Loung Ung is a writer, speaker, and human rights activist who is most well known for her co-screenplay writing for the 2017 Netflix Original Movie, directed by Angelina Jolie based on Ung’s memoir, First They Killed My Father. She speaks at conferences and events all over the world, telling her experiences on Cambodia, war, genocide, and survival.


  • Love, resilience, and survival: Lessons from a war survivor
  • First They Killed My Father; A young survivor’s account of the Khmer Rouge
    • Cambodia, genocide, war, impacts of war, children in war, being a refugee
  • Writing to Change the World & Heal Yourself
    • A writer’s life, writing, activism, healing, storytelling
  • Leaders Are Made, Not Born; Five lessons on leading with more impact and heart
    • Activism, volunteerism, student activism, leadership

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  • Women in the World Summit
  • Young President Organization
  • The Omega Women’s Leadership Center
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy
  • Facing History and Ourselves
  • Saint Michael’s College
  • Stanford University
  • Hong Kong International School
  • Phillips Academy
  • Mexico 1 Million Youth Summit

2005 Nightline ABC–Loung Ung Part 1