CREDIT RATING COMMITTEE
Mr. CHAKARA SISOWATH, CFA
Chakara Sisowath has a 30-year experience in managing investments in Asia. He has been an Equity Analyst and a Portfolio Manager at Fidelity International and Credit Lyonnais International Asset Management in both in Tokyo, Japan. As a Partner and Managing Director at COMGEST in Hong Kong, Chakara managed Asian equities portfolios and directed the team of research analysts and portfolio managers.
In 2017, he set up Jayu Management & Research in Phnom Penh for consulting and advisory work. Subsequently in March 2020, he co-founded 3E-Fii Capital to develop the Corporate Finance practice within the 3E-Fii Group, a provider of Audit, Accounting, Tax and Financial Advisory services to Cambodian companies. Competencies include investment evaluation and selection, firm’s competitiveness and industry benchmarking, financial modelling and analysis, risk identification and management as well as strategy development and assessment.
Chakara graduated with a BA from EDHEC Business School in Lille, France (1985). He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (1992). Chakara earned the financial analyst degree from the French Society of Financial Analysts (SFAF) and is a CFA charter-holder from the CFA Institute. He is an independent non-executive director of Manulife TEDA Fund Management Co. in Beijing, China (2016). In 2021 he was appointed non-executive director of The Blue Circle in Singapore and a director of The Mekong Club in Hong Kong.
Mrs. RATANA PHURIK-CALLEBAUT, CFA
Cambodian and French, Ratana has almost 25 years’ experience in international trade, investment, private sector development and finance. CFA Charter holder, she is the founder and chairperson of the Cambodia Community of Investment Professionals (CFA Community in Cambodia) to build local skills in finance while promoting Cambodia as an investment destination. Independent Director for ACLEDA and for I-Finance Leasing, she is also a Private Sector and Investment senior consultant for various international organizations with a strong background as a consultant/economist combined with hands-on experience in high-level management positions. In parallel, Ratana is also on the advisory board of Khmer Enterprise, Impact Hub and SmallWorld. Her previous positions in Cambodia include being the Executive Director of EuroCham Cambodia, business consultant of DFDL, partner at the private equity firm Cambodia Emerald and director of the French Cambodian Chamber of Commerce. She also worked in Switzerland as portfolio manager for a Private Bank and as economist at UNCTAD. Ratana obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma (DEA) and was a PHD candidate in Industrial Economics, a Master of Science in Foreign Trade and a Master in Economics and finance at University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Mr. VIBUNRITH LONG, CFA
Vibunrith has more than 10 years working experience including monitoring and analyzing commercial banks’ PI and compliances with regulations, set investment guideline, benchmark, investment policy and strategy, monitor external managers and manages risk, development of economic models and formulation of investment strategies in order to generate active return.
He is the Deputy Director of Exchange Management Department at National Bank of Cambodia since 2019.
By holding the CFA Charter holder since 2017 and Bachelor of Commerce from University of New South Wales in 2012 and master of Science in Banking and Finance from University of Luxembourg in 2013. He was the founder and president of the Cambodia student association Sydney from 2006-2009.
Mrs. MAY LIN
May is the Chief Financial Officer of Manulife Cambodia. As a member of the Executive Management Team, she is responsible for the financial management, profitability, risk management and solvency of the company.
May is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries UK (FIA). She holds a Master of Actuarial Science from Cass Business School in London and a Master of Engineering Science from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
May has around 15 years of actuarial and finance experience, covering corporate actuarial and finance, product development and pricing, economic capital, risk management and investment. She has worked for a number of leading life insurers and consultancies in the UK, Australia and Thailand. Prior to her finance and actuarial career, May was a chartered civil engineer with experience spanning New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and the UAE.
Mr. VARABOTT HO, CEFA
Varabott is French-Cambodian, and is currently consultant at UNESCAP-GGGI joint-project on Green & Transition Financing, and also Vice-Chairman of Green Energy Finance Committee and Treasurer at the European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (EUROCHAM). Varabott has more than 25-years work experience in the Banking & Finance industry across Europe and Asia Pacific (more than 10 years), with an extensive international exposure to Investment Management, Private Equity, Bancassurance and Corporate Advisory missions. Before joining Eurocham, he worked at The Blue Circle and at the Association of Banks in Cambodia (IBF). In Europe, he worked in financial institutions such as Credit Suisse (12 years), Aberdeen Asset Management, AXA Insurance and Banque Hottinger. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, is a Certified European Financial Analyst (The European Federation of Financial Analyst Societies – EFFAS, and completed post-graduate Corporate Director Programme at Harvard Business School, the Bank Governance Programme at the University of Oxford, and Energy & Climate Change at Harvard Kennedy School.
Mr. SARAK DOUNG
Sarak Duong has 23-year working experience, including the last 15 years with International Finance Corporation (IFC) of The World Bank Group in Cambodia and the Mekong region, in investment and corporate advisory, agribusiness, and private sector development.
