The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation

Awardees who worked in Laos

Chanthavong, Kommaly

A soft-spoken Laotian whose love for silk weaving revived and developed the ancient Laotian art of silk weaving, and created livelihoods for thousands of poor, war-displaced Laotians

Viphakone, Keo

A diplomat, nationalist and public servant who, even under the most adverse circumstances in the context of Laos, has led government institutions he has served as bastions of public trust that can bring progress to his people and foster back their faith in government as a means to serve them