Board of Advisors 

Dr Marcus MOHLIN

Chairman of the Board of Advisors


In addition to serving as Future Forum's Chairman of the Board of Advisors, 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



Member of the Board of Advisors 


Rupert Abbott is the Executive Director of GiveOut, a UK-based charity raising funds for LGBTQI causes worldwide. He has over a decade of experience working in the human rights field, designing and developing human rights initiatives and organisations and leading research and advocacy. He co-founded RightsStart, a hub for human rights experts working to strengthen the human rights movement. Rupert has almost a decade of experience working in Southeast Asia. Before co-founding RightsStart, he was the Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Programme and the organisation’s Research Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. He was Amnesty International’s Researcher on Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam, served with the United Nations as the Acting Head of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s Defence Support Section, and was previously the Director of Programmes and Organisational Development at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. Having studied law at the University of Sussex, Rupert trained and qualified as a lawyer at the global law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP. He also holds a BA and MA in modern history from the University of Oxford.


Dr Sorpong PEOU

Member of the Board of Advisors 


BA (University of Waterloo, Canada); MA and PhD (York University, Toronto, Canada). Currently, Professor of global peace and security studies, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University; Toronto, Canada; President of Science for Peace, based at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Member of the Eminent Persons Group at the Asian Political and International Student Association; Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Peace and Cooperation (Phnom Penh, Cambodia), Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Cambodian Development Research Institute (Phnom Penh); and member of an International Country Experts Network on UN Peacekeeping. 

Former administrative and academic positions: Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Toronto, Canada; Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg (Manitoba); Chair of the Advisory and Recruitment Committee for The Manitoba Chair of Global Governance Studies – a joint program between the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. Prior to these academic appointments, Professor of International Security at Sophia University in Tokyo (Japan); Canada-ASEAN Fellow as well as Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore). He has published more than 30 book chapters and 30 journal articles. The major books include Human Security Studies: Theories, Methods and Themes (World Scientific and Imperial College Press, 2014); Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific (Praeger 2010), Human Security in East Asia: Challenges for Collaborative Action, ed. (Routledge 2008), International Democracy Assistance for Peacebuilding: Cambodia and Beyond (Palgrave Macmillan 2007), Intervention and Change in Cambodia: Toward Democracy (St. Martin’s Press, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and Silkworms, 2001) & Conflict Neutralization in the Cambodia War: From Battlefield to Ballot-box (Oxford University Press, 1997). 

Regional editor of a peer-reviewed international journal - The Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (Seoul National University Press, South Korea). Member of the Editorial Board, Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies (Palgrave Macmillan) & Advisory Board of International Relations in Southeast Asia (Politics & International Relations: Book Series. Routledge). Member of the peer-reviewed journals: Asian Politics & Policy (Wiley-Blackwell) & Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research (Athabasca University Press).



Member of the Board of Advisors 


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. 


Dr PAK Kimchoeun 

Member of the Board of Advisors 


Dr PAK Kimchoeun is a Cambodian researcher/consultant, with a Master Degree in Public Finance from Syracuse University (New York, 2002) and a PhD in Public Policy from the Australian National University (ANU) (Canberra, 2010). Since 2003, his areas of research have included: decentralization, political economy analysis, public budgeting, public administrative reform, youth development, and social protection. He has provided research and consultancy services to various government agencies, including: National Committee for Decentralization and De-concentration (NCDD-S), Ministry of Social Affairs, Veteran and Youth Rehabilitation (MOSAVY), Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS). The main donor agencies that he has worked for include: UNDP, SIDA, GIZ, UNICEF, World Bank, USAID, DFAT, OECD, ILO, Save the Children, and a few other development partners. He has been actively engaged in key professional networks, including: the Local Governance Initiative and Network (LOGIN) Asia, the Cambodian Economic Association (CEA) and the Working Group on Partnership for Decentralization (WGPD).


