Cambodia’s economic growth has been increasing to 7 percent for the last 2 decades, creating a demand in the hospitality, food and beverage industries in response to the rising middle class as well as for domestic and international tourism. Forward would like to share the stories of three successful entrepreneurs.
Oknha Sok Kong (Petroleum, Hospitality)
As the Chairman of Sokimex Cambodia Investment Co. Ltd, Oknha Sok Kong founded the company in 1990 and has diversified the Sokimex group into many major companies including Sokimex Petroleum, Sokha Hotels (Thansur Bokor Highland Resort, Kompot, Sihanoukville, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh), Sokha Vega Casino, and Angkor Balloon. Angkor Balloon flies up to 180 meters above the ground, providing a scenic view for tourists who wish to see above the temples in the Angkor complex.
Chief Luu Meng (Food & Beverage, Hospitality)
Luu Meng is a leader and famous chef in Cambodia’s F&B industry. He developed a fondness for cooking food from years under the tutelage of his mother and grandmother who were both prestigious chefs. After spending a decade honing his skills as a chef in many international restaurants located in Malaysia and Singapore, he was selected to be one of the best master chefs in Asia. He returned to Cambodia and invested in the restaurant industry in 1997. Since then. Meng has become the CEO of the Almond Group and a partner at renowned Thalias Company and is the CEO of Hong Kong Business Association of Cambodia launched in 2016. Meng is also the president of Cambodia’s National Tourism Federation and is a strong advocate for local products such as black pepper and palm sugar onto the international market.
Mr. Khorn Chhundara (Food & Beverage)
Khorn Chhundara is a successful entrepreneur in the coffee and tea trade business. The young man moved forward in his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur specializing in chains venues since 2013, he brought the first KOI Café franchise into Cambodia when he was only 23-year-old. Since then, the business has been expanding from 1 to 4 outlets in just 3 years. In 2015, he was nominated and won the Cambodian Young Entrepreneur Award by Youth Entrepreneur Association of Cambodia.