New-Who We Are


Founded in 2008, CPCS is a Cambodia-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), working in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation in Asia. Our aim is to strengthen strategic intervention into armed conflict with the overall goal of reaching sustainable and positive peace in the Asia region.

Given Cambodia’s experience of passing from carpet bombing to genocide, to civil war, to peace process, rehabilitation and now relative peace, CPCS considers the country as a vital and critical basis for regional learning.

While CPCS does not undertake peacebuilding initiatives in Cambodia, we utilise the country’s rich post-war history and reconciliation efforts as a learning base for other contexts, as well as provide support to other Cambodian organisations focused on local peacebuilding initiatives.

The centre is home to a range of interconnected programmes and initiatives that are based on robust analyses and guided by CPCS’ theory of change.


Recognising the wealth of peacebuilding knowledge and experience in the Asia region, the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) was born from a desire to further strengthen, support and share Asian approaches to conflict transformation.

The foundations for what is now CPCS were laid by local peace initiatives such as the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT) and Action Asia. With ACT committed to peacebuilding at home in Cambodia, CPCS focused on engaging the Asia region at large.

CPCS is now home to a range of interconnected programmes and initiatives, such as the Applied Conflict Transformation (ACTS) Programme, in partnership with Pannasastra University Cambodia, the research and publications programme and various peacebuilding interventions in the Asia.

All of these undertakings aim to contribute to peacebuilding efforts in the region with the overall goal of enhancing the sustainability and efficiency of peace work in Asia and beyond.


Grounded: We are committed to mindful interventions into violent conflict. We design conflict transformation initiatives rooted in critical and on-going analysis.

Excellence: We are committed to outstanding work. We strive to be excellent by challenging ourselves to on-going improvement in our work.

Trust: We create and nurture relationships with our partners and each other that are honest, generous, heartfelt and respectful. We practice humility, empathy and solidarity. We value diversity.

Courageous: We embrace challenges, are innovative, persevere and push boundaries. We support and encourage others and ourselves to take leadership and initiative.

Continued Learning: We critically reflect, evaluate and adapt our methods, programmes and goals. We share our learning and learn from the approaches and experiences of others.

Over the last year our staff reflected more deeply on what the values mean for them.


CPCS focuses on interventions that are informed by critical analyses and tailored to the needs of stakeholders within their conflict contexts.

To enhance the sustainability of outcomes, CPCS prioritises long-term accompaniment over one-off programmes. Through this approach, CPCS expands safe spaces and creates platforms for dialogue and understanding, which are essential for establishing mutual trust and an environment conducive for transforming conflict.

CPCS also builds relationships with key individuals and institutions directly involved in peace processes.  These relationships provide a myriad of perspectives on conflict dynamics as well as opportunities to support and strengthen locally led efforts.

New projects are frequently identified through feedback from these partners and are designed to fill identified gaps, strengthen conflict transformation approaches, or to bring together key actors to develop new strategies for reducing conflict.

CPCS always remains pro-peace in our peace process support work, as well as impartial, flexible and transparent, providing resources as they are required to all parties in the respective processes.


CPCS offers structured conflict transformation courses, such as the unique Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS) Programme (in partnership with Pannasatra University Cambodia), and conducts workshops and trainings for a wide variety of stakeholders in the region.

We consider conducting, documenting and publishing research on emerging issues in peace processes and conflict contexts important elements in promoting Asian approaches to peacebuilding and influencing associated theory, policy and practice. Each year, CPCS therefore produces a range of publications and relevant research on peace talks and the lessons we learn through our involvement.

CPCS showcases the outputs of this course, our action research projects and our Master’s programme through online and hard copy publications aimed at strengthening good practice and influencing conflict-related policies and existing peacebuilding models.

The findings of practitioners and researchers are further disseminated through our annual regional Peace Practitioners Research Conference, offering a unique platform for critical reflection and the exchange of best practices for peacebuilding in Asia and beyond.

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Executive Director –Emma Leslie, an Australian – Cambodian, is the founder director of the Centre

Program Director- Betchak Padilla hails from Mindanao, Philippines. A peace leader who has many years of

Government Liaison Officer – Sotheavy Oum also known as DA is a Cambodian. Currently working

Program Director, Centre for Peace Processes – Nikki joined the Centre for Peace and Conflict

Accountant – Rothny works for CPCS’ Finance & Administration team as an accountant, and comes

Deputy Finance Manager – Sokunthea is a Cambodian and is the Deputy Finance Manager at the

Senior Analyst, Centre for Peace Processes – Zabra has over ten years of combined professional

ACTS Academic Director – Gabby originally from Western North Carolina in the US has worked

ACTS Course Manager – Joseph is the Course Manager for the Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS)

Administration Manager – Rachel Beleo Cabulong is from the Philippines and just this year moved

North East Asia Peace Program Director – Alison Lee serves as the North East Asia

Peace Process Accompanier – Venus joins CPCS with her enthusiasm for continuous learning and social

Communications Officer – Priyanka is from Nepal- an enthusiast development communication professional. Bringing her extensive


Board Chair – Neb Sinthay has over 19 years’ experience working for Cambodian and international NGOs

Soth Plai Ngarm is a Cambodian peace activist and researcher who holds a Masters degree in

Ramji P. Neupane is working as National Programme Manager with the UNDP supported Micro-Enterprise Development

Professor Alison Gerard arrived as Head of the Canberra Law School in mid-2020. Alison’s research

Sotheavy, currently is the Executive Director with the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT. She has


CPCS receives support from a range of partners for our programmes. As ‘outsiders’ intervening in various conflicts, CPCS stays grounded through building strong reliable partnerships with local, regional and global networks and organisations. Aside from this, CPCS gets support from international governments and non-governmental organisations. We see these partnerships as opportunities to build understanding and collaboration, bringing our partners along with us and involving them closely in our work. We acknowledge the support of all our partners and its contribution to strategic interventions into violent conflict and the fostering of sustainable peace in the Asia region.


Organised and hosted by CPCS, the annual Peace Practitioners’ Research Conference (PPRC) aims to enhance the sustainability of peace work in Asia by providing a space and opportunity for peace practitioners, researchers and scholars to reflect on and share successful peacebuilding theory and practice in the region.


By exploring the relationship between theory and practice, the PPRC aims to stimulate learning from local peacebuilding practices initiated by practitioners across the region and to identify, consolidate and share best peacebuilding practices.

Each year, the PPRC provides an opportunity to for participants to hear different perspectives on dialogue, mediation and negotiation, discuss similarities and differences in practice, and to meet and engage with a range of different actors in the peace processes.


The conference serves as platform for networking and collaborative learning, as well as challenging the nexus between existing peacebuilding theory and practice, and promoting new, innovative and home-grown approaches to peacebuilding in Asia.

CPCS contributes to the existing body of conflict transformation knowledge by publishing and disseminating conference papers presented and discussed at each PPRC.