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Committee members and Volunteers

Please scroll through this page to meet the ILV Committee for 2021. We are looking forward to making this a wonderful year for all ILV members, and we hope to get your input on what you are looking for in your membership. If you have an idea for a speaker for Coffee Morning, a discount provider, or an outing or activity, we’d love to hear from you.
If you are a current ILV member and interested in joining the ILV Committee, most of us are here on indefinite assignments so ILV occasionally has unexpected committee vacancies that need to be filled during the year.

You don’t have to speak or write perfect English to take these positions, and you will be provided with lots of help to get you started and as we carry on through the year.
Being on the ILV Committee is very rewarding, and is a great way to provide your valuable input for the benefit of all members. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend to nominate you, or to nominate yourself for the position you are interested in. The Committee wants YOU!
Hi, I’m Kelly from New Zealand. I am quite new to Vietnam, arriving in October 2021. I have spent more than 20 years of my life as an expat and love the friendships expat life can bring. I worked for a similar organisation in Jakarta for many years in various roles and realise volunteering is definitely the best way to meet people and learn new skills. With this posting to Vietnam, I plan to try as many new experiences as possible to meet people and have fun.
I am from the beautiful island of Mauritius, but have been living and working in Asia for 20 years. I love cooking, socializing and experiencing new things. This year, my husband and I celebrated our 10th years of expatriation in Vietnam. We enjoy every moment of our lives here and look forward to more amazing experiences to come. I recently joined the ILV and feel incredibly happy and lucky for meeting so many amazing ladies.
Events Coordinator
I am originally from the UK but I have been an expat in South East Asia for 28 years and still counting! After living for 3 years in “paradise” in Phu Quoc, I am enjoying the excitement and fast pace of city life. I love Saigon and everything it has to offer, and I especially enjoy being part of ILV.
Membership Coordinator
I am from Bangladesh and have lived in Vietnam for almost 5 years now. I have travelled in Asia and Africa extensively because of my work in International Development but HCMC now holds a very special place in our hearts. I enjoy very much being a part of ILV - the diverse range of activities and friendships it offers has made a huge difference in my time here.
Hi, I'm Anne from England. We moved here four years ago to join our grown up children who run a lighting business. New to expat life ILV has been a revelation bringing new friends and experiences. Love being here in Vietnam.
Vietnamese-born and educated in France, Sophia lived in USA for 30 years. During her sabbatical stay in Singapore, Sophia was part of FOM (Friends of the Museum) and was involved in various charity ventures. She is  a volunteer at Point d’Ecoute, an initiative in liaison with the French Consulate, to assist French citizens in carrying out administrative procedures.
Outings & Community Care Coordinator
I am Sri Lankan born, lived in the UK for over 8 years and now moved to Saigon. I am a qualified accountant but been quite sometime since I did bean counting! I spent the last decade in fashion retail and building an e-commerce. I followed my husband to Vietnam in 2023 and am still very new to the city. I joined ILV to make new friends and enjoy what the new country has to offer.
Vice President & Communications
I am an Australian but brought up in Surabaya - Indonesia. I was involved in charity work at the St Vincent De Paul in Brisbane for over 5 years before moving to Sydney. I enjoy being a part of the ILV committee as I get the opportunity to help other expat ladies network and enjoy their experience in living in Vietnam.
Coffee Morning Coordinator
My name is Loretta, I am Australian and just moved to Vietnam from Malaysia. I love history and culture, so I am looking forward to exploring and learning about HCMC and as much of Vietnam as I can. I also like being busy and involved. Can't wait to meet you all and create new friendships and memories in this exciting city.
Loretta Miller

Christelle Pham & Anne Eastwood
Shanghai Rummy Coordinators
I was born & brought up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. However, I have spent most of my adult life in Jakarta, Indonesia. I am a qualified lawyer from the UK but sadly do not practice any longer. I enjoy cooking, baking & lots of travel. I also love exploring & trying different restaurants in HCMC. Therefore, I am excited to take on this role in ILV. The best part ever since I joined is meeting such diverse & interesting ladies.
Saigon After Hours Coordinator

Michelle Botha
Book Club Coordinator
Martina comes from Sweden where she worked as a teacher. She has three grown children and two grandchildren. She thinks it was easy to move to Vietnam after five years in China. “I meet so many lovely women and do so many fun activities because of ILV. Expat life can be hard but having a social group like ILV makes it a lot easier.”
Martina Vappling
Mahjong Coordinator
I am from Colombia and currently living in Asia for the first time. I love water sports, cooking, travelling, meeting new people, and learning from them. Cooking classes are a wonderful way to share experiences and have fun with others.
Maria Ximena
ILV Cooking Club Coordinator
American, Vietnamese-born from the Midwest came to Vietnam in 2016. Recently learned to ride a motorbike (electric with pedals). Hope to ride from Thao Dien to D1 soon! Love to meet and connect with people from around the world. I love to work with numbers and problem solving.
Discount Provider & Bazaar Coordinator
I worked as a nutritionist at a hospital before changing jobs to become a professional manager of house as mother and wife. Creating works of art using beats, to crochet to macrame to Christmas decorations, with my hands has always been my passion. I have been creating blankets for over 15 years using quilting technique and sewing machine with little pieces of fabric.
ILV Crafts Coordinator
Hello, I am from all over the place! Born in Malaysia, moved to England with my parents, then NZ with my husband and sons. Then to Thailand, back again to England and now I am here in HCMC with my husband. I am thoroughly enjoying this vibrant and friendly city. I enjoy walking and exploring, so leading the ILV Walking Group is the perfect fit for me.
ILV on Foot Coordinator
Now a Singaporean born in Mumbai and currently call Saigon my home. I have spent the last two decades working across Asia in the creative field as a Creative Director & Photographer. Since my move to Vietnam I have been avidly sketching Vietnamese heritage stories. Organising the bicycle rides for ILV means I not only get to meet so many new people but also get to experience the real heartbeat of Saigon, it's traffic. It's the best way to get to know the city's stories and the enthusiasm of the members make these trips unforgettable.
ILV on Bike Coordinator


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