participation of BDI’s Directors in decision-making and program oversight ensures that Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation maintains high levels of accountability, governance and transparency.
BDI carries out fundraising activities in Australia to help support the cost of operations. Currently, Australians can make tax-deductible donations to Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation via the Australian Foundation for the People of Asia and the Pacific Limited (AFAP), an Australian Government approved tax-deductible gift recipient (DGR) fund. AFAP then provides these donated funds to Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. BDI is currently seeking to obtain DGR approval in its own right.
The Board currently has nine members made up of Australian residents with a diverse range of complementary business and technical skills, and who have a commitment to supporting Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation’s projects in Vietnam.
John Chorley Oliver
Chairperson and Director
Until retiring in 2006, John had worked as an investment banker for 28 years and held senior executive roles with Babcock & Brown Limited, NZI Securities Limited and Armco Financial Corporation. Prior to this, he worked as a chartered accountant for12 years specialising in income tax consultancy and was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. John has been actively involved as a volunteer with several not for profit charitable organizations in Australia including Lifeline and Aussie Deaf Kids, and also with two Vietnam based NGO’s: KOTO Vietnam and Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation.
John was formerly a Director of the Vietnam charity KOTO International, a Director of Aussie Deaf Kids and a Board Member of Lifeline Northern Beaches
Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts (Psychology)(Forensic), Master of Psychology (Forensic)
Sussana has worked with adolescence and populations at risk since 1998, providing psychological interventions to offending teens, homeless women and families at risk of homelessness. She has worked in government and agencies such as Juvenile Justice and with non-government organisations such as Mission Australia and San Miguel. While working in management roles in Juvenile Justice, Sussana was also involved in a number of interdepartmental initiatives such as the Criminal Justice Program, Young Women’s Advisory Committee and Behaviour Intervention Steering committee. Sussana is currently working in private practice with women at risk of homelessness. Sussana has been involved with Blue Dragon since 2004.
Roz has many years of experience in accounting and administration in Sydney. A love of travel has also seen her work as a tour guide in Australia, Africa and SE Asia.
After hearing a radio interview with Blue Dragon founder, Michael Brosowski, she was inspired to volunteer at Blue Dragon’s Hoi An Children’s Home in 2008. Three rewarding months quickly turned into eight, and the following year she returned to manage the Home and its 30 teenagers.
Meeting other volunteers has seen Roz spend time in Cambodia and return annually to Hoi An where she uses her skills volunteering with other charitable organisations. At the same time, she continues her friendships with the kids from The Home, taking great pleasure in seeing first-hand the results of the life changing opportunities created for them by Blue Dragon.
Bachelor of Educational Studies, Master of Education
Evan has worked with children as a teacher and educational leader for the past 30 years and is currently Principal of Tuggerah Public School in New South Wales. He travels extensively, using a love of motorcycling and kayaking as an excuse to visit some of the less-travelled destinations.
Evan has a passionate belief in the basic rights of all children to safety, love, nourishment and an education, which has led him to be a supporter of Blue Dragon since its early days and a director since 2010.
Bachelor of International Relations, Bachelor of Commerce (Economics), Master of International Law
Meke currently works in an Australian not-for-profit group in Canberra. She became aware of Blue Dragon in 2008 when she arrived in Vietnam, but did not start to volunteer with them until 2009. Initially, she helped develop fundraising strategies and a policy framework for fundraising, but started working as the Manager after only two months. She worked at Blue Dragon until she left Vietnam in mid-2011, and joined the board the following year.
Tony Jacobs is a highly experienced director of finance, with particular expertise in the construction industry. He has worked in very senior positions for major companies in Australia, the USA and throughout Asia, most recently as CFO with Leightons Asia.
Tony’s expertise in management and governance has enabled him to support the operations of Blue Dragon Vietnam with practical assistance and advice. He has also been an active fundraiser.
Master of Management & Strategy, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts
Alex is a social impact consultant with Social Ventures Australia (SVA), focused on reducing disadvantage in Australia. She is passionate about empowering and creating opportunities for people, especially children. Prior to joining SVA she spent eight years working in corporate finance, impact investment and venture philanthropy in Australia, the UK and the Philippines. This included work in microfinance and social impact bonds. Alex was a founding director of Blue Dragon UK and is thrilled to continue contributing to the mission of Blue Dragon in Australia.
Carolynn Everett worked for The Salvation Army for over twenty years, in various areas including Community Welfare. In 2002, Carolynn and her husband Doug moved to Dhaka, Bangladesh. Doug was the General Manager of Sally Ann – a Salvation Army Fair Trade project – and Carolynn worked with him there for several years.
Since coming home, she has been involved in various local volunteer activities.
Doug spent most of his working life employed by Woolworths in various financial roles. In 2002, on retirement from full-time employment, he held the position of General Manager – Finance. Between 2002 and 2005, Doug and his wife lived in Dhaka, Bangladesh, managing Sally Ann, a Salvation Army international fair trade initiative which provides employment for women. Since 2005, Doug has been registered with Australian Business Volunteers (ABV), an arm of AusAID, and he has undertaken ABV assignments in Tonga, East Timor, Vietnam, PNG and Cambodia. Doug’s first contact with Blue Dragon was in 2006, after Blue Dragon had requested accounting assistance from ABV. He was impressed with Blue Dragon’s operations at that time, and continues to volunteer with Blue Dragon on a regular basis.
Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Medical Science, Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory)
Thu-Anh has worked in the field of medical laboratory testing since 1999, specialising in HIV / infectious diseases testing and implementation of quality management systems for laboratories. She spent many years working in resource-limited countries such as Vietnam, Mongolia and Myanmar developing and implementing quality systems in local laboratories. Many of these projects where sponsored by WHO, US CDC, PEPFAR and other NGOs.
Thu-Anh first became involved with Blue Dragon in 2012 after attending a fundraising event in Melbourne. She has been an active member of the Melbourne subcommittee ever since.
Membership and Committees
Become a Member
We welcome new members to Blue Dragon International (BDI) residing in Australia who are interested in supporting the work of Blue Dragon.
Join a Committee
Members of BDI are very welcome to provide active support by becoming involved with one of our committees.
- Membership and fundraising
- Finance, audit and compliance
- OAGDS application
- Melbourne Supporter’s Group
A copy of the audited annual financial statements is available on request via email at email@example.com.
If you have any inquiries about the work of Blue Dragon in Vietnam with kids in crisis, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation’s main office is located in Hanoi and all staff are located in Vietnam.
If you have questions about our Board and its role, please email to email@example.com.
You may also contact the Chairperson, Mr John Oliver, located in Australia, to inquire about current Board activities in Australia in fundraising or governance at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Dragon International
PO Box 176, Mona Vale, NSW 1660