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CARM Staff Profile
Sunniya leads a capable ADB team to deliver a $1.8 billion portfolio of projects, investments and policy advisory services in Cambodia. She led the development of ADB’s Cambodia Country Partnership Strategy (2019-2023), and subsequently created special initiatives for infrastructure financing, women’s entrepreneurship, and technology enabled public services. Sunniya has devoted her career to social development, environment sustainability and education, working in over 23 countries. Within ADB, she has spearheaded the establishment of a carbon price for renewable energy projects, and strategies for increasing the share of female staff. In recognition of her services, Sunniya was awarded the Kabalikat award – the highest government award by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority of the Government of the Philippines. She has a M.Sc in Economics from Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan and a MA in Economics from Sussex University, UK. Sunniya has two daughters and enjoys cycling in Phnom Penh.
David M. FREEDMAN (Mr)
David heads the Economics, Strategy, and Planning Unit at ADB’s Cambodia Resident Mission. Before moving to Cambodia, he served as Country Economist in Timor-Leste, leading ADB’s support for poverty reduction, economic diversification, and regional integration. He also worked on private sector development in Papua New Guinea and other Pacific islands and supported ADB’s programs in the Pacific. David studied economics at the University of Nottingham, England, and the University of British Columbia, Canada. He was awarded Universitas-21, ESRC, and Law and Social Sciences scholarships for academic excellence and graduated with distinction. Originally from the United Kingdom, he was an ODI Fellow at the PNG Sustainable Development Program from 2011-2013 and has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Ecuador and the People’s Republic of China.
Dav VANDY (Ms)
Senior Finance and Administration Officer
Vandy has headed the Finance and Administration unit at ADB’s Cambodia Resident Mission since July 2000. She has deep experience in finance, audit and administration. Before joining ADB, Vandy worked in banking (treasury function), finance, audit and administration for the ACLEDA bank and several international non-governmental organizations. Vandy has a Master of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Business Administration specialising in management from Preston University and Diplomas in finance and audit from Regent College, Cambodia.
Alvin LOPEZ (Mr)
Senior Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist
Alvin is ADB’s specialist staff for environment, water, agriculture, and natural resources management in Cambodia. He helps to guide and coordinate ADB’s work in these sectors and leads the design and implementation of specific projects. Alvin previously led ADB’s programs on river basin restoration and water resources management in the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia. Before joining ADB, Alvin was the Regional Program Director (Malaysia and Thailand) for Wetlands International (2009-2010) and UNDP’s International Transboundary Advisor (2007-2009) leading an ecosystem and water resources management initiative between Albania, Republic of North Macedonia, and Greece. From 2002-2007, he was based in Cambodia and Lao PDR under a multi-donor initiative supporting biodiversity, and livelihood issues in the Mekong region. From 2001 to 2003, he was the Regional Program Manager for the Asian Wetland Inventory. Alvin was a joint lead author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) chapter on inland water resources. He holds a M.Sc in Conservation Biology and a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science and management.
Genevieve O’FARRELL (Ms)
Senior Environment Specialist (Safeguards)
Genevieve joined ADB in September 2011 as Environment Specialist, supporting ADB operations on environment, sustainability and climate change in the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia. During 2016-2019 she led the Gender and Safeguards Unit at ADB’s Cambodia Resident Mission while also supporting ADB’s operations in Lao PDR and Thailand. Genevieve was instrumental in building a strong team of national safeguards specialists and developing safeguards capacity building programs in Cambodia and Lao PDR. Since January 2020 she focusses on ADB’s energy operations in Cambodia, Myanmar, Viet Nam, Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Lao PDR. Genevieve has a strong background in sustainability appraisal. Before joining ADB, she worked on large-scale engineering projects in the Middle East and UK for private and public sector clients. She has also lived and worked in Madagascar. She has a M.Sc. in Conservation from University College London and a B.Sc. in Zoology and French from the University of Wales, Swansea.
