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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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Song Bunthan

Peace Museum Site Manager – 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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Caroline Kearney

Peacebuilder (Korean Peninsula) – Caroline is the lead coordinator for Korean Peninsula projects at CPCS. Prior to this, she conducted research for the CPCS Cambodia Peace Museum. She holds a MA in Global Affairs with a specialisation in Conflict & Development from George Mason University. Her thesis focused on forgiveness and reconciliation in post-conflict societies.
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Betchak Padilla

Deputy Director – Betchak, from the Philippines, is the Deputy Director for Programmes at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS). Her role focuses on supporting and accompanying the peace processes in Myanmar, Philippines and Patani through working with the key actors from government, anon-state armed groups, and civil society engaged in peace processes.
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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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Nikki Singer

Director, Cambodia Peace Museum – Nikki has been working in Cambodia since 2014, though her interest and commitment to the country began in 2009 during her first visit to the country. She is in her fifth year at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS), with a focus strategic partnership development prior to leading the Cambodia Peace Museum project.
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Zabra Siwa

Peacebuilder (Rakhine and Mindanao) – 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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Shahpur Tengku

Peacebuilder (Listening Process) – 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

Peacebuilder (Patani) – 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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Heng Hally

Administrator & Human Resources Manager – Heng Hally is a part of Finance and Administration team. She is responsible for ensuring the implementation of general administration and human resource management at CPCS. Hally is originally from Siem Reap.
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