Chairperson of the Board of Directors (2019 – Present)
Ms Vong Socheata is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Transparency International Cambodia. She joined the Board of Directors as a member in January 2015. She is a democracy and governance specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Her work focuses on providing technical support on elections, political processes, and civic participation of women and youth. Socheata was a Board Member of the Cambodian Economic Association (CEA) from 2009 to 2013. She is a manager of a private Cambodian Professional group (CAMPRO) which is an informal network joined by more than 500 Cambodian professionals working in various institutions. She is also a Managing Director of CamproPost, a website that publishes articles, essays, discussions, opinions, and documents that are related to Cambodia. In addition, she has produced a number of opinion articles on the newspapers that essentially represent well-founded perspectives touching a number of areas including politics, development, democracy, social justice, arts, and culture. She has also expressed her opinions on these issues through social media. Socheata holds a Master of International Relations from the University of Cambodia.
Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors (2019 – Present)
Mr Norbert Klein is a member of the Board of Directors of Transparency International Cambodia since 2014. He came to Cambodia in 1990 as the country representative of Lutheran World Service, mainly cooperating with the ministry of Agriculture related to extend its international links, and with the Ministry of Education in the field of vocational training. In 1994 he assisted in the creation of the Open Forum of Cambodia – later the Open Institute – concerned with communication in society. In the same year, he established the first Internet Service Provider function in Cambodia, followed by the establishment of the Internet country address .kh in 1996; in 1999 he helped to organize the definition of the Khmer script for computer use in the international Unicode system – for which he was awarded the Order of Monisarapon. Using the tool of the Internet, he promoted an increasing number of Internets based discussion groups at the time before Social Media like Facebook and Twitter became popular tools for such open communication. In 1997, he started to publish The Mirror, mirroring the Khmer language press in English translations; first only on paper but later also on the Internet, regularly provide an overview of major dynamics in Cambodian society, in order to facilitate dialogue between different opinions and positions, with links to national and international background information. The readership had grown to more than 10,000 visits per month in 2010 when The Mirror was discontinued for financial reasons. Norbert Klein lives now in the countryside in Kep on a pepper farm dedicated to organic agriculture and to the use of renewable energy. He is also on the Board of Directors of Open Development Cambodia.
Ms Srey Sotheavy
Member of the Board of Directors (2018 – Present)
Ms Srey Sotheavy, currently is the Executive Director with the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT). She has been working on peacebuilding in Cambodia since 2009, starting as an interfaith project manager, and later, peace researcher and deputy director at the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT). In addition to her core work, she has also been involved in various volunteer works, including with the Working Group for Peace (WGP), joined as a steering committee member with the Asian Civil Society Committee (ACSC) / Asian People Forum (APF) both in regional and national for several years, a regional committee member with Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC-SEA), Action Asia member, CCA program steering committee member, and other related social just activities. Sotheavy graduated with her Master of Business and Administration in general management from Build Bright University in 2010 and completed short courses on peacebuilding and leadership training from the Philippines and Thailand. Sotheavy is passionately dedicated to peacebuilding and firmly believes a true spiritual conversion will lead to respect for the dignity, values, ethnicity, and religious traditions of all people. Peacebuilding is a long journey on which we must embark together with great patience and humility and forgive in order to transform our communities and society. All communities in Cambodia need to join hands to make our region one in which our shared values of peace, compassion, love, just peace, and harmony truly come to shape and characterize our society.
Ms Khak Chenda
Member of the Board of Directors (2019 – Present)
Ms Khak Chenda is the Chief Officer of Market Development at the AIA Cambodia Life Insurance Plc. Previously, she worked as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the AIA Group Limited. She held a number of positions at the ANZ Royal Bank including as Head of Human Resources in Cambodia, Divisional Consultant in Singapore, Human Resources Business Partner in Cambodia, and Training and Development Manager in Cambodia. She also served as a Political Assistant at the Embassy of United States of America in Cambodia. Chenda has been actively engaged with the Civil Society on the issue of human rights, human trafficking, Cambodian elections, and governance. Chenda graduated with a master’s degree in international relations from Sophia University, a bachelor’s degree in education from the Institute of Foreign Languages, and a bachelor of arts in sociology from the Royal University of Phnom Penh.
