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Chris Nguyen (Operations Director)

Chris Nguyen DevelopEd Melbourne
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Insatiably curious about all things and an all-round good person really, Chris has always gravitated towards working in industries where she is able to interact and engage with lots of different people and personalities. Chris loves helping others and creating a positive (and organised) vortex wherever she may be. She has spent many invaluable years working in hospitality, the last five years of this life working in the recruitment/HR space, and is now a freelance photographer and embracing the challenge of making DevelopEd a positive force of nature in this world.

Chris believes in equality above all else and that learning opportunities should be available to everyone – regardless of their circumstance. And so, here we are.

Although usually a highly caffeinated chatterbox, Chris is happiest, productive, and most effective when ‘doing’ rather than ‘talking’. She is rarely found to be sitting quietly doing nothing (if it is quiet – be warned – there is most probably a new project afoot…).

Favourite pastimes: Photographing “all the things”, writing, minimising my (slowly dwindling) collection of worldly possessions. And strangely, vacuuming.

Worst hab… Finishing other people’s sentences. Expounding the virtues of watching ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Sharknado’. Some would also say telling bad puns… Worst? By ‘worst’ do you mean ‘best’? Surely.

What are you currently reading?  Freedom (by Jonathan Franzen). I finally gave in to the hype. Currently about halfway through and not sure how I feel about it yet. A fast read scattered with the occasional gem (e.g. “Copernican self-absorption” – brilliant!), rather dysfunctional and unlikable characters, and privileged goings-on… 6 out of 10 so far.

This month’s earworm: ‘A Man Has Dreams’ from the Mary Poppins soundtrack. Dick Van Dyke and David Tomlinson – perfection. Although the song itself is rather bleak, I love these lyrics:

“A man has dreams of walking with giants,
To carve his niche in the edifice of time,
Before the mortar of his zeal,
Has a chance to congeal.”

Favourite word(s) of the month: ‘Sebastomania’ (n.religious psychosis) and ‘scomfish’ (v.to stifle or suffocate). Slipping either, or both, into casual conversation is actually more difficult than you would expect (though I’m sure my local check-out person appreciates the effort).

Personal DevelopEd highlight(s) for the month: A couple of ’50 Shades of Yay’ moments to note. 1) Confirming that DevelopEd is ready to go and set up our first education programme in Myanmar. Currently organising Mark’s imminent departure right at the moment – exciting times! 2) Welcoming the effervescent and pun-tastic Cameron to our little team. New ideas, perspective, expertise. It’s all wonderful!

Note: Chris finds it weird writing about herself in the third person. Fact.
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