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OU Virak

Nou Panhaka is a dedicated development practitioner with a commitment to fostering positive change in Cambodia with over 7 years of experience in the development sector including water, sanitation and hygiene, rural development, SME development, and child protection.  Currently pursuing a dual master's degree in Transdisciplinary Studies for Social Development at Ateneo De Manila in the Philippines and Environment Development and Peace at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, Nou's academic pursuits are supported by a prestigious scholarship from the Nippon Foundation. 

Prior to her academic journey, Panhaka worked as a SME Development Manager & Management Consultant which within her role she showcased exceptional leadership and managerial skills by overseeing grant management, donor reporting, and team leadership. One of Nou's notable achievements was in designing comprehensive strategies and curricula to empower women entrepreneurs through mentoring, coaching, and training. Furthermore, she also engaged in consultancy work with both public and private sector clients. This role involved intricate tasks such as cost-benefit analyses, feasibility studies, and project design. Their expertise in forging strategic partnerships and client relationships significantly contributed to the commercial development of her organization. Additionally, Panhaka's impactful role as the Learning & Effectiveness Coordinator at WaterAid Cambodia from 2017 to 2021 showcased her dedication to fostering a culture of knowledge-sharing. Nou played a pivotal role in planning, monitoring, and learning processes, ensuring adaptive management aligned with the organization's goals. She also led efforts in building capacity, facilitating evaluations and research while ensuring knowledge production is innovative and contributes to the WASH sector knowledge in Cambodia. 

Panhaka NOU

Young Research Fellow 2023 (Batch 2)


Master Degree in Transdisciplinary Studies for Social Development (2022- 2023), Ateneo de Manila University
Master Degree Environment Development and Peace (2022 - 2023), University for Peace



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