Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief

THY Try is an Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief of Open Development Cambodia (ODC). In 2011, he joined ODC as an advisory board member, and later on, he became a chairman of the board. As an Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief, Try plays an important role in increasing public access to current and historical data and information about Cambodia’s development trends in an online ‘open data’ platform, compiling freely-available data from a wide range of public sources. Prior to joining ODC, Try worked for the National Network on Extractive Industry Social and Environmental Impact (EISEI) as a coordinator of Development and Partnership in Action (DPA) for four years. He also spent two years with ADHOC as a human rights investigator and another two years with Indochina Research Limited (IRL) in social and commercial research. He also holds multiple degrees and training-related certificates.

HENG Huy Eng

IT and Website Advisor

Huy Eng graduated with a double major in Computer Science from Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), and International Study from Institute of Foreign Language (IFL). She has been working for ODC since it was firstly established in 2011. With several years of experience in web development, she takes the leading role in developing an online information resource for Cambodia’s development community. She guides oversee and manages works of the IT team to ensure accuracy and technical competence. In addition, she advises and provides technical support to other team members in addressing any IT-related problems.

Sam An Mardy

SAM AN Mardy

Web Development and IT Manager

Mardy’s main responsibilities are managing and overseeing ODC platform and network infrastructure. He is in charge of involving in and monitoring the development and maintenance of ODC platform under collaboration from other ODC team. Moreover, he is responsible for providing technical guidance and support as well as identifying, preventing, and mitigating IT-related issues of the network infrastructure and project implementation.

Mardy is a graduate from the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) majoring in Computer Science and holds a Bachelor of Education in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL).

SIV Vatana

Research and Web Content Manager

Vatana has been proactively working for ODC since 2016 in the position of Editor-Researcher and Research and Content Officer. With years of extensive experiences, Vatana has been recognized the leading role in coordinating and supervising the content and web development teams in online resources expansion. In late 2020, she has been enthusiastically promoted as Research and Web Content Manager.

With her current role, she receives many responsibilities to ensure the work plan and project goals are accomplished. She takes the lead in site design and development, oversees the daily operations of the content teams and website, and prioritizes the project activity plan. Vatana also works collaboratively with the ODC team to monitor the web traffic and maintain the editorial standards, ensuring the website meets the timeliness, considerable accuracy, completeness, and user-friendly performance.

Ahead of joining the ODC, she had been in work as a Research Assistant under the framework project (LWR-ID/2009/046) of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and also some research schemes at the university. Vatana held Engineering’s Degree of Water Resources Engineering and Rural Infrastructure from the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) in 2014.

OURN Vimoil

Program and Partnership Manager

Vimoil is a Program and Partnership Manager at Open Development Cambodia (ODC). She provides strategic oversight and management for the Innovations in Social Accountability in Cambodia (ISAC) project and the research contributions to ODC content, while also coordinating all aspects of the Innovations in Social Accountability in Cambodia (ISAC) project. She is also responsible for developing training programs and training target groups on how to use ODC’s website.

She holds two bachelor’s degrees in economic development and English for translation and interpreting, and Master’s degree in environment, development and sustainability from Chulalongkorn University. Before being a part of ODC, she was a programme assistant at Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) and an assistant to managing director at a private company.

BAN Chanphalla

Social Development Researcher – Editor

Chanphalla is a Social Development Researcher – Editor of Open Development Cambodia. His main responsibilities are daily news summary, conducting research, producing social development related contents, translating, editing and other reporting tasks.

Chanphalla is an International Relations (IR) graduate of Institute of Foreign Language(IFL), the Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2017. Before joining ODC, Chanphalla worked as Future Forum’s young research fellow on which he has conducted various projects. His latest research project concentrated on STEM education in Cambodia.

KOEM Chhuonvuoch

Natural Resource and Land Researcher – Editor

Chhuonvuoch is a Natural Resource and Land Researcher – Editor of Open Development Cambodia. Her main responsibilities are identifying and summarizing daily news and public announcements, collaborating on website design and content development, conducting research, compiling legal documents, policy papers, reports, and other publications related to natural resource development, translating internal and external research topic page and other documents, researching to support building our web content, conducting outreach and promotional activities, advising and guiding research fellows, and writing blog posts and share content for social media.