Jhelum Tini THOMAS (Ms)
Senior Public Management Specialist
Tini is a Senior Public Management Specialist in ADB’s Southeast Asia regional department. She leads ADB’s work in Cambodia on public finance, decentralisation, governance and service delivery, and has worked in upper middle-income (Indonesia), low and middle-income (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam) and fragile and conflict-affected (Afghanistan, Solomon Islands) countries. Tini has extensive experience in strengthening budget and policy processes, public expenditure analysis and public administration reforms, working with both national and subnational governments. She has also worked on extractive industry transparency (EITI) and private sector development in the region. Tini has a B.Sc. in Economics and International Development from the University of Bath, UK and a Master's from the London School of Economics, University of London, UK. She began her career as an ODI Fellow at the Ministry of Finance in Swaziland (eSwatini). Before joining ADB she worked for the World Bank, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and several UK consulting firms.
Rangina NAZRIEVA (Ms)
Safeguards Specialist (Resettlement)
Rangina is a Social Safeguard Specialist who works with ADB’s developing member countries to strengthen their institutional capacity on land acquisition and resettlement safeguards and ensure compliance for ADB financed projects. Before joining ADB, Rangina worked as a senior consultant on social and environmental safeguards, social and gender development, led relevant studies, and reviewed investment plans with respect to social and environmental issues. Her previous work experience includes assignments with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the World Bank, and UN Women. She has also worked for consulting companies in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Moldova. She obtained her Master’s in International Economic Relations from the Tajik State University.
Chandy CHEA (Ms)
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)
Chandy joined ADB as Gender Specialist in 2011. She is responsible for promoting women’s empowerment and ensuring ADB-financed projects deliver tangible and high-quality gender results in Cambodia. Chandy is involved in project processing, administration, and evaluation. She also provides technical assistance and capacity building on gender mainstreaming to government counterparts and relevant stakeholders. Before joining ADB, she worked for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), where she served as Program Manager on Gender. She has close to 20 years of experience working on gender and development, gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS awareness, capacity building, and advocacy with various organizations including UN agencies, NGOs, and CBOs. Chandy holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Poullang DOUNG (Mr)
Senior Economics Officer
Poullang joined ADB in 2009 and works on economic policy, macroeconomic monitoring, financial sector development, and non-sovereign operations. During 2015-2017 he took special leave from ADB and worked for Manulife, heading the corporate and institutional distribution channel for group life insurance. Before joining ADB he worked for the IFC/World Bank Group preparing, implementing and monitoring private sector development projects in Cambodia’s garment and agribusiness sectors. Poullang holds a Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University, USA and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Faculty of Business, Phnom Penh. Poullang is a Fulbright scholar, and received a Faculty of Business scholarship for his Bachelor’s degree.
Chanthou HEM (Mr)
Senior Project Officer (Agriculture and Natural Resources)
Chanthou joined ADB in May 2009 and manages projects related to agriculture, natural resource management and rural development. During 2019-2020 he undertook a development assignment in Myanmar, helping ADB’s agriculture and natural resource programs in the country. Before joining ADB, Chanthou worked for the World Food Program and United Nations Development Program in Cambodia as an area manager, covering food security, rural development, microfinance and private sector development. He has also worked at the Delegation of the European Commission in Cambodia as an agriculture and food security specialist. Chanthou obtained a Master’s degree in natural resources management from the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh in 2013 and a Master’s degree in business administration from Pannasastra University of Cambodia in 2005.
Piseth LONG (Mr)
Senior Project Officer (Water Resource Management and Agriculture)
Piseth joined ADB in July 2008 and manages projects in the water, agriculture and natural resources sector. Piseth has worked in Lao PDR, Myanmar, and the Philippines. He has been accredited for Procurement of Goods and Works at ADB since 2014. Prior to joining ADB, he was a Senior Program Officer at DANIDA, in charge of two Natural Resources and Environment Programs. He also worked as a researcher at the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) where he prepared several working papers. Piseth holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Institute of Economics, Cambodia.
Sophea MAR (Mr)
Senior Social Sector Officer
Sophea joined ADB in 2003 and serves as a Project Officer and Co-Mission Leader for projects and programs in education and skills development. Before joining ADB, Sophea was the National Program Manager for the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Cambodia and Chief Technical Advisor for the ILO in Bangladesh (2009 to 2011) during his special leave from the ADB. Before that, he worked for Cambodia’s Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor and Veteran Affairs. Sophea has a Master of Business Administration, specializing in Human Resource Management from Charles Sturt University, Australia.
