Wedu in partnership with the School of Global Studies (SGS), Thammasat University are co-funding two promising Wedu Rising Stars from Cambodia, Limon and Laitheam Eang, to complete their Bachelor's degree in Global Studies & Social Entrepreneurship (GSSE) at one of Thailand's most prestigious universities. With Wedu's mission to "unlock the leadership potential of women in Asia" and SGS's aim to foster social entrepreneurs that can be creative leaders and disruptors for a more equitable world", both are forging a sustainable partnership to invest in the future of female leaders in the region.
Wedu and SGS, Thammasat University recognise that social justice cannot be achieved in a world where half of the population is excluded from getting access to higher education, and in order to shed more light on this topic, we are conducting a roundtable discussion “Join the Conversation: How Social Entrepreneurship can create a force of female leaders in Asia” to raise awareness on how social entrepreneurship and leadership development are integral in creating the next generation of female leaders and change-makers in Asia.
Weduis an award-winning social enterprise that unlocks the leadership potential of women in Asia by providing inspiring mentorship and affordable financial support to complete their higher education and become change-makers in their communities. We call them ‘Rising Stars’.
We envision a world where people from all corners of the world have the tools to change their lives and the society of their home country by being leaders of their own development.
About The School of Global Studies
The School of Global Studies is a new and innovative academic initiative within Thammasat University and a front runner in global health and social innovation within Thailand, Southeast Asia and beyond with a track record of excellent research on determinants of the public’s health, student centered teaching, and academic service relevant to community needs.
The School enjoys a unique position of being a national, regional and global focal point for global studies, human security and wellbeing with collaborative relationships with academic and professional communities.
In an increasingly globalized world characterized by profound and rapid change our passion for social justice and equity combined with our expertise in research, teaching, and mentoring changemakers is more important than ever.
We are devoted to our mission of education, research, service and intercultural dialogue; and do not view these as separate domains, but recognize the importance of the intersections of education, research, service and inter-cultural dialogue.
Pearl Phaovisaidis a Thammasat University lecturer, former US Army officer, helicopter pilot, and Iraq veteran. Pearl’s military career spanned three continents and culminated at the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence where she instructed junior aviation officers. Upon completion of military service, she moved to Thailand to pursue her passion for teaching, coaching, and mentoring. A graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Pearl currently serves as Director of the Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship (GSSE) Program, which seeks to develop the next generation of leaders, change-makers, and social entrepreneurs.
Vivian Leehas 10 years of experience in management consulting, operations management and social entrepreneurship. Working with Wedu since June of 2014 and previously as Operations Director at Rags2Riches from 2011-2013, Vivian’s leadership over the past 5 years has helped build capacity and sustainability at both of these start-up social enterprises, where she is able to combine her skills and passion for social entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. Vivian graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and was an LGT Venture Philanthropy Impact Catalyst Fellow in 2011.
EANG Laitheam is 21 years old and comes from Prey Veng Province of Cambodia. She was born in a family of farmers and aspires to become the ambassador of her country. She is extremely passionate about women empowerment and while in Cambodia, volunteered at local NGOs and led "The Voice of Youth Club". Most recently, Laitheam was selected as one of two country representatives for the UNDP-UNV Regional Asia-Pacific ChangeMakers Youth Network.
BUNN Limon comes from the rural area of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Her volunteer and community experience include teaching English to local children at a government school. Limon also received an opportunity to become part of an exchange program at Seaford Secondary College in Australia for a month. In the future, she envisions herself solving social issues in her community to make Cambodia a better country.