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 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.


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.


Phallin has been working in the IT field for almost 6 years, and is passionate about how technology can support businesses. She wants to use her skills and knowledge to contribute to the startup teams journey. When she is talking to younger people she cannot help but smile! It has become a habit. Phallin loves speaking to people about their future, and she wants to use this skill to help people learn, grow, and get to know themselves more.


“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.


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 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.


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 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.


David Sweeting is the Founder and Director of The Urban Platform Studio – an advisory, project management and research consultancy focused on partnering with clients to develop innovative solutions to address urban challenges in Asia Pacific. David has over 13 years of working experience developing strategy, business model design, business transformation, analytics, technology projects, co-design and innovation with clients in the Asia region. He specialises in inclusive planning, research, urban service design and service delivery for urban communities across Asia Pacific (PNG, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Vietnam, Philippines).


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 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.


Daniel has lived in Phnom Penh since 2016 when he founded the South East Asian branch of African Clean Energy, a family owned social enterprise focusing on distribution of proprietary clean cook-stoves and sustainable sourced biomass. After attaining a BA Commerce in Australia, he moved to China and worked his way up the ladder within luxury hotel kitchens and restaurants. After a decade of pomp and circumstance, Daniel abandoned the opulence the of five star lodging industry to pursue gains in SDG7 (energy) throughout the developing world. Come and ask him about clean fires.


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 (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 specialises 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 experience in field service solution providers at local and multinational companies in Cambodia.


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 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 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 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 organisations 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 organisational effectiveness in Cambodia.


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 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 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.


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 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.


Derek Pan has over 15 years of experience in digital media and community development. Upon completion of the Asia Pacific Leadership Program in Hawaii, Pan relocated to New York City where he founded Khmerican, a leading authority for news and content on the Cambodian diaspora. Now based in Phnom Penh, he continues to oversee Khmerican, is writing his first book ‘Khmerican: Khmer America Forward’, and is helping our entrepreneurs with social media, copywriting, blog management, media outreach and PR.


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.


Hilton is a growth marketer with experience working with high-growth startups, accelerators, tech companies and non-profits. At his current role at Hootsuite, he manages the company’s APAC digital campaigns and advertisements. Before Hootsuite, Hilton worked at International Accelerator in Austin, where he closely worked with Silicon Valley and Austin mentors and investors to develop growth and fundraising strategies for their portfolio startups. Passionate about social entrepreneurship, Hilton attended Ashoka’s training in Washington DC and started HKU Social Entrepreneurship Network at the University of Hong Kong, where he graduated with a degree in Business and Politics.


Born passionate with art, technology and entrepreneurship, Socheata Bun is currently Marketing Manager of Soyo Entertainment which is the one and only VOD platform in Cambodia focusing on promoting and supporting local video production. Having past experiences working in many sectors and in a startup environment, she’s here to help newbie startups to localise their products for the market and turn social pressure to opportunity.


Heng is the Head of Smart Axiata Innovation Lab at Zaman University, the university-based lab in Cambodia that utilize practical learning approach in the country that embraces out-of-the-classroom learning. Several start-ups coming out of this lab have been recognized by numerous of local and international awards. He is also the co-founder of mLab Cambodia, an edtech startup. The team at mLabKH have developed numerous of educational applications and platforms and made them available for all Cambodian youth to use them free of charge. The team believes that technology could be utilized to embrace positive changes in the society.

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.