The PEPY Empowering Youth team believes that successful and sustainable programs can only happen when local leadership is the driving force behind program development. All of the PEPY Empowering Youth management team and Board of Directors are based in Cambodia, which means decisions are made on the ground, with Cambodian leadership driving program development.

PEPY Empowering Youth staff are provided with on-the-job skills training and are offered scholarship funding to allow them to pursue higher-level education. Currently our team is comprised of eight Cambodians, one international employee, and several skilled volunteers from across the world. If you are interested in joining the PEPY Empowering Youth team, take a look at our current opportunities.

Education program:

Oem Manin – ICT and IT Coordinator
Kev Channa – Scholarship Project Officer
Skut Savoeng – Dream Management Project Officer
Khlang Kim Ann – Scholarship Assistant
Romina Olmoguez – English Teacher

Office team:

Rith Sarakk – Executive Director
Sien Konnitha – Finance and Admin Manager
By Dena – Admin and Accounting Assistant
Laurence Dobson – Communications & Fundraising Assistant

Board of Directors

Awatd(Board Chair)
Watd Awatd has been a board member at PEPY Empowering Youth 2013 now. She studied English at Pannasatra university of Cambodia and ended up with a bachelor’s degree of TESOL. She is currently working as a Consultant for Cambodia Living Arts Organization and provides training for young artists and scholarship students. She was also an education community development volunteer with Youth Star Cambodian Organization for twelve months in Prey Veng province.
Anna Mckeon
(Vice Chair)
Anna Anna is a freelance communications consultant working in Phnom Penh. She is currently facilitating a global working group for the Better Care Network and Save the Children UK, aimed at discouraging volunteering in orphanages, and promoting responsible volunteering. She maintains a connection with PEPY both through serving as a board member, as well as instructing leadership and development trips for PEPY Tours. Anna worked as PEPY’s Communications Manager for 2 years from 2011 to 2013.
Sopheap Doung (Treasurer)
Sopheap Sopheap hails from Kralanh – PEPY Empowering Youth’s target area. She has been Human Resource Manager at Amansara – an exclusive 5* hotel in Siem Reap – since 2012. Prior to that, she was the Human Resource Manager at the Tara Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap, and for 3 years was also Accounts and Administration officer for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Siem Reap.
Ravy Vang
Ravy Van Ravy is one of 7 board members at PEPY Empowering Youth. He has a Major in General Management and graduated from a bachelor of business administration at the University Of South East Asia (USEA). He is currently the director and project manager at Salariin Kampuchea Organization with duties such as financial management, fundraising and communications and more. He also has experience working as a sales assistant and life insurance advisor.
Jeff Strachan
jeff Jeff has been a part of the PEPY family since participating in a PEPY Tours volunteer trip in 2008. He served on the international board of PEPY US for many years, and joined the Cambodian board in 2014. He is currently based in Siem Reap, and is owner of Maison557, a boutique hotel, as well as retained consultant with hospitality specialists Insights Management Consultancy. This follows a sixteen-year career with Marriott International where he was most recently VP Sales & Marketing for the Middle East and Africa.
Phoungmaly Nhean
maly Maly has been working with non-profit-sector for more than 10 years operations, senior management and leadership positions. Currently she is founder and Executive Director of Rachna Satrei (translation: women empowerment) and coordinator of Coordination Non-government Organization Network – Siem Reap’s largest membership organization. The network has 148 members and promotes good governance and democracy for civil society. Maly holds a masters in General Management and Accounting.
Bunthann Kim
kim Kim was born and grew up in Kralanh district – PEPY’s target area. He has a BA and MBA in Management and is currently branch manager for Ming Wuoy Group at “Pedro” in Siem Reap. Kim is also Co-Founder of the Cycling Community Club in Siem Reap – a group of like-minded individuals who run challenge bike rides to raise funds for social change projects. He is passionate about supporting rural young people and their communities and making a difference in their future.
Colm Byrne
Colm first became involved with PEPY when he became involved in the PEPY Ride in 2013. Since then the school at which he taught for ten years in Ireland (DPETNS) has established an educational partnership with PEPY. This partnership seeks to enhance the quality of education in both organizations. Colm was PEPY’s Capacity Builder from July 2014 to April 2015. He currently lives and teaches in Siem Reap. Colm joined the board in September 2015.