After several years taking care of customers in a private bank, Sophie embarked on an international aid career. Working on livelihood and education projects in Peru, Laos, Nepal, and Vietnam persuaded her that genuine development can be achieved only by enabling individuals and communities to be the main players of their destiny. Her career path in NGOs, bilateral cooperation and multilateral development banking made her discover different facets of aid work and gain a solid experience in multicultural environments where she proved to be entrepreneurial, flexible and team-oriented.
At the age of 11, Duong had to leave his family to make a living by shining shoes and selling newspapers. By chance, he was introduced to Hoa Sua School of the Disadvantaged Youth and received a scholarship for a culinary training program. After graduating, Duong worked at various restaurants across the country. The experience gained allowed him to build an international career and become the leader of the European kitchen at Maxx Royal Hotel, a five-star luxury resort in Turkey.