We are pleased to welcome to following expert speakers to our conference.

Dr Khieng is a research fellow and head of the Education Unit at CDRI – Cambodia Development Resource Institute. He is a co-editor of Cambodia Education 2015: Employment and Empowerment, for which he did research on the technical training and skills development challenges faced by Cambodia and policy options for overcoming them. His wide-ranging research experience includes public health, cross-border trade, social enterprise, and post secondary education. As a visiting research fellow at Griffith University, Australia, Dr Khieng published peer-reviewed articles in VOLUNTAS and Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. He’s currently teaching English-medium undergraduate and graduate courses on Issues in Development Studies and Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise. He is also the author of a book on “The dawn of social enterprise in Cambodia?” which was published as a result of his doctoral research. He has a PhD in Organization Sciences from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands and an MA in International Development Studies from Ohio University, USA, under the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Mr. Chay Lo is the Co-founder Teuk Saat 1001 in Cambodia. In 2011 he was awarded Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Asia by The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Mr. Chay graduated from the Cambodian Institute of Technology in rural engineering and went on to study in France, receiving a Master’s Degree in Engineering of Water Management from l’Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural des Eaux et des Forêts (ENGREF). During his time at ENGREF Mr. Chay trained on small-scale drinking water network projects, leading him to design a pilot project in Cambodia. He co- created1001 Fountaines in September 2004 and then in July 2007, a local NGO called Teuk Saat 1001 that cooperates with1001Fountaines.

Teuk Saat 1001 has developed an end-to-end project that includes the installation of small water kiosks run by local entrepreneurs using a social business approach and low cost technology to provide safe drinking water at an affordable price to the rural population. In addition, the end-to-end project delivers targeted support to build entrepreneurial capacities, achieve auto-financing and raise communities’ awareness of water issues. Projects have now been established in 17 provinces across Cambodia. 150 water kiosks are now run by 500 local entrepreneurs and operators, providing safe drinking water to 400,000 beneficiaries (including 100,000 children at primary school). The goal of this enterprise is to reach 1 million beneficiaries including 250,000 children in primary schools by 2020.

Oanh Kieu Pham is the founder of the Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP) and co-founder of Social Enterprise Asian Network. She is a pioneer and an expert in social entrepreneurship development, child protection, and women’s rights. She has mobilized community leaders, policy makers and local and international funders to promote and support social entrepreneurship in Vietnam and Asia. Her work has documented progress, challenges and contemporary issues in the development of social entrepreneurship in Vietnam and informed practice and strategic investment from donors. Over the last 20 years, she has held various positions in government agencies, international non-governmental organizations and UN agencies, including UNICEF, ActionAid International, National Committee for Advancement of Women, World Concern International and the Institute of Philosophy in Vietnam. Her research collaborations have spanned all continents and she has worked as an effective connector, cultural broker, co-investigator, consultant, negotiator and facilitator to international partnership projects.

Dr. Hieu Van Ngo is grounded in diverse life experience, education and professional practice. He spent three years in a refugee camp in Thailand, and has experienced life as a first generation Canadian in Canada. Hieu is known as an advocate for diversity and inclusion, and as a community builder. Trained as a social worker, Hieu is known as both a critical thinker and a pragmatic practitioner. He has successfully led several community mobilizing and participatory action research initiatives. His work has resulted in a series of policy and practical publications. Hieu is an active volunteer in the community. Over the years, he has supported a number of organizations, including: the Ethnocultural Council of Calgary, Calgary Foundation, All Nations Theatre, Center for Newcomers, Asian Heritage Foundation, and Calgary Vietnamese Youth Association.  Ngo has received a number of awards for his work, including the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Scholarship, and Izaak Walton Killam Scholarship Award.  Hieu is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

Jacques Defourny is a professor of non-profit economics and social enterprise at the University of Liège where he acts as a director of the Centre for Social Economy made of 4 full time-professors and 15 researchers. He is also the founding coordinator (1996-2001) and the first president (2002-2010) of the “EMES European Research Network” which now gathers 15 university research centres and individual researchers across the world working on social enterprise and various facets of the “third sector”. With M. Nyssens, he is a scientific coordinator of the International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) Project involving around 200 researchers from 50 countries since 2013. www.iap-socent.be/icsem-project


In addition to numerous articles, he has published fourteen books, several of them translated in several languages, among which The Emergence of Social Enterprise (with C. Borzaga, eds., 2001, also in Italian, Japanese and Korean), and Social Enterprise and the Third Sector (with L. Hulgaard & V. Pestoff, 2014) both at Routledge. He also co-edited (with Y.-Y. Kuan) a special issue of the Social Enterprise Journal on Social Enterprise in Eastern Asia (2011, vol. 7, n° 1).

Eric Bidet is an associate professor of Management at University of Maine, Le Mans, France, where he is the director of the Master of Management of Social Economy and an elected member of the Research Council of the university. Prof. Bidet earned his Ph. D in sociology in 2001 from the University of Paris X-Nanterre with a thesis entitled Social economy and civil society in South Korea (published in 2003 by French publisher L’Harmattan, Paris).

