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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Phien Sayon

National GIS Manager
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.

Sitha Som

Landscape Technical Advisor, Koh Kong and Mekong Conservation Project
Sitha gained his Masters Degree in Environmental Management in New Zealand. He has successfully managed many conservation projects on freshwater turtles and tortoises both in Cambodia and Laos. He has also authored a number of reports and journal papers and has been a member of the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG) since 2008. Both from a personal and practical perspective, Sitha believes that conservation can save endangered species from extinction. He has been involved in conservation for eleven years.

Chansophea Neou

HR and Admin Manager
Chansophea Neou gained his Master's Degree in Law from the Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) and he completed his Bachelor of Education in English from the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL). He has been engaged in Human Resources and Administration work with a private company, the U.S. Embassy, and International NGOs since 2003.

Davan Kang

Grant and Donor Compliance Manager
Davan completed his Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance at Norton University in 2004 and pursuing his ACCA degree at CamEd College in Phnom Penh. After his graduation, he has joined the private sector and several local and international NGOs in Cambodia, gaining substantial professional experiences in financial management, Grant Management, procurement and administration . Currently, Davan is establishing and overseeing efficient systems for grant management and procurement for WCS Cambodia Program Office and Field Projects.

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

Chief of Party
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.

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.
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