MEET THE BOARD
PROGRAM OFFICER, DIAKONIA
Ms. Peng is a CRF founder and now serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Child Rights Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Law degree from RULE in Cambodia, a Masters of Law degree from Nagoya University in Japan, and a Masters in International Human Rights Law from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. She currently works with the Cambodia office of Diakonia as a Program Officer with a special focus on Human Rights.
Ms. Peng has been involved for many years in the promotion of children’s rights in Cambodia and Asia. She was elected as the initial president of the first child-led organization in Cambodia,Children’s Committee in 1996; nominated as one of the Asian core marchers of the Global March against child labor in 1998; and founded the youth-led organization Child Assistance for Mobilization and Participation (CAMP) in 2000.
She has held the following positions: Programme Assistant for Child Rights Foundation (2001 to 2004), Southeast Asia Coordinator for Child Workers in Asia in Bangkok (2007), and Legal Advisor for the USAID-funded Program on Rights and Justice in Cambodia (2008 to 2012). Ms. Peng also taught at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh as an adjunct lecturer in law (2008-2009).
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES
Ms. Mom Thany is currently the Under Secretary of State of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Cambodia. Under her leadership, she has emphasized the importance of increased recognition women's role in agriculture and advocated for the capacity development of women in farming techniques. She has also highlighted the importance of increasing the women's adaptability and resilience to climate change.
Prior to this, Ms. Thany worked extensively on children’s rights, child protection and participation. She founded and served for 12 years as the Executive Director of the Child Rights Foundation, an NGO with a mandate to work for the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in Cambodia. She also served for a decade as deputy program director and eventually as senior advisor on the UN CRC for Save the Children–Norway. Concurrently, she served as a member of the Regional Working Group on CRC in Southeast Asia and Pacific, as well as founder and chair of the NGO Committee on CRC and End Child Prostitution, Abuse and Trafficking (ECPAT) in Cambodia.
Ms. Thany holds a Master of Law degree from Cambodia's Royal University of Law and graduated from Germany as a water management engineer in 1986.
PROGRAM MANAGER, AIDE ET ACTION
Vanna is currently pursuing an ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). As of August 2015, she has completed 10 among the required 14 papers of ACCA program. She also holds a master's degree in Finance from Preston University. She is currently working for Aide et Action Cambodia as Head of Finance and Administration department.
From 2007 to 2014, she worked for the East-West Management Institute-Program on Rights and Justice. As the Grants Finance Manager, she was responsible for managing, monitoring, and evaluating grants to be awarded to NGOs - to ensure that the grants are used in line with the donor requirements. The other equally important role is to strengthen financial management capacity of the sub-grantees through regular financial and technical supports.
From 2000 to 2006, she worked for World Vision Cambodia; started as the Finance Assistant to the Senior Finance Officer, whose responsibilities included the overall coordination of the program office, project accounting, and financial reporting functions. The aim was to ensure compliance with the Field Financial Manual, Stewardship Manual, Grant Terms and Agreements, and other organizational policies issued from time to time to promote good stewardship of funds and resources.
Boren is a lawyer admitted to the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia. She currently works for an international Bank as Head of Legal, and also gives sessional lectures at Pannasastra University of Cambodia.
Boren’s other job experiences include general management of a law firm, legal research, lecturing, and assistance/consultation for legal projects run by international organisations such as UNDP, UNICEF, JICA, and PLAN Cambodia. Boren is a holder of Doctor of Law and Master of Law Degrees from Nagoya University Graduate School of Law (Japan), to where she is still invited from time to time to give special lectures to international students on the subject of her research. She also earned Bachelor of Law Degrees from Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE), and from Lumière Lyon II University (France) via a special program based in RULE (La filière spéciale).
Before becoming one of the board members at CRF, Vannak has many years of experience working in the field of ICT, Democracy and Human Rights. His experience ranges from grassroots level, to local NGO, and International NGO. He used to work as an ICT Project Officer at Diakonia Organization; working in partnership with main local human rights organizations to promote the use of new media and ICT tools to promote the democracy and respect of human rights in Cambodia. Before joining Diakonia in March 2014, he was also a Project Coordinator at Cambodian Center for Human Rights, responsible for ICT project and piloting the first human rights co-working space in Cambodia. Vannak gains a bachelor in Media Management from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and a master degree in Communication for Social Change from the University of Queensland, Australia. Currently, he is working to empower youth in startup in Phnom Penh.