Former Program Manager, Governance, Cambodia

Soknak Por left the Foundation in September 2020.

Soknak Por is a governance specialist with 16 years of experience working with local and international non-governmental organizations. Soknak has extensive experience managing and implementing projects with national and subnational governments, NGO partners, and other stakeholders including various development partners. His areas of work encompass governance, capacity development, and natural resources management. He supported the successful implementation of two ADB-funded projects, the Tonle Sap Sustainable Livelihood Project in 2010 and the Emergency Food Assistance Project 2013-2015. Soknak also provided technical assistance for GIZ’s support to the National Committee for Subnational Democratic Development Secretariat to develop and test technical guidelines for subnational democratic development processes from 2011-2013. Soknak worked with CRS, Pact, and Oxfam to manage grants and partnerships for the implementation of natural resources and governance-related projects which focused on building capacity of CSOs and promoting multi-stakeholder dialogues and inclusive engagement for equitable natural resource management.

Soknak joined The Asia Foundation in July 2020. He managed the Promoting the Transparent and Accountable Management of Local Funds in Cambodia program to build capacity of the demand side (commune councils) to be more responsive and engage citizens in the budgeting process to enhance transparent and accountable management of local budgets.

Education: He holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from University of Cambodia and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Build Bright University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.