CIMS Director: Mr. Moeun Chhean Nariddh, 47, teaches Mass Communication at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. He has worked as a journalist for the last 25 years, including four years as a reporter with the English-language Phnom Penh Post newspaper and 21 years as a journalism trainer at the Cambodia Communication Institute and elsewhere.
In 2004, he was a journalism lecturer at the former ASEAN University in Phnom Penh before working for six months with Internews Europe to train Cambodian journalists on how to report on HIV/AIDS. Upon completion of the HIV/AIDS project, he joined Internews Network to train local journalists in a three year investigative reporting skills training project.
In the early 1990’s, he worked part-time for the British Mission (later became the British Embassy) in Phnom Penh as a press reader for about one year and for UNTAC’s Human Rights Component as a reporter and translator for seven months.
In 2002, he received the Helman/Hammett Award from Human Rights Watch for his contribution to the promotion of free press in Cambodia. He is a co-author of the Investigative Reporting Handbook for Cambodian Journalists, which is the first training manual on investigative reporting in Cambodia.
Nariddh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in English. He received his professional trainings in journalism in Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines, Sweden and USA.
CIMS’s Associate Director: Mr. Socheat Bin has more than 10 years of experience in organizational and media and advocacy programme management. He moved to get involved in CSO development since early 2005 as Research Officer, Programme Officer of Oslo based NGO, Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)-Southeast Asia to oversee the grant and programs development of local partner organizations and then moved to take role as Media and Advocacy Advisor with Swedish based NGO, Forum Syd and a share resource person to Swedish sister NGO Diakonia. In his advisor role, Socheat has provided capacity development to nearly 250 employees from almost 50 local NGOs in Cambodia and nearly 1500 community activists/rights defenders from 250 community activist groups, known Community Based Organization (CBO) in last six years of his CSO professional life. His professional training contents to local NGO employees and community activists are media application, media writing skills and strategic plan for policy influencing and PR for rights advocates and defenders.
Training Manager: Mr. Pouv Savuth, 33. Savuth was a newspaper reporter for four years in Phnom Penh. He is studying for a law degree at Cambodian Mekong University in Phnom Penh and blogs about the environment and freedom of the press at his website pousavuth.wordpress.com.
Savuth has attended journalism trainings in Thailand, Sweden, China, Vietnam, Laos, Japan and Bangladesh. He was a Writing Fellow Reporter for Inter Press Service in Bangkok; in 2003 he attended an eight- month environmental journalism exchange program in Bangladesh under the South-South Exchange Programme of Fredskorpset, Norway.
In 2006, he attended an environmental training course in Sweden. He holds diplomas from Cambodian Communications Institute in Internet research, profile writing, professional journalism and environmental reporting. He was a participant in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal training course at Internews and is a member of International Federation of Environmental Journalists, Japanese Forum of Environmental Journalists and Asia Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists.
IT Specialist and Trainer: Mr. Khuon Sokkhim, 30, a native of Phnom Penh, graduated from National University of Management in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems. He worked as a graphic designer and as a computer trainer in a private school before joining Internews Cambodia as IT support and Trainer in 2007.
Sokkhim has been training journalists in computer skills, Internet skills and blogging. He attended a weeklong training session in training users in SPIP (Système de Publication pour l’Internet Partagé or Participatif) and Wikimedia in Bangkok.