Prof. David CHANDLER
Chairman of the Board of Academic Advisors
Prof. David Chandler is viewed as one of the foremost western scholars of Cambodia’s modern history having published numerous books, essays and reports on the region. His seminal 1983 work, “A History of Cambodia”, is perhaps the best known and is regarded as a superior and insightful contribution to the works of Cambodian history. His additional contributions include: The Tragedy of Cambodian History (1991); Brother Number One (1992); Facing the Cambodian Past (1996); Voices from S-21: Terror and History in Pol Pot’s Secret Prison (1999).
Educated at Harvard College (AB), Yale University (AM) and the University of Michigan (PhD, 1974), David was employed as a US Foreign Service Officer from 1958 to 1966, where he served in Phnom Penh between 1960 and 1962. Turning his attention to academia in 1972 he went to Monash University in Australia where he remained until his retirement in 1996. He held a Personal Chair in History (1993−1996), was Research Director of the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, and was elected FAHA in 1994. He currently holds the distinction of Emeritus Professor and an Associate of SOPHIS (History). Following his retirement he held adjunct appointments at Cornell University, Georgetown University and the universities of Michigan and Wisconsin. In addition to his academic appointments he has been a Senior Advisor at the Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap; a USAID consultant evaluating Cambodia’s democracy and governance programs and an Asia Foundation consultant assessing Phnom Penh election activities. He has been a consultant on Cambodia for Amnesty International and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In 2009 and 2012 he served as an expert witness at the International tribunal to try the former leaders of the Khmer Rouge. A room in the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is named in his honour.
In April 2018 David was given the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies for his extensive contributions of scholarly work on Cambodia’s history, politics and culture. Awarded by the Association for Asian Studies, the distinction recognised his revered standing in the region.
Prof. Duncan McCargo
Member of the Board of Academic Advisors
Duncan McCargo is Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. Although he is best known for his agenda-setting contributions to current debates on the politics of Thailand, he has broad interests in the nature of power: his work covers issues ranging from the political role of the media to questions of identity, justice and insurgency.
McCargo has spent several years in Thailand, has lived in Singapore, taught in Cambodia and Japan, and published on Indonesia and Vietnam. Time magazine wrote of his work, “No armchairs for this author… McCargo is the real McCoy.”. McCargo’s book, Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell University Press 2008) won the Asia Society’s inaugural Bernard Schwartz Book Prize. He was a visiting professor at the Center for Khmer Studies in Phnom Penh, 2004-05, and has published several articles on Cambodian politics.
Associate Professor DETH Sok Udom
Member of the Board of Academic Advisors
Dr. DETH Sok Udom is Associate Professor of International Relations and Rector of Paragon International University (formerly Zaman University). Dr. DETH received his Bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Sociology from Boĝaziçi University (Turkey), a Master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies from Ohio University (USA), and a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies from Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany). He is also a Senior Fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP). Dr. DETH is credited with several academic publications and has been invited to give guest lectures at various institutions/universities. Occasionally, he also shares his insights on local and regional media about Cambodian and regional affairs as well.
Chairman 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.
Prof. 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).
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.
Program Manager - Training/Education Studies
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
Program Manager - Community of Researchers/Urban Studies
After obtaining a BA (hons) in Economics from the University of Strathclyde, and an Msc in Economic Development from Glasgow University, Dani moved to Cambodia to enable her to be closer to the research she is passionate about. Such research areas include sustainable urban development and equitable economic growth in developing South-East Asian countries.
Prior to becoming a Research Fellow with Future Forum, Danielle worked as a Research Consultant for grassroots NGOs focusing on Phnom Penh’s urban poor.
Program Manager - Policy Lab/Development Studies
Ms. Chou Chea began her working life as a journalist in Phnom Penh since 2003, before moving to the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) focusing on teaching media and communications research. Her enquiring mind also took her into a policy research role with the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), where she had been sharpening her social research skills and eventually won several awards for her studies on public institutional development, water resources and climate change governance, and rural livelihood vulnerability assessment.
