Bun Rany 1st Lady of Cambodia and President of Cambodia Red Cross, Visits People Improvement Organization

As the wife of the Prime Minister, she was previously referred to as Lok Chumtiew Bun Rany – Hun Sen . Lok Chumtiew is a title for high ranking female officials or the wives of high-ranking ministers or government officials. The name of her husband follows to indicate her title is due to her status as Hun Sen’s wife. On 30 March 2011, Cambodian king Norodom Sihamoni granted her the title Kittiprittbandit, a title meaning roughly “Celebrated Senior Sage/Scholar/PhD” and equivalent to an honorary Doctorate in the Royal Academy of Cambodia. On 8 May 2013, King Sihamoni awarded her the title Samdech, the highest bestowed title in the Khmer kingdom, thus making her full title Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen Although she should technically be addressed asSamdech, she is often informally referenced as Lok Chumtiew

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In April 1994 at the first congress of the Cambodian Red Cross, she was elected as its Vice President while Princess Eng Marie, wife of then Co-Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh was elected President. At its second congress in 1998, Bun Rany was elected President.

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The following is a list of awards and honors accumulated by Lok Chumtiew Bun Rany.

  • November 2006 – Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS and the Asia Pacific Leadership Forum (APLF) recognize Bun Rany as an APLF Outstanding Champion
  • October 2008 – Honorary Doctorate in Humanity from the University of Cambodia
  • June 2009 – Honorary Doctorate in Economic Science from the Women’s University of Seoul
  • July 2010 – Honorary Doctorate in Literature from the Jeon Ju University of South Korea
  • April 2010 – Honorary Doctorate in Education from Silla University, Busan, South Korea
  • March 2011 – Granted title Kittiprittbandit of the Royal Academy of Cambodia by King Sihamoni

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