About Pauline Nguyen


The Huffington Post -
“Award Winning Author, highly sought after International Speaker and one of the most grounded Spiritual Entrepreneurs around the globe.”

Pauline Nguyen Spiritual Entrepreneur Speaker Author

Pauline is one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs… but with difference. She is inspiration with substance. She speaks with warmth and humour, telling her own story of what can be achieved through hard work and determination. She has a high performing western business background combined with an eastern slant of spirituality.

Having escaped Vietnam on a boat and survived a Thai refugee camp, her achievements are all the more impressive. Pauline is a best-selling author and award-winning businesswoman. She has overcome adverse beginnings to transform her approach to success by re-engineering her beliefs, questioning the status quo and hacking cultural norms. Pauline’s unique life experiences have given her a distinctive insight into the minds of individuals and businesses alike, allowing her to pass on the invaluable skills of self-mastery, courage, resilience and grit. Pauline says “If we can learn the tools of self-mastery, we can better practice the art of influence over others.”


Pauline’s achievements are many. She is the owner of Red Lantern, the most awarded Vietnamese restaurant in the world. In 2012, she won the Australian Telstra Business Award for Medium Business.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Pauline’s achievements; her memoir, Secrets of the Red Lantern, has been critically acclaimed around the world and appeared in numerous bestseller lists. Pauline’s new book, The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur, launched in March 2019, has had a massive impact on many. She holds a BA in Communications at the University of Technology, Sydney and in 2008 won Newcomer Writer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards.

Pauline has achieved outstanding success as an entrepreneur, author, businesswoman and acclaimed speaker.

Pauline has the skills to connect with her audience in a profound way – she helps awaken and focus people to change their own story for a better future.

Pauline is also an original ‘Rare Bird’ – Australia’s top 50 Influential Female Entrepreneurs and is included in Blackwell and Hobday’s global recognition of 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World.

When Pauline talks of commitment driving outcomes, people listen.

Pauline Nguyen Spiritual Entrepreneur Speaker Author
  • Owner and co-founder of Red Lantern, the most awarded Vietnamese restaurant in the world.

  • Winner of Australia Telstra Business Award for Medium Business.

  • Winner of Debut Writer of the Year.

  • A bestselling author of Secrets of the Red Lantern, and The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur.

  • Pauline’s first foray in stage theatre, The Serpents Table was voted favourite show by audiences, critics and organisers alike at the 2014 Sydney Festival.

  • Trailblazing the future approach to good business and Spiritual Entrepreneurship.


Pauline in the Media

Wentworth Courier // Access to Nature's Medicine, Daily. p11

CEO Magazine // The Spiritual Entrepreneur: Pauline Nguyen shares her secrets to success

ABC Radio National // Pauline Nguyen on how to be happy while running a small business

Sydney Morning Herald // ‘Get out, socialise, connect’: Red Lantern co-founder’s recipe for lively Sydney 
Studio 10 // Taking the Way of The Spiritual Entrepreneur to the World
Sydney Morning Herald // After Running Away at 17, I Finally Decided to Face My Father
NRG2Perform Active CEO Podcast // Pauline Nguyen Rise Like a Pheonix
Writes4Women // The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur
ICMI // One Minute with Leadership Speaker Pauline Nguyen | Entrepreneur, Refugee & Award Winning Author
Sydney Morning Herald // 200 Women: Who Will Change The Way You See The World
The Wellness Couch // Retreat, Renew and Recharge Part 3
The Wellness Couch // Retreat, Renew and Recharge Part 2
Westpac Wire //Food and Fire: Pauline Nguyen’s Path for Growth
The Wellness Couch // Retreat, Renew and Recharge Part 1
WellBeing Magazine // A Beacon of Hope
Optus // Optus Women in Leadership Series ft. Pauline Nguyen
Happy Mama // Conscious Living
JobActive // A Day in the Life of Pauline Nguyen
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) // Pauline Nguyen In Conversation With Caroline Baum
SBS // Essay : Pauline Nguyen
The Sydney Morning Herald // Family Secrets
The Australian // The Face : Pauline Nguyen
Rare Birds // The Right Landscape for Migrant Entrepreneurs With The Right Drive
Business Brain Food // From extreme adversity to finding success and fulfilment in business and in life with Pauline Nguyen


About Red Lantern

In 2019, Red Lantern celebrates 17 years in business. This places them in the top 4% of businesses in the world that have survived over ten years in business. Their staff turnover is less than 10%.

Red Lantern Vietnamese Restaurant