Hieu Van Le

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Hieu Van Le
Governor-designate of South Australia
In office
from 2 September 2014
Monarch Elizabeth II
Premier Jay Weatherill
Lieutenant Governor Brenda Wilson
Preceded by Kevin Scarce
Personal details
Born 1954
Quảng Trị, South Vietnam
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Dalat University
University of Adelaide

Hieu Van Le AO (Vietnamese: Lê Văn Hiếu; born 1954) is Governor-designate of South Australia and chairman of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC). He has been Lieutenant Governor of South Australia since 31 August 2007.

Le was born in Quảng Trị, South Vietnam in 1954. He was educated and raised in Đà Nẵng, and attended Dalat University. He fled Vietnam from the new communist regime in November 1977, and arrived by boat to Darwin as a refugee in 1977 with his wife Lan and about 40 other people.[1] Their two children were born in Australia and are named after Australian cricketers Don Bradman and Kim Hughes.[2]

After arriving in Australia, Le attended the University of Adelaide, receiving an MBA and an Economics degree. He was a senior investigator and manager with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission from the early 1990s until retirement in 2009.[3] He is also a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) and a Fellow Member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia).

Le was awarded honorary doctorates for service to society by the University of Adelaide in 2008 and Flinders University in 2011.[3] He was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal in 2001 "for service to the advancement of multiculturalism in Australia",[3] and appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010.[4][5]

His appointment as Governor of South Australia to replace Kevin Scarce was announced on 26 June 2014; he will take office on 2 September, with Scarce's term expiring on 7 August.[2][6]


  1. ^ Holderhead, Sheradyn (26 June 2014). "South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill names Hieu Van Le as next Governor". The Advertiser (News Limited). Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Hieu Van Le to be next SA Governor: From war-torn Vietnam to vice-regal post". ABC News. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Hieu Van Le to be appointed as South Australia's next Governor" (Press release). Government of South Australia. Premier of South Australia. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "LE, Hieu Van". It's An Honour. Government of Australia. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Honorary degrees: Two of South Australia's most distinguished citizens have been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Adelaide, Candy Gibson, March 2009 issue
  6. ^ (13 February 2012). "Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce to stay on as South Australia governor" – news.com.au. Retrieved 30 June 2014.

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