Founder & Chairperson
OU Virak is one of Cambodia’s most prominent and principled political analysts and human rights activists, with proven expertise in strengthening grassroots movements, conducting political economy analyses, spearheading organizational development and directing risk assessments. Prior to founding Future Forum in late 2015, Virak led the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, one of Cambodia’s premier human rights organizations, where he turned the organization around and rebuilt it from the ground up after significant losses in both staff and funding. He has led successful campaigns to free human rights activists and tackled some of the most controversial issues in Cambodia: rule of law, freedom of expression, racism, LGBT rights, forced evictions and more. He holds an MA in Economics.
Areas of Expertise: Political Economy; Human Rights; Organizational Development
Dr. Markus MOHLIN
Senior Policy & Research Advisor
In addition to serving as Future Forum's Senior Policy & Research Advisor, Markus is also a Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor at the Swedish Defense University in Stockholm where he has lectured on International Relations and Strategic Studies. In that capacity he was also the Head of Education in Strategic Studies with the Department of Strategy, Security and Leadership (ISSL). Dr Mohlin is a graduate of the School of International Futures (SOiF), and has published articles and book chapters on Strategy, the Privatization of Security, the war in Libya and conflict in general. Dr Mohlin is a former submarine officer and has also served with the UN in Angola and in the Balkans with NATO.
Areas of Expertise: Strategy & Policy Formulation; Future Studies; International Relations/Foreign Policy
Holding an MA in Development Policy, Sokha has held a number of positions with NGOs in Cambodia prior to joining Future Forum, working on women’s political representation and participation and freedom of expression online at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, and as a trainer at Hagar Cambodia, where she facilitated training courses to vulnerable youth, women and female prisoners at the Correction Center 2. She was also selected by the UN Women Cambodia country office to serve as the Cambodian youth delegate to attend the 58th UN Commission on the Status of Women, in March 2014.
Finance & Admin Assistant
Vanda has worked as an accountant with a local company for the last three years. He graduated from the Royal University of Law and Economics with a Bachelor of Arts in Banking and Finance, and also holds a Bachelors in Chinese Literature from Jip Seng University in Phnom Penh. Vanda has also successfully completed an accountant training course and a credit officer course, both with ACLEDA Bank.
CHEM Srey Oeun
Srey Oeun Chem has experience in managing local and multi-country research projects with various clients including local, regional and multi-national firms, and local and international NGOs. She is the author of the report “Cambodian Millennial Trends,” which analyses consumer habits of young Cambodians. Srey Oeun is currently working as a researcher at Kantar TNS, where she has led various research projects on consumer insights, trends of young people, elections and democracy, gender and other social issues. She was nominated for the Women’s Leadership Academy Program for Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), a US program to connect young leaders from ASEAN countries in 2016. She holds a Masters of Arts in Social Policy and Social Development from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Areas of Expertise: Research Design; Research Project Management; Qualitative Research
Delphine Constantin is a lawyer with an international law firm in Singapore, where her practice focuses on International Disputes, International Projects, International Investments and Global Compliance matters. She advises corporations,funds,multilaterals and governments on transactional and dispute matters. Delphine Constantin has more than 15 years of experience - principally in South East Asia, where she has worked in private practice and with multilateral institutions. She holds an LL.B. from McGill University (Canada), a Master in Law (Magistère) from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Thany Hour has had broad exposure to international development projects, and governmental and non-governmental work, both nationally and internationally. Thany is currently working as a researcher with the Centre for Policy Studies. She completed a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Science in Community Sustainability, specializing in International Development, from Michigan State University, both in the USA. Over years of experience working at the national and sub-national with public and private agencies, development partners, and several NGOs, she has developed her research interests and career across the spectrum of agricultural innovation, value chain assessments, and impact evaluations.
Area of Expertise: Impact Evaluation; International Development; Value Chain Assessment.
Sebastian Strangio is a journalist and independent researcher focusing on Southeast Asia. From 2008 to 2011 he worked as an editor and reporter at The Phnom Penh Post, and he has traveled and reported extensively on Cambodia, as well as from Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, India, Bangladesh, South Korea, and the Russian Far East. Sebastian is the author of the acclaimed book Hun Sen’s Cambodia (Yale University Press, 2014), a path-breaking examination of the country’s history since the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979. He has become a leading commentator on politics in Cambodia, and has published journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of the country’s affairs. He currently splits his time between Phnom Penh and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Areas of Expertise: Political Economy; International Relations; Freedom of Expression
Bharati Sekar is a law graduate from the Gujarat National Law University, India and is currently completing her Master of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore (NUS). Prior to joining NUS, she worked at an NGO in Bangalore, where she assisted diverse citizen groups to file Public Interest Litigation on issues of Urban Governance. She also worked as a Legislative Research Assistant to an Indian Parliamentarian, and worked extensively on issues affecting Indigenous tribes.
Youheng is currently a junior student majoring in International Relations at the University of Cambodia. Prior to starting at Future Forum, he previously volunteered with several organizations and initiatives, such as UNESCO’s National Literacy Campaign 2015, ASEAN Youth Leaders’ Association- Cambodia, and two youth-led initiatives, separately funded and supported by Transparency International Cambodia and the Enrich Institute. In 2016, Youheng was also selected as one of delegates to represent Cambodia during the Mekong Friendship Project 2016 in Thailand.