Sopheak Chenda Kheng
HINRICH SCHOLARSHIPRMIT University
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Master of Global Trade, Class of 2023
CURRENT EMPLOYMENTDeputy Head of Corporate Banking
J Trust Royal Bank
“It is my privilege to be a Hinrich Foundation scholar. I believe this program will enrich my knowledge and experience, allowing me to add value to my organization and customers.”
Sopheak Chenda Kheng is the Deputy Head of Corporate Banking of J Trust Royal Bank, a joint venture between J Trust, a Japanese financial holding company, and The Royal Group, one of Cambodia’s largest diversified conglomerates. Her responsibilities include managing one-third of the Corporate Banking portfolio.
She began her banking career at ANZ Royal bank in 2010 which was acquired by J Trust Royal in 2019. Starting as a Business Performance Analyst, she moved up to become the Large Corporate and Multinational Corporate Senior Relationship Manager for both lending and non-lending corporates across sectors including petroleum, steel, energy and infrastructure.
In 2007, Chenda earned two bachelor’s degrees: a Bachelor’s of Education from Royal University of Phnom Penh and a Bachelor’s in Informatics Economics from the Royal University of Laws and Economics.
I have been in the banking industry for almost 13 years, where I have gained practical experience dealing with both local and multinational corporate customers. Most of these customers have maintained long-term trade relationships with suppliers from different countries.
After hearing about the Hinrich Foundation scholarship from my Line Manager, an alumnus of the program, I did some research and discovered that that the course curriculum includes international trade policy, supply chain, digitalization and leadership skill development. These are all valuable skills I knew I needed to advance my banking career. Being a member of this program will enrich me with a deeper understanding of global trade theories, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the supply chain, and how to adapt and adjust to face future challenges. In addition, I will have the opportunity to expand my network via my classmates and professors.
I believe that everything I learn through the MGT Program will not only benefit me, but will also be a benefit to my nation as I will be able to share knowledge with my customers and colleagues, who are driving forces of my country’s economic growth. The Program will also put me in a position to promote my employer’s core value: to be a trusted banking partner who brings added values to our customers.
Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to Hinrich Foundation and my organization – J Trust Royal PLC – for offering me this golden opportunity, and for supporting me in my professional advancement through this new international learning experience.