Dr. Emma Leslie

Executive Director – Emma Leslie, an Australian – Cambodian, is the founder director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, supporting peace processes and conflict transformation in Asia. She developed the MA and Ph.D. programs in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS), launched the Cambodia Peace Museum and for a decade has served the Philippine Government – Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace talks as a member of the International Contact Group (ICG).


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Betchak Padilla

Transformative Peace Leadership (TPL) Program Director – Betchak Padilla hails from Mindanao, Philippines and works as a Senior Peacebuilding Advisor at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Over the past eight years she has been intensively involved in peace process support


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.

Samrith Sambo

Finance Manager – Sambo’s experience and technical knowledge makes him an invaluable asset to the CPCS team. Sambo has previously been involved in grant and partner management at the Provincial, Commune and Sangkat level of government with The Advocacy and Policy Institute (API). READ MORE

Nikki Singer, MSW

Director of Operations – 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.  In her five years with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies she has held a number of roles: Initially as the Administrative Support for the Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS) Master’s program before establishing the new position of Partnership Coordinator and Grants Manager in 2014.

Zabra Yu Siwa

Peace Process Program Director – Zabra has over ten years of combined professional experience in peacebuilding, conflict transformation and public diplomacy in the Philippines and Myanmar.

Py Sokunthea

Deputy Finance Manager – Sokunthea is a Cambodian and is the Deputy Finance Manager at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS). She has previously worked as Accountant at Depot Ly Hang Seng and at the Quality Learning International School.

Sotheavy Oum

Government Liaison Officer – Sotheavy Oum also known as DA is a Cambodian. Currently working as a Government Liaison Officer at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS). Previously, she worked as an Administrative Assistant and Librarian from 2003 to 2007 at Alliance for Conflict Studies (ACT.

Dr. Gabrielle Grant

ACTS Academic Director – Gabby originally from Western North Carolina in the US has worked in the US and South East Asia in peacebuilding, gender research, and human services for over ten years now. She received her PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


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.

Rachel Beleo Cabulong

Administration Manager – Rachel Beleo Cabulong is from the Philippines and just this year moved with her family to Siem Reap to work as Administration Manager for CPCS.

Alison Lee

Peace Process Program Director – Alison is from Hong Kong, and joined CPCS in Sept 2019 as a peacebuilder-intern. She previously worked as a partnership development officer for an NGO.

Sothie Keo

Peace Process Legal Adviser –  He is a licensed lawyer both in the Kingdom of Cambodia and the State of Colorado. He is also a Legal Officer for the Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyers Section, representing Civil Parties and victims in proceedings before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (the Khmer Rouge Tribunal). READ MORE

Venus Mae Gatdula

Peace Process Accompanier – Venus joins CPCS with her enthusiasm for continuous learning and social impact. She has a degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.