Simon D’Orlaq is an entrepreneur, an author and a self-made man who was born in the south of France and has lived in Southeast Asia for the past 21 years. He is married, with 2 children and his home has an open-door policy for stray cats.
Simon owns several businesses, but also uses his spare time to good effect, being the founder of a football academy for disadvantaged young people and an NGO which helps unmarried women with children and promotes rural development in Cambodia.
Having found at an early age that excellence in traditional education is not always the most important thing, Simon coined the quote; “Life does not stop at a school or university failure, or any form of failure for that matter; on the contrary, it is for many where life really begins.”
Since then, he has made it something of a mission to show others the way to success, through methods which do not involve passing exams at school.
Simon is, of course, an author as well. He has published a fantasy novel Amir and the Djinns. His self-help book Academic Failure: A Priceless gift from Life, also promotes his theories about education, life, failure and success.
When he has time to relax, Simon enjoys horse riding, writing both fiction and non-fiction and participates in the martial art of Kendo. He is also a serial traveller, who has often found himself well off the beaten track.
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