Presently, he has been playing a role of Consultant Coordinator of the KFP Trading Co., LTD. He is the founder of KFP company that promoted markets for processed food items made by rural women groups and later involved with imported crackers for distributing nationwide. He entered into his life-career in 1992 when he started working with international non-governmental organizations such as International Catholic Migration Commission, Concern Worldwide, Australian Catholic Relief, International Labour Organization, and with local NGO, the NGO Forum on Cambodia. He served in the Executive Director position for the localized NGO, Farmer Livelihood Development (FLD) for 10 years. He served in the Chief Executive Officer position for the Mitt Kaksekor Financial Plc in between 2016 and 2020. Somith has carried out many consultancy projects in relating to project evaluations, feasibility studies, micro finance management, institutional capacity building, small business management, clean water, public private partnership, waste management, child labour, and garment sector. Somith completed his bachelor’s degree in commerce management at the International Institute of Cambodia, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and his Master’s degree in development management at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati, the Philippines.
Cookie Rachel Giacchero has been working as a Consultant and Development Expert for several organizations for over 15 years. She has worked with various UN agencies, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs in several countries around the world in different fields such as good governance, peace and security, post conflict reconstruction, border demarcation, biodiversity, land policy management, gender and health reforms, counseling services…. Cookie has an MA in International Relations from the UK, BA in Psychology and Management from the US and other certificates in various sectors. She has been working on and off in Cambodia since 2011 and been living in South East Asia for over a decade and understands the region well. Cookie has great love and admiration for khmer people and culture and continues to work hard to change the lives of many through individual efforts and in cooperation with others.
Don has over 40 years experience as a senior international development manager and subsequently as an independent development consultant based in SE Asia. Senior management roles included Director of Strategy and Programme Management at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP, Bangkok); and Director (Global Programmes, including Asia) for New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID). As an independent consultant since 2015, Don has worked with multiple UN agencies (ILO, UNESCAP, UNFPA and UNOPS) in SE Asia. This has included (1) country strategy evaluations and design for the ILO in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand; (2) evaluation of the work of the UN Office for Human Rights in Cambodia; (3) development of a national rural employment strategy in Lao PDR; (4) project evaluations in Cambodia and Laos in areas including public employment services, OSH, labour rights and social protection; (4) design of the multi-agency Decent Employment for Youth (DEY) project in Cambodia and a rural employment project in Lao PDR; and (5) research and publications in areas such as gender dynamics in Asian garment sector supply chains, women's entrepreneurship and women's leadership. Through these and other roles, Don has developed expertise and experience in areas including strategic policy analysis and development; strategy and programme design; monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEAL); gender mainstreaming; and partnership development. Substantively Don has proven expertise and experience in areas including gender equality and women's empowerment; human rights and development; international labour standards; and national and organizational governance. Don has a Masters in International Relations from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.
Chayphally has a Masters degree in Management in Development from The Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines, and a BA degree In Economic Planning from Combodia has over 10 years of solid Experience working with local and international NGOs in senior and top Management positions, as well as working as freelance consultant, part time Lecturer and team facilitator with various organizations. He has provided trainings in various organizations. He has provided trainings in strategic planning, program/project development and evaluation, good gevernance, organizational development and management and other project related activities. Chayphally continues to work and contribute to the successful delivery of various projects and programs in various sectors in Combodia.
Mr. SAM CHHAY, was born in 16 August, 1980 Battambong province, Cambodian. Since 2008 to today, he has been employed by a few companies with a busy role of sale and marketing manager. In the present, he is working as the Head Commercial for Bio AgroChem & Fertilizer (Cambodia) Co., Ltd in Phnom Penh City of Cambodian. He has more than 7 years’ experiences of creating a business model for agricultural cooperative, included market linkage and market development. He talented with marketing activities and brand activation, he comprehended with designing art for advertising and producing marketing tools. In additional, Mr. SAM CHHAY has 3 years working as chief of sale marketing for seed company called AQUIP SEED, and 3 years working as sale director for agricultural-pesticide company form China, called KAMHERO. He graduated Bachelor degree of business management (BBA) at Build Bright University in Phnom Penh in 2013, and Master degree of business management (MBA, in the same university) in 2016.
Mr. Sokmeas UY graduated a Master’s degree on Educational Research and Management from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. He has nearly 15 years of experience in development work, including 1) health sector with Médicine Sans Frontieres-Belgium (MSF-B) through working in partnership with MoH from national to sub-national levels on Chronic Disease Clinic, HIV/AIDT and TB, Malaria, Dengue, WASH, Nutrition with NNP; 2) agriculture sector with Foundation for International Development /Relief (FIDR), on Food and Nutrition Security Project. The project exposed him to deal with Council of Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; 3) disability sector with Cambodian Disabled People Organization for improving the right of persons with disabilities nationwide and helping partner to raise awareness about the need of persons with diverse disabilities; and 4) social entrepreneurs with Social Entrepreneur Association for business interchange and business matching. He has deeply involved in proposal development, policy dialogue, disability inclusion advocacy, development of 5-year organizational strategy, development of MEAL system, fundraising for organization, and building capacity to development partners and colleagues on work-related skills. He also has experience in research, base-line/end-line survey, program/project evaluations, adapting both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. He is skillful in utilizing the advanced Excel and SPSS v.23 for analyzing and writing the report.
