Vila Chanthavong has 8 years experiences in private sector development and 5 years in tourism sector. He joined Swisscontact as a business consultant for the Promotion Local Unique Specialty Project (PLUS for Tourism) in July 2011 in the South of Laos and became a local project coordinator for the Champasak Tourism Business Promotion Project (CTBP) in January 2013. After graduated from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand where he earned his Master of Business Administration in the field of International Business in 2008, he started his career as a consultant and trainer in a leading consulting and training company in Vientiane Capital.
Sonja Hofstetter joined Swisscontact in Cambodia in July 2016. She is the Quality Assurance Manager and Deputy Team Leader of the Skills Development Programme. Originally from Switzerland, Sonja has 13 years of experience working across the education sector – starting her professional career as a teacher and later engaging in basic education and literacy projects, higher education institutions as well as development projects concerned with vocational education and training. Sonja has worked in Switzerland, Spain, France, Sweden, South Africa and Nepal. Prior to this role she worked as an Advisor for Education and Vocational Training at HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in Zurich, Switzerland.
She holds a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree in Development and Cooperation from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Switzerland, a MSc in International and Comparative Education from the University of Stockholm (Sweden), and a BA in primary education from the University of Bern (Switzerland).
Dara Kong has joined Swisscontact in May 2018 as the Hospitality Intervention Manager for Skills Development Programme (SDP) in Cambodia. Dara has over 14 years of management work experience in hospitality and tourism sectors, as well as in education and training in an international Vocational Hospitality Hotel school. Oversea experience, international study tour on hospitality and tourism sectors in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand.
He graduated Bachelor Degree in Project Management and Community Development and Master Degree in Entrepreneurship Management from Build Bright University. He also graduated from Paul DUBRULE Hotel and Tourism School, as a National Mater Trainer in Food and Beverage Service and Assessor committee of RPL recognised by Ministry of Tourism. He joined many professional development programmes such as Capacity Building for Tourism Vocational Training, National Master F&B Trainer, Fabulous Facilitation, Leadership and Management Skill, Education and Entrepreneurship, train of trainer and Quality of higher Education.
Sokhuy has joined Swisscontact Cambodia since December 2017 as Technical Assistance (TA) Facility Manager of Regional Investment Support for Entrepreneurs (RISE) platform. Her responsibility is the management of TA facility. Before that, Sokhuy worked as Program Officer in charge of the cooperation of Japan’s official development assistance in private and economic sector at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Cambodia for three years. Sokhuy mainly supported trade facilitation and SMEs promotion cooperation program, and she also was tasked to follow up the Marco-economic development in Cambodia and to provide constant analytical macroeconomic inputs for JICA whole operational management.
Sokhuy currently holds two B.A degrees in Accounting and International Relations. For Master’s degree, she is major in Peace and Development at Pannasastra University of Cambodia. She used to be selected as the exchange student to study in Japan, Osaka University in the field of International Public Policy for six months.
Michael Mechthold-Jin has joined Swisscontact in February 2014 as the Team Leader of an SDC-funded skills development project in Myanmar. Since March 2018 he is the Team Leader of the Skills Development Programme in Cambodia, also funded by SDC.
Michael has been working in the field of education and training for many years. In 2000 he was assigned as team leader for a large vocational training project in China and has worked in similar functions ever since, managing projects for the EU, SDC and GIZ in China, Myanmar, Indonesia, Bangladesh and other Asian countries. He is particularly interested in the assessment and certification of vocational skills.
Thanks to this experience he has a profound understanding of the "dual system" of vocational education in Switzerland, Germany and other European countries but is equally familiar with the "competency based" approach to vocational training and assessment, popular in many English speaking countries.
Mengcheang is currently the National Policy Manager leading national policy and TVET reform (NPTR) intervention. His major role is responsible for strengthening SDP’s evidence-based policy making as part of the ongoing national TVET reforms and implementation of the Cambodia Qualification Framework (CQF) including Training of Trainer Programme, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Competency Standard Development and Public Private Partnership. His work is for a youth employment and integrating TVET solutions and he has worked very closely with the private sector and government counterparts ((Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Women Affaires, National Training Agency, TVET institutes and sub-nationals).
He has more than 8 years experience in the management of large projects and the supervision of large inter-cultural teams, particularly in more than 5 years experience as an expert for vocational education and training.
Rajiv Pradhan is currently the Country Director at Swisscontact in Cambodia. He has over 25 years of experience working with the private and the development sector. After having run an export company for nearly 8 years, Rajiv teamed up with some like-minded people and co-founded and led a socially responsible investment company, Lotus Holding (1997-2006, which promoted social development through private investments). Rajiv was instrumental in taking the concepts of Business Development Services (BDS), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) forward in Nepal. Rajiv has worked in senior management positions in the market development projects in Nepal (BDS-MaPS), Bangladesh (Katalyst) and Indonesia (PRISMA). Rajiv successfully led the iDE Bangladesh operations (2009-13). He has the experience of mentoring staff in the start-up of market development projects and is leading the Swisscontact’s global Inclusive Markets Capacity Development initiative. He has also been awarded the SEEP Practitioner of the Year Award in 2010.