Chamroen OUCH (Mr)
Senior Programs Officer (Governance)
Chamroen has over 30 years of experience in international development, including project processing and administration, policy dialogue, and design of public sector management reforms. He began his career with ADB in 2001 and has focused on supporting ADB’s interventions to improve good governance and public sector management in Cambodia. Recently, he has been assigned with a new area of responsibility to support the digital transformation of Cambodia for inclusive development. Prior to joining ADB, Chamroen worked for UNDP Cambodia on social development and poverty reduction. Chamroen is a Fulbright scholar and holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Ohio University, USA. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Education from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Nida OUK (Mr)
Senior Project Officer (Physical Infrastructure)
Nida joined ADB in 1998 and is responsible for transport, energy and tourism sector projects. He has over 20 years of experience managing ADB-financed infrastructure projects and has been accredited in ADB’s Procurement Accreditation Skills Scheme since 2014. Before joining ADB, Nida had worked at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport for eight years where he was involved with preparing detailed engineering designs, cost estimates and managing transport projects. Nida holds Master’s degrees in Highway Engineering from the Friedrich List Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences of the Dresden Technical University in Germany and in Civil Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Ratha SANN (Mr)
Senior Project Officer (Infrastructure)
Ratha joined ADB in 2018 and leads the implementation of ADB projects on transport and urban development. Before joining ADB, he worked as Senior Program Manager for infrastructure at the Australian Agency for International Development. From 2008 to 2012, Ratha served as a Co-Task Team Leader and Infrastructure Operations Officer at the World Bank Group, covering transport projects in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Before joining the World Bank, he was an Assistant Chief Technical Officer and Project Manager for VINCI Airports in charge of technical direction and airport standards compliance. He has also worked as an independent consultant at Rincent btp (France), and Louis Berger International. Ratha obtained international MBA in responsible management from Audencia Business School (France), and Master’s degrees in Entrepreneurship and Project Management from the University of Lille 1 and the University of Lumière Lyon 2, France and in European Civil Engineering from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, France. Ratha holds an Engineering Diploma in Construction of Buildings, Bridges and Roads from Institute of Technology of Cambodia. He is also a certified Professional Engineer of Board of Engineers Cambodia (BEC) and Asean Engineer of Asean Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO). He enjoys playing soccer during his free time.
Sokunthea SOK (Mr)
Senior Procurement Officer
Sokunthea joined ADB’s Cambodia Resident Mission in January 2011 as Senior Procurement Officer, bringing many years of experience and skills in procurement and contract management. His responsibilities at ADB include providing fiduciary oversight and support to ADB staff and borrowers throughout the project cycle. This includes support for project processing, procurement planning and implementation, and contract management. Sokunthea has worked on procurement since 1998. Before joining ADB, he served as a government auditor, held staff positions at the United Nations, and World Bank, worked as a University Lecturer, and completed consulting assignments for both ADB and the World Bank. Sokunthea holds a Master’s degree of Policy Science in Economics from Saitanma University, Japan.
Kongkea CHHOEUN (Mr)
Kongkea joined ADB in 2019. He supports ADB’s programming and knowledge management, serves as ADB’s focal point for regional cooperation and integration, and supports ADB’s engagement with development partners and civil society. Before joining ADB, he worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Food Program (WFP) and the German Technical Cooperation, engaging in various areas including extractive industry, food security and nutrition, and regional economic development. Kongkea holds a PhD in Policy and Governance from the Australian National University, and an MPA in Public Administration from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
Soleil Mom CHANTARA (Mr)
Associate External Relations Officer
Soleil joined ADB in 2019 and is responsible for strategic communications, external relations, media liaison, branding, and knowledge sharing. Before joining ADB, he was a coordinator for the USAID media project and worked as a communications manager with Plan International from 2007 to 2018. His previous experience includes work as a communications officer, production officer, and reporter for the Development and Partnership in Action, Solaris International Corporation, and Phnom Penh Post. Soleil holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, a diploma in International Communications from American University of Paris, and Bachelor’s degrees in Media Management, Education, and Business Administration. Inspired by his family, supervisors, and life mentor, Soleil strives to earn a living with dignity, help others, and be humble. Soleil loves jogging and martial arts.
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