No One Born Poor: Prisoner. Politician. Pioneer.

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What is life like for someone who started his journey as a village boy in Prey Veng in Cambodia, to becoming a politician, a Cabinet Minister in the Cambodian Government and a pioneer in education today? On 11 October 2022, The HEAD Foundation Dialogues featured Veng Sereyvuth, who recounted his inconceivable life journey and how he was empowered by education. 

Speaking to students in the audience, Veng shared that his mother’s advice to continue his education became his life’s focus — always learning no matter his age or station . Even as he drove cyclos for a living and became a refugee in Thailand as a teenager, he was motivated to find every opportunity to seek education. After pursuing higher education overseas, Veng returned to Cambodia to give back to the country. By leading from the heart, he hopes to inspire the younger generation to pave the way for Cambodia’s future.

Watch the full recording from the event. Read more about Veng Sereyvuth’s life journey in No One Born Poor (Write Editions, 2021).

Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speakers in this webinar are their own and do not represent the opinions of The HEAD Foundation.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.