Hieu Van Le
|35th Governor of South Australia|
1 September 2014
|Lieutenant Governor||Brenda Wilson|
|Lieutenant Governor of South Australia|
31 August 2007 - 15 August 2014
|Born||1 January 1954|
Qu?ng Tr?, State of Vietnam, Indochinese Federation
|Spouse(s)||Lan T. Phuong Le|
|Alma mater||Dalat University|
University of Adelaide
Hieu Van Le, (Vietnamese: Lê V?n Hi?u; born 1 January 1954) is the 35th and current Governor of South Australia, in office since 1 September 2014. He served as the state's lieutenant-governor from 2007 to 2014. He also served as chair of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC) from 2006 to 2009. Le is the first person of Asian heritage to be appointed a state governor in Australia.
Le was born in Qu?ng Tr?, South Vietnam, on 1 January 1954. He was raised and educated in ?à N?ng, and attended Dalat University. In November 1977, he fled the new communist regime in Vietnam and arrived by boat in Darwin, Northern Territory, as a refugee, with his wife Lan and about 40 other people. Their two sons were born in Australia and are named after Australian cricketers Sir Donald Bradman and Kim Hughes.
After arriving in Australia, Le attended the University of Adelaide, receiving a Master of Business Administration and an Economics degree. He was a senior investigator and manager with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission from the early 1990s until his retirement in 2009. 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's appointment as Governor of South Australia to replace Kevin Scarce was announced on 26 June 2014; he took office on 1 September, with Scarce's term expiring on 7 August. Le is a Catholic and credits his experiences as a refugee for strengthening his religious convictions. In June 2019, Premier Steven Marshall announced that Le's original term as governor had been extended by two years, to 31 August 2021.
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Hieu Van Le
|Reference style||His Excellency the Honourable|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|