International development and gender policy professional experienced in qualitative and quantitative policy research, writing and presentation. Supported and managed research projects and research networks.  

Relevant Knowledge                                                            

  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding                           
  • EndingViolence against Women (EVAW)                     
  • National Policies on Gender in Cambodia                       
  • Migration and Refugees Policies                                       
  • Data Collection                                                                   

Functional Skills

  • Intercultural Communication & Team Management
  • Grant and Proposal Writing
  • Native Speaker of German
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Social Media (Blogs, Twitter, etc.)


December 2014 - Present
The Asia Foundation, Cambodia Country Office (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
EVAW Program Officer (Full time)                                                                                                 

  • Reviewed Policy Briefs and research reports, and drafted project report
  • Maintaining and furthering network of researchers and development partners working on EVAW in Cambodia
  • Writing blog pieces for The Asia Foundation’s In Asia online blog 

November 2014
The Asia Foundation, Cambodia Country Office (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Sector Specialist Researcher (Full time)                                                                                       

  • One month short-term consultancy on education in Cambodia: Literature review on and analysis of relationship between education and intimate partner violence in Cambodia and globally
  • Programmatic analysis of existing projects on education, including but not limited to key informant interviews with representatives from the Cambodian government and relevant local and international NGOs
  • Drafted Policy Brief of research findings and research report for the Australian Aid Program 

September – October 2014
The Asia Foundation, Cambodia Country Office 
(Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
EVAW Project Assistant (Full time)                                                                                             

  • Managed and coordinated research project on intimate partner violence in Cambodia as focal point for donors, development partners and government officials
  • Supported project team in logistical and administrative matters such as organizing and participating in workshops, as well as setting up meetings with relevant local and international NGOs to discuss their research and programs
  • Provided feedback and support for quantitative specialists regarding data analysis and data synthesis 

February – July 2014
The Asia Foundation, Cambodia Country Office 
(Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
EVAW Research Fellow                                                                                                             

  • Built repository and created institutional mapping of quantitative data relevant to VAW for research project on intimate partner violence in Cambodia
  • Established and maintained network of researchers and development partners on VAW research and programming
  • Conducted individual research study on public policy in international development, focusing on collaboration and coordination of stakeholders involved in the development of Cambodia’s Second National Action Plan on Preventing Violence Against Women (NAPVAW II)

May 2013 - Present
Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) Front Desk 
(Monterey, California)
Graduate Assistant                                                                                                                 

  • Updated GSIPM blog and faculty profiles of school website
  • Processed vouchers, and created and implemented system for filing documents and syllabi
  • Familiarized with web-based tools to maintain GSIPM’s social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook and the GSIPM Blog)

June 2011 - July 2012
Front Desk - Deutsche Bank HQ
 (Frankfurt, Germany)
Receptionist (Full time)                                                                                                        

  • Supervised incoming new employees, was in charge concierge service to visiting guests, and supported the Executive Board team in facilitating arrival and departure of special visitors and guests
  • Improved filing and guest pass inventory system by initiating monitoring process and checklists
  • Supported supervisor occasionally with translation of documents, lists and power point flyers from German into English 

June 2006 - May 2011
Glockenbrot Bakery 
(Frankfurt, Germany)
Assistant Store Manager (Part time)                                                                                    

  • Managed time sheets and weekly work shifts for more than 12 employees, and handled customer complaints
  • Supervised new employees and conducted monthly inventory, and was in charge of food processing
  • Collaborated with a multicultural team and different store managers of the region, participated in relevant workshops and facilitated meetings

October 2007 - March 2009
Oxfam Bookshop 
(Frankfurt, Germany)

  • Supported staff with book donations, and promoted Oxfam’s diverse activities during shifts


May 24, 2014
Gender Studies Undergraduate
Program, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Guest Lecturer                                                                                                                                                

  • Taught an entire weekend session on “Women in Conflict”, introducing students to terminology of and concepts on gender and gender-based violence in war and post-war settings

August 2013 – January 2014
Center for Conflict Studies,
Monterey Institute of International Studies (Monterey, California)

  • Maintaining and updating organization database, and supervising media campaign for CCS 2013 Conference

January 2013 - Present
Conflict Resolution Association,
Monterey Institute of International Studies (Monterey, California)

  • Planning student events (panel discussions and talks) and creating space for students of Conflict Resolution to further their research interests

June 2008 - Present
Southeast Asia Network,
Goethe University (Frankfurt, Germany)
Affiliated Fellow for Cambodia and Myanmar                                                                              

  • Interdisciplinary network of scholars/academics researching politics, language, and culture of Southeast Asia  

