Vilasa Chanthalangsy brings 8 years of experiences in skills development and training in the hospitality and tourism industry in Lao PDR and abroad.
After graduation in hospitality and tourism business administration from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore, he worked in international settings in the hospitality and tourism sector and later started his career as a trainer and consultant in a market leading private company in Vientiane Capital.
He was part of the development of the new curricula for the Lanith diploma and industry training programmes which became a national benchmark and gained international recognition as the leading TVET school in Laos for tourism and hospitality skills.
In September 2018, he joined Swisscontact as a team leader for the Pheun Than Heng A Sip (PTHAS) training programme.
Vannida Hubxaythong has 11 years experiences working with INGOs in fields related to education, community development and human trafficking. After her graduation from the faculty of law in 2006, she started her career as a social worker for AFESIP Lao PDR, working for reintegration of trafficking victims. Later, she continued this work with Village Focus International and stayed for 5 years. In 2014, she continued her career in education as a literacy program officer with Room to Read Lao.
Vannida's strength is to provide capacity building in particular for young people. She continuously works in the fields of TVET, skills development and life skills with a strong focus to bring young people into employment.
In March 2018, she joined Swisscontact as Provincial Technical officer for the Pheun Than Heng A Sip (PTHAS) training programme.
Peter Leibacher joined Swisscontact in February 2017 as a Programme Associate to support destination management functions, services and products for the Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP) in tourism development.
Previously based in Kampot/Cambodia, Peter now works in the country office in Vientiane/Lao PDR for technical support and initiatives in market development and is the SEC Programme Coordinator for Lao PDR.
Prior to his engagement in development cooperation, Peter worked in the private sector and co-founded an architecture company in Zurich/Switzerland.
He holds a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree in Development & Cooperation and a M.Sc. in Architecture, both from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
Houmphanh Lithavong brings more than 15 years of experiences in finance, accounting and administration with senior level managing teams. Prior to taking up the position of Finance and Administration Manager with Swisscontact, he has been working with the ADB, the World Bank, the Hollows Foundation, Save the Children and Room to Read.
He holds a degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the Khonkaen University in Thailand and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Lao-Japan Human Resource Development Institute under the National University of Laos.
Houmphanh Lithavong is the Finance and Administration Manager for Swisscontact in Lao PDR since December 2018.
Richard is Country Director for Swisscontact in LaoPDR. He has 11 years' experience working in business membership organisations and international non-government organisations. In LaoPDR, Richard is responsible for Swisscontact’s project portfolio in skills and tourism destination development. He is an Inclusive Markets (IM) senior mentor for Swisscontact globally.
Previously Richard has been Deputy Country Director for Swisscontact in Cambodia, Programs Director for International Development Enterprises (iDE) in Bangladesh, and Deputy Managing Director for the British Urban Regeneration Association in the UK. Richard has expertise in private sector development, pro-poor technology commercialisation, and monitoring and results measurement (MRM).
Richard has working experience across Asia and Africa, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Tanzania, Myanmar, Nepal, and Zimbabwe. He holds an MSc (Distinction) in Urbanisation and Development from the London School of Economics (LSE), and a First Class MA (Honours) degree from the University of Edinburgh.
Latdaphone Vongkhamheng has 4 years experiences in the tourism industry. After her graduation in 2009, she started her career in the tourism industry as Travel Consultant, Reservation Manager and Product Specialist for a well-known travel agency in Vientiane. In 2014, she had the opportunity to continue her education and completed her degree as Master of Business Administration in New Zealand. Since 2017, she continued her career in project development as Public Relation and Project Coordinator for the Trade Facility Development II by the World Bank and as a short-term consultant for E-commerce Readiness Assessment Project implemented by UNCTAD. In September 2018, she joined Swisscontact as Tourism Technical Officer.
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