Our Team

OU Virak

Founder & President


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. Bradley MURG

Director of Research


Dr. Bradley J. Murg teaches as an assistant professor of political science and serves as director of the program in Global Development Studies. Dr. Murg is also an affiliate professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He was named by Seattle Pacific students as the 2017 Professor of the Year. Dr. Murg’s research, supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council and the International Research and Exchanges Board, focuses on legal reform, the political economy of foreign aid, energy policy, and economic development in China, Cambodia, Lao, and Vietnam. Dr. Murg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University where he also completed his master’s degree, focusing on the moral philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. He also holds an M.Sc. in Economic History from the London School of Economics. Dr. Murg’s doctoral dissertation at the University of Washington focused on the economics legal reform and economic development in China, Russia, and Kazakhstan.


KHOUN Theara

Program Coordinator 


Mr. Theara received a Master’s degree in Public Policy (specialising in Economics Policy) from the Australian National University (ANU), Australia in 2017 under the Australia Awards Scholarship. Prior to pursuing his Master’s degree at the ANU, he received a bachelor degree in International Studies (graduated with Honors) from the Royal University of Phnom Penh and a bachelor degree in Law (full scholarship) from the University of Cambodia in 2012, respectively. Over the past six years, Theara has acquired extensive professional experience in undertaking research both qualitative and quantitative, providing research trainings and supervision, and arranging major events/meetings with government officials, scholars, civil society and private sector. Before joining Future Forum, Theara used to serve as a news correspondent for the Voice of America (Khmer Service), political research officer at the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, senior research fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, and senior quantitative research officer at the BBC Media Action.


Areas of Expertise: Fiscal Decentralisation, Good Governance, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Public Policy Analysis, Social Impact Assessment, and Quantitative Policy Impact Evaluation



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. 


Visiting Research Fellows

HOUR Thany

Visiting Research Fellow


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 consultant at Emerging Markets Consulting. 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. 




Visiting Research Fellow


Michael is a PhD researcher with the University of Glasgow working on international trade and trade agreement characteristics, with a focus on the ASEAN region. He began his association with Cambodia in 2016 as the Communications Volunteer at local youth-development NGO Youth Star Cambodia. Now on the charities board, Michael works to develop quality organizational communication, strategic planning, and to enhance the monitoring and evaluation system. Through his experience living and working abroad he has developed a passion for volunteerism, education, and sustainable-equitable growth. These driving forces brought him out to the Kingdom where he is working towards the self-determined and secure future Cambodia deserves. Michael sees Future Forum as a necessary and exciting collective of those individuals striving for these same goals. He holds a master’s degree in economic development from the University of Glasgow, alongside an honor’s degree in international business and economics from the University of Strathclyde.



Visiting Research Fellow


Fiona completed her master’s degree in Gender and Development at the Institute of Development Studies in the United Kingdom. There, her research focused on women’s empowerment, participatory methodologies, and gender mainstreaming. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Vermont in the United States of America. Prior to pursuing her postgraduate degree, she worked for two years in rural Cambodia as a Peace Corps Health Educator. Through her experiences in Cambodia and the nonprofit sector, Fiona has developed a passion for working alongside communities to create innovative solutions to complex challenges. 



Visiting Research Fellow


Tom Pearson serves as the Program Director for two international LL.M. programs at the Royal University of Law & Economics (RULE), the Executive Master in International Business Law and the Master of Public and International Law Program, which are dual-degree programs jointly administered by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the University of Paris 8, respectively. He has lectured at RULE since 2012 and his past courses include: international arbitration, Cambodian business law and international labor law.  He also teaches economics at the National University of Management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Hillsdale College and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University, where he focused on law and economics. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tom was a technology and telecommunications policy researcher for more than five years at public policy organizations in Washington, DC, where his focus stretched from internet governance and freedom of speech to telecommunications deregulation, media ownership and intellectual property issues.


