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Dr. Emma Leslie

Executive Director – Emma is an Australian–Cambodian who has worked on conflict transformation and peacebuilding throughout Asia since 1993. After moving to Cambodia in 1997, Emma worked with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, the Working Group for Weapons Reduction in Cambodia and supported a number of Cambodia peace initiatives – the latest being the launch of the Cambodia Peace Museum project. In 2005 she launched a Master’s Programme for the Asia region in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies. In 2008 she established CPCS, where she holds the position of Executive Director.
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No Arlin

Administrative Assistant & Cleaner – Arlin comes from Battambang and has been working with CPCS as an administrative assistant taking on roles as a receptionist, caterer and cleaner.
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Nerea Bilbatua

Programme Coordinator (Peace History) – Nerea from Spain is the co-ordinator for the Peace Process Support Team and a project officer working on Peace History projects. Nerea has been based in Southeast Asia for close to a decade, working on women’s rights, anti-trafficking and peacebuilding initiatives. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology, and a Master’s degree in human rights and democratisation.
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Song Bunthan

Administrative Assistant/Librarian – From Cambodia, Bunthan is CPCS’ Administrative Assistant/Librarian. He has more than 10 years experience in administration and human resources, most recently with Caritas Cambodia in Siem Reap. Bunthan has an Associate Degree in Science and Technology.
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Courtnae Dunn

Programme Coordinator (Peace Leadership) – Courtnae works on the Peace Leadership Programme at CPCS. From the US, she has spent over decade involved in peace and development projects in the global north and south. Courtnae holds a Master’s degree in gender and development, which focused on applying a systemic approach to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
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Reggie Florendo

ACTS Course Manager – From the Philippines, Reggie supports CPCS’ partnerships and grants activities. Reggie has over 20 years of experience in areas such as programme planning, fundraising, capacity building, research, cultural work, networking and advocacy on issues related to urban poor, women, children and youth and the labor sector. She coordinated various initiatives on child rights in Southeast Asia including trafficking and migration. Reggie studied in the University of the Philippines at Los Banos.
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Desiree Joy Granil

Administrator & Human Resources Manager – Desiree is from the Philippines and known at CPCS as Joy. She has extensive experience in administration and finance, most recently with the International Labour Organisation in Manila. Joy is a graduate of the College of the Holy Spirit and holds a Bachelor degree in science and business administration.
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Caroline Kearney

Project Officer (Cambodia Peace Museum and Korean Peninsula) Caroline is from the US and supports two teams at CPCS.  She conducts research and provides project support for the Cambodia Peace Museum and leads on the Korean Peninsula project.  She received a Master’s degree in Global Affairs with a specialisation in Conflict and Development from George Mason University.  Her research concentrated on forgiveness and reconciliation in post-conflict societies, especially in Cambodia. Previously, Caroline worked as a Legal Assistant for five years in Alabama and Washington, D.C.
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Mach Mealea

Cleaner – Mealea is a Cambodian citizen from Siem Reap and provides cleaning services at CPCS offices. Melea began working with CPCS in October 2013 and comes to us most recently from Angkor Golf Resort.
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Megan Nagy

Project Officer (Peace Leadership) – Megan from Australia is a Project Officer for the Peace Leadership Team. Megan previously worked in education and social justice programmes at an NGO in Melbourne. She has a Bachelor degree in International Community Development and has worked in community programmes on the Thai-Myanmar border. READ MORE

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Khet Nhem

Project Officer (Peace Museum) – Khet or “Peter” is a Project Officer for Cambodia Peace Museum. Before joining CPCS, he worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross. Previously, Peter taught civic education to high school students for four years and has also worked for different NGOs providing training, translation and interpretation services. Peter has two MAs in Peace Education and Global Politics.
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Erik Nilsson

Deputy Director – Erik from Sweden is the Deputy Director of CPCS, overseeing management and strategic development. Erik previously worked for the Folke Bernadotte Academy and on peace work in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and the US. Erik studied international relations and crisis and conflict management at Macalester College, Queen’s University Belfast and the Swedish National Defence College.
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Elizabeth Padilla

