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Sophal Ear

Associate Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College

Sophal Ear is an educator and author of “Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy” and co-author of “The Hungry Dragon: How China's Quest for Resources Is Reshaping the World”. Ear is a TED Fellow, Fulbright Specialist, Council on Foreign Relations Term Member and Fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar. He is also Vice-Chair of Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program, a non-profit that builds lab capacity in the developing world, and an Independent Trustee of the US$ 400 million-endowed Nathan Cummings Foundation. Ear also advises the Master of Development Studies Program at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, is Councillor to the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, and serves on the Boards of the International Public Management Journal, the Journal of International Relations and Development and the Journal of South-East Asian American Education & Advancement. Previously, he worked for the World Bank and the UN. A graduate of Princeton and Berkeley, he moved to the United States from France as a Cambodian refugee at the age of 10.