Sarak was appointed as IFC Country Head for Cambodia from 2014 to 2019, where he managed senior relationships with the Government counterparts, development partners, and local and international corporate firms. In addition, Sarak has also led senior leadership roles in business development and portfolio management across key industries including agribusiness, financial, transports, and PPPs sectors.
Under his regional role as Agribusiness Advisory Lead for Cambodia and Myanmar from 2019 until June 2022, Sarak has led a number of successful advisory engagements with local SME firms to prepare their investment-readiness through improved productivity, efficiency, and development impacts.
Sarak is currently serving as an Independent Director and Corporate Advisor for various international and local firms.
Mr. ETIENNE KETTENMEYER
Etienne is a Luxembourg citizen with 20+ years of experience in the financial and banking industry. He occupied various positions in France with KPMG, Société Générale, and GE Capital before relocating to Cambodia in 2015 with his family. He joined the nascent leasing industry as Country Manager and CEO of two leasing companies in Cambodia (BSP Finance Cambodia and i-Finance), and Laos (BSP Finance Lao). He successfully managed the setup of two joint-ventures, and the sale process of one company to a major Korean investor.
Etienne is the current Executive Director of DFDL in Cambodia, a regional law, tax and business advisory firm, where he is more specifically in charge of the Corporate Advisory Services (M&A, Corporate Finance, and Business Development).
In addition to his current position, Etienne was elected in 2022, as a Director at the Board of Eurocham, where he aims to help its members to attract foreign investors, to develop business opportunities within ASEAN, and to advocate for fruitful business and regulatory relationships between Cambodia and the EU.
In 2023, he is trainer and mentor at Khmer Enterprise, the governmental venture capital and start-up incubator for Cambodian SMEs.
Etienne holds a Master in Business Management from Dauphine University (Paris, France).
Mr. FREDDIE WONG, FSA CERA FLMI
Freddie is the Chief Actuary of Prudential Cambodia. He is responsible for product development and actuarial reporting of the company. Under his leadership, Prudential Cambodia has pioneered the affordable digital insurance solutions to the market.
Freddie is a Fellow of Society of Actuaries, Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA), and Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI). He has over 12 years working experience in a number of leading international insurance companies with wide experience across product development, shareholder and regulatory reporting, financial planning, actuarial modeling, and risk management.
Freddie is passionate in grooming talents and building capacity in Cambodia. In 2021, he has founded the Cambodia Actuarial Working Group (CAWG) to develop and represent the actuarial profession, and facilitate Cambodian students towards their professional actuarial qualification.
Mrs. SIV TEAN LY
Tean is Managing Director of Seeva Capital. Prior to moving to Cambodia, Tean worked in investment banking at Citigroup in New York where she managed structured real estate project finance transactions via public and private partnerships funded with taxable and tax-exempt municipal bonds, derivatives, private placements, and credit enhancements from government sponsored enterprises. Citi Community Capital invests over $4 billion into its communities yearly.
Tean also worked in acquisitions at a real estate private equity firm with over $2.5 billion of assets under management with a focus of investing in real estate through tax credit syndication from institutional investors.
Prior to founding Seeva Capital, Tean ran the Global Subsidiaries and Financial Institutions businesses at ANZ Royal, providing corporate banking and financial institution clients with market and industry insights and building financial strategies to help her clients grow their company.
Tean is currently serving as Chairwoman of the Board of Advisory of Population Services International, a US-based NGO which provides health solutions to rural and low-income communities. Tean also serves as a non-Executive Director of SHE Investments, a nonprofit building an ecosystem of female entrepreneurs.
Tean earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Denver Business School where she was also a Chancellor’s Scholar and Leader.
Mr. VEASNA LIM
Veasna has worked for 8 years at a regional law firm in Phnom Penh and joined Vinaya Law Firm as a partner in October 2021. He has extensive experience in Real Estate Development, Intellectual Property, Commercial Arbitration and Corporate. He is also a commercial arbitrator and lawyer in Cambodia.
Veasna is well-versed in providing practical legal solutions for clients who require strategic business and investment advice. He regularly advises some of the top real estate development in the country in relation to Sale and Purchase Agreement, Internal Regulation, Construction Agreement and legal compliance of the real estate development. Some of the most remarkable experiences include multi-billion dollars city development project and First Cambodia’s public housing project.
Regarding Intellectual Property matters, he also assists clients on trade mark registration and trade mark infringement for the client in Cambodia.
Upon registration with the National Commercial Arbitration Centre as a commercial arbitrator, he has provided the advice to the litigation teams on the arbitration cases. Currently, he is a member of the Executive Board of NCAC.
Veasna holds two master’s degrees of private law and management of innovation (LL.M.) from Université Lumière Lyon 2 in France.