Project Team


Budy P. Resosudarmo (Co-Project Leader)

Budy P. Resosudarmo is a Professor at the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Deputy head at the Poverty and Inequality Research Centre and researcher at the ANU Indonesia Project, Crawford School of Public Policy, at the Australian National University (ANU). His research areas are development economics, environmental and resource economics as well as public policy. He has published papers in scientific journals such as World Development, Ecological Economics, Energy Policy, Oxford Development Studies and Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies. In 2005, he edited a book The Politics and Economics of Indonesia’s Natural Resources and, in 2009, he co-edited a book Working with Nature against Poverty: Development, Resources and the Environment in Eastern Indonesia, both published by ISEAS-Singapore. He is the immediate-past president of the Regional Science Association International and was the president of the Pacific Regional Science Conference Organization (PRSCO).  He is also a member of the Board Directors of the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (EAAERE). Resosudarmo received his BSc degree in electrical engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology, MSc degree in operations research from University of Delaware and PhD degree in development economics from Cornell University.


Dr. Chheng Kimlong (Co-Project Leader)

Chheng Kimlong holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University (ANU), a Master in Economics from Kobe University, and a Master in Business Administration from Preston University. Dr. Chheng is the Director of Centre for Governance Innovation and Democracy and Vice President of the Asian Vision Institute. He is a member of the advisory council at the National Assembly of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Prior to that, he was Research Assistant for the Indonesia Project at the ANU, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies, Economic Researcher at the General Secretariat of the Committee for Economic and Finance Policy at Ministry of Economy and Finance, Research Consultant at Cambodia Development Resource Institute, Economic-Commercial Specialist at the United States Embassy, Socio-Economist for rural development projects, and Program Assistant in charge of economic and private sector development at Japan International Cooperation Agency. He has had over 15 years of practical experience in quantitative and qualitative research and consultancy for local research think tanks and international development agencies. He has tracked and researched on key areas of Cambodian economy, including agriculture, trade, investment, financial sector, garment and footwear industries, oil and gas sectors, and real estate sector. Dr. Chheng has had over 12 years of experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at various universities in Cambodia.


Professor Hal Hill (Advisor)

Hal Hill is the H.W. Arndt Professor Emeritus of Southeast Asian Economies in the Arndt Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. His main research interest is the economic development of Southeast Asia. He is the author/editor of more than 20 books and about 160 journal articles and book chapters. Books since 2000 include The Indonesian Economy, The Philippine Economy (co-edited with Arsenio Balisacan), Malaysian Development Challenges (co-edited with Tham Siew Yean and Ragayah Haji Mat Bin), and Regional Dynamics in a Decentralized Indonesia. He has held visiting academic appointments at the University of the Philippines, Gadjah Mada University, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Oxford University, Colombia University, the International University of Japan, the Tinbergen Institute, the National University of Malaysia, the Rockefeller Bellagio Center, and Freiburg University. He serves on various boards and committees, and is a frequent lecturer on various aspects of the Southeast Asian economies. He has advised and consulted to the Australian Government, the Indonesian Government, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and various United Nations agencies. He is a member of the editorial board of 14 academic journals. Since 2003 he has convened the annual H.W. Arndt Memorial Lecture at ANU. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, and has been an official guest of the Republic of Indonesia.


Dr. Rus’an Nasrudin (Tutor)
Rus’an is an assistant professor at the Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Indonesia. He is also a research associate at the Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM FEB UI). His research interests are development economics, impact evaluation, applied econometrics and public policy. He currently works on the topics of food security, rural-urban migration, social capital development, education and well-being, tobacco economics and smoking among children, and monitoring the socioeconomic impact of Covid-19 with the main focus on Indonesia. He has published papers in scientific journals such as Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies and Marine Policy. He is an active member of the Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) and Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA). He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Universitas Indonesia, Master of International and Development Economics and a PhD degree from the Australian National University.


Dr. Anna T. Falentina (Tutor)
Anna T. Falentina is a researcher and survey design methodologist in development economics, particularly sustainable development, energy for development, digital economy, and regional economics. She started her professional career as a statistician in 2006 with more than a decade of experiences in socio-economic research and development of census/ survey methodology with the Indonesia National Statistics Office. She has published papers in World Development and Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies. Anna received his BSc degree in Statistics from Institute of Statistics, in Management from University of Indonesia, MSc degree in Economics from Hiroshima University and University of Indonesia, and PhD degree in Economics from Australian National University.



Mr. Chheng Meng Kheang (Project Assistant)
Chheng Meng Kheang got his Bachelor Degree of Economic, specialized in Enterprise Management from Royal University of Law and Economic in 2018, and Graduate Diploma of English Language Skills at Pannasastra University of Cambodia back in 2014. He has engaged in professional settings since 2017 by interning with a few training programs by facilitators about life skill training, personal development, team-building activities, leadership, technical and nontechnical report writing, and effective communication. He is currently an Programme Coordinator at Centre for Governance Innovation and Democracy of the Asian Vision Institute. 