Chou held a Master Degree in Communication Research from Michigan State University (MSU) under Fulbright Scholarship. She also completed several degrees in Forestry Science, English, and Media Management. In 2012, Chou was awarded an AusAID-funded research fellowship by the M-POWER (Mekong Program on Water, Environment, and Resilience) regional research network. Her work was exploring problematic tensions in the function of Farmer Water User Communities in order to inform essential re-negotiations between struggling farmers and multi-level government. This was the turning point of her research career, allowing her to interact with various regional and international Mekong scholars and key officials, participating in various regional research projects, and leading quite a few research studies for IOM, Oxfam, Sida, DFID, and AusAID. Chou’s main motivation in her research career is in using scientific knowledge to contribute to community development and policy impacts.
Program Manager - Outlook Cambodia
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.
Junior Research Fellow
Samnang holds dual bachelor degrees in Economics and Management by University of Luminère
Lyon 2 (France) and Royal University of Law and Economics (Cambodia). He was a 2018 young research fellow at Future Forum conducting quantitative research on the migration and development nexus. Given the superior performance in his research project and potentials in his area of expertise, he is now working as a junior research fellow for the organization with an emphasis on financial literacy, demographic movement, and data measurement and visualization.
CHAN Sam Art
Junior Research Fellow
Sam Art completed his Young Research Fellows Program at Future Forum Organization in 2018. His research focuses on Cambodia’s soft power. Sam Art obtained his first Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Royal University of Law and Economics in 2015 and his second Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, majoring in International Relations (IR), from IFL in 2017. Previously, he interned at two distinct institutions, the Department of International Studies Project Team and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia.
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.
Allison J. SMITH
Allison Jane Smith is a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant specializing in public policy and civics. She has written for businesses, charities, and think tanks in Cambodia and around the world, and her work has been published in the Washington Post, the Ottawa Citizen and BRIGHT Magazine, among others.
Library Project Intern
Graduating from American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP) with the Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs in 2019, Soriya has conducted
her final capstone thesis on women’s employment and their decision-making power in household. She was also selected for Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) academic fellowship
to the US in 2018 under the theme Civic Engagement, specifically on promoting women’s rights. Beside her academic background, she has experience in working as a library assistant at AUPP
for two years, and an intern at Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Center for Southeast Asian Studies at AUPP in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Moreover, she used to coordinate a project on 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence at her university in 2017 and 2018.
I’m a Professional Communication graduate from the Institute of Foreign Languages. In digital world, Professional Communication comes in handy as it helps tailor one’s profession and filter it into passion. I love reading and hope to do research on environment and look at socio-economics factors influencing the unbearable heat and pollution. Still, on this casual day, writing is a good escapism to many people and so I would say “I stick to it.”
Dr. LENG Thearith
Visiting Research Fellow
Dr. Leng Thearith holds a PhD in Political and International Studies from the University of New South Wales Canberra in 2018 under the Australian Endeavour Scholarship, and an M.A in International Peace Studies from the International University of Japan in 2007 with honours. Dr. Leng has extensive experiences in the field of IR. From 2004 to 2006, he engaged in a Japanese peace-building program (JSAC) where he obtained both Gold and Silver working medals from Cambodian Prime Minister for his outstanding contributions to the peacebuilding in Cambodia. Between 2006 and 2011, he worked as the Bureau Chief of the General Department of ASEAN of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia. In 2009, he became the academic advisor to the Department of International Studies of the Royal University of Phnom Penh, where he was in charge of designing the curriculum, supervising the honors program, giving lecturers and doing other tasks at the department. Concurrently, Thearith also served as a research fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) on the part-time basis.
Areas of Expertise: Foreign Policy of Small States, ASEAN-China Relations, ASEAN Regional Integration and Governance
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
David Hutt is a political journalist who has been based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, since 2014. He is the Southeast Asia columnist for the Diplomat and a regular contributor to the Asia Times, among other regional and international publications. He serves as president of the Overseas Press Club of Cambodia.
