Opportunity and Risk in Cambodia: Networks for The Next Generation

Silas Everett, Country Representative, Cambodia, The Asia Foundation; and Chheang Vannarith, Consultant for Southeast Asia Program, The Nippon Foundation; and Steven Westervelt, Senior Consultant, Control Risks Group (Moderator)

Venue : VISA Boardroom (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Road, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : August 24, 2016

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $25.00

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Connectivity has long held sway as a marker for the health of emerging markets, but for Cambodia connectivity is not only changing the way outside investors assess opportunity in the Kingdom but also how changing how Cambodians view themselves.  Beyond the youth bulge, rise of the smartphone in Cambodia, and prospects for rapid change in the transport sector, it is clear that Cambodia’s future increasingly rests on its ICT and transport networks.

Join us for a lively discussion of economic and political risks and opportunities in ICT and transport sectors in Cambodia.

About the Speaker:

Silas Everett
Country Representative
The Asia Foundation

Silas Everett joined The Asia Foundation as country representative of Timor-Leste in 2008 and became the Cambodia country representative in 2013.

Prior to joining the Foundation, he worked as Senior Technical Advisor for Civil Society and Conflict Management in South and Southeast Asia for Mercy Corps in 2005-2007. In 2003, he worked as Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Training, Advocacy, and Networking program in Mongolia for Mercy Corps. In 2001, he worked as Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Azerbaijan Civil Society Development program in Azerbaijan for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Everett served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia and as an International Development Fellow for CRS in Serbia and Montenegro. He also served as an observer of the 2002 Georgian municipal elections and 2004 Mongolian parliamentary elections.

His recent work with government and NGOs has been concentrated in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, traditional justice, and civil society development in conflict-affected, nascent democracies. Everett received certification to mediate in the state of Massachusetts. He speaks advanced Mongolian and is proficient in Spanish.

Silas has a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in English and Philosophy.

Vannarith Chheang
The Nippon Foundation
Consultant for Southeast Asia Program (Social Innovation and People-Centered East Asian Community)
Cambodian Institute for Strategic Studies

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors 

Vannarith Chheang has more than six years of working experiences as researcher, consultant, educator, and director of a think tank. Prior to being a Consultant for Southeast Asia Program at the Nippon Foundation, he was a full-time lecturer of Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Leeds in UK, and served as executive director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace in Cambodia. He also was a consultant for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and technical advisor to the National Assembly of Cambodia. He has been awarded various fellowship and leadership programs. He has published academic and policy papers, and commentaries on regional issues in Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific.

About the Moderator 

Steven Westervelt 
Senior Consultant
Control Risks Group

Steven works for Control Risks, a consulting firm that helps clients succeed in complex and hostile environments. He specializes in helping companies understand and mitigate business risks across southeast Asia, with a specific focus on Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia. He previously worked in Iraq and Afghanistan, latterly with AECOM, on various US government contracts in support of counterinsurgency operations. Steven is a native of Los Angeles and has a Masters degree in International Relations from Leiden University. He is also a member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. 

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