Oct 23rd, 2022 10/23/22 | News

CHT International Award 2022

Scott Neeson, Founder and Executive Director of Cambodian Children’s Cund, receives international award acknowledging leadership and contribution to helping children.

Scott Neeson, Founder and Executive Director of the Cambodian Children’s Fund, has received an international award in Malaysia for outstanding leadership and the work of his charity.

He collected the CHT International Award 2022 Cambodia at a special Gala dinner celebration in Kuala Lumpur on 22 October.

The CHT International Awards (www.chtawards.com) were established in 2008 to honour individuals and organisations that have excelled within their fields.

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Scott and Cambodian Children’s Fund were selected for the International Category for work with vulnerable children and families living in one of the most impoverished parts of Cambodia and the Southeast Asia region.

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I am honoured to receive such an award. I am accepting this on behalf of a terrific team of people working at Cambodian Children's Fund. The remarkable success is due to their dedication to the cause.

— Scott Neeson

Scott set up the Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) in 2004 after a visit to the landfill site in Phnom Penh, where he saw thousands of children and adults living and working on the huge garbage dump.

CCF, which works directly on the ground in Phnom Penh, has since helped thousands of children and families achieve a better life. There are currently over 1,800 children in the program from kindergarten through to university, along with a medical centre, community outreach care and housing communities.

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The biennial CHT awards are organised by CHTNetwork, a professional network in Malaysia for businesses to grow, ideas to be generated and connections made.

The event recognises local and international people and organisations that have achieved excellence and have made valuable contributions to society and the country. There are three categories: International, National and Emerging.

The winners represent the best of those who have reached the pinnacle of their achievements.

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Over the years, we have recognised and honoured some of the nation's most illustrious figures and organisations in Malaysia and around the globe. Some in the CHT International Awards HALL OF FAME include successful businesses and leaders, notable politicians, legendary artistes, philanthropists and many more.

— Award Organisers of the CHT International Award 2022

Scott Neeson collected his award at a ceremony at the Sunway Resort Hotel in Malaysia’s capital city attended by 400 notable VIPs, foreign dignitaries and distinguished guests.

The pewter trophy is modelled after an eagle to symbolise the soaring quest for achievements and attainment of greater heights.


Previous winners of the CHT International Award include:

  • H.E. Dr. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister for the Cambodian government and First Vice-President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) in 2020

  • American entrepreneur Jim Thompson, founder and chairman of the private logistics company, Crown Worldwide Group, and active in the Changing Young Lives Foundation, a charity focused on helping children based in Hong Kong where he lives, in 2018

  • Oknha Rithy Sear, Founder and Chairman of the WorldBridge International Group in Cambodia in 2016

  • Sukanya Janchoo, the first female General Manager of Dusit International's flagship hotel, the Dusit Thani Bangkok, in 2018

CCF will now be able to use a CHT Mark of Recognition of Excellence following Scott Neeson’s award.

Written by

Kate Ginn


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