CPDD’s direction is led through board member composed of 7 key stakeholders working in decentralization and sub-national democratic governance in Cambodia. Our board members bring valuable expertise and experience to guide CPDD’s network and lead advocacy activities. The CPDD is currently led by a transitional executive team of comprises of a full time Chief Executive and Administrative Officer, 2 advisors, a senior researcher and two researchers.  




Board Members


Mrs. Ros Chhorvivorn

Mrs. Ros chhorvivorn is Executive Director of Village Support Group (VSG). A locally based Cambodian NGO with long experience in community integrated development activities, actively involved in raising awareness about community health  promoting local good governance. She works as overall management for VSG and works closely with all donors, partners, authorities, sub -national administrations and stakeholders to enhance the collaborations and mobilize funding to contribute to develop the community particularly for the poor and vulnerable community people

Mr. Chea Vantha

Mr. Chea Vantha is Country Director with Room to Read Cambodia. Vantha brings twenty years knowledge and experience in international and local development work, of which more than twelve years was working at strategy, fundraising, staff and programme management level through various Heads and Senior job positions with International Organisations. Vantha also brings extensive technical expertise in education, decentralization and youth development sectors with strong communication, inter personal and advocacy demonstrated in his track record of representing CSOs in education and governance sectors. 

Ms. Chet Charya

Ms. Charya has been an Executive Director for STAR Kampuchea since 2009. Her current profession focuses on issues of advocacy on natural resources governance, training on advocacy and conflict resolution, networking from remote areas to regional levels, and capacity building for communities. As an Executive Director, she is engaged in top leadership and central management functions such as program planning, financial management and administration. She has attended various certificated trainings and workshops at national and international levels where she actively contributed to policy change of the government in Cambodia. She has played an important role on Advocacy Development skills, Training of Trainers, Management Development, and conflict resolution. In addition, she has worked on Social Accountability under the Strategic Framework and the Implementation Plan for Social Accountability has been fully incorporated into the second Implementation Plan (IP3-II) of the National Program for sub-National Democratic Development (NP-SNDD). With her experiences on D&D, good governance and SAc, she can share her knowledge to other participants through the trainings, workshops and meetings organized by STAR Kampuchea.

Mr. Nep Sinthay

Mr. Neb Sinthay is a Director of Advocacy and Policy Institute (API). He has been committed to (as stated in its five-year strategy, 2014-2018) protect and promote the rights and voices by promoting a culture of public information disclosure, strengthening democratic participation and transparency and accountability within the D&D framework in Cambodia. Based on his working experience over the past 22 years with Cambodian and international NGOs, He has developed and applied approaches and worked on promoting access to information, strengthening local governance and supporting community-based and civil society organizations and networks to successfully collaborate and influence the Government across all levels, from local to national and Parliament to be more transparent, accountable, responsive, responsible and take action on critical issues, such as corruption.

Ms. Prum Bopha

Ms. Prum Bopha is an Executive Director of RAO organisation. Ms. Bopha bring 22 years knowledge with NGOs and experience in international and local development work, of which more than 11 years was working at Finance and strategy, fundraising, staff and program management and successfully finished at The Law Bachelor degree, She has skill of Leadership, Management and Training course (TOT). Additionally, she has been a Facilitator for training on Assessment to PCDM and NGOs in national level and facilitate for Advocacy training between Association and community in targeted area. Facilitator for Collect data, sharing information of project implementation, Cooperating with other NGOs and governmental institution support in provision of information for formulation of work plans, budgets, Proposal and strategy plan, Monitoring & Evaluation on activities, Submission of program reports for the deadlines and commitment, Facilitator for quarterly Meeting Conduct meeting between youth and commune council in targeted area.

Mr. Lam Socheat

Mr. Lam Socheat is Head of Programme of Aide et Action organization. He has 15 years of experience working with UN agencies, and both local and international organizations. He successfully managed 20 projects, supported 10 national sectorial NGO networks and working groups in policy advocacy and capacity building. He has held a Masters  Degree in Development Management and Bachelor in Business Administration; and International Certificates on Human Rights and Peace and Advocacy.

