Ms Vi Peterson
Appointed by the Governor-in-Council
Vi is a multi-cultural/multi-lingual business consultant. She has extensive private sector and public sector experience in the field of banking and finance; trade diplomacy; trade and investment facilitation and project development in emerging markets. Vi is currently a co-founder and director of Peterson International, Inc., a US-based consultancy firm specialising in the provision of strategic advice and business solutions to companies involved in trade and investment in emerging markets, with a special focus on Vietnam and Thailand.
While living and working in Vietnam from 1997–2001, Vi and her husband became aware of the enormous public health burden caused by preventable injuries in Vietnam. Together they set out to address the problem by advocating action and mobilising the diplomatic and development community in Hanoi. As a result of this experience and upon their return to the United States, they co-founded The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC) in 2002, a US not-for-profit organisation dealing with child injury prevention in the developing world. TASC has formed strong collaborations with various Asian ministries of health and education, research centers, UNICEF, WHO, and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). TASC is now recognised as a global advocate for child injury prevention in Asia.
Prior to her current international activities, Vi had a 15 year banking career with the ANZ Bank covering business, corporate and international banking. She played a key role in the successful establishment of ANZ’s greenfield operations in Vietnam in 1993. Following resignation from ANZ, she served as Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner to Vietnam from 1996–1999 where she was heavily involved in trade diplomacy, promoting Australian exports and investments into Vietnam and providing input and advice on Australia/Vietnam trade policy to the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Vi holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Finance from Swinburne. She is currently Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University of Technology. She is based in Melbourne but continues to be actively engaged in international business affairs and philanthropic activities in Asia and the USA.
- Resources Committee Chair (2015–current)