The Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh and the Australian Alumni Association of Cambodia (AAA-C) co-hosted the 3rd annual Australian alumni of the year Gala Dinner on Wednesday 30 November 2016 at Sofitel Hotel to serve as one of the most high profile gatherings and networking events of the year for Australian alumni to share memories, celebrate achievements and make new contacts, and to recognise the achievements of Cambodians who have studied at an Australian university. The anniversary event brought together all

It was an honour for AAA-C to organise this exciting event and to have H.E. Ms. Angela Corcoran, the Australian Ambassador, and, H.E. Dr. Say Samal, the Minister of Environment, presided over with around 200 attendees, including alumni members, senior Cambodian government officials, prominent businesspeople, promising young leaders and Australian university representatives.

H.E. Angela Cocoran did the honour of presenting an opening remark that stressed on the celebration of Australian alumni’s achievements as Australian and the bilateral relationship between Cambodia. “Education is an important part of Australia and Cambodia’s bilateral relationship. And the education sector is a key area of growth in our trade and investment relationship with Cambodia.” H.E. Dr. Say Samal <<insert text and quote>>.

As part of the event to recognise the achievements of Cambodians who have studied in Australia and showcase the value of an Australian education, Dr. Mao Nara, current chair of AAA-C Board, proudly presented the Alumnus of the Year Awards 2016 to 3 recipients as follows:

Alumnus of the Year Award: H.E Mak Ngoy,

Director General of the Directorate General of High Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport

Australian Alumnus of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of an Australian alumnus who has contributed significantly to their field of expertise and Cambodia’s development. The recipient of this award is from the public sector serving the government ministry and contributing significantly to education sector of Cambodia. After graduating from his Masters with Honors in Educational Administration from the University of New England, he returned to Cambodia to resume his role with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.

Young Leadership Award: Mr. Chang Bunleang,

Co-founder and Operation Manager of Brown Coffee

Young Leadership Award recognizes the achievements of a young Australian alumnus, who has distinguished themselves in their chosen professional field, commensurate to the stage of their career. The recipient of the Young Leadership Award is from the private sector. He has played a founding and leading role in his professional endeavor, as one of the co-founders of his business, which has transformed from a single coffee shop that once sold 100 cups of coffee per day to having thousands of customers per day across multiple outlets in Phnom Penh. He has led his family business to become a successful coffee empire in Cambodia, with a strong brand for quality and offering jobs to young Cambodians.

Community Leadership Award: Mrs. Tum Sisopheareth,

Kampong Cham Provincial Coordinator of Room to Read

Community Leadership Award recognizes the contribution of Australian alumni in their local community and the positive impact this has made. The recipient of the Community Leadership Award is a AAA-C member who is passionate about improving the reading habits of children in Cambodia. She has been involved in the AAA-C’s “the Joy of Reading” project, which is to promote reading among children and young students at provinces and she was a former committee member.


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