The Speakers

Dr. Srun Pagnarith

Director of Science Technology and Innovation Policy, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation

Meet Dr. Srun Pagnarith in our event Day 1

He will speak under the topic of "Government approach to promote Entrepreneurial culture within the Tech Startups and SMEs".

Dr. Srun Pagnarith received his Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng) degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 2019, and Master of Engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 2016. Dr. Srun is currently a Director of Department of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, General Director of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation, Kingdom of Cambodia. Prior to becoming a government official, in his current position, in charge of STI Policy of the General Department of STI, MISTI, Dr. Srun was a lecturer and researcher at Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC).

 Mr. Be Chantra

Director of Digital Innovation Center of Institute of Digital Research and Innovation under the Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology (CADT)

Meet Mr. Be Chantra  in our event Day 1! 

He will speak under the topic of "Business Trends in the Digital Era".

Mr. Chantra BE is the Director of Digital Innovation Center of Institute of Digital Research and Innovation under the Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology (CADT), a public research and education institution specialized in digital technology and innovation. Mr. Chantra has been one of the pioneers of the Tech and Startup community builder. He has also actively involved in various other activities within the Tech and Startup ecosystem such as the Startup Weekend Cambodia, Barcamp Cambodia and Digital Cambodia.

Mr. Yoshiyuki Oba

Accredited Business Angel & Mentor 

Meet Mr. Yoshiyuki Oba  in our event Day 1

He will speak under the topic of "Promoting an Entrepreneurial Culture within the Organization".

Mr. Oba is a business angel & mentor with 30 years of experience in SME strategy & finance in Japan & 20 emerging countries in Asia. Currently, he is playing 5 partner/advisor roles at REDangels (a business angel group; Aveiro, PT), COREangels Pacific (a business angel group; Santiago, CL), Network VC Syndicate Fund (a startup fund; L.A., US), Sturgeon Capital (a PE firm focused on emerging markets; London, UK), and Fincog (a Fintech consulting firm; Amsterdam, NL).  He is ranked #26 among US-based thinkers360’s ‘Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Business Strategy’ (Dec 2020). He holds an Executive MBA from Aalto University (Finland), as well as certificates of Fintech at University of Oxford Said Business School (UK) and AI Program at MIT Sloan School of Management (US). 

H.E Dr. Taing Nguonly

Executive Director, Techo Startup Center 

Meet H.E Dr. Taing Nguonl in our event Day 1

He will speak under the topic of "The Necessity of Promoting Digital Entrepreneurs"

Nguonly Taing has been recently appointed as an executive director of Techo Startup Center, which is a government-funded startup accelerator under the innovation arm of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Cambodia. Under the framework of Techo Startup Center, he initiates a concept of API Economy model to accelerate tech startup development in Cambodia.  Besides, he leads a technical team to implement and operate the Cambodia Data Exchange (CamDX) Platform to facilitate a secure data exchange between multiple information systems of both public and private sectors. Data exchange in CamDX is legalized through the sub decree to pave the way for innovation through open data model enabling digitalization on not only public services but also business operations of private sectors. Currently, two services are operating on CamDX---Online Business Registration (OBR) and Validation Application on Payment Guarantee/Invitation (VAPGI).  

He has more than 15 years of working experience in the software industry. Since 2009, he has been also a visiting lecturer on Distributed Systems and Machine Learning at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

He received his B.Sc. in Computer Science from Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, M.Sc. in ICT from Waseda University, Japan, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Dresden University of Technology, Germany. His research areas are run-time variability, anticipated adaptation, unanticipated adaptation, context-aware application, the programming model for IoT, and software evolution. He is especially interested in applying research and experimental development to explore the source of innovation for startups.

Mr. Ven Vichetphal 

Branch Manager, ABA 

Meet Mr. VEN Vichetphal in our event Day 1

He will speak under the topic of "Nurturing the entrepreneurial culture to overcome the barriers to shift from traditional entrepreneurs to digital entrepreneurs ".

Mr. VEN Vichetphal 

He has over 12 years of experience in the banking industry, beginning as a Teller and progressing to Branch Manager with a high-performing team of over 100 team members at ABA.

Mr. Sok Sopheakmonkol

Co-founder and CEO of Codingate Technology Co., Ltds

Meet Mr. Sok Sopheakmonkol in our event Day 1! 

He will speak under the topic of "The Impact of Digital Transformation on Business: Case Study on Successful Implementation ".

Sopheakmonkol is the co-founder and CEO of Codingate Technology and the Cambodian Young Entrepreneur Smart Technology Award 2016 and Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2017, ASEAN Best Founder of the Year 2017, ASEAN-India Young Leader of the Year 2018, and recently Global Startup Founder Award 2019.

The youngest child in a small family was born in Angkor City, Siem Reap, Cambodia, carries out his personal Mission: Being rooted in truth and knowledge, happiness sets the foundation as the key element of his philosophy. His personal mission is to put good educational principles into practice so that Cambodian youth will find greater levels of happiness and a higher quality of life. 

This mission has guided him to be an inspirational leader in the Cambodian tech community who has the vision to innovate digital technology for the growth and prosperity of business and society. In 2013, his company started with the initial social project "Skills exchange laptop" with the goal to raise laptops for 15 marginal students who studied IT without having computers. That campaign was to get students (engineers) got together to develop technical solutions, not for money but in exchange for laptops. With the success of the initial project, Codingate was established with the mission to continue helping more young students gain employment through his web and mobile development company. He has empowered young talented Cambodians by providing guidance and direction for work teams and is the key business and technical liaison for clients and investors. He possesses a strong foundation in International relations, interpersonal communication, public presentation, and speaking skills, team leadership, management, and motivation, as well as providing the technical skills required to effectively manage and grow the Codingate tech ventures.

