The ACTS MA Faculty

Dr. Emma Leslie

Executive Director – Emma Leslie although Australian has spent the last 22 years living and work in Cambodia and recently became a Cambodian citizen. She is the founder-director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies supporting peace processes across the Asia region. Since 1993 she has been committed to the field of conflict transformation undertaking a range of initiatives in weapons reduction, landmine related disputes, community-based peace building, interfaith dialogue and civil society engagements for peace.

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Betchak Padilla

Deputy Director – Betchak Padilla, Deputy Director at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies hails from Mindanao, Philippines. Over the past eight years she has been intensively involved in peace process support on conflicts in Myanmar, Philippines, Korean Peninsular and Thailand.

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Soth Plai Ngarm

Soth Plai Ngarm is a Cambodian peace activist and researcher who holds a Masters degree in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, UK. Having worked throughout South East Asia on post-conflict issues, nationalism, and ethnic identity, Ngarm has accrued vast experience in the field as a peacebuilder, facilitator, and researcher.
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Dr. Trond Gilberg

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations at Paññāsāstra University – Dr. Trond Gilberg is the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations and Director, Peace and Conflict Studies Institute at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia. Dr. Gilberg holds a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has an academic career that goes back 40 years, in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
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Joseph Ajero

ACTS Course Manager – Joseph is the Course Manager for the Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS) Master’s and Ph.D Programme of CPCS.
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