Mr. BE Chantra is the lead organizer of BarCamp in Cambodia, an international, innovative, and open technology conference. He is in charge of overall event planning, funding and coordination of all activities, ensuring the events run smoothly and meet expected outcomes. He has also organized and participated in many local events and workshops such as the Blogger Summit, Startup Weekend Cambodia, TechCamp Phnom Penh, Clogger Corner, Personal IT workshop, Mekong ICT Camp, youth camps, and regional Bar Camps. His goal has been to promote the effective use of technology tools for individual organizations and businesses. He has worked on the organization of private events and campaigns requiring social mobilization. Besides event management, he is also an online content, social media and marketing specialist. Chantra was elected chair of ODC’s governing board in October, 2013.
Mr. Ian RAMAGE is the founder and director of Angkor Research and Consulting. With a Master of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, he previously worked as a psychologist in juvenile detention centers in Australia and, as a consultant, prepared interdepartmental policies and guidelines on child protection and the mentally ill for the New South Wales state government. He moved to Cambodia in 1999, where he became a visiting lecturer and course advisor in psychology at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Since 1999, he has successfully completed over 120 research projects in Cambodia with UN agencies, bilateral donors and NGOs, with a focus on program and impact evaluations in the fields of public/reproductive health, social welfare, gender, environment, agriculture and socioeconomics. He transitioned to the ODC Board from the pre-board advisory group, where he was one of the original members
Ms. SIN Kim Sean is the Deputy Chief of Party and Grants Manager in the East-West Management Institute’s Program on Cambodian Civil Society Strengthening (CCSS). She is a lawyer, an arbitrator in labor field for Arbitration Council and arbitrator in commercial field for Cambodia’s National Arbitration Center and for the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb). Kim Sean’s previous work experience includes being a programme officer at the Asia Foundation, a legal instructor at the University of San Francisco and then the Community Legal Education Center, a founding member of the Human Rights Task Force in Cambodia, and a researcher at the Legal Center for Research Documentation of the National Assembly. She holds a Master’s degree in International Laws and Economics from the World Trade Institute in Switzerland, a Bachelor of Law degree from Cambodia’s National Institute of Management and the Royal University of Law and Economics in Cambodia, a Certificate from the University of San Francisco, and a Certificate as a Legal Research Scholar from the University of Michigan in the United States of America. In these positions, Kim Sean has held to high ethical principles in pursuit of transparency and democracy, in both spirit and practice.
Mr. John WEEKS is an IT/open source enthusiast and educator. He has facilitated numerous socially responsible IT projects in Southeast Asia via House32 Web Design, and is currently managing Open-Comics.net.
Mr. Norbert KLEIN, also one of ODC’s original advisory board members, is a patriarch of the Internet community in Cambodia, having been instrumental in setting up Cambodia’s Internet system in the 1990s. Norbert was also a founder and long-term head of the Internet Society of Cambodia, as well as a founder and board member of the Open Institute, an NGO leader in ICT4D. He set up and managed the Mirror, an early and long-running news aggregator, which operated from 1997–2009. Norbert is “actively retired.” He continues to consult and speak on Internet and Internet governance issues around the world.
Mr. BUN Tharum is currently a communications lead at InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia, a locally run innovation lab focused on the sustainable design and development of technologies for social good. A blogger and self-claimed digital diplomat in Cambodia since 2004, Tharum initiated the first technology conference BarCamp Phnom Penh. He also possesses an extensive background in online journalism and digital media. His works can be found on GlobalVoicesOnline.org, The Phnom Penh Post, Asian Correspondent, and Voice of America. Tharum is an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.