Co-founder and Chairman, Cambodia Institute of Security Studies

Future of Asia Chair, Asian Views on America's Role in Asia

Chheang Vannarith is a consultant for the Southeast Asia program of the Nippon Foundation. He is a co-founder and chairman of the Cambodian Institute for Strategic Studies, and an adjunct senior fellow at the Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace. He was a lecturer in Asia-Pacific studies at the University of Leeds, and he served as executive director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace from 2009 to 2013. His research interests include Asia-Pacific international politics, regionalism, governance, social innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Chheang earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in 2002, a master’s degree in International Relations from the International University of Japan in 2006, the Graduate Certificate in Leadership from the East-West Center in the United States in 2008, and a doctoral degree in Asia-Pacific Studies from the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in 2009. He was honored as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.