We have had a presence in Phnom Penh since 2013. An office was formally registered in Cambodia in March 2014 through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Institute and the Royal Government of Cambodia. In total six staff members work at the office.
Our office in Phnom Penh enables close relations with partner institutions and facilitates situation analysis as well as programme design and flexible implementation.
In addition to keeping in close contact with partner institutions, the office also maintains contact with a wide range of national and international organizations and donors active in Cambodia in order to ensure coordination and synergies of its activities.
Read more about our work in Cambodia.
Staff in Phnom Penh
Seila holds three master degrees from different countries, LLM from South Korea and Master in Human Rights and Democratisation from University of Sydney-Australia and Mahidol University-Thailand. Before taking up his current position as programme officer at RWI’s office in Cambodia in September 2013 he worked in various positions in several human rights organization in Cambodia, including International Justice Mission (IJM), UNICEF and East-West Management Institute-Programme on Rights and Justice (EWMI-PRAJ).
Rachana holds a Bachelor degree of Finance and Banking from National University of Management with almost 20 years of experience working in Administration, Finance and Human Resource with a different donors.
She joined RWI in 2014 and works as a Finance Officer at the RWI Office in Phnom Penh. Before joining RWI, Rachana worked for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as Administrative and Finance Officer.
In 2008 – 2013 Rachana was a Senior Assistant Project Coordinator at Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE). From 2006 to 2008 she was a Human Resource Support Assistant with CARE International Organization and another five years she worked with Japan International Company as General Affairs / Secretary.
Mostafa holds a Master degree in Human Rights Law from Pannasastra University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. For the past 15 years Mostafa has coordinated programmes in the areas of human rights, democracy and sustainable development in Cambodia. He has focused particularly on civil society and human rights of women and has vast experience of coordinating and monitoring Sida-funded programmes. Previously, he worked for Forum SYd, GIZ, CAMP, EIYAC and OIYP.
Victor Bernard is the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s (RWI) programme officer specialised in the interlinkages between human rights and the environment. In this capacity, he leads many of RWI’s research and capacity development initiatives in Asia and the Pacific to strengthen knowledge bases on human rights, gender equality and the environment. In addition, he oversees technical support on integrating a rights-based approach into environmental programmes in collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute.
During his tenure at RWI, Bernard undertook a number of assignments, including the thematic study examining the extent to which countries in Asia and the Pacific incorporated international standards and guidelines on displacement into national law and policy frameworks relating to climate change and disaster risk management to address the phenomenon. Most recently, he served as a co-editor of the RWI’s 2020 report Prosperous and green in the Anthropocene: The human right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia.
Prior to joining RWI, Bernard worked as the Programme Officer at Sida’s humanitarian unit managing projects in South Sudan and assisting in incorporating protection principles and promoting meaningful access, safety and dignity in Sida’s humanitarian aid. Bernard’s experience also includes work with the EU Delegation in Thailand and The Asia Foundation on issues related to human rights, governance, conflict and development in Asia.
Victor Bernard holds an LL.M in International Law from the University of Edinburgh, a postgraduate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews, and a bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of York.
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