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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Emiel de Lange

Conservation Impact Advisor
Emiel de Lange serves as Dr Emiel de Lange at WCS.

Nguon Leng Phlong

National SMART Manager
Leng completed his Bachelor Degree of Land Management and Land Administration at Royal University of Agriculture. And later successfully completed a scholarship from Conservation Society for GIS in California (USA), which aimed to developing his GIS skills to monitor natural resources. Leng has been involved in conservation work since 2013 focusing on GIS and spatial monitoring with Conservation International (CI), Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Since joining WCS in 2015, his responsibility has focused on Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART), which supporting the law enforcement patrol team on SMART database management. Leng is really excited to learn about new technologies for supporting conservation activities to safeguard wildlife and wild place in Cambodia and in around the world.

Phearun Sum

Tonle Sap Landscape Manager
Phearun has a Master’s of Science in Biodiversity Conservation from Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). He has been working with WCS since October 2018 as the Tonle Sap Landscape Technical Advisor. In more than 10-years of conservation, he has remarkable succeed story in leading various species research and conservation projects, apply conservation ecology, landscape management and conservation approaches for both terrestrial and freshwater wetland ecosystems. He is a passionate conservationist who has many year experiences working on conservation ecology of the Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, three Cambodian Vulture Species, Sarus Crane, Bengal Florican, Eld’s Deer and other large waterbird species in Cambodia. He believes that “it’s the right time to act and challenge for positive changes of which the integrated landscape management approach is the key to achieve largescale conservation outcomes and meet sustainable livelihood improvement requirements”. The Tonle Sap and its floodplain is one of the most critical and productive landscape for biodiversity conservation and supporting the livelihood of millions people. Regarding its unique and irreplaceable value, together we can protect our environment and build up a great conservation success.

Rithiny Teng

Director of Policy and Program Development
Rithiny Teng has completed her MSc in Environmental Management, and Diploma in Environmental Systems, Market & Climate Change from the University of New England, Australia. She has more than 10 years’ experience working in the field of environmental policy, REDD+ and project management. Currently, Rithiny is managing the USAID Keo Seima Conservation Project.

Sarah Fumey

Counter Wildlife Trafficking Project Manager
Sarah Fumey serves as Counter Wildlife Trafficking Project Manager at WCS.

Sarath Tao

Finance Manager
Ms. Tao Sarath has been the Finance Manager for WCS Cambodia program since 2006. She completed her Bachelor Degree in Accounting at Phnom Penh Economics University in Cambodia and brings over 30 years of experience working in Accounting for Local government and International Organizations, including Ministry of Economics and Finance and the World Bank. Sarath has played instrumental role as finance manager developing internal controls, processes and supporting program staff and grantees in financial reporting to donors. Sarath is also part of the WCS Senior management team supporting country program level strategies and decision making processes for project implementation.

Sun Visal

Land Use Planning and Zoning Officer
Visal has worked for Tonle Sap Conservation Project of Wildlife Conservation Society since 2001, after he graduated from Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) with Bachelor Degree of Forestry Science. He has since demonstrated outstanding performance toward protection and management of Prek Toal Core Area. In the project, he is responsible for the Wildlife Monitoring Program and Capacity Building of the conservation rangers by Developing and Training on the biodiversity monitoring and research, Managing the monthly action plan, Adapting protection activities and Data collection methods through setting up the monitoring program and preparing annual monitoring program report. Visal is proud of his job as he has played a key role in rescuing as well as restoring population of key large waterbirds and other wildlife species at Prek Toal core area of Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. He also has long term vision in conservation such “I would like to see Prek Toal Core Area is well protected for the young generation and globally recognized and the local community actively participating in conservation."
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