Jimmy Viet Tuan Pham

KOTO stands for “Know One, Teach One”: learning should be passed on; knowledge is there to be shared. This is the essential idea of KOTO’s founder, Jimmy Pham, a Vietnamese-Australian who more than 17 years ago opened a training centre in hospitality in Hanoi, giving disadvantaged youth the possibility to learn and strive in their lives.

As a social enterprise, KOTO has trained over 600 students, with 200 more currently enrolled. In addition to its Foundation arm that focuses on raising funds to support its cause through charitable activities and initiatives, KOTO also operates an Enterprise arm that serves as a platform for real life hospitality training as well as a source of income to support the welfare and training for the students. KOTO Enterprises currently include two restaurants, a cooking class and a catering service in Ha Noi and HCMC.