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Our Team

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Mao Map, Executive Director

Mao Map is a distinguished trainer, facilitator, and women's human rights specialist. Her extensive experience and profound knowledge of the subject make her a valuable asset to the cause of women's empowerment and gender equality. Mao Map has demonstrated remarkable versatility and adaptability throughout her career at The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association, where she has held multiple roles since 2006. Her deep commitment to human rights is reflected in her work, where she has investigated and fact-finding violations of women's rights and developed strategies and action plans to address gender-based violence. Mao Map has worked tirelessly to ensure survivors' access to justice and equal treatment before the law and within their communities.

 

Apart from her advocacy work, Mao Map has also contributed to developing programmatic strategic plans, theories of change, and effective monitoring and evaluation techniques. Her remarkable project management skills enable her to handle multiple projects simultaneously, ensuring successful outcomes every time.

Mao Map holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and a Bachelor of Information Technology from Wanlan University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Jade Sainte-Rose, Campaign & Research Manager

Jade is committed to advocating for women’s rights and building the capacity of young activists. She has a wide range of experiences in research and campaigning around the globe working for NGOs, international organisations, think tanks and development agencies, among which she has designed and implemented programs in women and girls empowerment in Peru, Cameroon and the UK.

 

Jade holds an undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations, and two master degrees in Development and International Law.

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Hong Sopheak Vatanak, Administrative and Accounting Coordinator

Originally from Ratanakiri province, Sopheak completed her university studies at Norton University, majoring in Banking and Finance. Sopheak joined the Klahaan team in March 2020 as an Administrative and Accounting Intern, aiming to gain experience as well as to build confidence and personal growth by trying her hand at something new.

 

In January 2021, Sopheak was promoted to Admin and Accounting Officer and now works with the team on a full time basis. 

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Pich Phearak, Research Coordinator

Phearak graduated from Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia with a degree in International Relations. Prior to joining Klahaan, she volunteered with NGOs including Transparency International and Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC), raising awareness on such issues as women’s empowerment, and the Sustainable Development Goals. She was also a Project Intern at the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia (OHCHR), where she worked with local youth networks to increase their knowledge about human rights and accountability.

 

Phearak joined us in February 2021 and has been busy advancing Klahaan’s digital campaigning work, and co-ordinating in-depth research and advocacy projects. 

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Soun Sreydet - Digital  Campaign Officer 

Det is passionate about the digital world where she can produce quality content that users need to see on their daily feeds. Det has coordinated student projects and digital campaigns while pursuing her bachelor's degree in Media Management at RUPP's Department of Media and Communication (DMC). 

 

At Klahaan, Det hopes to use digital skills to create quality content and campaign about women's rights and equality.

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Soeurng Sarin, Administration & Accounting Assistant

Sarin graduated with a BA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from BELTEI International University, as well as taught English for four years at BELTEI International School. She also earned another BA at Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE), majoring in Economics Management.

 

Sarin joined the Klahaan team in May 2021 as an Administrative and Accounting Intern. In her new role, she hopes to strengthen her skills, to learn and pursue a practical job in the field of administration and accounting. She hopes Klahaan can push her to the next level.

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Moun Liza, Campaign & Research Intern

Liza is a passionate media practitioner with a keen eye for visual storytelling and communication to initiate social change. She created a social media campaign on women empowerment under the Leadership Intensive training program and created educational awareness videos on issues that affect women. Liza envisions a world where diverse voices have equal space to be heard and valued, empowering young women to chase their dreams with courage. 

She is currently studying Media Management at the Department of Media and Communication of the Royal University Phnom Penh.

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Eng Sokha, Voluntary Research Advisor

Holding an MA in Development Policy, Sokha has held a number of positions with NGOs in Cambodia, as a research associate at Future Forum, working on women’s political representation and participation and freedom of expression online at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, and as a trainer at Hagar Cambodia, where she facilitated training courses to vulnerable youth, women and female prisoners at the Correction Center 2.

She was also selected by the UN Women Cambodia country office to serve as the Cambodian youth delegate to attend the 58th UN Commission on the Status of Women, in March 2014.

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Klahaan's Advisory Board: 
Bunn Rachana, Intersectional & Capacity Building Advisor, Co-founder 

Rachana is an independent human rights advocate and a proud Cambodian third-wave feminist.​

Rachana has almost a decade of professional experience working with local and international NGOs, UN agencies and local communities in the field of human rights with a focus on women’s rights, tenure rights and rural development.

​She has designed and conducted a number of offline and online advocacy campaigns on human rights inside and outside of Cambodia. She has designed and overseen multi-million dollar development projects, conducted policy reviews and high-level advocacy.  ​

She holds undergraduate degrees in Education and Law, and a Master's in International Development.