Ms OUNG Chanthol
Member of the Board of Directors (2018 – Present)
Ms Chanthol is the Executive Director of the Women’s Media Centre of Cambodia. Previously, she held a range of positions, including STAND!’s Liaison on Domestic Violence with Richmond Police Department (California), Coordinator of Healthy Marriage and Career Advancement Program of Cambodian Association of America (California), the Founder and Executive Director of Cambodian Woman’s Crisis Center (Cambodia), and Assistant to the Legal Unit of the UN Center for Human Rights (Cambodia). She has also been a board member of various non-profit organisations. Her expertise includes fundraising, project development and management, project monitoring and evaluation, training of trainers on institutional and human resource development, human trafficking, violence against women, case management, social services, conflict resolution, and policy advocacy. With her strong passion and deep expertise, she has received many awards such as PrizeSholer Award on Human Rights (Germany), U.S. State Department Award on International Women for Courage, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, One of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize, Oak Fellowship Award, Japanese and Parliament Human Rights Award, and Ramon Magsaysay Award on the Emergent Leadership.
Ms POK Marina
Member of the Board of Directors (2020 – Present)
Ms Marina Pok is the creative director of the Anicca Foundation with a mission to promote Cambodian contemporary arts and artists. As a passionate ambassador of Cambodian arts and artists, she has been devoting herself to the arts sector through a wide range of activities with different known arts international and local institutions.
Ms Marina has years of extensive experience in Good Governance; Corporate Social Responsibility; Environmental, Social and Governance; and diplomatic affairs. She was Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cambodia, 1993-97, in charge of multilateral affairs (UN-EU-ASEAN). She co-founded the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation & Peace in 1994 with H.R.H. Prince Norodom Sirivudh. She was the diplomatic advisor to the 1st vice president of the National Assembly, 2014-15.
Ms Marina Pok pursued her academic interests in Japan’s Influence in Southeast Asia at the School of Oriental Studies, Paris; International Affairs at the Institute of Political Science, Paris; Research Fellowship as a Chevening awardee, on ASEAN Security Mechanism at the London School of Economics, London; and her post-graduate degree in Sustainable Development and Organization at the University of Paris Dauphine, Paris.
OK SEREI Sopheak
Former Chairman of the Board of Directors (2014 – 2017)
Mr OK SEREI Sopheak was born in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) on 22 September 1952. He has two children, one son, and one daughter. He received his medical degree in Paris (France) in 1981. While in France, he joined many refugee political movements to fight against the Khmer Rouge genocide policy. He joined the KPNLF (Khmer People’s National Liberation Front), a non-communist resistance front along the Khmer-Thai border, from 1981 to 1992. He served as Vice-President of the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party), participating in the 1993 UN-supervised election. From 1993 to 1998, he was advisor and director of the cabinet to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. From 1999 to 2003, he was the Peace and Development Coordinator for CDRI (Cambodian Development Resource Institute), where he initiated many programs on conflict prevention in the Cambodian election. Since 2003, he has chosen to be a freelance consultant to national and international organizations (UNDP, WB, AusAID, DFID, USAID, NCDD, etc.) on governance, democratic process, and conflict management. He has dedicated a major part of his life to sharing his rich political and social experiences with Cambodian and other countries’ youth and students.
Former Chairman of the Board of Directors (2012 – 2019)
Mr Rath Sophoan was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Transparency International Cambodia. He previously served as the Chairman of the Board for two consecutive terms, from December 2010 to December 2014. A successful professional in both the development field and private sector, Mr Sophoan currently holds a senior management position at a private firm that has recently opened its operations in Cambodia. He previously undertook a number of managerial positions at the ANZ Royal Bank, including Branch Manager, Regional Manager, and Head of Products. Prior to this, Mr Sophoan worked with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a Project Management Specialist. He oversaw US funded democracy and governance projects in Cambodia, including building democratic processes, rule of law and anti-corruption. Mr Sophoan received two Meritorious Honour Awards from USAID Mission Director and U.S. Ambassador for outstanding performance and dedication during a challenging and difficult period. He was also awarded the 2006/7 Royal Leadership Award from ANZ Bank. Mr Sophoan holds a Master of Laws from the National University of Singapore (2002) and a Bachelor of Laws with a minor in Business Administration.
