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 PhD from the University of Washington, and holds an M.Sc from Emory University, and another from the London School of Economics.

Mr. KHOUN Theara

Program Manager: YRP

Over the past six years, Theara has acquired extensive professional experience in undertaking both qualitative and quantitative research; providing research trainings and supervision; and arranging major events/meetings with government officials, scholars, civil society and private sector. He holds a Master's in Public Policy from the Australian National University (ANU), and has experience as: a news correspondent for Voice of America (Khmer Service); a political research officer at the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh; a senior research fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, and senior quantitative research officer at the BBC Media Action.

Mr. Michael RENFREW

Program Manager: Cambodia Outlook

Michael is a PhD researcher with the University of Glasgow, focusing on international trade and trade agreement characteristics, with a focus on the ASEAN region. He began his association with Cambodia in 2016, volunteering for Youth Star Cambodia, a charity whose board Michael now chairs. 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.

Ms. Dani GILL

Program Manager: Community of Researchers

After obtaining an M.Sc in Economic Development from Glasgow University, Dani moved to Cambodia to enable her to be closer to the work she is passionate about: Sustainable and equitable economic development; training and capacity building; human behaviour; and sustainable and equitable economic growth in developing South-East Asian countries.
Prior to becoming a Research Fellow with Future Forum, Dani worked as a research consultant for grassroots NGOs focusing on Phnom Penh’s urban poor.

Ms. HORN Chanvoitey

Junior Research Fellow 2020

Voitey holds a BA (hons) in International Relations from Royal University of Phnom Penh, and also graduated from Future Forum's Young Researchers Program in 2019, and was selected to continue her reserch with Future Forum as a Junior Research Fellow. Her research in 2019 was titled ‘Water Politics: The Future of Cambodia'. Voitey is also a co-author of a research study on Sino-Cambodian relationswinning the second place in the 2018 Annual Research Competition, organized by the Institute of Foreign Languages at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and the Cambodia

Development Institute. Her main interests focus on water, peace and security. She is also interested in a wide range of Cambodia’s public policy issues.

Mr. VORN Searivoth

Junior Research Fellow 2020

During his fellowship as part of the Future Forum Young Researchers Program in 2019, Searivoth conducted a qualitative research on social protection entitled “Improving the Economic Well-being of Aged Citizens in Cambodia: The Roadmap toward Universal Old Age Pensions”. Continuing as a Junior Research Fellow for 2020, he is conducting quantitative research on the impact of Cash Transfers on household’s consumption expenditure, debt and poverty reduction in Cambodia. Searivoth has a BA in International Studies, and Community and Regional Development from RUPP, and Surindra Rajabhat University, respectively. In 2020, he has received an Australia Award Short Course on Ensuring Safety in the Construction Sector and Built Environment at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He is also working towards his MA in Community and Regional Development, Surindra Rajabhat University, Thailand   

Mr. CHENG Vanda

Finance and 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. 

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