The ACTS MA Faculty

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.


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.

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.