Kimchean Prum joined Swisscontact Cambodia as the Finance and Administration Manager on July 2016. He provides finance and administrative support to all Swisscontact’s programmes in Cambodia, especially the Skills Development Programme funded by Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and Country Office.
Kimchean has over 10 years of work experience as an Administration and Finance Manager at various international humanitarian organizations such as CARE Cambodia, HelpAge International Cambodia, Catholic Agency for Oversees Development (CAFOD) and ActionAid Cambodia. He has international work experience working as an Administrator and Financial Controller with Action Against Hunger in Tajikistan (Dushanbe). Kimchean holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Build Bright University, Battambang province, Cambodia.
Kevin is the Operations Director for Swisscontact in Cambodia and as a Senior Technical Advisor provides support to various projects. In addition to mentoring the Cambodia technical team and providing quality assurance support to projects, Kevin offers technical assistance in areas such as inclusive business modeling, technology commercialization, private sector partnerships, and access to finance. Prior to this role, Kevin worked as the Director of Programs for iDE Bangladesh where he managed a portfolio of market systems development projects in the areas of agriculture, food and nutrition security, and water, sanitation and health.
Kevin’s sixteen years of professional experience includes short-term consultancies with BRAC Uganda, Save the Children Bangladesh, Oxfam America, and the Worldwatch Institute and eight years of experience in organizational development, capacity building, campaign management, and communications strategies for SEIU, United Healthcare Workers West. Kevin holds an M.A. in International Development from George Washington University’s Elliott School for International Affairs and a B.A. from Columbia University.
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.
Neha joined Swisscontact Cambodia in February 2017. She is the Sector Coordinator for the Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Project (MIGIP). She leads project implementation of agriculture technology sector. She is an Inclusive Markets (IM) rising mentor for Swisscontact globally. Neha has over five years’ experience in implementing market system development (MSD)/ M4P and private sector development (PSD) projects for international development organizations. Prior to Swisscontact in Cambodia, Neha worked with Samarth-NMDP (Nepal Market Development Programme) in Nepal implemented by a consortium compromising Adam Smith International, The Springfield Centre and Swisscontact. There, she managed the design and implementation Destination Promotion and Marketing strategies for mountain tourism specifically the Great Himalaya Trails. She has experience working with private sector partners from different sectors which include agriculture, tourism, financial institutions and research institutes.
Other professional experience in private sector includes internship and consultancies with Diamond Resorts International, Zintro, Alan Gray, ECS Media, MBA Actuaries and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Neha holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University, International Business School, in Massachusetts, USA, and has a dual Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics and Mathematics from Salem College in North Carolina, USA.
Reaksmey joined Swisscontact on October 04, 2016 as an Apprenticeship Manager for the SDP. He graduated from Deakin University, majoring in Humanitarian Leadership, Australia and a Master degree of Business Management at Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh; Cambodia. He joined many short courses in programme development in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippine, India, Nepal, S-Korea, China, Bangladesh and Singapore.
Since 2004, Reaksmey has experienced with Emergency response &DRR sectors, WASH, Youth & Education development, Livelihoods, Community Development, particularly in subordinate management and leadership, advocacy & empowerment, humanitarian and livelihoods development, partnership coordination at sub-national, national and regional level, and entrepreneurship development. Furthermore, He is knowledgeable in training facilitator which talented with LNGO, INGO; Gov’t and UN agency. In addition to training materials development, training facilitation, project management and coordination work, Reaksmey has successfully managed several projects which funded by EU, DFAT, and USAID.
Erica Wu joined Swisscontact in April 2016 as a Programme Associate to support the start-up of the Cambodia country office, new business development, and project portfolios in skills, tourism, and financial inclusion. Currently in Cambodia and Laos, Erica is the Monitoring& Result Measurement (MRM) manager and Tourism Technical Officer of the Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP). Prior to Swisscontact, Erica worked for the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington D.C. focusing on trade and competitiveness. She supported the Global Trade Supplier Finance program providing supply chain finance to emerging market exporters in China and Southeast Asia. She also supported structuring a loan to Indian government to develop a national system of Technology Centre.
Started her career in with TATA Consultancy Services in Mumbai, Erica’s more than seven years of professional experience in private sector and non-government organizations also includes internship and consultancies with UNDP, ASHOKA, FINCA International, Global Goods Partners, and Trickle Up. Erica holds a Master of Public Administration specializing in international development from New York University, Wagner School of Public Service and has a BA in International Affairs from National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan.
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