Meet Our Mentors

“When I didn’t have a mentor I didn’t know my real potential, having a mentor has helped me learn how to run a startup and find my way, be connected with the right people and to not feel alone on this journey” Kun Navorth, Vibe Soul.

RICHARD YIM

Richard is the CEO of Demine Robotics, a company that build a robotics solution for explosive clearance. Demine Robotics was a 1st placed finisher at the Canadian Business Model Competition. In 2018, Richard was named one of the ASEAN Top 40 Under 40 by the ASEAN Advisory Group. He has been involve in the start up scene for the past 3 years in Canada and Cambodia and a mentor to various start up companies throughout the years.

MARINE LIEGEOIS

Communicatuions Mentor

Marine has been working in communications and marketing for the past 6 years and has landed in Cambodia 2 years ago with a strong motivation to work for a meaningful cause with a big impact. She is now an Individual Giving Coordinator at Friends-International, developing strategies to grow income and acquire donors by implementing various fundraising activities.  Passionate about social entrepreneurship and environmental causes, she’s excited to share her experience in cross-channel communications, social media, and web.

CHHUNNY NOEM

Always smiling, Chhunny specialises in leadership training for those who want to make a positive impact using innovative techniques and mindfulness. Full of kindness with a peaceful aura, Chhunny also facilitates meditation classes for Impact Hub PP. Speak to Chhunny if you need training in mindful leadership, personal development and team-building.

CHRISTOPHER TRESHAN PERERA

“It’s a capital mistake to theorize before one has data” – Sherlock Holmes. But what is data? At American Express, Bloomberg and viagogo in London, Chris learned how to identify patterns, glean insights and capture trends from data to empower business growth. He led global digital teams to model data-driven processes that helped one company hit $1B. He also managed the development of web applications which made life easier for marketers.

MAXIMILIANO BERGER

Currently working as Head of Business Development for Wing Specialized Bank, a mobile banking services provider with the commitment of providing financial inclusion via its services to the unbanked and under-banked, which currently represents roughly 70% of the population in Cambodia. Previous roles include Head of Customer Lifecycle & Head of Trade Marketing at Cellcard, a leading Telco provider in Cambodia. Prior to setting foot in Cambodia, Maximiliano lived and worked in the frantic city of NY for a tech start-up, serving fortune 500 companies and Wall Street investors as the clients.

CHERYL LEE

Cheryl is a tech enthusiast & a devotee of sound business analytics. She has been actively involved in investment projects across SE Asia since 2012. Cheryl believes that a successful entrepreneur is one with perseverance, superhuman healing powers, and more importantly, intellectual humility.

KAREN MOIK

Based out of Phnom Penh, Karen is an Investment Analyst at the social venture capital fund, Insitor Management. Prior to moving to Cambodia in August 2016, she worked for 4-years on the corporate debt finance team at Citizens Financial Group in New York City and Boston. She received a dual-degree in Mathematics and Economic Development from the College of the Holy Cross. Most importantly, she is an avid dog lover and food enthusiast.

TIMOL PEN

Timol has several years of professional working experience in fields of finance, accounting and taxation. He started his professional career with one of the globally-recognized “Big-Four” accounting firms and then joined the Japanese Impact Investor before coming a founder of ATAP & Partners, a consulting firm specialized in accounting and tax consultancy and advisory. Currently, Timol is also an active member of KICAPP and member of ACCA.

BRETT WHITE

Brett White is the founder of Be Leadership, which consults, coaches, and trains leaders, teams, and organizations in developing contagious culture, higher employee engagement, effective behavioral change, and empowered mindsets. Brett has also been traveling to Cambodia for over 8 years, working alongside an extensive range of great people, organizations and teams. Brett is an author, motivational speaker, leadership & business coach, organization consultant, and cultural architect with over 25 years’ experience in leadership, communication, transformational thinking, mindsets, and behavioral change.

KERRY BOYS

Kerry is a passionate strategic problem-solver, utilising these skills to accelerate the growth of individuals and organisations from start-ups to global clients. Her experience spans business & marketing strategy, people development, organisational design and operational efficiency. Kerry is happiest when bringing people together to solve problems they previously thought were impossible.

KIMSOPHAT KONG

Kimsophat is a Cambodian entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Making It Easy Co.,Ltd. This successful startup is the first company to provide one-stop services for expats working and doing business in Cambodia. He has lived and travelled around the world, and provides our entrepreneurs with legal, tax and business registration advice.

THANY HOUR

SWAPNIL DESHMUKH

Swapnil Deshmukh, is the Founder of “Socials – Coffee & Humanity” and Head of Business Development, SE Asia at Cignifi Inc. He has previously worked at Maybank Cambodia, where he was the Head of Digital Banking. He has held Product and Business Development roles in Idea Cellular (Axiata Group) and C-SAM (now a Mastercard company).