Areas of Expertise: Law, Political Economy, Dispute Resolution and Informal Governance/Financing Mechanisms


Danielle GILL

Visiting Research Fellow


After a visit to Southeast Asia instilled a desire to be involved in the Development Sector, Danielle undertook an MSc. in Economic Development, graduating in 2016 from the University of Glasgow (she also graduated from the University of Strathclyde with an Honours degree in Economics). Seeking relevant work experience after completing her MSc. she moved to Cambodia where she spent three months volunteering as a researcher before becoming a research consultant. Danielle has had the opportunity to work on various economic and policy related projects, with both local and international organisations, and she continues to gain experience in the development sector.


Being a part of Future Forum will allow Danielle to take part in exciting and important projects whilst working with passionate youth who will go on to secure Cambodia’s prosperous future.




Visiting Research Fellow


Born and raised on the Caribbean island of Barbados, Rasheed moved to Southeast Asia in 2017. He currently works as an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) Compliance consultant for FinTech firms in Southeast Asia. He has published work with the Central Bank of Barbados on varied economic development issues. Rasheed was invited to join the delegation of the Government of Barbados to the People’s Republic of China to share his expertise on emerging payments systems regulation. This experience ignited a passion for researching sound economic development policies for Asia, in general, and Southeast Asia, in particular.


Areas of Expertise: Monetary Policy for Small Very Open Economies, Distributed Ledger Technology, and Geoeconomics and Financial Warfare



Visiting Research Fellow


David Jerome received a Master's degree in Data Science from the University of Sheffield, and in International Development from the University of Amsterdam. He has worked with data in development for a number of years in the UK, the Netherlands and South-East Asia.


Areas of Expertise: the Analysis and Visualisation of Large Datasets, and Their Effective Communication to Stakeholders




Visiting Research Fellow


Markus recently graduated with a Master of Science in Development Studies from Lund University, Sweden. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Malmö University, and has completed a thesis for a Bachelor of Science in Development Studies with a Major in Political Science at Lund University. Markus has studied and written about different aspects of the Cambodian development process for a number of years now, and the main focus of his inquiries has been on the socio-historical and political context that surrounds developmental issues. A recurring research aim has been to explore development processes through the prism of the societal articulations engender in the intersection between cultural imaginaries and political realities and, more recently, he has focused on how development efforts can be best facilitated through pre-existing societal frameworks.


Visiting Research Fellow


Michael first came to Cambodia in 2014 when he served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Banteay Meanchey Province for two years. There he lived with a Khmer host family, learned the Khmer language, and became deeply involved in the local community. Michael holds a master’s degree in Globalization, Business, and Development from the Institute of Development Studies in the United Kingdom and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Human Services from the George Washington University in the United States. His research focuses on microfinance, green growth, and the circular economy. Michael is currently based in Siem Reap.


Affiliated Researchers

Sebastian STRANGIO


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

Robert FINCH


Robert Finch is a qualified lawyer and independent legal consultant, who has worked with organisations in Southeast Asia for seven years, predominantly in Cambodia and Myanmar.  Prior to that, he worked for five years as a financial regulatory lawyer with Magic Circle UK law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and top Wall Street firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP on a range of compliance, banking regulatory, and anti-money laundering issues.  As well as being instrumental in the development of Future Forum and Myanmar policy think tank Progressive Voice, he is one of the founding partners of Amicus Legal and Advisory LLP, a new legal advisory firm which advises NGOs, private sector firms, think tanks and research institutes globally.


Areas of Expertise: Rule of Law, Democratic Institutions, International Relations



CHHEAT Sreang 


Chheat Sreang has more than 10 years of experience in research management and leadership, development programme management, policy and academic research and teaching. He recently left his program manager post at the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) to continue his PhD at the University of Queensland in Australia. Academically, he earned two Master degrees--MA degree in Cultural Studies and Global Studies. Sreang has been a part-time lecturer at the University of Cambodia for the last eight years.  He also spent most of his career in policy and academic research. He was a research fellow and program coordinator at the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) and has published several articles and working papers on development, local governance, and public sector reform in Cambodia. Moreover, Sreang was a human right advocate at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) between 2007 and 2009 and a local development practitioner at the Lutheran World Federation Cambodia.


Sreang’s research interests include local development, democratization, public sector reform, urban governance, local politics and development, and youth's political participation.

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