Kalyan Ky is an award-winning businesswomen, writer, activist, and philanthropist. Kalyan’s family fled Cambodia as refugees after the rise of the Khmer Rouge and the subsequent civil war. They originally settled in New Zealand before migrating to Australia.
She is currently the CEO of the Trade Partnership and Cooperation Centre (TPC), which aims to foster and facilitate closer economic and societal connections between Cambodians and the rest of the world.
In addition to her work with the TPC, Kalyan is an ex-officio/advisor of the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Cambodia (AusCham), on the management committee for Australian-based Human Capital Project, a board member of the Cambodia-based Professional Research Institute for Management and Economics (PRIME), President of the Cambodia Australia New Zealand Exchange Mission (CANZEM), and actively supports several Cambodian schools and child welfare organisations.
She is currently on the committee of the National Press Club of Cambodia (NPCC) to promote press freedom and peaceful dialogue. Behind all of these projects is a desire to promote economic development, peaceful cooperation, and individual freedom in Cambodia.
Kalyan has been a long-time advocate for multiculturalism and refugee rights. Originally working through the Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network and the Ethnic Youth Council, in 2011 Kalyan was awarded the Young Achiever of the Year (Australia Day Award) for City of Greater Dandenong. She was previously appointed to the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Regional Advisory Council, and served as an Australia Day Ambassador. She is the author of several short stories and a book of poetry, and is a regular speaker at events including writers’ festivals in Australia and Cambodia, namely the Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival and the Kampot Writers and Readers Festival