For his 10 years in the Technology industry and 8 years of his tech entrepreneurship, together with his team, he has provided technology development services to more than 500 companies across sectors including education, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, NGOs, and F&B.

His dream is to initiate change toward modernizing the educational system of Cambodia, developing new methods of learning through hands-on experience where youth develops the passion and find inspiration in becoming tech leaders.

H.E Dr. Hul Seingheng

Director General, General Department of Science, Technology & Innovation, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation

Meet H.E Dr. Hul Seingheng in our event Day 1! 

He will speak under the topic of "The Impact of Digital Transformation on Business: Case Study on Successful Implementation ".

Dr. HUL Seingheng is currently Director General of General Department of Science, Technology & Innovation of Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation. He has experienced for more than ten years in policy development and implementation, particularly in science, technology & innovation sectors to serve private sector. Dr. Hul has been a trainer and coach in many national and international community. One year of fellowship under ASEAN-US fellowship program (2016-2017) was once enriching communication capacity of Dr. HUL. Academically, He passed his formal engineering education of PhD degree to Bachelor degree.

Mr. Sok Leap

Founder & CEO of Sala Tech Digital Solution Co., Ltd 

Meet Mr. Sok Leap in our event Day 1! 

He will speak under the topic of "The Impact of Digital Transformation on Business: Case Study on Successful Implementation ".

Mr. Sok Leap, Cambodian technology entrepreneur, CEO of Sala, a local enterprise that contributes to the Cambodian economy, through its business activity and job creation but also by developing products that serve the national and global sustainable development goals (SDGs) of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and decent work & economic growth.

Ms. Sun Sihanithnovy 

Chairlady of Technology Solution  Development TSD Co., Ltd

Meet Ms. Sun Shanithnovy in our event Day 1! 

She will be a moderator for the session under the topic of "The Impact of Digital Transformation on Business: Case Study on Successful Implementation ".

Ms. Sihanithnovy is a Chairlady at Technology Solution Development TSD Co., Ltd., and a Co-founder

and Board of Advisor of Foreveryoung Global Co., Ltd, Chairlady of A+ Branding and Advertising

Limited. She is a Board of Directors of Cambodia Women Entrepreneurs Association 4th Mandate

(2021-2024), a Vice President of Cambodia Digital Tech Association (CDTA), a President of JCI

Toul Kork.

Ms. Sihanithnovy holds Master Degree of International Business Administration (iMBA). She earns Professional Certificates of “The Company 101 – IPO” and “Winning with Emotional Excellence” from ITD Master World-Class Training. Sihanithnovy holds certificate of CLMVT CONNEX Program in Thailand from between Trade Policy and Strategy Office, Ministry of Commerce and Thammasat Business School.

In 2017, Ms. Sihanithnovy was invited to Poznan, Poland, as a delegate to raise awareness of diversity of the world and intercultural tolerance. In 2018, she was invited as a delegate to attend Singapore Women's Forum, a leading platform dedicated to highlighting women’s voices and perspectives on global issues, to empower women leaders in diversity and technology. And in April 2019, she was invited as Cambodian Women Entrepreneurs Association representative to join Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association in Nepal for Mentor-Mentee Relationship among both parties and use the knowledge effectively to empower the association. Ms. Sihanithnovy was also invited as a delegate to attend ASEAN Economic and Trade Cooperation 2019 in Chengdu, China by Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia. In 2022, Sihanithnovy was invited as a delegate to attend 37th Trade Expo Indonesia in Jakarta, by Embassy of Indonesia in Cambodia to expand business and investment networks in Indonesia through trade forums, international seminars, and business matching to revive the

trade and export sectors of Indonesia.

Mr. Kheng Vantha

Co-Founder & MP, Biz Solution Co., Ltd. 

Meet Mr. Kheng Vantha in our event Day 1! 

She will speak under the topic of "Information Management for Business Competitive Advantage".

Mr. Vantha KHENG is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Biz Solution which established in 2011. Over 20 years experiences in technology, Mr. Vantha leads Biz Solution to expert in ERP Solution, Mobile Application Development, Web Development, and PC & Mac Application Development to become a leading and innovative team in Cambodia. First Khmer Dictionaries for Symbian, Khmer Keyboard for WM & Android, dictionary with three languages, entrepreneur web and app, school system and other projects that includes business, bank, education, agriculture, government and NGO sectors all are the evidences to proof his innovation and achievements in ITC world.

Mr. Vantha graduated from Royal University of Law and Economics (BA in IT), and Paññsstra University of Cambodia (MBA in Management).


Co-Founder & MP, Biz Solution Co., Ltd. 

Meet Ms. MÉLANIE MOSSARD in our event Day 2! 

She will speak under the topic of "Entrepreneurship Education in the Digital Era".

Melanie is the CEO of Impact Hub Phnom Penh. Since 2015, she has worked with over 600 + early-stage Cambodian entrepreneurs through 22 different incubator or accelerator programs. As a mentor and startup advocate, she is part of the emerging ecosystem players promoting the growth of impact-driven startups in Cambodia. She loves connecting emerging startups with opportunities, mentors, funding, or media that can help push them to the next level. Melanie has a Master Degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from IESEG School of Management (France). Finally, she is also the Co-Lead for Impact Hub Asia Pacific and the Lead Trainer for the Springboard Amplifier, a capacity-building program for impact incubators across the APAC region.