P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Socheata Poeuv, 2010

Pronunciation: so-CHEE-tah

Senior Director, Business Development & Strategy, Zipongo

Socheata Poeuv is an immigrant from Thailand

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MBA in Business at Yale University

SOCHEATA POEUV is Director, Business Development for Zipongo in San Francisco, CA.

Socheata and her family were resettled in this country when she was two. Her family escaped the killing fields of Cambodia and was settled in a refugee camp in Thailand, where Socheata was born. She grew up in Texas. Only as a young adult did she learn from her parents that her elder sisters were in fact cousins whose parents had died under the Khmer Rouge and that her brother was the son of her mother's first husband, who had also perished.

Socheata was awarded an MBA degree at Yale School of Management. She attended Smith College, and graduated cum laude in 2002 with a degree in English literature.

Socheata's first film, the award-winning New Year Baby, documents her uncovering of many additional hidden aspects of her family's experiences in Khmer Rouge-controlled Cambodia. It was shown nation wide on PBS. She subsequently founded Khmer Legacies to help other Cambodian families begin to share the traumas of their experiences in Cambodia with younger generations.

Socheata was a Visiting Fellow, Genocide Studies Program at Yale University and CEO of Khmer Legacies.
 

Education
  • MBA Business | Yale University 2012
  • BA English Literature | Smith College 2002
Work History
  • Zipongo, Senior Director, Business Development & Strategy
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