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KAS-CICP Public Lecture Series (3rd session)

A series of public lecture by renowned experts in foreign affairs field to discuss about pressing issues in international politics that matter for Cambodia's development.


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In this roundtable discussion, we will be discussing “Accelerating the Digital Transformation in ASEAN- The Case of Cambodia”. Digital Transformation is the buzzword today, and many countries have formulated programs to speed it up. The presentation starts with a general discussion on features of the digital economy, showing that building an ecosystem with four key players, namely an enlighted government, well-educated citizens, a savvy entrepreneur sector, and good physical infrastructure platforms is important in the digital transformation.  

KAS-CICP Public Lecture Series aspires to serve as an open-debate platform, through which the diplomatic community, policymakers, and interested stakeholders in Cambodia are able to analyze and debate the latest trends, challenges, and issues in international politics that matter for Cambodia's diplomacy and regional peace and stability at large.


 About our distinguished speakers: 

H.E. Yim Richard

H.E. Richard Yim is a startup co-founder and president with extended years of experience working alongside the young and talented engineering team of Quantum Engineering & Manufacturing—a metal fabrication firm that focuses on designing new technology. He is a highly talented and results-oriented professional with a strong and extensive experience in research and development in the domain of technology and robotics. He brings to his position a well-established background in innovative technology and professional services. Richard Yim is also featured in ASEAN Top 40 Under 40 as an outstanding entrepreneur and innovator who has successfully tackled challenges in the ASEAN countries through his work and accomplishments. He is also named on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list, highlighted as a young leader and entrepreneur who has had an impact across the Asia-Pacific region. Recently, he was awarded the title of Leaders by Head and Heart, seeking to promote the social impact mission and vision of Asian leaders with his strong recognition and achievement.


Ms. Nguon Somlay

Ms.Nguon Somaly is the Director-General of the Institute of Digital Governance (IDG) of the Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology (CADT). She is also an attorney at Law, lecturer, and researcher in the field of law and technology. Somaly holds a master's degree in Law and Technology from Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) in Estonia and a master's degree in International Human Rights Law from Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC). She conducts extensive legal research and publication in the area of Cybersecurity law, Data Protection, and e-Governance.



Dr. Henry Chan

Dr. Henry Chan completed his university degree in Engineering from The University of the Philippines, MSc in Biopharmaceutical from The University of New South Wales, and PhD in Management from Singapore Management University. He is a businessman turned to scholar work with extensive experiences in agriculture, hotel management, manufacturing, banking, and investment. Dr. Chan is the senior visiting research fellow of the Cambodia Institute for Cooperation & Peace. His research interest is Chinese economic development, 4th Industrial Revolution technology & ASEAN economic development. He is an op-ed writer for China Daily, and Manila Times and is active in conferences and seminars on topics ranging from climate change, and international geopolitics to digital transformation.


How to join this session?

The event will be held physically at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Centre, Royal University of Phnom Penh.

Please register your slot here. 

For more information, please contact Mr. Lim Chhay, Program Manager of KAS Cambodia. 


Opening Remarks

09:10 - 09:20  AM 

An introduction and keynote speech by H.E. Ambassador Pou Sothirak, Executive Director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) 

Presentation and Panel Discussion on the “Digital Transformation in Cambodia”

09:20 - 10:00  AM 

Presentation and Panel Discussion on the “Digital Transformation in Cambodia”

Interactive Discussion, Q&A

10:00 - 10:30  AM 

Question and Answer Session

Closing Remarks

10:30 - 10:35  AM 

Mr. Lim Chhay, Program Manager for Foreign Affairs, KAS Cambodia

Wrap Up

10:35 - 10:40  AM

Recap and Photo Session

Networking Session and Refreshment

10:40 - 

Networking Session

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  • H.E. Yim Richard
    • President of Quantum Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Dr. Henry Chan
    • Senior Visiting Fellow
    • CICP
  • Ms.Nguon Somaly
    • Director General of the Institute of Digital Governance (IDG) of the Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology (CADT)