SYAHRULFIKRI SALLEH

Syahrulfikri Salleh (Ajin) has been involved in the creative industry since 2000 and has exhibited his work in numerous local and international venues. In 2013, he quit his job as a lecturer of typography & graphic design to pursue his dream of traveling the world and making art. After two years of traveling by land from Kuala Lumpur to Spain, he accepted a job offer as a Head of Art at an award-winning advertising agency in Phnom Penh.Ajin’s work mainly focuses on learning, sharing and collaborating. He’s still teaching part-time at a design college in the city and currently, he’s the co-founder of n o w h e r e art studio.

 

DANIN LY

Danin specializes in customer relationship management, leadership, people management, project management, statistical data analysis, business and CRM system analysis, as well as business development and operations management. He has 7 years of experience in field service solution providers at local and multinational companies in Cambodia.

NITHYA MENON

Nithya is an engineer whose expertise ranges from high tech firmware and software all the way to low tech mechanical solutions. Currently, she is the product owner and firmware engineer at Okra Solar, building a technology to provide reliable and affordable energy for off-grid communities. She has employed her rigorous technical background and commitment to people-centered design with social enterprises in India, Myanmar, Cambodia. An advocate for working with passion and heart, she lives and breathes her work tackling energy poverty and is also outspoken about getting more STEM professionals, especially women, to explore social innovation, as it is a career path that has brought her tremendous inspiration and purpose.

DOROTHÉE ETIENNE

Dorothée has been working as a strategic design consultant in Cambodia since 2013. She works with handicraft social business, NGOs and design schools on their product identity and offer strategy. Among those projects, she developed the brand of Phare visual arts students, called Ponleu Selpak and she imagines the collection of PSE, made in the NGO sewing workshop, under the name Le cartable de Chenda.

SOKHEMA NARA

Sokhema Nara is an educator, social entrepreneur, and adviser to social and educational initiatives. Her life mission is to help build a young generation of highly committed, capable and ethical leaders to bring Cambodia to the next level. In addition to teaching at universities and mentoring young people leading social projects, Sokhema is also a co-founder and trainer of the “Leadership Innovation & Development Arena”, providing soft-skills and capacity development for young professionals. Through the Franks Family Foundation, Sokhema is providing technical and advisory supports to the New Generation School, a public education reform initiative with the Ministry of Education.

JOEY RA

Joey is a life coach and consultant, with a background working for global corporations including Deloitte and Prudential. His passion in life is helping individuals and organizations discover and share their unique gifts with the world. He splits his time between consulting in the field of HR and executive compensation and designing and running workshops on personal and organizational effectiveness in Cambodia.

PETE FORD

Pete is Editor in Chief at QED, a PR and digital marketing agency that works with some of the world’s (and Cambodia’s) most famous brands. A freelance journalist and editor with a passion for travel and social history, he has spent much of the past 10 years working across Asia and Africa, and is excited to share his experience in writing, PR, editing and communications.

ASHISH FITKARIWALA

Ashish Fitkariwala is the Founder and Director of EduQuest Hub, which is the first Educational information portal and marketplace in Cambodia. Ashish comes with over 13 years of experience in leadership, marketing, sales, partnership and relationship management, working with various private sector organisations in India and Cambodia. He has worked with organizations like Accenture, Lenovo, and Hewlett-Packard prior to joining Thakral Group in Cambodia as Country Manager for Business Operations in 2011. He was the Board member with Cambodia ICT Federation and recently Board Advisor to the Pathmazing Inc. Ashish lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with his family.

AFNAN HANNAN

Afnan has a background in renewable energy, energy efficiency and IoT. He’s currently the co-founding CEO of Cambodian x Australian Start-up, Okra Solar – IoT based smart solar grids for off-grid communities. Having been part of the early stage growth of 3 startups over the last 4 years Afnan has been through the growing pains of MVP product development, team building, growth hacking, bootstrapping, fundraising and the all important culture-development which are but a few of the fun areas he hopes to share experiences in navigating for enthusiastic Cambodian entrepreneurs.

KEANGHOK LAY

Lay Keanghok is a tech enthusiast and a cofounder of Catastore, an online marketing place in Cambodia. In addition, he has been actively involved in several tech-based community projects: Microsoft Student Partner, Google Dev Fest, and SmartStart program to share his knowledge and expertise in both entrepreneurship and tech with a vision of seeing further growth and development in this community.

ROSWELL THOMAS

Roswell Thomas is the Head of Business Development at 17 Triggers, a marketing agency that focuses on using advertising and human centred design approaches for good causes in Cambodia and other developing countries. Previously, he worked at Emerging Markets Consulting, where he helped design consulting engagements relating to business strategy, market analysis, and value chain assessments for development and private sector clients. He has lived and worked in Phnom Penh for the past 7 years.

VANDY MOUNG

Vandy is an HCD Designer at The iDE Cambodia Innovation Lab who has a keen interest in exploring the world, learning diversified skills, and optimistically making the world a better place. Over 10 years of experience in Human-Centered Design (HCD), gender, design research, innovation, and visual design. He has been working on many projects related to entrepreneurship, WASH, health, nutrition, and agriculture. 

CHANTHY LEANG

DAVID BENAIM

David moved to Cambodia and founded Xlconsulting to pursue his passion for adding value & efficiency to small businesses and NGOs focusing on implementing systems to build capacity within organisations. With the highest qualification levels in Microsoft Excel & QuickBooks Online, David implements & trains on simple, sustainable systems in accounting, business analysis & project management and provides professional training courses in advanced use of Microsoft Office.