Chhuonvuoch holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the Royal University of Phnom Penh ​in 2018 and a Master’s degree in Disaster Management (International Program) from Naresuan University, Thailand, in 2021. Before joining ODC, she has published conference and scientific journals on various academic research platforms as well as worked as an Associate Team Leader in an EIA Company.

KUOCH Layheng

Economics Researcher – Editor

Layheng is an Economics Researcher – Editor of Open Development Cambodia. Her main responsibilities are identifying and summarizing daily news and public announcements, compiling resources, conducting research, translating internal and external documents, assisting ODC team members, and reporting other tasks.

Layheng is a fresh graduate student with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (International Economics) and a senior student of Bachelor of Education in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, IFL, RUPP. She has engaged in a lot of discussion, debate and research related to national and international events. Through social experiences, she has improved her presentation, writing, negotiation, and analysis skills. She has also boosted her ability to edit and translate documents through her YouTube Channel. She has a strong belief that she has enough potential to help contribute to the team members and ODC with her strong dedication, education, and skills she has gained.

CHI Lymeng

Economics Researcher – Editor 

Lymeng holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies, majoring in International Economics from Royal University of Phnom Penh, Institute of Foreign Languages. He has been working in the civil society sector for the past three years where he has grown his passion and interest in social and economic development.

He is now working as an Economics Researcher – Editor at Open Development Cambodia. Outside his academic and professional spheres, he has also expanded himself to a wide range of international and local events allowing him to master his understanding and knowledge on national, regional and global affairs. Throughout his participation to many international youth programs, he has enabled himself to accumulate experiences and strengthened his leadership, critical thinking and analysis skills for development related issues.

Júlia Garcia Puig

Research and Strategy Officer

Júlia has a background in economics and holds a Master’s degree in International Development from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). She was a research fellow with ODC for the past months from October to December 2018. With her current role, she contributes to ODC’s strategic plan, conducts research, and produce publications on the Sustainable Development Goals, public service delivery and accountability. She also coordinates the collaboration with the Ministry of Planning to advance the implementation of the Cambodian Sustainable Development Goals. In parallel, she focuses on the role of technology, data and ICT in development.

KRY Sosereybot

Partnership and Communication Manager

Sereybot is a graduate of the Institute of Foreign Language, the Department of International Studies – specialized in International Relations. He has a strong interest in social development and education sector, therefore, he thrives his earnest effort to keep himself working in this sector. Before joining Open Development Cambodia (ODC), he used to work as a communication officer at Friends International, Graphic Design Executive at a private company, an internship at Transparency International Cambodia, and also an intern at the Department of International Studies too.

His main responsibility at ODC is to strengthen relations with dialogue partners and to improve the quality of ODC social media platforms and visual content sharing.

NGOV Chihor

Communications Officer

Chihor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Management from the Department of Media and Communication, Royal University of Phnom Penh. Prior to joining ODC, Chihor joined the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) as a media intern, and CARE Deutschland – in Germany – as a Communications and Advocacy intern. He was also a Public Relations volunteer at the Department of Media and Communication.

Chihor is responsible for media and communication works at ODC including producing photos and videos, managing social media platforms, as well as coordinating various projects, training, and events.

LOCH Kalyan

Data Research and GIS Specialist

Kalyan is a data research and GIS specialist at Open Development Cambodia (ODC). He used to work for ODC since it was firstly established in 2011 until 2015. Later he led GIS technical project of GPS navigation in a private sector. He joined back to ODC in 2019.

He is responsible for leading the team in all data-related research activities, focusing on gathering, organizing, and display data about a particular location in a digital format. He also uses GIS technology to compile, maintain, and update information from a variety of sources for the public’s use and ensure that data across all topic areas are complete, accurate, and up-to-date. He graduated in Land Management and Land Administration in 2011 and holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources Management from the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in 2020.

