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Kenny King '12, '17

Kenny KingCEO and Co-Founder of Global ADE
Majors: Global Business and German Studies, MBA in Nonprofit Management

I had heard such amazing stories about Cambodia from my mother, so I decided to visit. While there, I discovered a great need for educational opportunities, and I wanted to do something to help.

I serve as the CEO of Global ADE, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening education in Cambodia and other developing countries through local, community-driven programs. Fellow alumnus Kurt Berning ’12 and I started the organization as students through the University’s Entrepreneur Scholars program. That program was one of the reasons I selected UP, and it gave me all the basic skills I needed to develop a company.

Since 2010 we have built three schools in Cambodia, given scholarships to hundreds of students, and developed training programs for more than 100 teachers. These schools have already been able to offer a quality education to over 3,500 students. We are also employing 35 people full-time in Cambodia.

Moreover, Global ADE has grown so much that I was able to leave my job in the finance industry three years ago in order to focus solely on Global ADE. While my passion for Cambodia and its people has certainly driven my work, the education I received at UP played a pivotal role in helping me transform that desire into a thriving organization.

The professors have such a wealth of knowledge to share, and I learned so much from them both in and out of the classroom. Thanks to University of Portland, I graduated with the tools I needed to become a successful entrepreneur.

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