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Key Partners

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Australian Aid

The Australian Government and KOTO are working together to improve the lives of young Vietnamese women from remote and disadvantaged ethnic minority communities. In 2016, Australia provided funding to support five young ethnic minority women to complete KOTO’s two-year hospitality program, complementing Australia’s broader efforts to promote women’s economic empowerment in Vietnam. Based on the success of this support, Australia’s collaboration with KOTO expanded into a comprehensive three-year, AU$250,000 project called ‘Her Turn’. Over the 2018-2021 period, Her Turn will support vocational training and entrepreneurial skills development for rural and ethnic minority women in Vietnam, to give them the skills and experience they need to secure employment and support themselves and their families.


Australian-based, Ansarada, is a provider of AI-powered virtual data rooms and Material Information Platforms for business transactions and material events such as mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, tenders and IPOs. In 2018, a formal partnership between KOTO and Ansarada was established with Ansarada sponsoring 4 trainees for the 24-month program at KOTO. 

Prior to this, Ansarada supported KOTO through many activities, from participating in the 2017  KOTO ONE fundraiser in Sydney to choosing KOTO Catering as their caterer. 

Box Hill Institute

Since 2004, KOTO has been recognised as an extended campus of Box Hill Institute, however. the partnership began in 2002. Established in 1924, Box Hill Institute has a national and international reputation as a provider of quality education, both technical skills as well as formal education. Our trainees graduate with not only the KOTO certificate of completion, but also a Box Hill Institute Certificate III in Hospitality, an internationally recognised hospitality accreditation.

This gives KOTO graduates the opportunity to work worldwide as their Australian qualificaion is recognised internationally. It also gives trainees access to other benefits such as the Box Hill Institute alumni program.

Box Hill Institute has also provided scholarships to KOTO  graduates providing opportunities for our alumni to further their studies.


EMpower is a network-based consulting company that helps individuals, teams and companies develop and implement winning strategies.
EMpower has supported KOTO since 2008. EMpower’s 6th grant supports KOTO to provide 30 young ethnic minority women a place in in the 24-month internationally-accredited hospitality program. 


Experian is the world’s leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools around the world. We unlock the power of data to transform lives for businesses, consumers and communities. In 2017,  KOTO's Founder and Chairman was invited to speak at the Experian Sales Conference and that night the Experian team raised  $160,000 to sponsor KOTO trainees. To date, Experian has raised a total of $300,000 in two years for KOTO.  Their CSR team has worked hard to support us in all our events including our 2017 KOTO Dream Ride which had them take part across 8 cities, from China to New Zealand. 

Lorinet Foundation

Lorinet Foundation's ultimate purpose is enabling positive and sustainable impact on the lives of children, youth and families living in vulnerable communities. The Foundation supports pioneering, impactful, and sustainable initiatives promoting education, employment, and access to clean water and energy for vulnerable communities in Mongolia, South East Asia, and France.

In conjunction with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and EMpower, Lorinet Foundation is supporting KOTO with the 'Her Turn' project to provide opportunities to empower disadvantaged young women from rural and ethnic minorities. 


The Navitas Education Trust (NET) funds education projects that help people gain better access to education, creating a positive far-reaching impact for many communities around the world. For the last 10 years, Navitas have partnered with forward-thinking and sustainability-oriented organisations bringing education to disadvantaged communities across the globe.

Navitas will be supporting the education, training and wellbeing costs of 42 KOTO Trainees between 2023 and 2026.


Intrepid has been a longterm supporter of KOTO. In fact, Intrepid has supported KOTO since the founder and former Intrepid tour leader, Jimmy Pham, started KOTO in 1999. Twenty years later, Intrepid continues to send thousands of Intrepid tour group clients to the KOTO restaurants for a meal prepared and served with much passion, using quality ingredients and international-standard hygiene standards by our trainees and alumni.  We are delighted that Intrepid, through The Intrepid Foundation, are sponsoring 36 KOTO trainees in Class 34 in 2019, our 20th Anniversary year. If you come to the KOTO Van Mieu Restaurant, our Class 34 trainees proudly wear their Intrepid - KOTO polo shirts.  We welcome the longterm commitment of Intrepid and look forward to warmly welcoming thousands of Intrepid clients to our restaurants each year.

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