WHO ARE WE?
About KOTO International
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.
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:
Closely monitoring KOTO’s activities in Vietnam through a strong partnership which includes annual monitoring visits, a continuous improvement plan and effectively dealing with queries and complaints
Following the KOTO International Constitution
Ensuring all Directors comply with the Director’s Code of Conduct
Implementing key policies, including the Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons Policy
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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.
Tina Conroy has 35 years experience with the Victorian Education Department. She was awarded a year-long International Teaching Fellowship to the USA, and a Teacher Release in Industry Program (TRIP) 12-month placement to Parks, Victoria. She has an in-depth understanding of the power of education to change lives. Tina joined the Board of KOTO International in 2014, after a long association with KOTO which included volunteering as an English teacher in Hanoi in 2012.
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 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.
Rhys Williams has been a KOTO supporter and sponsor for many years. Rhys has worked in international education with Victoria, RMIT Universities and Box Hill Institute, and sees daily the transformative power of education. Rhys is committed to growing the sponsor base in Australia to assist KOTO provide life-changing experiences for Trainees.
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.
Ha is a director of Guests Accounting, an accounting practice in Melbourne. Having worked for a number of ASX Listed companies before joining Guests, she possesses robust technical skills in management accounting, together with in-depth knowledge in public practice as a tax specialist and a business advisor. Ha is also actively involved with CPA Australia Public Practice Committee, and regularly speaks and lectures at Monash and Latrobe Universities. A firm believer in the importance of education and its social values, Ha is committed to utilising her skills and experience to contribute to the development of KOTO.
Trieu Le is from Vinh Phuc, Vietnam. Born into a poor farming with three other siblings, his mother was killed in a traffic accident and father passed away due to alcohol abuse. "Fortunately, my life had a turning point when I was accepted into the KOTO training program. KOTO has changed my life completely. KOTO has not only taught me hospitality skills, English and valuable lessons to be a responsible adult but also provided a second family. I have changed physically and emotionally into much more mature and motivated person. I was also very honoured to work for KOTO for few years during my time in Vietnam after my KOTO graduation. It is a way of passing on knowledge as KOTO’s philosophy: “Know One Teach One” I was even luckier to have a scholarship via KOTO to continue my studies in Australia. Before knowing KOTO, I had never dreamed of one day I, a devastated and disoriented boy like me, could live in Australia and work as a Hotel General Manager. I can never thank KOTO, Mr Jimmy Pham and everyone involved in the program enough. It would be an honour to continue supporting KOTO in anyway that I can.’