Visiting Research Fellow
Laura Beckwith arrived in Cambodia in 2017 for her PhD field work. Laura is a PhD candidate in the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her current research looks at the political ecology of urban resilience in Phnom Penh and has focused on the impact of urbanization and environmental change on urban farmers. She holds an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London and a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. Her experience as an international development practitioner has led her to pursue research that can bridge the divide between academia and development policy and practice.
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
John Paul NICEWINTER
Visiting Research Fellow
John Paul first came to Cambodia in 2007 as part of the inaugural Peace Corps cohort. There, he worked for two years as a Teacher Trainer with the Regional Teacher Training Center and the Krousar Thmey School for Deaf and Blind Children in Kampong Cham. He began conducting research in Cambodia in 2009, and has since worked with numerous NGOs, organizations, and agencies. Some of his most interesting research has been on the effects of factory-based food programs on workers' health and nutrition, population estimates for out-of-school youth, and the first-ever quantitative survey on abortion stigma and discrimination in Cambodia. His particular research interests include disability (especially deafness and Deaf culture), education for development, and the intersection between society, culture, and development in the Cambodian context.
He is currently pursuing graduate studies in Applied Statistics, and holds a dual Bachelor's degree in American Sign Language (ASL) and Japanese Studies from the University of Rochester (NY, USA), which included one year of studies in international relations at Meiji Gakuin University (Japan).
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
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
Bruno Friedel is a consultant working across environmental policy (urban sustainability, renewable energy and energy efficiency) and social policy (housing, city governance and finance). He has worked as an adviser to Federal and State Members of Parliament in Australia, most recently to the State of Victoria’s Minister for Housing. Previously Bruno worked on a range of environmental policy issues including at LSE Cities, where he co-wrote the cities chapter of the New Climate Economy report, along with supporting research papers on the governance and financing of sustainable cities. Prior to coming to Cambodia, Bruno worked in Bangkok researching renewable energy policy for SE Asian countries. He holds an MA in Sustainable Cities from King’s College, London, and a BA (honours) in political science from the University of Melbourne.
Dr. Milford BATEMAN
MILFORD BATEMAN is a freelance consultant on local economic development policy, Visiting Professor of Economics at Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia, and Adjunct Professor of Development Studies at St Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. Dr Bateman obtained his PhD from the University of Bradford (UK) in 1993. From 1991 to 2000 Dr Bateman held a tenured position as Assistant Professor then Associate Professor in East European Economics at the University of Wolverhampton. In 2000 Dr Bateman moved into policy consulting to head up the Western Balkans economic development consulting practice for one of the UK’s leading consulting companies, thereafter taking the lead on local economic development assignments across Eastern Europe and Asia. As a freelance consultant since 2006 he has worked on local economic development projects for almost all of the major international development agencies, most recently undertaking a number of assignments for UNCTAD, and including work in the Middle East, China, Africa and much of Latin America. Dr Bateman has published widely on the key issues affecting local economic development, including the influential ‘Why Doesn’t Microfinance Work? The Destructive Rise of Local Neoliberalism’ published by Zed Books in 2010 and which is now being prepared for a 2ndupdated edition due out in 2020.
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
Songheang Ai is a deputy director of the Vocational Orientation Department in charge of the office for research and technical education curriculum development, the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, Cambodia. He is also a research fellow at South East Asian Minister of Education Organization Regional Center for Technical Education Development (SEAMEO TED). He was a high school teacher from 2002 to 2010. Songheang graduated his Master’s in human resource development (HRD) from South Korea in 2015; and he is a Ph.D. candidate in human resource development (HRD) in South Korea. During his studying, Songheang has done some academic achievements such as web-blogs for Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE), research articles, book chapters, and conference papers. Songheang’s research interests are technical and vocational education and training (TVET), teacher education, curriculum development, and migration. In free time, he relaxes by driving to the countryside.
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 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.