Mr. Phan Sothea

Mr. Phan Sothea was a governance programme manager at VSO Cambodia, has 27 years of working experience in governance and development with comprehensive knowledge decentralization and democratic reforms in Cambodia and Southeast-Asia countries. He used to work for the World Bank, UNDP-PLG, Oxfam GB, The World Fish Center and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) etc. He has a thoughtful of strategies, tools and tact in nurturing citizen participation and social accountability. He earned a diploma of Social Accountability and Good Governance, a Bachelor of Science in agriculture, and attained several international certificates from different countries.

CPDD Executive Transition Team   

Mr. Chhor Sophal

Mr. Chhor Sophal  is a senior advisor of CPDD. Sophal was Senior Governance Advisor for Pact “promoting citizen engagement in democratic development (PROCEED) project”, funded by Sweden/SIDA. He brings over 19 years of experience working on issues of decentralization, local development and governance with the United Nations and development agencies in Cambodia, including 11 years working with Pact. His areas of expertise include civic engagement, youth engagement in democratic participation, implementation of citizen monitoring and social accountability frameworks, local investment planning/budgeting and implementation processes, and multi-sector program management. Throughout his professional career in Cambodia, Sophal was worked closely with many senior officials at the MoI and NCDD, and maintains strong professional ties to the NCDD Secretariat senior officials and the NCDD Policy Analysis and Development Division. He served as the Deputy Chief of Party and as Chief of Party on the USAID funded “local administration and reform (LAAR) program from 2006-2010. He also served on United Nations-supported projects in various management capacities including project manager, regional program advisor and program management advisor connected to the Cambodia’s government decentralization programs from 1996 to 2005.


Dr. Pak Kimchoeun

Dr. PAK Kimchoeun is and adviser and senior Research Officer of CPDD. Kimchoeun graduated with Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the National Institute of Management, Cambodia in 2000. In 2002 he received Fulbright Scholarship to pursue his Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a specialization in Public Budgeting from Syracuse University, New York, USA. From 2007 to 2010, he received scholarship from the Australian Leadership Award (ALA) to do his PhD in Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU). He had worked as a researcher at the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) from 2002 to 2007 and as a freelance consultant from 2007 till now. In 2010, Dr PAK founded Moulathan (MLT) Consulting, a private local consulting firm. Currently, MLT Consulting has seven permanent staff members and a wide network of freelance consultants. It provides consultancy services to development partners, government agencies and NGOs. Its main focus is on good governance, decentralization, public budgeting, and social service delivery


Mr MIN Seiha

Mr. Min Seiha is a researcher at CPDD. He graduated from the Royal School of Administration, Cambodia and earned double Master’s Degree, Master of Public Administration & Master of Management, from University of Canberra, Australia. He is a former Associate Dean of College of Social Sciences of the University of Cambodia before holding the position of researcher at Moulathan Consulting and CPDD. He has a wide experience of teaching and research in the areas of public administration, decentralization, and public policy. His latest publication is Cambodian Public Administration: A review on system and reform (book chapter) in A Comparative Studies of ASEAN Public Administration (ASEAN and Asia Studies Center, NIDA, Thailand).


Mr NGUON Samnang 

Mr. Nguon Samnang is a researcher at CPDD. Currently, he serves as Researcher at Moulathan Consulting focusing on Decentralization, Public Administration, Public Policy and Public Service Delivery. He graduated his Master Degree in Public Administration from Royal University of Law and Economics, Cambodia. He has contributed and shared his knowledge and professional expertise to Cambodia’s growth and the stakeholders throughout various projects including: National Enumeration of Children outside of Family care, Census Mapping of the Residential Care Facilities in Cambodia, Improving Solid Waste Management in Phnom Penh and Local Economic Development. 


Ms. Prak Keo Kongkea

Ms. Prak Keo Kongkea is an admin officer of CPDD. She had graduated Bachelor degree of Law from the Royal University of Law and Economic (RULE), major is Law subject and Diploma of English from Pannasatra University of  Cambodia (PUC). She had work as Media monitoring of Human Rights issue in Cambodia, Media monitoring of Violence against Women in Cambodia, Legal consultant by hotline phone, communication, advocacy campaign and project , her work experience with private sector and NGO staff with for 5 years.


Mr. Chhonn Chuon

Mr. Chhonn Chuon is a Chief Executive of CPDD. He leads day-to-day operations of the CPDD work. Chuon has extensive experience in project management and teaching and comes to CPDD after six years at Action Aid Cambodia.