VONG Pisith

Senior Data Research & GIS Officer

Pisith works as a Senior Data Research & GIS Officer at Open Development Cambodia (ODC). He satisfactorily completed Engineering’s Degree of Geo-Resources and Geotechnical Engineering (GGE) from the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) in 2019. During the year of his graduation in 2019, Pisith was granted a scholarship for a one-semester exchange program at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand where his thesis was completed for successful graduation in ITC.

At ODC, his work focuses on researching spatial data, on various sectors relevant to development in Cambodia from all reliable sources which provide open data, for handling assembling enhancing and visualizing by using GIS to generate a usable data product for publication in organization web pages. Besides the key role of producing dataset, particularly spatial dataset, he also takes part in conducting training and developing the curriculum of training related to data and GIS for the relevant projects.

Y Puthealy

Data Research and GIS Officer

Y Puthealy is a Data Research and GIS Officer at Open Development Cambodia (ODC) who carries out quantitative research from public data sources on development, economic and environmental issues for internal and external publishing, together with further critical data analysis and visualization.

Puthealy brings to his position a good background of specialty in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering. Before taking on the Data Research and GIS Officer, he devoted his working experience with mostly related research and projects on Water Resources and Environment, GIS and Remote sensing in water resource management, and QGIS training workshop provision.

Puthealy received his education through Agence Française de Développement (AFD) fund award at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) with a Master’s degree in Water and Environmental Engineering andgranted a prestigious graduate exchange program at École​ Nationale​ Supérieure​ De​ Chimie​ De​ Rennes​ (ENSCR) in 2019. He also holds an Engineer’s degree in Water Resources Engineering and Rural Infrastructure at ITC.

HANG Visith

Investment Data Research Officer

Visith is a Data Researcher at Open Development Cambodia (ODC). At ODC, he is responsible for the desk research and data collection on foreign investment from multi-languages sources and translates it. Under the direct supervision of Data Research and GIS Specialist and Research and Web Content Manager, he works closely with several ODC teams in developing online resources on foreign investment and its impact on the development of Cambodia. He is also responsible for providing the Executive Director with written and oral reports, translating and interpreting services to any other team members if needed.

He graduated bachelor degree with a major in English from the Institute of Foreign Language (IFL) and a master degree with a major in Chinese English Translation from Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). Before becoming a member of ODC, he had been engaged in many interpreting and translating careers.

PHY Sakhoeun

Finance and Admin Manager

Mr PHY Sakhoeun graduated Master’s degree of Management from Human Resources University in 2012, Bachelor’s degree of English Literature from Build Bridge University (BBU) in 2009, and Bachelor’s degree of Accounting from the National University of Management in 2003. Relevant to working experience, Mr Sakhoeun has thirteen years experiences on Financing, Administration and Human resources with both local and international organizations in Cambodia.

Since the early of 2018, Mr Sakhoeun is a Finance and Admin Manager at Open Development Cambodia (ODC), and works closely with ODC Executive Director under the main responsibilities such as: verifying all the payment documents and accounting transaction before posting to the accounting system, making a financial report for Executive Director and donors timely, preparing the budget proposal to donors, preparing all projects budget monitoring reports and submitting monthly to Executive Director. Besides this, he also facilitates in the process of auditing, monitoring the effectiveness of in-hand budget using, providing technical support to Finance and Admin Officer, coordinating on staff recruitment and orientation, reviewing staff payroll and other related benefits, taxation documents, national social security fund, organization policy and procedure and revising if there are gaps, also doing other tasks which mentioned in the job description.

KHIM Senghour

Senior Finance and Admin Officer

Before ODC, he worked as a Finance and Admin Assistant for a German Green Foundation. Now at ODC, he is responsible for finance/accounting-related tasks and supporting the day-to-day operation of the organization. With his supervisor, the goal is undoubted to ensure the robust and sustained financial well-being of the organization. Senghour is a graduate student​ ​in Business Administration from Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC), and he is also an Alumni of University of Gottingen, Germany.

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