Meet the team

ARN CHORN-POND, FOUNDER AND SPOKESPERSON
Arn Chorn-Pond was born into a family of artists and grew up in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime. Sent to a child labor camp and forced to play propaganda music during that period, Arn was later adopted by Reverend Peter Pond and moved to Vermont. After attending Brown University and graduating from Providence College, Arn returned to Cambodia on a mission to find the legacy of his family who were involved in Cambodian Opera, his music teacher from the time of the Khmer Rouge and the stars of his early childhood. On this trip the Cambodian Masters Performers Project, now CLA, was born. Arn now lives outside of Phnom Penh and continues to work part-time on projects for Cambodian Living Arts.

PHLOEUN PRIM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Phloeun was born in Cambodia but raised in Canada, since the age of 3. He returned to Cambodia in 1998 and joined a European Union Program that later became a self-sustainable company, Artisans d’Angkor. Since he started in this organization, the original group of 50 artisans has become a company employing over 1000 artisans and staff that distributes high quality crafts in Cambodia and around the world. Pursuing his interest in social entrepreneurship, he was appointed as the first Executive Director of Cambodian Living Arts in 2010.

FRANCES RUDGARD, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM AND OPERATIONS
Frances has a range of experiences in strategic and business planning and organizational change. She moved to Cambodia in 2010 and completed a number of consultancy projects through the Pari Project for NGO clients, specifically in the arts sector. She was an integral part of writing the first strategic plan for Cambodian Living Arts and was hired as the Country Manager to oversee its implementation. She has been instrumental in redesigning our programs, restructuring organizational practices, and leading team capacity-building. Under her watch, Cambodian Living Arts has transitioned from working under a fiscal sponsor, the Marion Institute, to being an independent organization with a long-term strategy.

KAI T. BRENNERT, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Before joining CLA, Kai worked for the Goethe-Institut in Iraq, coordinated projects for Jeunesses Musicales International in Germany and advised the Cambodian government on public administrative reform. Additionally, he freelances as a monitoring and evaluation consultant in international development and cultural relations programs. With a Master’s degree in cultural policy management from the University of Warwick, Kai is interested in putting his skills to use at the nexus of arts, development and governance. He has a passion for traditional music and its contemporary interpretations.  

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

SARIN CHHUON, PROGRAM MANAGER
Sarin studied Business Management at university and became a sound recording engineer and filmmaker after graduating. He started to work with Cambodian Living Arts in 2002, and for almost 10 years he has been running Studio CLA, a sound recording studio. In 2012 Sarin was promoted to Program Coordinator, and today he is our Core Program Manager and is responsible for the Artist Development and Market Creation programs. He is proud to be a supporter of the arts, and during his free time he likes reading stories to his sons and taking walks with them.

SOKHORN YON, SENIOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Sokhorn was born and grew up in Phnom Penh. In 2011 she graduated from both the Institute of Foreign Languages, as a teacher of English, and from the University of Cambodia majoring in Finance and Banking. Sokhorn used to be an English teacher and also a volunteer translator for an NGO. She began working as Cambodian Living Arts’ Program Coordinator in February 2012, with a strong focus on the Artist Development and Market Creation programs. In her free time she likes listening to music, reading books and hanging out with friends.

RINA ROUEN, PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Rina is from Battambang province, and joined Cambodian Living Arts in July 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management and a passion to work in in the social and arts sectors. Since her first year at university, she has volunteered in a student association at Pannasastra University of Cambodia called Khmer Youth Goodwill Mission as an Arts & Social Facilitator. She was also a teacher and Head of Administration at the Language Institute of Natural Khmer before starting to work at Cambodian Living Arts. She feels very inspired by her work in this sector.

POK SARITH, STAGE MANAGER


Sarith works as Stage Manager for the Traditional Dance Show presented by Cambodian Living Arts On Stage at the National Museum of Phnom Penh.

LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP

SONG SENG, ASSOCIATE COUNTRY MANAGER
Seng grew up in Kandal Province, and earned an accounting degree from the National University of Management. Before joining CLA in 2003, he was Project Director of English and Computer Training at local NGO Cambodian Volunteers for Community Development. In 2009, he was recruited to be one of 8 fellows of the Mentoring Fellowship Program of the J.F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, and met with mentoring organizations and successful managers from across the arts sector. In his free time Seng likes reading books and visiting his parents in his hometown.

KHOUTH SOCHAMPAWATD, LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Awatd has experience in managing community and education programs as well as in designing and providing training. She is passionate about training related to management, leadership, personal development, problem solving, positive thinking, adventure activities, team building, and more. She is excited to be part of the Cambodian Living Arts team because she loves the arts and she strongly believes that art is an important part of being human. Awatd is proud to be in charge of the Professional Development Program, and to share her knowledge and skills with artists.

THAVIN SENG, PROGRAM COORDINATOR

After eight months working in Cambodian Living Arts’ Market Creation team as the assistant, Thavin was promoted to Program Coordinator in 2015. She graduated from Norton University, majoring in Economic Development in 2014. Before joining us, Thavin worked part time as a sales agent for a private business. By joining Cambodian Living Arts and becoming more closely involved with traditional arts she has become more and more passionate about supporting and widening the Cambodian arts sector. In her spare time she likes cooking, watching movies and relaxing at home.

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

VANOEUN CHHIN, SALES AND MARKETING COORDINATOR

Vanoeun was born and grew up in Kandal province. He received scholarships to study history at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and Social Work and Political Science at Lucknow University in India. It is important to Vanoeun to work for the good of society, and so he is very proud to have been working at Cambodian Living Arts since 2013. He likes spending his free time talking to people about classical and traditional arts and arts programs in Cambodia!