Mr. Him Sreng (Participant)
Sreng Him is a Programme Monitor Assistant at UN-World Food Programme (WFP). Prior, Him was sent to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for a temporary assignment as a Food Aid Monitor, a Mentee at International Mentor Programme-Australia, a Project Coordinator for food Security at World Vision International (WVI), a Livelihood Coordinator at Winrock International, a Community Empowering with Lutheran World Federation (LWF), a Veterinary at Thom Thom, Co, Ltd.  He has over 15 years in community development, food security, and livelihood aspect, and education sector. Him has managed the project and programme with multiple tasks and role of budgeting, planning, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and project design. He provided a technical assistant and advisory on project of food security and livelihood and programme of School Feeding. Monitoring, coaching and mentoring and provide technical support, capacity strengthening to government agency and NGO partners. Undertake the coordination, partnership, a regular monitoring and coaching. He also working with youth group in Phnom Penh to lead the project of “local business management” under support from Australia mentor. Mr. Him holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the National University of Management in Cambodia and a bachelor’s degree in Animal Scient and Veterinary Medicine from Preak Leap National Institute of Agriculture in Cambodia.


Mr. Damnang Nil (Participant)
Damnang Nil is a research fellow at Analyzing Development Issues Centre and provided a consultant service to Oxfam Cambodia, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, Oxfam Novib, Ministry of Economics and Finance, Help Age Cambodia, Indochina Starfish Foundation, and Netherland People’s Aid. He also works for the International Organization for Migration, World Vision International organization, and Save the Children organization for more than 12 years in various positions such as provincial coordinator, local coordinator, education technical officer, project manager and officer who responded both at national and subnational level with USAID, UK government aid, and AUSAID. Damnang Nil received a Master Degree of Educational Research Methodology from the Chulalongkorn University; Diploma of Monitoring, Evaluation and Research from the Dewey International University; Master of Business Administration from the University of Management and Economics; and Certificate of Higher Teacher in Khmer and English Literature from the National Institute of Education.


Mr. Peuo Vibol (Participant)
Peuo Vibol is a lecturer at Faculty of Agriculture and Food processing, National University of Battambang (NUBB). He received his MSc degree in agricultural technology from the Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University, Thailand, MSc degree in natural Resource Management, Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia, and certificate of teacher with higher education degree in Agriculture from the National Institute of Education. He is an experience academic in the fields of agriculture, education, research, food security and nutrition. He had has been teaching and conducting trees planting over 4 years at Battambang and Pursat province. He is also working with the Helping Address Rural Vulnerabilities And Ecosystem Stability (HARVEST) program funded by USAID, agribusiness on cashew net value chain funded by International Finance Cooperation (IFC) and Farmer Field School the program that Sub- Agreement by CARE International Cambodia.



Ms. Amphaphone Sayasenh (Participant)
Amphaphone Sayasenh is a research at the National Institute for Economic Research (NIER) of Lao PDR, where she has cultivated her research experiences over the past 13 years. Her works at NIER include developing Macroeconomic model for Lao PDR, monitoring progress of Lao PDR toward graduation from the Least Developed Country status and conducting research on various social and economic issues in areas of inclusive development, inequality and economic integration. Her current research interests are trade and economic integration. 
Amphaphone received her BBA degree with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics from the National University of Singapore and MA degree in Economics from Duke University. She is currently an Economics PhD student at Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University. 



Ms. Ngu Wah Win (Participant)
Ngu Wah Win is a senior policy coordinator at the Centre for Economic and Social Development in Yangon, an independent thinktank dedicated to inclusive development in Myanmar. She contributed to many reform initiatives in Myanmar, including public financial management and tax reforms, agriculture value chain developments, labour market and migration governance, and housing and urban planning initiatives. In 2015, she worked for the Advisory Group of the National Disaster Management Committee, which produced a comprehensive damage and loss assessment jointly undertaken with the World Bank and several government ministries following the deadliest floods in Myanmar at that year. She is presently a member of Myanmar Statisticians Association, Agriculture Policy Unit and other inter-ministerial taskforce tasked with conducting policy analysis and research studies for the government. Ngu Wah Win received her bachelor’s degree in economics from the Yangon Institute of Economics, master’s degree in economics from the Chiang Mai University, and Master of Public Administration on Economic Policy Management from Columbia University.


Mr. Han Haknoukkrith (Participant)
Haknoukrith Han is currently working as an instructor at the Department of Tourism of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Prior to that he had been working as a research assistant at the Department of Tourism for several years. As a research assistant, he had coordinated many research projects conducted by the Department of Tourism including supervising data collection and data processing team. His current research interests are governance, sustainable tourism, employment and labour policy, and decent work and job quality. Haknoukrith received his master’s degree in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management from Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Cambodia.



