Sianong Phomkong is a Fulbright Fellow. In 2000, she graduated from the University of South Carolina, USA, home of the Fighting Gamecocks, with a Master Degree in International Relations. Nearly a decade earlier she had been an honors student at the Varonezh State Pedagogical Institute in former Soviet Union, where she received her first Master Degree in Russian Language and Literature.
Sianong takes pride in having been among a handful of government officials to lay the groundwork for Lao economic cooperation with ASEAN and other nations. At one point, she simultaneously held the position of the national team leader for both the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Investment and the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Services, where experts brainstormed to integrate their diverse economies. As a Deputy Director of the Investment Promotion Division at the Committee for Planning and Cooperation, Sianong left her footprints along the road for Laos to access the prestigious Japan and EU markets, acquire US NTR status and subsequently become a WTO member.
In 2004, Sianong followed her heart and moved to the USA to be with her spouse. She worked as a freelance consultant, translator and ghostwriter for numerous corporations worldwide. At her own pace, she finished writing an epic novel in English, which has yet been published. Her English version of Chanthy Deaunsavanh’s three-volume novel The Path of Life came out in 2016.
Sianong returned to Laos and joined Laos Australia Institute in February, 2017 as the Scholarship Manager. She intends to help her countrypersons obtain higher education and strengthen the relationship between our two countries.