Co-Founder and Chairman
Cambodian Institute for Strategic Studies
Vannarith Chheang is the co-founder and chairman of Cambodian Institute for Strategic Studies. He previously served as the Executive Director of Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (2009-2013). He is currently a Lecturer of Asia-Pacific Studies at the University of Leeds. Chheang served as a technical adviser to the Cambodian National Assembly, helping to organize the 32nd ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, and supported the Ministry of National Defence of Cambodia to host the Sixth ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting. He has been awarded numerous fellowships, including T-wai's Global Emerging Voices programme (2013), the Nippon Foundation Fellowship for Asian Public Intellectuals (2013-2014), France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Personalités d'avenir (2012), the CSIS Pacific Leadership Program (2010) and the East-West Center's Asia Pacific Leadership Program (2008). He has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) in Tokyo (2012) and a South-East Asia Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington (2010).