Mr. Keo Sothorn has been proven as the best trainer on agri-business in particular for the aquaculture entrepreneurs. He has been presently helping the MJP Foundation in Battambang province to develop farmers’ market for wild honey. He is also holding a position of Dean of Agriculture Faculty with the University of Management and Economic (UME) in Battambang that he has intensively involved in curriculum design and partially he delivers lectures to the students on weekends programme. He had worked for many international NGOs and local NGOs in Cambodia over 20 years on a number of livelihood development projects/programs including an integrated support to rural enterprises development. During his career path, he delivered a lot of training courses to farmers and NGO staff on agriculture, aquaculture, and other small business courses.
Ms. Chantheang graduated a bachelor degree in Forestry Sciences from Royal University of Agriculture (Cambodia) in 1999. She has more than 15 years of experiences in training, research and project development/management in the areas of sustainable agriculture and community development. She has facilitated training and research consultancy services at CEDAC over 10 years, including designing and conducting training courses and research projects, field survey, and writing reports in the field of agriculture production, market, value chain, producer group/saving group/community organization, food security and nutrition, gender, forestry, and climate change etc. In this regard, Chantheang has conducted many research/study projects including feasibility study, socioeconomic survey, baseline survey, project review and evaluation for both internal CEDAC and consulting services to other organizations such as FAO, GIZ, WOCAN, DCA/CA, CWCC, World Renew, among others. She has worked as a national consultant over five years for an ADB-funded project ‘Biodiversity Conservation Corridor executed by Ministry of Environment and Forestry Administration’.
An Emmy award winning camera operator, Steven has split his life between capturing imagery from the world’s trouble spots and providing guidance and developmental skills to the next generation. Steven’s skillset – perhaps from his Indigenous blood - includes a rare ability to integrate with emerging and troubled communities and saw him spend almost a year in Afghanistan during the Taliban occupation and develop a lifelong love of Cambodia beginning with his posting there with free elections and the decline of the Khmer Rouge. Steven brings this zeal to change management, whether starting fresh broadcast operations as he did with Perth’s Channel 10, revolutionizing operations of a Dubai TV channel with more than 100 nationalities on staff or driving the fledgling Reuters TV bureau in Phnom Penh and Kabul. A regular guest lecturer at Australia’s Charles Sturt University, consulting course director at SAE media institute in Dubai, and an in-house trainer for Imparja Television, Steven recognizes the importance and value of sharing knowledge and making education real world based. With over 20 years’ experience working with international NGO’s in numerous countries, Stevens hands-on approach and dependability has seen him deliver on time and on budget in often trying conditions. Having an up-to-date knowledge of technology along with current trends, he’s skill in marrying both has seen him at the forefront in developments for both the recipients and clients. Having an international broadcast background brings in to play the importance of his cultural understanding, packaging and delivering information that is relevant, important, up-to-date and useful. Stevens natural ability to assimilate with a multitude of cultures has seen him earn the respect of United Nations agencies and organisations. His passion for agriculture comes from his upbringing in the farming country in Australia. This now extends to the numerous farming projects he has participated in, in his adopted home of Cambodia.
Ms. Heng Seltik is an expert in local economic and social development, including small enterprise development and gender equality promotion. Seltik is a capacity development expert. She has more than 10 years of experience in training needs assessment, design of training curriculum and training program based on results of needs assessment or clients' needs, deliveries training program, monitoring and follow up activities and impact assessment during her work for CAVAC, ADB, UNDP, ILO and VBNK. The majority of her clients or target groups are local NGOs working to alleviate the poverty in Cambodia in various sectors and women and men farmers in poor communities. Training topics that she has delivered include how to start and improve your business, financial management/financial literacy, staff management, leadership skills, team building, conflict resolution or problem solving, and strategic planning. She has more than a decade of experience in working with the private sector and government ministries to promote the enabling business environment and provide business support services to communities in poverty, private companies and business associations. This includes over ten years’ experiences in working with private sector partners such as inputs dealers, financial institutions, and business support service providers to assist entrepreneurs, especially women, to have access to new technology, finance, and mechanization. With implementing partners, she has worked to establish and strengthen women’s business associations and agriculture cooperatives on different areas such as preparing joint business plans and budgeting. She has made significant achievements in increasing women entrepreneurs’ access to market through joint business activities such as contract farming, improving their digital skills and expanding their network. Recently, Seltik has collaborated with government ministry and inputs dealers, organizing series of training workshops on cashew and mango production and market skills for women entrepreneurs and agriculture cooperative (AC) leaders involved in agri businesses. She has very broad network with government ministries, DPs, and private companies, including deep and active networks among key gender people in agriculture. Seltik has provided critical strategic support to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) including supporting the development of gender strategies and action plans, providing training to support gender-responsive budgeting.