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KOTO International


About KOTO International

KOTO Culture

KOTO International Limited is an Australian company that supports the KOTO Foundation in Vietnam to deliver its renowned hospitality traineeship program for disadvantaged young persons. KOTO International raises funds in Australia for the traineeship program through: individual trainee sponsors; companies which support multiple trainees; philanthropic sources; general donations; and fundraising events. 


KOTO International’s goal is to promote the achievements of the KOTO traineeship program and extend its supporter and donor base. KOTO International assists to build the long-term sustainability of KOTO in Vietnam.

Company Structure

KOTO International is a company limited by guarantee, registered with, and regulated by, the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC). It holds Tier 1 Level Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and corporate benefits from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for donations to its approved ‘KOTO Public Fund’. This enables donors who are Australian taxpayers to qualify to reduce their taxable income. It is also an important ‘Australian Government quality stamp for charities’ to reassure donors that their financial support makes the difference that we claim.


KOTO International has no paid staff and no premise and retains less than 5% of its fundraising efforts to meet administration and operational needs.


To protect KOTO trainees, staff, volunteers and donors, the ACNC regulation of charities is rigorous. To comply with the ACNC’s External Conduct Standards, KOTO International must at all times demonstrate that:

  • all funds sent to Vietnam are used to directly benefit trainees, and ensure that no fraud occurs 

  • trainees and staff are protected under the vulnerable person's policies in place in both Vietnam and Australia, and

  • it operates professionally.

The charity is governed by an experienced Board of Directors. Board Directors are volunteers and receive no remuneration.


Together the KOTO International board achieves great outcomes and meets ACNC’s requirements by:​​



If you have a question or query on any matter please contact:


Warwick Freeman


meet the KOTO International Directors

KOTO International is managed in Australia by a board of directors — a dedicated team who have seen first hand for how KOTO changes lives.

Warwick Freeland

Warwick Freeland joined the KOTO International board in March 2016. He is the Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director IELTS, IDP Education. Warwick has 30 years of experience running considerable international operations for large companies, governments and start-ups. He has qualifications in Engineering and Marketing, and has won export and innovation awards in Australia and Germany.

Ruth Kimpton

Ruth is an experienced strategic marketing consultant and facilitator. Working with a broad range of corporate, government and not-for-profit organizations, Ruth uses empathy and creative thinking to find solutions and create value.

Ruth is passionate about sharing knowledge and helping people build theirs so they can build a better life, the very principle that KOTO is founded on. She has a genuine interest in social enterprise and creating positive social change. Joining the KOTO International board is an opportunity for Ruth to bring her knowledge, experience, and energy to creating just that. Ruth is an active supporter of KOTO and proud KOTO Trainee sponsor.



Rashima Ghai


Rashima was born in the northern part of India. After completing her education in India, she had the opportunity of working internationally in various countries. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant both in India and Australia. She believes that one of the most effective ways of improving a person’s life is through education and hopes to make a real difference through her contribution.




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Ha Nguyen

Ha serves as a Managing Director of Advanced Partners, a boutique tax and business consulting practice based in Melbourne, Australia. Having worked for a number of ASX Listed companies before founding Advanced Partners, she possesses robust technical skills in management accounting, and holds a deep understanding of tax matters and business advisory services. Ha is engaged in various professional endeavours, including her active participation in the CPA Australia Public Practice Committee and her role as a co-founder and vice president of the Vietnamese Australian Scholars and Expert Association (VASEA). Additionally, she frequently shares her knowledge through speaking engagements and lectures at Monash University. Emphasising the significance of education and its societal impact, Ha is dedicated to leveraging her skills and background to support the development of KOTO.



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