Alumni

To this date, more than 6,000 alumni have attended Mekong Institute's learning programs.

To stay connected with alumni from Mekong Institute learning programs, visit the Mekong Institute Alumni Directory.

Ms. Nor Hazirah Kan Hussin Kan

Assistant Director, ASEAN Economic Integration Division
Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia

Activity : Enhancing Trade Competitiveness for Regional Integration

This training is extremely useful as it actually provides the knowledge and better understanding of all the fundamental elements under the subject of trade...

Assistant Director, ASEAN Economic Integration Division
Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia

Activity : Enhancing Trade Competitiveness for Regional Integration

This training is extremely useful as it actually provides the knowledge and better understanding of all the fundamental elements under the subject of trade facilitation as part of regional integration, and in fact, moving towards global economic integration. The training course provided an overall coverage of all the economic factors that drive the economic growth of the region. I think the excellent presentation provided by the resource persons and other presentors guided us through on how we can apply the knowledge in our daily work life.

I also enjoy my companionship with my fellow ASEAN members. I think this is a very good platform to keep all of us on board. I would like to congratulate Mekong Institute and the sponsors of this program for giving us the opportunity to get to know all the members of the various ASEAN countries and giving us the chance to sit together, to share our goals and come to a similar understanding about economic integration in the region.

Mr. Jaturong Srisawangwong

Trainer/Consultant, Industrial Promotion Center, Region 5, Ministry of Industry, Thailand

Activity : Enhancing Trade Competitiveness for Regional Integration

I find this training very interesting because it’s important to know about the environment outside the country that affects entrepreneurship in Thailand. This is a good opportunity to...

Trainer/Consultant, Industrial Promotion Center, Region 5, Ministry of Industry, Thailand

Activity : Enhancing Trade Competitiveness for Regional Integration

I find this training very interesting because it’s important to know about the environment outside the country that affects entrepreneurship in Thailand. This is a good opportunity to learn about free trade agreements or the new customs model of other countries. I especially like the discussions on green logistics and special economic zones.

The environment in MI is also very different. Once you step inside, it does not feel like you’re in Thailand. There is an international feel, and it is great to be a part of this. You don’t have to go abroad to experience this kind of atmosphere.

Ms. Win Pa Pa Thu

Assistant Director, Department of Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar 

Activity : Enhancing Utilization of Free Trade Agreements by SMEs 

I like this training because it meets my expectations. The things we learned about the overview of SME in the GMS, free trade agreement and tariff negotiation are relevant to me as a government...

Assistant Director, Department of Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar 

Activity : Enhancing Utilization of Free Trade Agreements by SMEs 

I like this training because it meets my expectations. The things we learned about the overview of SME in the GMS, free trade agreement and tariff negotiation are relevant to me as a government official and especially in my organization. The facilitators of the training are well-trained, and the resource persons explain with examples so the discussions are very clear.

I would like to express my gratitude to MI and the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) because we learned a lot of things useful in our work.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Van Anh

Specialist, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ho Chi Minh City Branch) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

Activity : Enhancing Utilization of Free Trade Agreements by SMEs 

I really appreciate the knowledge that I gained from this course. Before joining the course, I just had general information on the subject, but now I have a deeper...

Specialist, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ho Chi Minh City Branch) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

Activity : Enhancing Utilization of Free Trade Agreements by SMEs 

I really appreciate the knowledge that I gained from this course. Before joining the course, I just had general information on the subject, but now I have a deeper understanding of FTAs and how they can help SMEs to develop their business. I also feel comfortable studying here in MI. The people are very friendly and helpful, and I enjoy the food, the atmosphere.

I hope that in the future I will have the opportunity to come back and join more useful training courses like this. I hope after the course that I can use the knowledge that I gained in my work and help the businesses in my country. 

Mr. Sopheara Chea

Svay Rieng Department of Commerce, Svay Rieng Town, Cambodia

Activity : Trade Events Promotion

The important thing I learned from this training that I can apply in my work is the topic on business matching. After this training (as part of action plan implementation), we organized a business matching in my province, and we gained a lot of results...

Svay Rieng Department of Commerce, Svay Rieng Town, Cambodia

Activity : Trade Events Promotion

The important thing I learned from this training that I can apply in my work is the topic on business matching. After this training (as part of action plan implementation), we organized a business matching in my province, and we gained a lot of results and insights from that.

