Board of Directors
Chairman/Secretary – Mr Steve Christov (Canada)
Steve Christov has been actively involved with PIO since meeting Phymean in early 2003. While working on a 6 month volunteer project in Cambodia he met Phymean shortly after she began PIO. Initially he assisted her with developing funding proposals, conducting site surveys, assisting with fundraising, creating marketing materials and website development. Shortly after his initial involvement with PIO he resigned from his position as Product Specialist at an international software company. Currently he is spearheading the establishment of PIO foundations in Canada and the US and continues to advise on the sustainable growth of PIO. He holds a Bachelor of Anthropology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Vice Chairman – Mr Frank Carney (Australia)
Frank Carney has run a successful retail women’s clothing outlet for the last 30 years in Melbourne, Australia. He always held a deep interest and love for Cambodia and was able to first visit the country in 1994. During one of his business trips to Thailand, Frank met Phymean at the Melbourne Airport in 2004 where she told him about PIO and invited him to visit Phnom Penh to see it for himself. The following week he made the trip to Phnom Penh and was so impressed with all of Phymean’s achievements and for her strong vision for the future that he was compelled to offer a modest donation. Over time Frank has become a generous regular supporter of PIO and is happy to offer his business experience and wisdom to the operations of PIO.
Secretary - Dr. Benny Widyono (United States)
Dr. Benny Widyono served as a United Nations diplomat in Bangkok, Santiago, New York, and Cambodia from 1963 to 1997 in Cambodia with UNTAC from 1992 to 1993, then returned to Cambodia as the UN Secretary-General’s Representative from 1994-1997. His recently published book, Dancing in the Shadows: Sihanouk, the Khmer Rouge, and the United Nations in Cambodia was written while Dr. Widyono was a visiting scholar at Cornell University. Dr. Widyono holds a PhD in Economics and is currently professor of economics at the University of Connecticut.
Member – Ms. Qiaoling Di Heil
Member – Richard Teo
Executive Director – Ms Noun Phymean
Deputy Director – Ms Malyda Mean
Operation/Project Supervisor – Mr John Thompson
Public Relations/Project Assistant – Ms Somaly Yim
Administration and Finance officer – Mr Hoeun Hul
Vocational Projects Coordinator – Chea Koeun