Sorachna Honn, International Master in Management (IMM) 2008, CEO and MD of Prince Bank
Like all Cambodian boys, Sorachna Honn was raised to respect his elders and his teachers, work hard and with integrity, provide for his family and remain humble and compassionate. At the age of 40, he still embodies the traditional Cambodian values which are steeped in age-old Buddhist traditions. What sets Sorachna apart and explains his success in setting up one of the best-performing banks in South-East Asia, is an additional set of qualities. Endowed with maturity and good observation skills, over the years he has developed a sense of curiosity for human behaviour and for the world, that has encouraged him to look beyond his own backyard.
In 2015, Sorachna set up a microfinance institution from scratch. Just three years later, it was awarded a commercial banking licence. It isn’t just the sheer speed of development that is impressive. The accumulation of international accolades is a testament to Sorachna’s belief in corporate citizenship. These include “Asia’s Top 100 Best Employer Brands for 2019” by the Employer Branding Institute, “Cambodia’s Best Employer Brand for 2020” by World HRD Congress, and “Cambodia’s Best Commercial Bank 2020”, from International Banker. And for Sorachna, “there’s no stopping here”. His ambition is very much to play in the big league, with his sights set on the world stage.
In this interview, Sorachna recalls his journey and especially his fond memories of his time at Audencia. He explains how joining the IMM programme was pivotal in shaping his career...and in creating a lifelong aversion to sausages!