LY VATHANA, SALES & MARKETING COORDINATOR

Vathana comes from Prey Veng province and has a Bachelor’s Degree of Hospitality Management from Build Bright University. He has worked at Cambodian Living Arts since February 2014 as Sales and Marketing Coordinator and is primarily responsible for maximizing income through social business initiatives. Before he joining CLA he worked for Nokia as Promoter Executive Supervisor and at Beeline Telecommunications as a Sales Field Specialist from 2010 to 2012. He really loves and wants to help promote arts and culture so that people all around Cambodia can see and understand more.

CHANN SOVORN, SALES AND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Sovorn was born in 1995 in Kampot province. He is studying the third year of his Bachelor’s degree at the National University of Management, majoring in International Business. Before he started working at CLA, he worked in many different social volunteer projects. In June 2015, he started working part-time at CLA selling the tickets of Traditional Dance Show at National Museum, and in November 2015, he became the Sales and Marketing Consultant. He is working at CLA because he really likes Khmer culture and arts. His favorite activity is traveling.

DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNICATIONS, AND INSTITUTIONS

MCKAY SAVAGE, DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

McKay has over 10 years of experience building partnerships, developing new projects, and bridging between audiences and cultures. Originally from Canada with a degree in chemical engineering, McKay spent 5 years working in the sustainable energy and manufacturing sectors before switching full-time to international development in 2006. Since then he has worked for NGOs and social enterprises in India, the UK, South Africa, Kenya, Peru and Canada. Outside of work, he enjoys photography, climbing mountains, and all things food-related. He moved to Cambodia and joined Cambodian Living Arts in 2015.

HERMIONE BROOKS, COMMUNICATIONS SUPERVISOR

Hermione comes from the UK, and completed a Master’s degree in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford in 2013. She worked on development programs at the Delegation of the European Union to Nepal in Kathmandu for six months before spending a year in London in the British Civil Service. Here, she began working in the field of communications at the Ministry of Defence, focusing on high-profile national events, including Remembrance and VE Day. She joined Cambodian Living Arts in 2015, looking forward to working for a smaller organization. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, and a good cocktail.

SOCHEATA CHOEUN, COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS COORDINATOR

With a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Socheata started her career as an HR Assistant at VisionFund-Cambodia and also taught English part-time. She built on her long-standing interest in design and the arts with her role as a Communications Assistant at WaterSHED, a local WASH NGO in Cambodia, where she was responsible for visual design and video production, and assisted with social media. Using these skills, Socheata joined CLA as a Communications and Events Coordinator. She has had an interest in Cambodian traditional arts since she was young, and she is excited to contribute to the survival of Cambodian traditional arts.

SOKIM KEAT, COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS COORDINATOR

Sokim has a Bachelor’s Degree in English for Education and worked as a translator from 2010-2016. Always passionate about the traditional arts, he started working with the Community of Living Chapei where he learned to play Chapei Dang Weng and he introduced the group to a way that they could play the instruments together as a band. He also helped arrange Chapei demonstrations at NGOs, schools, universities, and events initiated by youth groups. Now he works for Cambodian Living Arts with a bigger dream to promote traditional arts and arts-related events that engage the public in this field. 

JAMES O’KEEFE, INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS COORDINATOR

James comes from Australia has lived in Cambodia since 2012. He previously worked as a Program Officer for the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Siem Reap, implementing and supporting peacebuilding initiatives across South East Asia, including in Cambodia, Myanmar, the border regions of Thailand and the Southern Philippines. In Australia, James worked as a senior public servant for the National Native Title Tribunal as a decision maker on applications for Indigenous Land Use Agreements.  James holds a Bachelor degree in Media and Communications from the University of Newcastle (Australia), and a Masters degree in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies from Pannasastra University of Cambodia.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

MANITH KUON, FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION MANAGER
Manith was born in Cambodia in 1985. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance at Vanda Accounting Institute, before working as a Finance and Administration assistant with the World Rehabilitation Fund for three years. She has also worked as an accountant for the Real Estate and Land Development Company. She started working with Cambodian Living Arts in April 2010 as a Finance and Administration Assistant and was promoted to Finance and Administration Manager in July 2012. In her spare time she plays with her kids and loves walking and watching movies.

SITHA PHORN, ACCOUNTING COORDINATOR

Sitha is from the center of Battambang. She graduated from University of Economic and Management (UME) Battambang in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance. Before joining CLA she worked for Sport and Leadership Organization as an accountant and program assistant. In her past job, she gained experience and knowledge from talking part in international conferences, events and festivals in countries including Germany, Brazil, Netherland, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Thailand. Currently, she is studying a short course on Tax Agents. She enjoys travelling and relaxing with family and friends, and loves to go fishing and taking part in adventure activities, as well as reading self-development books.

CHANNY MEN, FINANCE COORDINATOR

Channy was born in Phnom Penh, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She also completed studies at Vanda Institute of Accounting in 2010. She has worked as an NGO Admin & Finance Officer for two years, as an Audit Assistant for PwC for one year and for Rural Development Bank for nearly two years, before starting at CLA in 2016. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her child and learning about new things related to finance work and general knowledge.

VEASNA LOR, ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR

Veasna was born in 1986 and is the mother of a one year old child. She is from Kompong Cham province and currently living in Phnom Penh. She likes working at CLA because it has taught her a lot.

PANHA PICH, OFFICE ASSISTANT
Panha was born and grew up in Phnom Penh. In 2007, he started working with Amrita Performing Arts as a guard and 4 years later he became Cambodian Living Arts’ guard. He likes spending time with his family at weekends, cooking and sharing food.

KHEN KHON, CLEANER

Khen is 47 years old, and is living in Phnom Penh. She started working at Cambodian Living Arts in June 2015. She says that she felt welcomed by everyone soon after starting to work here.