Dr Carina Hoang
Special Representative of Australia for UNHCR
Actor, Speaker, Historian, Academic, Business Owner, Award-winning Author/Publisher
Carina was 16 when she fled Vietnam on a wooden boat with her two younger siblings and 370 other people. She survived the harrowing journey and the extreme challenges living in a primitive refugee camp. After resettled in the United States she continued her education and had a successful corporate career. She went on to hold management positions in the semiconductor, biotechnology, and healthcare industries in the areas of marketing, human resources, and administrative management. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Gender and Cultural Studies, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy.
Carina is a leading advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. In 2007, she moved to Australia and has made an immense impact in raising awareness of refugee issues.