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Advisory Board Member – Souphachanh Khansyla

Souphachanh Khansyla (May) is the Chief Operating Officer at ANZ Banking Group, Lao branch.

May is an experienced International Banker with a demonstrated history of 15 years working with ANZ across Operations, Relationship Coverage, Research & Analysis and Transaction Banking with a primary focus on Institutional Clients including Financial Institutions. As a Chief Operating Officer, May works very closely with businesses to deliver seamless services to their customers.

May is also a champion promoting Gender Equality in her workplace. May was invited by the UN to participate as one of the Panelists at the Women’s Empowerment Principles Annual Event held on 15/16 Mar 2016 in New York, speaking on ‘The Generation of Change Agents” to promote Gender Equality. May is also a mentor / supporter for other Lao women (outside ANZ Laos) who want to advance their career in leadership roles.

Within the BBGL, May is an Advisory Board Member supporting the Management & Finance sub-committees.

On a personal note, she is an opened minded individual with strong growth mindset, who has always been fully committed throughout her career and is a strong working mother of three children.

Executive Board Member – Daniel Marcus

Daniel Marcus established his fabric hand weaving business in Lao PDR in 2011. He was one of very few people to be issued with a 100% foreign ownership license for handicraft products.  The company originally called Soie de Lune was rebranded in Laos as Studio Silapa. The workshop, based in Vientiane Capital, hand weaves fabrics for export. In addition to weaving fabric, Marcus with his business partner Ms. Paipon Saiyedath, established a fabric dyeing business, one of the only professional dye shops in the country.

They also provide on-site training for both weaving and dyeing and their mission is to create business opportunities for artisans in Laos, to enable them to make a living from their artistic endeavours and to preserve Lao patrimony.  Previously, Marcus worked in Telecoms for France Telecom / Orange in Paris. He now resides in London, UK and continues to support the BBGL remotely. 

Advisory Board Member – Patria Puyat

Patria Puyat is the General Manager of Crowne Plaza Vientiane, an international five-star hotel in Vientiane and part of the InterContinental Hotels and Resorts.

Before joining Crowne Plaza Vientiane in August 2019, Patria was previously with IHG’s flagship properties in Dubai which includes InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, an Event Centre and Festival Arena before being appointed as the General Manager for the brand defining Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City.

Patria got her Hotel Management degree from Les Roches Global Hospitality Education in Bluche, Switzerland and has worked extensively in the hotel industry for more than 30 years in areas from sales and marketing, food and beverages, conferences and events, and hotel management.

Since joining Crowne Plaza Vientiane, her leadership continued to propel and strengthen the hotel position in Vientiane and has led the hotel to achieve numerous global awards.

March 2022 – Guiness 6 Nations Final Round

Held in partnership with the British Embassy, and hosted by the Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Cashel Gleeson, a fabulous evening of rugby was enjoyed as guests were able to watch all three of the final round of the Guiness 6 Nations matches. With Italy beating Wales, and France beating England to win the Grand Slam, it was not the ideal results for the home nations, but an enjoyable evening was still had by all!

February 2022 – 1st Lao CSR Awards

On 16 February 2022, the Office of the Embassy of Canada, AustCham, Civitas,  ECCIL EuroCham, the European Union, LNCCI and the British Business Group in Lao PDR organised the inaugural Lao CSR Awards, with the award ceremony hosted by the British Embassy in Laos.  The Lao CSR Awards recognises companies that uphold the highest standards of responsible business conduct (RBC) in their corporate strategies and daily work, and whose CSR activities can serve as models for the wider Lao business community. 

The British Embassy in Laos hosted the inaugural Lao CSR Awards ceremony to recognize companies upholding the highest standards of CSR in their corporate strategies, and implementing CSR activities which serve as models for the wider Lao business community. The winners of Lao PDR’s  first-ever CSR Awardsin two categories, were; the Luang Prabang hotel Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum in the Large Business Category and online travel agent Discover Laos Today in the SME Category. 

Read on for more details.