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Sopheak Chenda Kheng

Sopheak Chenda Kheng




RMIT University
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Master of Global Trade, Class of 2023


Deputy 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.”

Scholar background

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.

Personal statement

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.