Trisha Mani

Trisha is an Associate at UBERIS, an Impact Investment Fund in Cambodia that supports social entrepreneurs across Southeast Asia. Her work primarily deals with identifying and growing innovative businesses committed to serving the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) and the Planet. Prior to this, she spent 2 years with Citi, India – in the Private Banking and Wealth Management team. She hopes to use her diverse experience in corporate and social finance to support local entrepreneurs to build and scale their businesses. She has an undergraduate degree in economics and enjoys reading, traveling, and moral philosophy.

JONATHAN KUBA

Jonathan is a seasoned executive in the Food & Beverage and agriculture sectors.  He started in Asia as an in-house counsel for IDG Ventures.  He later served as an owner, President, and CEO for S.E. Asia master franchisees with various international brands such as Pizza Hut, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Subway, Domino’s, Burger King, Popeye’s and Dunkin Donuts.  Jonathan founded a plantation company in Cambodia and enjoys the field of food production.  He holds a B.A. in Economics as well as an MBA and Juris Doctor degree.

SARAH VAN BOEKHOUT

With 12 years of experience in business operations, project management, and team leadership, Sarah is an eager supporter of anyone with a big idea who needs help with the ‘doing’ bit. She was born and raised in New Zealand, started her career in New York and Melbourne, and then settled in Cambodia in 2015 to support SMEs in emerging markets. Her first role in Cambodia saw her working closely with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on managing a women’s economic empowerment program, and she’s now the Operations Director for Baramey, a talent and production agency for Khmer music. Sarah holds a Masters in International Development, a Bachelors in HR and Strategic Management, and is a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network.

ELEANOR DARTSMITH

Eleanor is an SME textile production operations expert with particular experience working in sustainable production throughout East Africa and Southeast Asia. She values flexible, innovative, and strategic approaches to overcoming challenges, and is passionate about finding creative solutions to create reliable and sustainable operations systems in her sector. 

KHAIFIRUDDIN AHMAD DIN

Social Strategy Mentor

Khaifiruddin has an immense passion for community development and organizational design, and how to use business as a sustainable vehicle to propel social and community agenda. He has been living in Cambodia since 2018 and is currently the Chief, SE Asia Office for AusRelief Limited and ARCAM Development Co. Ltd. He looks forward to exchanging ideas and networks from his decades of experience working with startups and nonprofit organizations in Singapore and Asia.

RUTGER LINDEROTH

SIVHUANG LAY

 Sivhuang has worked and studied in 5 different countries in the field of business management and innovation leveraging the rapid development of technologies. She holds a MBA from China and international Masters’ Joint Degrees in Global Markets, Local Creativities from the UK, Spain, and Germany. Sivhuang is currently a Business Manager & Strategy at Bongloy, a Southeast Asia based fintech company focusing on open API for card issuance and digital payment infrastructure. She also serves as Vice President of the Erasmus Mundus Association in Cambodia where scholars are connected and collaborating to empower youth to be the potential resources to the country’s development. 

NICHOLAS HUTTENRAUCH

 Nicholas is a Consultant at EMC (Emerging Market Consultants). He works closely with SMEs in Cambodia, providing them with strategic advisory, financial support, and access to finance. Previously, he was involved in equity and debt investments across multiple industries in Southeast Asia. Nicholas is passionate about financial inclusion and development and is looking forward to supporting local entrepreneurs with financial modeling and fundraising to bring their ideas to life.

LAK YOUSSEY

Agribusiness Development Mentor

Youssey is enthusiastic in sharing his industry insights and experiences in agricultural-related business/trade. He currently serves as a Technical Advisor supporting two regional programs, which promote trade of agricultural products to China and sustainable value chain in ASEAN, at a German development agency (GIZ). He has dealt directly with the public and private sectors, including business associations in Cambodia. 

Youssey graduated with a master’s degree in Global Food and Agricultural Business in Australia. Prior to this study, he spent roughly 7 years in agriculture and rural development areas in Cambodia and the region.

CELINE LE GRAND

Design & Strategy Mentor

Celine is the creative director at Melon Rouge Agency, a local leader in brand consulting and design which provide creative services for a wide variety of clients for the private and social sector. She is an engaged and experienced leader who spearheads new creative and strategic thinking for different types of projects including but not limited to brand experience, awareness, and behavior change campaigns, digital services. She is a strategic thinker and multidisciplinary designer who conceive, draw, and build out with passion ideas to generate positive impact.

Mentoring with Impact Hub Phnom Penh

Want to support the next generation of change-makers in Cambodia?

We are looking for talented people who are aligned with our values, passionate about supporting Cambodia’s startup ecosystem, and who have skills, experience and networks that can support our entrepreneurs.

We offer tailored and one-to-one mentoring as a key feature of many of the Impact Hub entrepreneurship programs, as well as the Hub Entrepreneurs Club. A great mentor can have a huge impact on the development of an entrepreneur and the success of a startup.