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Bounyali Souvankham

Linking, Learning and Amplifier Officer, Voice, Oxfam in Laos
Contact: bounyali.souvankham@oxfam.org

Bounyali holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business (Marketing) and has recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Professional Accounting from Sydney, Australia. At a tender age, she wanted to work in the commercial industry. While studying, she worked at Priceline Pharmacy Australia as a pharmacy retail assistant. Her areas of responsibility were in health and beauty which was to match with customer’s need. It was always gratifying every time she could find them the right product and put a smile on their faces. Her interpersonal skills, especially active listening skill have been enhanced during the three-year experience.

Her career path swerved when she returned to her home country after years of living in Australia. She felt the need to participate in shaping a more inclusive society while she is still young. She wants to be engaged with rightsholders especially the youth, women and people with disabilities to take part in voicing their opinions, standing up for their rights. Hence, started her career journey when she joined the UNDP internship program as the Research and Communication intern in their ‘Accelerator Labs’ unit. Accelerator Labs Laos focused on three major areas; youth employment, single-use plastic-free environment and digitalisation. Additionally, she assisted in the development of the System mapping workshop of Youth Unemployment in Laos* as well as the Innovation challenge to promote “Circular Economy” for waste management.

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