His research interests are at the crossroads between two major issues: (1) The comparative and dynamic analysis of the socio-economic development of South Korea, and (2) The way concepts like social economy and social enterprise that emerged in a Western environment has been transposed in the specific environment of Asia, and especially of South Korea.

He has written books, book chapters and articles in academic journals including Contemporary Politics, Asian Perspective, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas, Social Enterprise Journal, Sociologie du travail, Revue du MAUSS, Revue Française des Affaires Sociales. He recently co-edited with Prof. Defourny and Nyssens a special issue of International Review of Social Economy (French journal) on social enterprise in Asia (http://www.recma.org/), N° 341 and 342 (2016).

Milford Bateman is a freelance consultant on local economic development policy, since 2005 Visiting Professor of Economics at Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia, and, since 2014 Adjunct Professor of Development Studies at St Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. After obtaining his PhD in 1993 at the University of Bradford (UK), Dr Bateman took up a tenured position as an Assistant Professor in East European Economics at the University of Wolverhampton. In 2000 Dr Bateman moved to Croatia to head up the Western Balkans economic development consulting practice for one of the UK’s leading consulting companies, and he went on to lead on local economic and social development policy and program design and evaluation assignments in Western Balkans and Eastern Europe. His work as a freelance consultant after 2004 has been in Cambodia, the Middle East, China, South Africa and much of Latin America. Dr Bateman has published widely on issues of local economic development through several edited books on entrepreneurship, SME and cooperative development, and through peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is the author of ‘Why Doesn’t Microfinance Work? The Destructive Rise of Local Neoliberalism’ published by Zed Books in 2010, and is co-editor, with Kate Maclean, of ‘Seduced and Betrayed: Exposing the Contemporary Microfinance Phenomenon’ published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2017.

Marie Lisa M. Dacanay, PhD is the founding President of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia (ISEA) and is a pioneer in social entrepreneurship research and education in the region. She is an Adjunct Professor, teaching social entrepreneurship courses, at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and is currently a mentor of social entrepreneurs enrolled in the Master in Entrepreneurship major in Social Enterprise Development at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.  She was Associate Professor and Program Director of the Master in Entrepreneurship for Social and Development Entrepreneurs (MESODEV) at the Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines from 2001-2007.

Professor Dacanay has authored a number of books on social entrepreneurship, among them Social Enterprises and the Poor: Transforming Wealth (2013) and Measuring Social Enterprise:  A Resource Book on Social Enterprise Performance Measurement (2009). She is the lead partner for the Philippines of the EMES-led International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) Research covering more than 50 countries.  Professor Dacanay currently leads the ISEA action research to develop Benchmarks for Transformational Partnerships that Impact on Women and Men Small Scale Producers in Agricultural Value Chains in Southeast Asia.  This is part of Promoting Social Enterprises in Gender transformative and Responsible Agricultural Investments in Southeast Asia, a project of ISEA in partnership with Oxfam and SIDA which will be the focus of Professors presentation at this Conference.

TRUONG Thi Nam Thang is currently associate professor, Deputy Head of Business Culture Department at the Faculty of Business Management of the National Economics University (NEU). She is Director of NEU Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, co-director of International Center of Management Research of CFVG (French-Vietnamese Center for Management Education).

Prof. Thang has a dual MBA degree from CFVG and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. She got a PhD degree from the Institute of World Economics and Politics in 2009 and is appointed associate professor in 2014.

Thang’s areas of teaching, research and consulting include strategic management, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Prof Thang has extensive corporate experiences as office director of an international software company, purchasing manager of a French lacquerware company. She performed consulting works for companies including big and small, local and international ones.

Prof. Thang is currently acting as consultant to British Council Vietnam for developing social entrepreneurship, to Asian Development Bank, International Finance Corporation for promoting good corporate governance in listed companies. Thang is visiting professor of Kedge Business School teaching in Marseille and Bordeaux campuses in France.

Thang is co-founder and chairwoman of Vietnam Social Enterprise Scholars Network (VSES), she is also co-founding director PRME ASEAN + 1.

Dr. May is currently working as the founder and principal of MIP (Matrix Institute of Professionals), which offers a variety of courses in entrepreneurship, finance, capacity building and continuing education. She is also taking duties as an Executive Director of Maou Oak Shaung International Agriculture Export company limited. She received her M.B.,B.S from University of Medicine 2 (Yangon, Myanmar) in 2008 and worked as a medical doctor at one of the famous Charity General Hospital in Myanmar. In 2010, she acquired Australia Awards for Master of Biotechnology specialized in Clinical Microbiology at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. In 2012, she did a research on HIV antiviral medicine at Burnet Institute, Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Paul Gorry.
She is not only active in business sector but also in the associations such as Myanmar Young Entrepreneurs Association (MYEA) and Australia Awards Myanmar Alumni (AAMA). In 2013, Dr. May obtained Local CEFE License and Social Enterprise Consultant certificate by British Council (Myanmar) in 2016. In 2014, she was elected as an Executive Committee member of MYEA. In 2016, she was elected as a Central Executive Committee member of MYEA and she was appointed to chair of the Regional Development Committee, which is emphasized on the development of Entrepreneurship in regional areas of Myanmar.