Bunn Rachana, Co-founder and Executive Director
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.
Kate Seewald, Co-founder and Campaign & Research Manager
Kate has spent her career working to strengthen the skills of women to campaign, mobilise and organise effectively and confidently on the issues that affect them. Kate has been based in Cambodia for the past four years working on a variety of campaigns and research projects, including ActionAid Cambodia’s Safe Cities for Women campaign to end sexual violence and street harassment in cities.
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 feminist activism in Southeast Asia.
Hong Sopheak Vatanak, Administrative and Accounting Officer
Originally from Ratanakiri province, Sopheak is a fourth-year student 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.
Campaign and Research Officer
Phearak is a senior student at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, majoring in International Relations. Over the past two years, she’s 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 has joined us in February 2021 and is looking forward to advancing Klahaan’s digital campaigning work, and getting stuck into some in-depth research and advocacy projects.
Heng Elen, Campaign and Research Intern
Elen is a junior at the National University of Management, where she is completing an International Bachelor of Law (“ILLB”).
She joined the team as our Campaign and Research Intern in April 2021. Elen hopes to gain real, hands-on experience with Klahaan, particularly on research and development projects, and to get involved with various activities to support and address women’s issues in Cambodia.
Soeurng Sarin, Accounting and Admin Intern
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. Personally, she would like to express herself as a beginner in a new career to learn and pursue a practical job in the field of administration and accounting. She hopes Klahaan can push her to the next level.
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.
Ou Sopheary, Voluntary Policy Advisor
Sopheary has been working in the field of women’s rights and community development with non-governmental organisations, international organisations and as freelance consultant and researcher throughout her career life. She believes in the power of everyday activism to fight for gender equality, human healthy lifestyle and a just society.
Her educational background is in Development Studies and International Relations. Currently, Sopheary is a Campaign Support Coordinator with ActionAid Cambodia.