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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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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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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 (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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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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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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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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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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Chihiro Ikegami

Partnership & Grants Officer – Chihiro is from Japan, and manages CPCS’ diverse network of relationships with donors and partners as the Partnership and Grants Officer. Chihiro comes to CPCS most recently from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, where she worked on Japanese contributions to international peace cooperation efforts and managed a programme for training peacebuilders. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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Harshadeva Amarathunga

Project Officer (Research and Analysis Team) – Harshadeva Amarathunga is a Project Officer of the Research and Analysis Team. Harsha is a peace-building practitioner and has worked nearly seven years with communities in Sri Lanka, Australia, and the  Philippines. He has a Master’s degree in International Peace Studies from the United Nations Costa Rica University, a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Conflict Management from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy and a Master’s in Global Politics from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.
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