October 2005 - June 2008
Student Representative Body of Southeast Asian Studies,
Goethe University (Frankfurt, Germany)
Student Representative                                                                                                                   

Maintained email account and organized donation campaign for earthquake victims in Java in 2006, and collected signatures and corresponded in collaboration with the Southeast Asian Studies Institute with members of the University Senate for the preservation of the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies


January 2013 – July 2014
Needs Assessment Survey: Migrant Workers in Central California,
CET (Watsonville, California)
Survey and Data Analysis                                                                                                        

  • Implementation of needs-assessment survey to migrant workers through Center for Employment Training (CET)
  • Wrote final report of analysis of findings in cooperation with other MIIS students

June 7 - 9, 2013
Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast,
Monterey Institute of International Studies (Monterey, California)
Panel Discussion                                                                                                                               

  • Presented on impact of Thai Immigration Act 2522 on refugees, IDPs and migrant workers in Thailand and its relevance for Thai economy as well as the current political and economic situation in Thailand’s adjacent countries

March 30 - 31, 2012
International Seminar on Mernatau in the Malay World,
Goethe University (Frankfurt, Germany)
Panel Discussion                                                                                                                          

  • Co-authored a paper on the socio-cultural and political treatment of Rohingya refugees with regard to Malaysia’s Immigration Law, supervised by Prof. Arndt Graf and Holger Warnk of Goethe University

May 4, 2011
International Conference: Myanmar’s “Democracy”,
Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Berlin, Germany)                                                                                                                       
Participation upon Invitation                                                                                                                        

  • Discussed in various groups perspectives of and developments in post-election Myanmar by reflecting on trade  sanctions against Myanmar and options for ethnic minorities with representatives from the EU and journalists

November 11, 2010
Expert Meeting: Burma/Myanmar after the Elections,
Heinrich Boell Foundation (Berlin, Germany)
Participation upon Invitation                                                                                                              

  • Worked in small groups, analyzing and discussing the growth of civil society as well as challenges of ethnic minority grievances and the role of Aung San Suu Kyi with representatives of ethnic minority groups and regional experts based on keynote speaker Marie Lall (Chatham House, London)


Women in Cambodia: One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards.” Wandering Thoughts, August 19, 2014. Center for Conflict Studies. 2014.

After the Election is Before the Election: Cambodia’s Election and the Legacy of the Khmer Rouge.” Wandering Thoughts, October 14, 2013. Center for Conflict Studies. 2013.

“Expectation versus Reality: The Legal and Political Dimension of Migration in Thailand.” 2013. Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Conference. Unpublished conference paper.

“Rohingya in Malaysia: The Concept of Merantau in Contrast to Actual Minority Policy.” Co-authored with Josee Huennekes (PhD Candiate, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia). 2011. In Print.

“Aung San”, Ne Win”, “Burma”, “Panglong Conference”, “Vietnam”, Ho Chi Minh”, Geneva Conference”, “Vietminh”, Cambodia”, “Pol Pot.” Encyclopedia of Overseas History (Ed. Hermann Hiery). In Print.

“Coming to terms truly looks different: Burma’s Colonial Past and the Self-Image of the Army.” Written in German. Südostasien, Vol 27, Issue 3, pp. 33-34. Asienstiftung, Asienhaus Essen. 2011.

 “Relations are not as good: The Preah Vihear Temple between Culture and Politics.” Written in German. Südostasien, Vol. 26, Issue 3, pp.40-42. Asienstiftung, Asienhaus Essen. 2010.


“Beyond Democracy in Cambodia. Political Reconstruction in a Post-Conflict Society” Eds. Joakim Öjendal and Mona Lilja. Written in German.  Asien – The German Journal of Contemporary Asia, No. 125.  2012. 

“Zur Filmproduktion: Film Production in Cambodia.” Ed. Kirstin Wille. Written in German. Südostasien, Vol 26, Issue 1. 2010.


August 2012 – August 2014
Monterey Institute of International Studies  
(Monterey, CA)
M.A. International Policy Studies, Conflict Resolution Certificate                                  

October 2001 - June 2008
Goethe University 
 (Frankfurt, Germany)
Magistra Artium, Double-major Southeast Asian and Chinese Studies                                              

June 2007 (14 days)  
 (Paris, France)
Intensive Program Southeast Asian Studies    


August 2012 – August 2014
German Academic Exchange Service
 (Bonn, Germany)
Fulltime Merit Scholarship                                                                                                   

  • Scholarship for German graduate students in North America based on academic performance

August 2012 – August 2014
Monterey Institute of International Studies
 (Monterey, California)
Merit Scholarship                                                                                                                

  • Scholarship to help for tuition based on academic performance and experience