We received a lot of new information from the experts and skilled trainors of the training program, and we are happy and very satisfied with the lessons. If there are more training courses in the future, we would like a chance to participate again.

Ms. Phork Hoeurng

Managing Director, Golden Yem Co., Ltd. Phnom Penh, Cambodia 

Activity : Promoting Women Entrepreneurship for Export Business 

This training is really helpful. I learned how to make a business plan and a market plan for exporting my product. Second, I learned more about production – when I produce my product, I know now how to do a production...

Managing Director, Golden Yem Co., Ltd. Phnom Penh, Cambodia 

Activity : Promoting Women Entrepreneurship for Export Business 

This training is really helpful. I learned how to make a business plan and a market plan for exporting my product. Second, I learned more about production – when I produce my product, I know now how to do a production plan. I also learned about e-commerce, how to sell my product on Alibaba, for example.

The speakers were all very good because they are well-experienced. As for the facilitators, they were very organized and provided us with materials we can use. Everything is well-prepared.

I really want for MI to have another training, to continue this training because this is a very good opportunity. 

Ms. Phettouly Panyada

General Manager, Burapha Agroforestry Co., Ltd. Vientiane, Lao PDR 

Activity : Promoting Women Entrepreneurship for Export Business 

It’s very helpful for us to understand how to export and promote our products, our company profiles. One of the important things I learned from this training is how to make a business plan. We need a business plan...

General Manager, Burapha Agroforestry Co., Ltd. Vientiane, Lao PDR 

Activity : Promoting Women Entrepreneurship for Export Business 

It’s very helpful for us to understand how to export and promote our products, our company profiles. One of the important things I learned from this training is how to make a business plan. We need a business plan to improve our company. Through this training, MI has helped us to be more professional. As a startup, if we want to grow, we have to have the system or program to help us to be professional. 

Ms. Thi Truc Phan

Managing Director, Levica Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

Activity : Promoting Women Entrepreneurship for Export Business 

Overall, I am satisfied and I feel very lucky to be selected to join the program. Because I’m also a trainor, one of the things I learned from MI that I can apply in my trainings is asking a trainee to think of an activity that...

Managing Director, Levica Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

Activity : Promoting Women Entrepreneurship for Export Business 

Overall, I am satisfied and I feel very lucky to be selected to join the program. Because I’m also a trainor, one of the things I learned from MI that I can apply in my trainings is asking a trainee to think of an activity that will motivate others to join. The other one that I learned so much from the session is on market information. As an exporter, we should choose or target a country before we try to export to that country.

I think the training program is well constructed, especially the follow-up training on how to adopt what we have learned from the training. I have to say also that I think MI facilities are way better than the other places that we’ve stayed at in Bangkok or Khon Kaen. The people here are really supportive and friendly. 

In addition to the training, I also gained so much benefit from the Investor Forum. I expanded my network to Lao, Myanmar, Cambodia and other business people. It really broadened my knowledge on export business. 

Ms. Khin Ohmmar Moe

Managing Director, Sabanan Company Ltd. Yangon, Myanmar

Activity : Promoting Women Entrepreneurship for Export Business 

I have an MBA so I have some theoretical background, but there are a lot of challenges especially as a woman entrepreneur because we need a lot of market information and competition is very high. We need more know-how and more...

Managing Director, Sabanan Company Ltd. Yangon, Myanmar

Activity : Promoting Women Entrepreneurship for Export Business 

I have an MBA so I have some theoretical background, but there are a lot of challenges especially as a woman entrepreneur because we need a lot of market information and competition is very high. We need more know-how and more mentorship. Because of this MI training on women entrepreneurship, I have a chance to meet women entrepreneurs in CLMV, and we shared our experience not only on the theoretical but also practical knowledge. We try to build partnerships with each other, so this is very useful for us.

The subjects are very practical for us to apply in our business. One of the most important is business planning. Normally as an entrepreneur, we try to catch an opportunity as soon as we see it; we never make the plan. In this training, we learned that before we make any action, we need to plan everything, scan the environment, analyse the market data, calculate the financials. Another important lesson is marketing. We had a chance to practice on the Alibaba platform.

The curriculum and the resource persons are very good, very practical, and we learned many things. The facilities in MI are also quite good, and the staff well-trained.