Staff

Mr. OU Virak

Founder and 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. 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.

Dr. Bradley J. MURG

Senior Advisor for 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 focuses on legal reform, the political economy of foreign aid, energy policy, and economic development in China, Cambodia, Lao, and Vietnam. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and holds an M.Sc from Emory University, and another from the London School of Economics.

 

Ms. MECH Sreymom

Administration and Finance Manager

Sreymom is a candidate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) with the CamEd Business School. Academically, she holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the University of Cambodia and was certified as a "tax agency" from the National Taxation School. Professionally, Sreymom started her career in the financial management field in 2007. She has over a decade of experience working with a number of well-established local and international non-profit organizations.

 

Mr. TOUCH Chansothy

Administrative Assistant

Chansothy holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Build Bright University. He began his career in 2009 and has worked in many different sectors; such as well-known restaurants, casinos and non-profit organizations both in the capital city and the provinces. He found himself inspired by the goals of non-profit organizations which provide support to various vulnerable groups of people.  He has substantial experience in administration work and other related tasks.

Ms. SAO Sokuntheary

Coordinator

Sokuntheary holds a bachelor's degree in Banking and Financial Support Services from Cambodian Mekong University. She has worked for 5 years in the Phnom Penh real estate sector. She is passionate about sales and marketing and is responsible for achieving and exceeding company targets each month. She has considerable experience managing and working with teams, financial accounting, learning about the Cambodian real estate market, speaking English, and building client relationships by understanding their requirements and solving their problems.

Mr. LOR Samnang

Project Coordinator

Samnang graduated with a dual bachelor's degree of Science in Economics and Management from Lumière University Lyon 2. He was a former young and then junior research fellow at Future Forum in 2018 and 2019. He wrote an article on remittance and household debt and was also the co-author of the Cambodia 2040 book chapter that discusses Monetary Policy and Rielization. In 2020, he worked at the Ministry of Economy and Finance in the General Department of Policy before rejoining Future Forum as a coordinator of the project on microfinance. His research interests are in broader macroeconomics, social issues, microfinance, and wellbeing.

Mr. NITH Kosal

Junior Research Fellow and Project Officer

Kosal is a former young research fellow at Future Forum in 2020 working under a research grant on government ownership of banks. He was co-author of ‘Reinvigorating Cambodian Agriculture’, which won the Best Paper Award at the 5th NBC Annual Macroeconomic Conference. He also won first place in the Essay Contest, 2019 on the 4th Industrial Revolution, organized by the Cambodia Development Center.

His research interests include applied econometrics, macroeconomics, economic development, and international economics. Kosal holds a double bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Lumière Lyon 2 and the Royal University of Law and Economics.

Mr. CHEN Heang

Junior Researcher and Project Officer

Chen Heang earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Cambodia in 2019. He was a Young Research Fellow, 2020 at Future Forum and his research area of interest is China’s Sea Power Projection. He contributed some opinion piece articles on regional issues and a student working paper series while at university. Before joining Future Forum, he gained experience in NGOs and private institutes. He has participated in numerous conferences across ASEAN including IR, diplomacy, development programs, and also attempted some competitions in Cambodia. Heang was awarded an Academic Excellence Award for the last two years of his BA and was the runner-up in a Cambodia-China Diplomatic Relations Quiz. Beyond his academic background, he is a first Dan black-belt Karate Practitioner, 2015 and also won two medals in Shotokan Karate-Do Championship Competition at Olympic Stadium.

Ms. THEANG Soriya 

Junior Researcher and Project Officer

Soriya is a graduate from the American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP) with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs and a minor in Southeast Asian Studies. Her final capstone thesis was on women's income and their decision-making power in the household. In 2018, she was selected for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiatives (YSEALI) Academic Fellowship by the US State Department. After graduating in 2019, she became a Young Research Fellow at Future Forum. 

She has conducted her own research project on the relationship between gender ideologies and marital quality among millennial heterosexual married couples in Cambodia. Later, she was promoted to be a junior research fellow to handle research project(s). Professionally, she has produced a number of op-ed articles on gender issues on VOD.

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