Programme Coordinator (Peace Process Support Team) – Elizabeth, or Betchak, is the Peace Processes Support Team Coordinator. From Mindanao in the Philippines, Betchak works on a range of CPCS interventions involving engaging conflict actors. Betchak first became involved in peacebuilding and development after graduating from Mindanao State University with a degree in sociology. She also holds an ACTS Master’s degree.
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Rasmey Chamnan Phang

Accountant – From Cambodia, Chamnan works for in the Finance and Administration team as an Accountant and comes to us most recently from OSMOSE in Siem Reap. Chamnan holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in the field of Accounting from National University of Management.
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Nery Ronatay

Project Officer (Peace Process Support Team) – From the Philippines, Nery primarily supports the People’s Dialogues Initiative and Peace Journalism Project, including accompanying non-state armed groups. He has over 16 years experience as a capacity builder, facilitator and programme specialist in Asia and Southern Africa. Nery holds a Master’s in Gender and Peacebuilding.
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Young Rothny

Accountant – Rothny works for CPCS’ Finance & Administration team as an accountant, and comes to us most recently from Caritas in Siem Reap. Rothny holds a Bachelor degree from Build Bright University and is now continuing her studies for a Master’s degree in business administration at the University of Southeast Asia.
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Samrith Sambo

Finance Coordinator – Sambo takes care of CPCS’ finances and brings extensive experience in grant and partner management, project proposal budgeting and financial reporting. He previously worked with The Advocacy and Policy Institute (API) and Caritas Cambodia. Sambo has a Master’s Degree in Finance and Banking.
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Dirgha Raj Sigdel

Faculty Member (ACTS) – Originally from Nepal, Dirgha is an ACTS faculty member. Dirgha has more than five years experience working in the area of peace and conflict. Previously, he worked as a peacebuilding programme coordinator based in Bangkok. Dirgha holds a Master’s degree in conflict, peace and development studies.
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Nikki Singer

Team Leader (Peace Museum) – As the Peace Museum Team Leader, Nikki is tasked with coordinating a team of staff, consultants and volunteers to develop the vision for the Cambodia Peace Museum to be opened in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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Zabra Siwa

Project Officer (Peace Process Support Team) – From the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines, Zabra has previously worked on human rights for the British Embassy in Manila and with an NGO promoting dialogue between young people from Luzon and Mindanao. He holds a Masters Degree in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management.
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Py Sokunthea

Accountant – Sokunthea is one of CPCS’ accountants. Previously, she was an accountant at the Depot Ly Hang Seng and Quality Learning International School and has also worked as an English teacher. Sokunthea has a degree in accounting and finance and is pursuing a Master’s degree in accounting and finance.
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Oum Sotheavy

Support Officer (Accreditation & Government Liaison) – Sotheavy, or “Da”, provides both clerical and administrative support to CPCS. Sotheavy previously worked as librarian for the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT). She has a diploma in English and is is currently undertaking a degree in social science.
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Dr. Noah Taylor

Academic Director (ACTS) – Originally from the US, Noah is the Academic Director for the ACTS Programme. He holds a PhD in Peace Studies from Universitat Jaume I, an MA in International Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation from the UN University for Peace and an MA in Peace, Conflict, Development and International Conflict Transformation. READ MORE

 

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Shahpur Tengku

Programme Officer (Research & Analysis) – Shahpur is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is a Programme Officer for the Research & Analysis Team. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business and is currently a enrolled in the ACTS course.
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Rachana Thummala

Project Officer (Peace Process Support Team) – Rachana is from India, and supports various interventions designed to meet the needs of conflict-affected parties. She previously worked as an assistant trainer and facilitator in a conflict engagement organisation in Bangalore, India. Rachana holds a degree in law from NALSAR University.
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Laurens Visser

Programme Coordinator (Research & Analysis) – Laurens from Australia is the Programme Coordinator of the Research & Analysis Team. Laurens has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and an Honours degree in International Studies. In 2015, he recieved his PhD in International Relations from RMIT University, Melbourne, where he also taught and lectured in the International Studies Programme.
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Dr. Gabrielle Grant

Faculty Member (ACTS) – Gabrielle is from North Carolina, USA, and an ACTS Faculty Member. She holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, USA and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution from University of North Carolina-Greensboro, USA. She has worked at different universities and organizations focusing on research, advocacy, and violence prevention.

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