Staff

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

Program Director- Betchak Padilla hails from Mindanao, Philippines. A peace leader who has many years of experience in process facilitation and peace leadership development. She is passionate and dedicated in cultivating experiences and connecting interdisciplinary work of peacebuilding and conflict transformation to deepen strategic peace work and practices. 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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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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Nikki Singer, MSW

Program Director, Centre for Peace Processes – Nikki joined the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in 2014 and has served in leadership roles throughout the organization. She led the Cambodia Peace Gallery initiative from 2016 – 2019, including the set up and opening of the Gallery in Battambang in 2018, piloting the Gallery’s peace education program for university students, and hosting international students and peace practitioners for learning exchanges in Cambodia. With a strong focus on Strategic Partnerships, Nikki has worked closely on fundraising and grants management, guiding strategic planning, and developing new programs.
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Zabra Yu Siwa

Senior Analyst, Centre for Peace Processes – Zabra has over ten years of combined professional experience in peacebuilding, conflict transformation and public diplomacy in the Philippines and Myanmar.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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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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.
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Alison Lee

North East Asia Peace Program Director – Alison Lee serves as the North East Asia Peace Program Director at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS). With the support of the Peace Process Team, she designs and facilitates platforms that convene stakeholders of the Korean peace process across Asia to exchange conversations and analysis for practical strategy towards a lasting peace on the peninsula.

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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.

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Priyanka Budhathoki

Communications Officer – Priyanka is from Nepal- an enthusiast development communication professional. Bringing her extensive experience in strategic communication and knowledge management, she leads CPCS internal/external communication, branding, multimedia production, and social media.

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