Vanaka Chhem-Kieth

  • Master of Science in Human Rights – London School of Economics (UK)
  • Bachelor of Arts – McGill University (Canada)

Vanaka is of Cambodian origins but was born and trained abroad – in France, Canada and the UK. He settled in Cambodia in 2015, eager to contribute to the human and social development of the country. Vanaka currently lectures at Paññāsāstra University, and develops research and media projects with a range of partners including the ASEAN and the Swedish Development Agency.

Vanaka has five years of experience designing and managing education projects. He trained participants and teams on a range of subjects, including soft skills, leadership, entrepreneurship, and oral history. He leveraged the power of filmmaking, art, life story interviews, and other medium to deliver ambitious projects.

He has worked with partners from the private, government or public sectors, including McKinsey & Company, the UK Cabinet Office, Canadian High Commission, Future Foundations and Concordia University (Canada). In 2010, he earned a Forces Avenir, a prestigious Canadian award recognizing student initiatives in education.

Vanaka also worked on oral history projects with victims of war and genocide, and conducted research for the Canadian Foreign Affairs and United Nations Development Program in Cambodia. He completed social science degrees at world-leading universities in Canada (McGill University) and in the UK (London School of Economics).

Vanaka is excited to share his personal experience to help Cambodians develop skills essential to the regionally and globally integrated world of work. He is determined to helping explore the untapped potential of the young generation to dream, create and grow.

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