Overall Winner

Lyma Nguyen


Lyma Nguyen

Vietnamese-Australian solicitor, advocate, organiser and Community Development Manager at Marrickville Legal Centre, Mrs Nguyen-Tu Le has been named the overall winner of the 2022 Most Influential Young Asian-Australian Awards, for her powerful contributions to the Asian-Australian Community.

Her inspiring journey in the community legal sector assisting victim-survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence embarks a remarkable recognition towards the Asian-Australian community. She is committed to advocating for greater diversity and justice in Australian society and politics and was featured as one of 21 Inspirational Women of 2021 in Vogue Australia.

Amongst the 40 awardees this year are vocalist, producer and multidisciplinary artist, Rainbow Chan, through her multi-faceted practice, she strives to raise awareness of Asian-Australian art & culture and celebrate Australia’s diverse cultural heritage; a biomaterials engineer, Academic Fellow, and Deputy Head of School (Education) at the School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney, Dr Young Jung No, who has been active in mentoring Asian students through unique challenges during university, and seeks contribution from First Nations peoples to increase engagement with engineering; and the three-time TEDx speaker, Founder and Speaker of Breathe Mr Jahin Tanvir, as a first generation migrant, his vision is to empower people from diverse backgrounds in decision-making and to be a role model to show that young multicultural voices matter and should be given importance.

“Significant bias, discrimination and racism exists against Asian-Australians in both work and non-work situations. To date, there is a lack of focus by senior leaders on leveraging Asian-Australian talent. At a time when everybody is complaining about the lack of talent, the Awards put Asian-Australians under the limelight by celebrating their journey in reaching such an awe-inspiring milestone” says Martine Letts, CEO of Asialink Group.

Darwin-based Barrister Lyma Nguyen has been named as the overall winner of the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards for 2020, a list that includes LPGA golfer Minjee Lee, lawyer Tessa Sullivan and disability advocate Danny Hui.

Lyma’s award recognises her ongoing contribution as an International Civil Party Counsel at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia and human rights champion. She has provided over ten years of pro bono legal services to hundreds of victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, including foreign nationals, members of the Cambodian diaspora and ethnic Vietnamese civilians who were the subject of genocide atrocities.

"Lyma Nguyen is an inspiration for Australia and a true leader in our region,” said Jason Johnson, Managing Partner of executive search firm Johnson Partners, and one of 11 judges of the award, which also included New South Wales Public Service Commissioner Kathrina Lo, chef Adam Liaw, and Westpac’s Rachna Ghandi.


Category Winners

Arts & Culture
Community & Advocacy / Not for Profit
Professions and Legal
Public Sector/Government
Science & Medicine


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