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Kate Seewald, Research & Advocacy Advisor, Co-Founder 

Kate has spent her career working to strengthen the skills of women and gender-diverse people to advocate effectively and confidently on human rights issues.​ Kate has been based in Cambodia for the past seven years working on a variety of research and campaign projects for local and international agencies.

She has previously worked with Oxfam Australia, ActionAid International in London and the UNRWA in Palestine.​ Kate holds a degree in International Relations, a Master of Human Rights, a Graduate Law Diploma and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney focusing on civic space and women human rights defenders in Southeast Asia.

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Olivia Hough, Organisational Development & Team Wellbeing Advisor

Olivia loves to help others thrive. With a passion for wellbeing and organisational development, Olivia currently works as a People and Project Manager at Common Thread, a global behaviour design company putting people at the center of public health.

Olivia spent six years growing and co-leading Impact Hub Phnom Penh as the Managing Director in Cambodia, to train and empower the next generation of local changemakers and entrepreneurs. She founded The Happiness Project Cambodia, a wellbeing workshop series, and has designed and facilitated workshops on wellbeing for social enterprises and changemakers across the world, predominantly in South-East Asia.

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Kry Suyheang, Strategy & Partnerships Advisor 

Suyheang Kry is a conflict transformation practitioner, a feminist, and a NMAS accredited mediator with extensive experience on gender equality, women’s leadership, peacebuilding, and conflict transformation. She is currently serving as the Executive Director of WPM and has exponentially grown the organization from its grassroots beginnings to a national hub for work on the intersection of gender and peace issues. 

 

With a strong background in participatory research, community mobilization, gender sensitive mediation, nonviolent communication, and training facilitation, she is best known for bringing people together around key issues and navigating organizational and personal growth and transformation. Heang is also a co-developer of a homegrown participatory action peace research methodology known as Facilitative Listening Design (FLD) employed in various conflict and sensitive settings. Heang holds a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA.

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Craig Bradshaw, Legal Advisor

Craig has been working in the field of human rights in the UK and Southeast Asia for almost a decade. Working with both local and international organisations, he has focused on civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights across the region. He is currently employed as a Regional Legal Consultant for an international organisation specialising in business and human rights. 

Craig has a legal background, with a Bachelor of Laws from Lancaster University and a Master of International Law from Edinburgh University. 

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Sarah Cattin, SOGIE-SC Policy Advisor

Sarah Cattin is a human rights consultant, with a focus on the rights of persons with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and/or sex characteristics (SOGIESC).  She has been working with civil society organizations towards the promotion and protection of human rights in Cambodia for five years. Sarah is currently employed as a Legal Advocacy Advisor with Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK).

Sarah holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from the Paris School of International Affairs.

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Klahaan's Governance Board: 
CHIM Channeang, Chairperson

Channeang is presently a General Secretary (equivalent to an Executive director) of Cambodia’s leading coalition of local civil society organisations working toward gender equality in Cambodia. She brings with her extensive experience in training, investigations, research and project management focused on gender equality and gender-based violence.

Channeang has lobbied for stronger policies and laws against gender-based discrimination, including gender-based violence, at international, national, and local levels. She has also edited shadow reports submitted to the UN CEDAW Committee by NGO-CEDAW in 2013, 2016, and 2019 and led delegations to in-person advocacy before review sessions in Geneva.

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Kuy Thida, Secretary

Thida is a transgender man, an LGBTIQ activist, co-founder, and coordinator of LoveIsDiversity in Cambodia. He is an LGBTIQ Rights and Feminist Building Movement National Consultant at UNWOMEN Cambodia, and a consultant and trainer at the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) on SOGIESC.

Established in 2018, LoveIsDiversity is a multi-media platform for campaigning and awareness-building to boost LGBTIQ persons' acceptance and promote tolerance. LoveIsDiversity is dedicated to advocating and promoting equality and protection for the LGBTQI community. LoveIsDiversity envisions that all segments of society, particularly families, schools, communities, and authorities, would treat Cambodia's LGBTIQ persons with full and equal respect, acceptance, protection, and equal opportunities would be given to participating in decision-making.

Thida graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia. 

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Mech Sreymom, Treasurer

Sreymom is a finance professional with almost two decades of work experience with a number of well-established local and international non-profit organizations including Future Furom, Danmission, ActionAid, Advocacy and Policy Institute, and Mith Samlanh.

Sreymom is experienced in managing consortium projects funded by institutional donors, and has led the development of financial assessments, financial management systems, capacity building, grants and third-party grant management, auditing and financial reports.

Sreymom is a candidate of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) with the CamEd Business School; she graduated Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Cambodia; and is a certified tax agent by the National Taxation School.

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