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AIESEC finds young leadership excellence

Pisey Chan.

One young Cambodian lady is “walking the talk” in service excellence by her stewardship of a 100 Global Leaders Program.

Young Cambodian Pisey Chan, 23 is managing AIESEC’s 100 Global Leaders Program, an international youth leadership organisation supported in Cambodia by Coca-Cola, SMART and RMA which holds the Ford, Chevrolet and Swenson’s Ice Cream brand names in Cambodia.

Chan’s attitude of service and excellence is exactly the type of energy Cambodia needs, according to sponsors including Thomas Mundt of SMART, Paul Popelier of Coca-Cola and Rami Sharaf of RMA Asia.

AIESEC stands for Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales is a global youth organisation with a network of more than 64,000 members in 110 countries and 2,100 universities providing more than 10,000 leadership experiences to members and sends 16,000 students and graduates on international exchanges ever year. AIESEC has an international office in Rotterdam in the Netherlands and is designed to develop leadership capabilities through international leadership programs and exchanges.

Chan is in her final year at PUC studying toward a BA in English. She’s at a crossroads now of what to do with many options on her plate including a master’s degree in international relations, working for AIESEC in Cambodia, or getting a job.

“I want to know how I can challenge myself and know how to inspire other people. I want to increase my ability to inspire others, and I think this is a platform for me to challenge myself to be the kind of person I want to be. I help a lot of friends to lead a team and deal with problems,” she said.

Chan’s father is a policeman and her mother is a housewife.

“Most of Cambodian people are young people. Our ambition for 2050 is to develop every young leader in the world. We want to reach more and more young people in Cambodia.”

In that effort, Chan is joined by Peter Eric Jobson New Zealand who has been leading Cambodia’s AIESEC team since May.

“AIESEC, it is an international organization, 110 countries all over the world, providing students free opportunities to develop leadership skills and learn by practice,” Jobson said.

Chan just returned from an international conference in Kenya, with about 600 students from 110 countries.

“All of us have the same passion,” she said.

“One of the things you want to learn is strategy. We share the life stories and we learn how to deal successfully, for example, with difficult people.

“AIESEC also provides students with international internships in other countries and at the same time the other students outside can come to Cambodia to do internships. Companies that want to get top talent can get people from AIESEC, and we bring these interns to make an impact with society and provide members for a global learning environment,” Chan said.

On Friday, September 9, Chan was at SMART headquarters on Monivong to participate in the launch of the 100 GLC program.



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