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Are you thinking about the World Economic Forum? We are! Find out how it will affect Cambodia

Cambodia’s QuestionTime is back once again on Tuesday 21st March from 18.00-21.00.


This time we will be looking at the topic of the effects of increased protectionism on Cambodia and the global trade agenda in the lead-up to the World Economic Forum (WEF) that will be held in Phnom Penh in May of this year.


Our panel of key industry leaders and policy influencers will be debating on topics ranging from the regional ASEAN trade agenda, the impact of BREXIT and the Trump effect, to the future of eTrade and what WEF and the Davos Summit mean for Cambodia.  

 Ms. Sara Zhou, Resident Representative, IMF Office Cambodia

Sarah began her assignment in July 2015. She joined the IMF through the Economist Program in 2006. She was a senior economist in the Asia and Pacific Department of the IMF where she has worked on various emerging market and low income countries. She was previously with the IMF’s Institute of Capacity Development Department, developing and conducting training courses on Financial Programming and Policies (FPP), Macroeconomic Diagnostics, Forecasting, and Policies. She has published papers on investment, potential growth, capital flows, and financial integration.

Ms. Zhou has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), an MBA from Remmin University of China, and a B.E. from Harbin Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the Fund, she worked three years as the assistant to the general manager in the Harbin Economic and Technology Development Zone Industrial Development Co. Ltd., actively involving in the policy decisions of the firm including preparing strategy on major FDI projects.

Mr. Pierre Tami, Founder & CEO, Social Entrepreneur / Personal Adviser to SPM

Originally from Switzerland, Pierre is a social entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience in Asia; since early 90′ Pierre has worked in Cambodia, launched Hagar in Cambodia, consisting of social rehabilitation programs and commercial businesses for victims of abuse, violence and trafficking. Now, Pierre is leading Shif360 which facilitates fair and sustainable economic opportunities to the youth of Cambodia, is also the founder of the Academy Of Culinary Arts Cambodia and co-owner of a number of F&B businesses in Phnom Penh.

Pierre is an active member of IBC since 2002, heading the Investment Conference Subcommittee for several editions. He also serves as Personal Adviser to the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Member of the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation as a social entrepreneur since 2004. Pierre is the recipient of awards: from former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, Officer of the Royal Order of Sahametrei by the Cambodian King and Brandenberger Prize from Switzerland. Pierre is married and has three daughters and three grand children.

H.E. Dr. SOK Siphana, Partner, Sok Siphana & Associates

Since 2009, Dr. Sok is the Managing Partner of SokSiphana&associates, a law firm he started in 2009 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He was also appointed concurrently as Advisor of the Royal Government of Cambodia attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to the Supreme National Economic Council and to the Council for the Development of Cambodia with rank of Minister. Since 2011 he has served as Board Chairman of Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Cambodia’s oldest and prominent independent research institute. Previously he served as Director at the International Trade Center (ITC) UNCTAD/WTO in Geneva (2005-2009) and Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce (1999-2005). He is holder of a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law in Delaware, United States (1992) and a Ph.D. from Bond University School of Law in Queensland, Australia (2009). He is currently pursuing another doctoral program on Comparative Laws at the University of Paris II, Pantheon-Assas.

 In addition to the above, Dr Sok hosts a 45-minute weekly talk show on the SouthEast Asia Television (SEATV) called “Cambodia’s Global Dialogue”. It is a dialogue with different local and international personalities to discuss global and regional issues and their impact on Cambodia. 

H.E. Mr. SIM Sokheng, Director-General for International Trade, Ministry of Commerce

SIM Sokheng began his government career at Ministry of Commerce since 1998. He has served at the Ministry of Commerce management level since 2003, initially as Deputy Head of Division, then from early 2008 as Deputy Director of Department of Intellectual Property and in early July 2012 as Acting Director of Department of International Cooperation. In early January 2015, he was appointed as Director of Department of Intellectual Property and become the President of Secretariat of National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights of Cambodia. In early May 2016, he was appointed as Director-General for International Trade.

He is the National Focal Point/Coordinator of World Intellectual Property Organization, ASEAN-EU project, Member of ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation and Member of ASEAN Senior Economic Official.

He is a member of Inter-Ministerial Committee to update the Cambodia Trade Integration Strategy 2013-2018 and also a National Consultant for the World Intellectual Property Organization on Drafting Cambodian National Intellectual Property Strategy. He is the speaker and negotiator on Intellectual Property and Trade in international fora.

He used to be in projects implementation management team of the World Bank in respect to Intellectual Property (IP) and Trade. Besides government working hours, he also teaches Intellectual Property Law from mid 2009 till present at Pannasastra University of Cambodia and Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh.

He holds two Master degrees, one in Law from Kyushu University, Japan, and another one in Business Administration from the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok and two Bachelor degrees, in law and business, from Royal University of Law and Economics and National University of Management in Phnom Penh.

Mr. David Sok Dara Marshall, Partner, Mekong Strategic Partners

David is a Canadian Cambodian who has been working in the banking sector for more than 18 years.

David joined Mekong Strategic Partners (MSP) as a Partner in 2016. Prior to this, he was the Head of Multi-National Corporates and Financial Institutions Group with ANZ Royal Bank. David spent over 11 years with ANZ Royal in a variety of roles including Head of SME Lending, Head of Mortgages and Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking. As an Executive Committee member of ANZ Royal, David has served on a number of bank management committees including Asset and Liabilities and Audit and Risk Management committee.

During his time with ANZ Royal, he structured a number of unique first to market transactions in Cambodia for the bank sector and has been a part of deal teams that have delivered financing structures for a variety of industries including agriculture, telecommunications, brewery, airlines, and electricity and water infrastructure.

Prior to ANZ Royal, he also worked at Canadia Bank as Manager of SME lending. And before that TD Bank in Canada in Retail Wealth Management.

In addition to banking, David has been involved in a number of activities relating to the development of business, human resources and advocating industry policy change:

  • Chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (CanCham)
  • Board Member of the International Business Chamber (IBC) 
  • Chairman of the IBC Sub-Committee on Education for the IBC
  • Board of VBNK, an NGO assisting in capacity development in Cambodia, 2007-2009

David has a B.A in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and has completed a number of securities courses with the Canadian Securities Institute.