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Chau Cao NZTE MGT 21

Chau Cao




RMIT University
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Master of Global Trade, Class of 2021
Co-sponsor: New Zealand Trade and Enterprise


Area Sales Director, Head of Vietnam Representative Office
SKIOLD Group, Hanoi, Vietnam
“The Master of Global Trade program inspires me to become a better professional in laying a strong foundation to promote sustainable global trade.”

Alumni background

Chau is the Area Sales Director and head of the Vietnam office of the SKIOLD Group, a leading international supplier of pig, poultry, feed, grain and seed equipment based in Denmark. She has 15 years of experience in business development, public relations and marketing.

She previously served as the Business Development Manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in Vietnam, working to identify viable market entry opportunities and to promote commercial products and services from New Zealand. Chau also held leadership roles in operations and marketing at the British Council, East Meets West Foundation and T&A Ogilvy.

Chau earned a bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Hanoi National University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2021, she got her Masters of Global Trade from RMIT University through the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarship Program.

Personal statement

Starting off with a strong passion for international business, I took my first career steps by completing my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Economics and Business Administration in the 2000s. Since then, I have undergone a process of personal growth in different business roles, including my current one as a Business Development Manager at the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).

The Master of Global Trade program is a natural next step for me. It provides the most current knowledge of global trade, international exposure and networking opportunities. Through this course, I will become more effective in supporting New Zealand businesses in Vietnam.

The program presents a powerful pathway to professional advancement, preparing me to pursue a long-term career in trade. My focus will be on providing consultancy services for international companies exporting to Vietnam and for local exporters entering the global trade system.

My desire to be part of the program started when I first met Hinrich Foundation and RMIT teams to learn about their vision. I admired their passion and was thoroughly impressed by how motivated and successful the scholars and alumni have been. I was inspired to become a better professional in the field of trade, helping lay a strong foundation for the promotion of sustainable and inclusive trade between Vietnam and the world.

I would like to be an active alumna of the Hinrich Foundation and RMIT, participating in and supporting their events and projects in Vietnam, leveraging my network for knowledge-sharing initiatives, and being an industry mentor for RMIT. Hence, I will be contributing to the Foundation's mission of ‘developing the talent that will drive the sustainable transformation of trade and global value chains.’