Our SHE-CAN Scholar:

Frieda Nal

SHE-CAN Scholar: Frieda Nal

Seeking a Business, Finance, and Consulting or International Development and Policy Internship 

For a copy of Frieda’s resume, please email Erika Wah in Community Building (ewah@shecan.global).

Frieda Nal is in her first year attending Bentley University. She is part of the Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) and serves as an International Peer Advisor for Bentley University and hopes to connect and help fellow international students thrive on campus.

She grew up in Russey Keo, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh City. Her father is the sole family provider of five, working as a former Logistics Officer. Her mother previously worked at the Cambodian Red Cross, but retired and decided to look after her children instead. Her mother did not have a chance to receive higher education, and inspired Frieda to reach her highest potential and become the first child in her family to attend college and be a part of Cambodia’s future resources. 

Initially a quiet and timid student, Frieda broke through and challenged herself in various activities including competing and winning a Public Speaking Competition, joining student clubs, and participating in social activities throughout her high school. She has demonstrated her impressive leadership and communication skills by facilitating more than 15 guest speakers, experts, and professionals to produce 50 videos and podcasts as guides for students to choose the right university major. Frieda became a Student Ambassador in her senior year and led a virtual discussion table as a place for students to voice their concerns regarding their goals and university plans. She has also led a community service project called “The Clean Community” to help rural students in Svay Rieng province acquire hygienic supplies to fight against COVID-19. Recently, she was also a part of Cambodia’s first-and-only university-based TEDx event called TEDxRUPP as the Head of People Experience, organizing and managing over 400 audience members in the hope of sparking conversation from valuable ideas and research. With first-hand experience with Cambodia’s political and economic issues, Frieda is determined to spend her next four years at Bentley University understanding aspects of globalization, and also entrepreneurship with Bentley’s minor in Business Administration. Frieda is committed to developing Cambodia by advocating for women as change-makers and opening doors for women to be represented in decision-making roles. 

Highlights From Frieda’s Work Experience:

International Peer Advisor, Bentley University 

Head of People Experience, TEDx in Phnom Penh

Chemistry Tutor, Phnom Penh

Languages Spoken: English, Khmer, and Korean


Academic Major

International Affairs Minor: Business
Class of 2027

Mentor Team

Paula Chhoy Haggart, Promotional Event Manager, Sanofi
Debra McKeown
Lisa Koontz, Branch Leader, Fidelity Investments
Liz Steyer, Consultant, Glide Foundation
Catherine Jessup, Principal, The CFO Centre
Sia Moua, Internal Communications Manager, DailyPay