Project & Senior Staff

WCS first began working in Cambodia in 1999, and now works in partnership with the Cambodian government and other stakeholders in seven conservation projects across the country. The WCS Cambodia Program office is located in Phnom Penh. The Program’s senior staff are listed below:

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Sereyrotha Ken

Country Director
Sereyrotha Ken is Country Director of WCS Cambodia. He used to be Deputy Secretary-General of the National Council for Sustainable Development in Cambodia from 2014 to November 2017. He was an Office Chief of Community Protected Areas Development (1997–2003), Deputy Director for Nature Conservation and Protection (2003–2008), and Deputy Director-General of the General Department of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection in the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia (2008–2014). He has a Master’s Degree with Merit (2002) and Graduate Diploma (2001) in Environmental Management and Development, which were awarded by the Australian National University. He also holds an Engineering Degree with Excellence in Water Supply and Irrigation from the Institute of Technology in Cambodia. He will submit his PhD thesis to the University of Sydney, Australia on the two-way relationship between social capital and community-based natural resource management in Cambodia in 2018.

Alistair Mould

Operations Manager
Alistair Mould has been the Operations Manager for the WCS Cambodia Program based in Phnom Penh since 2017. Previous to that he worked as the WCS Landscape Technical Advisor for the Northern Plains, Preah Vihear Province starting in January 2015. He completed his MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Exeter in 2007 and since then has worked for a number of wildlife conservation, eco-tourism and alternative livelihood projects in both Tanzania and Cambodia. During his 11 years in Cambodia Alistair has established a community-managed outdoor butterfly exhibit, co-managed a wildlife rescue/ environmental education centre located in a National Park and with worked with FFI on an EU funded Sustainable Provision of Ecosystem Services Project in the Cardamom Mountain Landscape.

Simon Mahood

Senior Technical Advisor
Simon has a Masters of Science in Applied Ecology and Conservation. In more than 10 years of conservation, Simon's greatest achievement has been his discovery of a new bird species (the Cambodian Tailorbird), which lives just outside of Phnom Penh. He thinks that the future of wildlife in Cambodia depends upon Cambodian people, “Now is a really critical time when people have to choose if they want to keep wild places and protect animals like Giant Ibis, Bengal Florican and Eld's Deer, or if they're prepared to let it all go. We've shown in places like Prek Toal, where the waterbird colony has grown massively due to protection that in Cambodia successful conservation is possible. Right now, the future of wildlife is whatever Cambodia wants it to be”.

Tan Setha

Keo Seima Law Enforcement Advisor
After studying for his master’s degree in Kazakhstan 1987-1994, he worked as a wildlife researcher producing several publications related to Cambodian birds and other fauna. Tan Setha then moved into protected area management and has been a government counterpart with WCS since 1999, including 13 years in the position of Project Manager for Preah Vihear Protected Forest. This site has been among the best managed protected areas in Cambodia. During the recent reorganization of conservation in Cambodia, where all Protected Forests were moved from FA/MAFF to MoE management in May-2016, Tan Setha decided he needed a new challenge and resigned his government position to join WCS staff with the new Position as Landscape Technical Advisor – Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia.


Northern Plains Landscape Advisor
After completing his BSc (Hon) in Zoology at Glasgow University in 2002, Nev worked on conservation and research projects in South America and Australia. In 2004 Nev moved to Cambodia and since then has worked with a number of organisations and government partners focussing on the conservation and welfare of Asian wildlife in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam.

Olly Griffin

Forest Carbon Technical Advisor
Olly has an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London, and has experience working in conservation projects in Madagascar, central Africa, and south-east Asia. In his current role he manages WCS Cambodia's REDD+ portfolio: supporting landscape teams in the design of project interventions to ensure alignment with the project’s theory of change; engaging in the national REDD+ policy process; developing the necessary project documentation to ensure project registration and/or verification of credits from both the Northern Plains and KSWS REDD projects according to the requirements of the VCS and CCB Standards; monitoring and reporting on project progress; and liaising with outside marketing partners for the sale of project credits.

Sarah Brook

Regional Counter Wildlife Trade Technical Advisor
Sarah has a Master of Science in Applied Ecology and Conservation. She has been working in conservation for more than ten years, eight of which have been in Southeast Asia. Sarah’s most notable work was the last ever population survey of Javan rhino in Vietnam which declared that subspecies extinct. “I think the future of wildlife in Cambodia hangs in the balance right now. Cambodia has the largest remaining populations of some of the region's most iconic wildlife but it is becoming increasingly more challenging to protect these species and their habitats from the many pressures they face” said Sarah. Sarah is leading the development of WCS Cambodia's Counter-Wildlife Trafficking work, she is the Team Lead for Research and Monitoring and is responsible for coordinating capacity development for WCS Cambodia staff.

Kimheak Chhay

REDD+ Technical Advisor
Kimheak Chhay is a REDD+ Technical Advisor at Wildlife Conservation Society, where she advises on the development and implementation of REDD+ project and takes lead on the implementation of social safeguard of REDD+ program in Keo Siema Wildlife Sanctuary. She graduated from Royal University of Phnom Penh, with bachelor degree in Environmental Science in 2008; and master degree in Development Study in 2013. She has 10 year-plus experiences in implementation and management of natural resources and biodiversity conservation. She has good experience in facilitating policy dialogues engaging community, NGOs, government and private sectors for protection and management of natural resource and ecosystem services.

Sitha Som

Landscape Technical Advisor, Koh Kong and Mekong Conservation Project
Sitha gained his Masters Degree in Environmental Management in New Zealand. He has successfully managed many conservation projects on freshwater turtles and tortoises both in Cambodia and Laos. He has also authored a number of reports and journal papers and has been a member of the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG) since 2008. Both from a personal and practical perspective, Sitha believes that conservation can save endangered species from extinction. He has been involved in conservation for eleven years.

Chansophea Neou

HR and Admin Manager
Chansophea Neou gained his Master's Degree in Law from the Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) and he completed his Bachelor of Education in English from the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL). He has been engaged in Human Resources and Administration work with a private company, the U.S. Embassy, and International NGOs since 2003.
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