Former Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr Hang Chhaya was the elected Vice-Chairman of TI Cambodia’s Board of Directors. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Khmer Institute of Democracy (KID), a position he has held since 2007. His work on human rights and democracy in Cambodia has taken him across the world to many countries including China, Australia, Germany, and the USA. Mr Chhaya’s scholarship on the elections in Cambodia has been published many times, most recently relating to the July 2008 National elections in the country. He is a board member of several organizations including the UNESCAP Telecentre Network; Australian Alumni of Cambodia; Alternative Lawyering Groups (Philippines); Korea Democracy Foundation (KDF, South Korea); and, the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee, for which he was elected Chairman in 2010. Mr Chhaya Hang holds the Georgetown Leadership Seminar (2009), and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD, CIDA) certificates. He has a master’s degree in Environmental Science from an Australian university.
Founder and former member of the Board of Directors (2012 – 2019)
Mr Thorn Vandong was one of the founders and a Member of the Board of Directors of Transparency International Cambodia. Since 2005, he has served as the Executive Director of the Buddhism and Society Development Association (BSDA), as well as the President of the Civil Society Network Against Child Labour. Previously, he worked for the Buddhist Sunday Centre Branch in Kampong Cham province as the Executive Director where he strove to promote transparency and a corruption-free society. Mr Vandong obtained a Bachelor of Human Resource Management at the University of Management and Economics (UME) in Kampong Cham Province in 2010. He earned a second bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University. In 2009, he successfully completed the Mentoring, Coaching, and Exposure visit (MCEV) component for the World Bank’s Program to Enhance Capacity in Social Accountability (PECSA) in India. In addition, Mr Vandong earned a Diploma for the Social Accountability School Program from the Ateneo School of Government, the Philippines.
Former member of the Board of Directors (2014 – 2019)
Mr Lor Saly has 20 years of professional experience in the private sector and has held various senior positions in front line business acquisitions and operations. Currently, Mr Lor is working for ANZ Royal as Head of Retail Operations. In the past, he has also served ANZ Royal as Branch Manager, Regional Manager and Head of Mortgages. In recognition of his achievements, Mr Lor was the winner of the globally run Group CEO Award Programme in 2011. Prior to joining ANZ Royal, Mr. Lor worked in the field of hospitality and also served as a graduate and post-graduate university lecturer. Mr Lor obtained a Master’s Degree in Education and Training from Victoria University, Australia in 2003 and was a recipient of an Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) scholarship.
Neak Oknha Dr. Mengly J. Quach
Founder and Former Member of Board of Directors (2012-2014) of Transparency International Cambodia
Neak Oknha Dr. Mengly J. Quach is a founding member of Transparency International Cambodia. Between 2012 to 2013 Neak Oknha Dr. Quach was an active member of the Board of Directors of Transparency International Cambodia, where he worked closely with other founding members to build the institutional foundation and governance structure of TI Cambodia, and formulate strategic directions phase I (2012-2014) of the organisation.
Neak Oknha Dr. Mengly J. Quach, a Cambodian American educationist, medical doctor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Mengly J. Quach Education, an umbrella for Aii Language Centers (Aii) and American Intercon Schools (AIS), specializing in education, social and community development. Currently, Dr. Quach is an Advisory Member and Vice Chair of Education Technical Working Group, 2019 of Cambodia Chamber of Commerce, Honorary Advisor to the Cambodia Women Entrepreneurs Association, Board of Director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, Founding Member and Advisor to the Cambodia Investor Club, Board of Advisor of Federation of Education Services in Cambodia, Founder and Chairman of the Prasethpheap Finance and Founder, Chairman and Publisher of MJQ Media Network.