Ms. Chansovy Ngorn (Participant)
Chansovy Ngorn is a researcher and operations manager at the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS)-a policy research think tank in Cambodia. She has managed and conducted different research projects related to land governance, agriculture, and digital economy. Her research interests are modernized agricultural practices for smallholder farmers, inclusive/responsible agricultural investments, agricultural value chain, gender, and climate change. Prior to joining the research sector, Ms. Ngorn had worked with international organizations including UNDP Cambodia, the Asia Foundation, and Oxfam to coordinate projects related to natural resources management, water governance, and manage grants, strategic partners, and liaise with key stakeholders. She has more than 10 years experiences in development work and 4 years experiences in managing and conducting research projects in Cambodia. Ms. Ngorn holds a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University, a Master’s degree in Project Management and Entrepreneurship from Lyon II and Lille University through France Cooperation Program in Cambodia, and a bachelor degree in Forestry Sciences from Royal University of Agriculture in Cambodia.


Mr. Sophea Chuon (Participant)
Mr Sophea CHUON graduated a master’s degree in public policy from University of Auckland (UOA), a bachelor’s degree in development economics from Norton University (NU); and a bachelor’s degree in English from University of Puthisastra (UP). Mr Sophea CHUON is the deputy director of the Centre for Governance Innovation and Democracy of the Asian Vision Institute. He is currently working on two big survey projects: company survey on energy consumption, and Asian Barometer Survey (Abs) Wave 6: Democracy, Governance and Development. He was a research assistant at Moulathan Consulting for nearly four years, a local research firm whose research scopes cover government reform programs, local service delivery, education, labour migration and child protection. He has had approximately one year in qualitative research and consultancy for public institutions and development partners.



Mr. Nhem Sochea (Participant)
Sochea has been educating and working on various aspects of tourism development for over a decade with local non-governmental organizations, international development agency and education institution. The main dual focuses of his early professional experience were Community Based Ecotourism as alternative rural livelihood option and conservation of the critically endangered pieces along Mekong river. As part of USAID’s supported project, he supported treasure awardees through embedded technical and business linkages using the value chain approach which engaged many essential stakeholders such as the Ministry of Tourism and other key tourism association. Sochea areas of expertise include bottom-up participatory development in tourism, CBET, Ecotourism, Sustainable Tourism, training and facilitation, coaching and mentoring as well as Participatory Action Research. He has involved in number of small research projects such as research capacity of higher education institutions, CBET feasibility study, CBT distribution channels [published in international journal and recognised as the paper of the year for its practical usability of research and broad subject interest pertaining to distribution channels in tourism (economic sustainability)], Pro-poor tourism and also the scenarios of food tourism festival (New Zealand based study) and co-led a research project on inclusive tourism (funded by Australian Embassy through The Asian Foundation). He also involved in providing technical assistance to various small scale action research projects concerning education planning, inclusion and equity. He has contributed to tourism scholarship for many years through teaching and research supervision at the Department of Tourism of Royal University of Phnom Penh. He has lectured few tourism courses such as Research methods and Sustainable Tourism Development and Management. He is an associate member of Sarawak Research Society, a collaborative team leader of Southeast Asia Research Academy and also serve as Reviewer Board Member of the Journal of Responsible Tourism Management.


Mr. Bun Sambath (Participant)
Sambath BUN is currently the Executive Director and Secretariat General of Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cambodia (YEAC). His focus is on supporting young entrepreneurs and MSMEs eco-system in Cambodia. Besides managing the operation of the association, he contributes to the young entrepreneurs supporting policy working with different stakeholders and government agencies, especially promoting SMEs development via Public Private Partnership. The Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cambodia (YEAC) was established as a volunteer-driven non-profit organization whose mandate is to empower young entrepreneurs of Cambodia to enhance youth entrepreneurship and success of youth-owned businesses by creating a platform for networking, sharing, learning, and synergizing business opportunities, thereby contributing to productive employments and economic development that build the next generation economy for Cambodia. YEAC has become a leading business association in Cambodia in contributing to policy and government regulation in supporting MSMEs and young entrepreneurs in Cambodia. Sambath got his Master in Public Policy, specialized in Development Policy, and Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Australian National University back in 2013. Prior to that he got Bachelor in Education in English from Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2007. Professionally, he has been working for more than 10 years in different profession from civil society, private sector and business association. 


Ms. Him Sothearoth (Participant)
Having been involved in diplomatic career for almost a decade, HIM SOTHEAROTH is currently handling numerous multilateral tasks related to Mekong-led mechanism. Besides, she is a Lecturer at Department of International Studies (DIS), Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL), Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), and a research fellow at Asian Vision Institute (AVI). Her personal interests focus on evaluation of Official Development Assistance (ODA), digital economy, political economy, Mekong geopolitical studies, trade creation and trade diversification, e-government, and innovative business canvas. She received her M.A. in International Relations (IR) from Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS), Waseda University, Tokyo, JAPAN, and B.A. in International Studies (IS) from DIS, IFL, RUPP, Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA.


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