Project & Senior Staff

WCS first began working in Cambodia in 1999, and now works in partnership with the Cambodian government and other stakeholders in seven conservation projects across the country. The WCS Cambodia Program office is located in Phnom Penh. The Program’s senior staff are listed below:

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Simon Mahood
Senior Technical Advisor
Simon has a Masters of Science in Applied Ecology and Conservation. In more than 10 years of conservation, Simon's greatest achievement has been his discovery of a new bird species (the Cambodian Tailorbird), which lives just outside of Phnom Penh. He thinks that the future of wildlife in Cambodia depends upon Cambodian people, “Now is a really critical time when people have to choose if they want to keep wild places and protect animals like Giant Ibis, Bengal Florican and Eld's Deer, or if they're prepared to let it all go. We've shown in places like Prek Toal, where the waterbird colony has grown massively due to protection that in Cambodia successful conservation is possible. Right now, the future of wildlife is whatever Cambodia wants it to be”.
Hong Chamnan
Project Manager Ang Trapeang Thmor and Bengal Florican Conservation Areas
Chamnan has a Masters Degree in Forestry Horticulture. He has been working in Cambodia for 17 years conservation. Most of the time, Chamnan devotes himself to saving Critically Endangered Birds. He believes that in the future Cambodian people will understand the importance of conservation and wildlife.
Alistair Mould
Northern Plains Technical Advisor
Alistair Mould has been the Landscape Technical Advisor for the Northern Plains since January 2015. He completed his MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Exeter in 2007 and since then has worked for a number of wildlife conservation, eco-tourism and alternative livelihood projects in both Tanzania and Cambodia. During his 6 years in Cambodia Alistair has established a community-managed outdoor butterfly exhibit and co-managed a wildlife rescue/ environmental education centre located in a National Park. After predominantly living and working in Siem Reap Province and prior to starting work with WCS Cambodia, Alistair was based in Phnom Penh working with FFI on an EU funded Sustainable Provision of Ecosystem Services Project in the Cardamom Mountain Landscape.
Tan Setha
Landscape Technical Advisor – Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary
After studying for his master’s degree in Kazakhstan 1987-1994, he worked as a wildlife researcher producing several publications related to Cambodian birds and other fauna. Tan Setha then moved into protected area management and has been a government counterpart with WCS since 1999, including 13 years in the position of Project Manager for Preah Vihear Protected Forest. This site has been among the best managed protected areas in Cambodia. During the recent reorganization of conservation in Cambodia, where all Protected Forests were moved from FA/MAFF to MoE management in May-2016, Tan Setha decided he needed a new challenge and resigned his government position to join WCS staff with the new Position as Landscape Technical Advisor – Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia.
Jeffrey Silverman
REDD+ Technical Advisor
Jeff supports WCS programs featuring Payments for Ecosystem Services, Spatial Analysis, and Remote Sensing. Prior to joining WCS, Jeff was a Director with Terra Global Capital and provided technical support for numerous REDD+ programs throughout SE Asia, East Africa, and Latin America. Jeff has worked as a spatial scientist specializing in vegetation mapping in environments ranging from arid drylands to wet tropical forests and provided spatial analyses for species distribution modelling, with over 15 years of experience in environmental conservation. Jeff holds a Master of Applied Science in Geographic and Land Information Systems from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia.
Oliver Griffin
Proected Area Management Advisor
Olly's first involvement in conservation was in Madagascar as part of a student-led expedition to the little-studied Mahamavo region, then later as field assistant for a program to protect and understand the critically endangered Greater Bamboo Lemur in the eastern rainforest. Following an MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London, he started working with WCS Gabon, running a remote and logistically challenging research station in the heart of the forest. Research focused on forest elephants, with more than a thousand individually identified, and western lowland gorillas. At the beginning of 2016 he started work with WCS Cambodia based in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary.
Sarah Brook
Technical Advisor - Programme Development and Capacity Building
Sarah has a Master of Science in Applied Ecology and Conservation. She has been working in conservation for more than ten years, eight of which have been in Southeast Asia. Sarah’s most notable work was the last ever population survey of Javan rhino in Vietnam which declared that subspecies extinct. “I think the future of wildlife in Cambodia hangs in the balance right now. Cambodia has the largest remaining populations of some of the region's most iconic wildlife but it is becoming increasingly more challenging to protect these species and their habitats from the many pressures they face” said Sarah. Sarah is leading the development of WCS Cambodia's Counter-Wildlife Trafficking work, she is the Team Lead for Research and Monitoring and is responsible for coordinating capacity development for WCS Cambodia staff.
Mathieu Pruvot
Project Lead - Wildlife Health
Mathieu graduated PhD in Epidemiology, from Canada. His role focuses on wildlife health; his team is developing a system for wildlife disease surveillance. This is the first time that routine surveillance mechanisms have been implemented, allowing the detection of disease outbreaks in wildlife. Additionally, his team is also conducting research on the effects of land-use change on the dynamics of priority and emerging zoonotic diseases in Cambodia.
Sotheary Sao
Policy and Legal Team Leader
Sotheary obtained a Masters Degree in Law and she has been involved in conservation for a decade. She is proud of becoming an environmental advocator, and a professional trainer on legal education and the environment. Sotheary also wants wildlife in the next ten years to be fully protected by the law and Cambodian people. “I love WCS's working approach and I will try my best to achieve WCS's goals and mission” said Sotheary.
Phien Sayon
GIS & SMART Technical Lead
Sayon earned a Bachelor Degree in GIS, Remote Sensing and Database, and a Masters Degree in Law. He is a remote sensing expert and has been involved in conservation since 2008. Sayon aims to see endangered species increase and the loss of their habitat prevented. His biggest achievement is doing Mapping and Spatial Support for WCS, Cambodia Program.
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