Originally from Battambang, Cambodia, Dr. Mengly J. Quach was raised and educated in the United States. Dr. Quach completed his Pre-Med studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He has an MPH in Public Health Practice from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Doctor of Medicine in General Medicine from the School of Medicine at Spartan Health Sciences University in St. Lucia, West Indies/Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Dr. Quach also completed his medical clerkships at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago and fellowship training in Public Health and IMCI (Integrated Management of Childhood Illness) with Partners for Development, Maryland, a U.S. based NGO in Cambodia.
Prior to coming to Cambodia in 2002, Dr. Quach was a Professor at Cleveland Chiropractic College in California. After completing his volunteer work as an IMCI & Public Health Advisor with Partners for Development, he held positions as an Associate Professor at Pannasastra University of Cambodia, Vice Chairman of the University Academic Advisory Council, Founding Dean and Associate Professor of Public Health for the College of Public Health at the University of Cambodia before founding the Mengly J. Quach Education in 2005.
Neak Oknha Dr. Mengly J. Quach is well known and recognized for his active involvement in community development in the fields of education, health and social services.
Founder and former member of the Board of Directors (2011 – 2019)
Mr. Saroeun has been working with non-profit-sector for more than 15 years in both operations, senior management and leadership positions. He is former Executive Director of a longest and largest membership organization in Cambodia, Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC), promoting good governance and fostering enabling environment for civil society. He is one of the initiators of the self regulation for NGOs in Cambodia (www.ccc-cambodia.org). Mr. Saroeun is one of the founders of Transparency International Cambodia. He also served as a member of Board of Directors of Transparency International Cambodia, bringing profound expertise and providing strategic guidance to the organization in the fight against corruption.
Former member of the Board of Directors
Ms Kem Sithen joined the Board of Directors in February 2014. She is a CEO of 3E Advisory and Training- Cambodia, Indochina Market- part of 3E Group of Companies, Asia. Prior to her current position, she worked as a director Local Corporates with ANZ Royal Bank and is responsible for a large portfolio of local corporate clients. She also worked for the Cambodia Development Resource Institute. During this time, she served as a Research Assistant focusing on the World Bank funded project “Moving Out of Poverty.” In addition, Ms Kem Sithen is also an active member of the Cambodia Economic Association. She holds a Master’s Degree in Economic Development from the International University of Japan.
Founder and former member of the Board of Directors (2012 – 2015)
Ms. Houth Ratanak was an elected Board Member of TI Cambodia. Ms Ratanak is a member of the Advisory Committee (AC) at National Radio Kampuchea on Demand for Good Governance (DFGG), where she provides high-level strategic advice. In addition, she is a Board member for Gender and Development for Cambodia (GAD/C) and is a member of the Cambodian Working Group (CWG) on the establishment of the Cambodian National Human Rights Commission. Previously, Ms Ratanak has served as the Deputy Program Director at Pact Cambodia/Mainstreaming Anti-Corruption (MAE) for the Equity program where she worked from 2006 until 2010. For 10 years prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Open Forum of Cambodia (OFC), a local non-governmental organization designed to initiate dialogue in Cambodian Society. Ms Ratanak earned a Master of Commerce (MCom), major in Management from the International Institute of Cambodia (IIC), in June 2006.
Former member of the Board of Directors
Ms Sun Chansen was an elected Board member of TI Cambodia. Ms. Sun has a wealth of experience in the public and private sector. Currently, she is on the steering committees of Committee for Free and Fair Election (COMFREL) and the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC). She had served as the elected President of the Khmer Youth Association (KYA), one of the leading youth organizations in Cambodia. In this role, she facilitated policy implementation regarding human rights and democracy. At PL Bank Plc. Ms Chansen worked as a human resources officer; and, as an administrator at the Cambodian Defender Project (CDP). From 2002 to 2006, she was a Project Coordinator at KYA, involved in planning and system development, community organizing; monitoring and evaluation, and, project implementation. Ms Chansen earned a Master of Law from the Royal University of Law and Economics (2009), and has a bachelor’s degree in History from the Royal University of Phnom Penh (2001). Having attended many professional workshops across the world, Ms Chansen has visited countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Sweden, and Germany.