Meet the ICEM Team

Technical Specialists

Jeremy Carew-Reid
Jeremy Carew-ReidDirector General
Jeremy is Director General of ICEM and Chair of the ICEM Board. He has more than 30 years experience working in 28 countries in five regions of the world.  > Find out more  
Nick Beresnev
Nick BeresnevSenior Climate Change Specialist
Nick is an economic and environmental policy analyst with interests in natural resource management, environmental economics and international trade. He has extensive work experience in the Asia-Pacific region, having delivered research projects for the United Nations Development Programme, UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the Center for International Forestry Research.
Jorma Ensio Koponen
Jorma Ensio KoponenTeam leader | Hydrology Specialist
Jorma has a Doctorate in Systems Analysis and Information Technology. He is a specialist in hydrology, land use suitability, flood plain dynamics, river channel erosion, saline intrusion and climate downcaling. Jorma has been the principal developer of the IWRM Model since the 1970s. He has worked in the Mekong region since 2001 and as a World Bank and ADB Climate Change Modeling Consultant.
Mai Ky Vinh
Mai Ky VinhGIS and Modeling Program Manager
Vinh is a senior Geographical Information System and remote sensing specialist with more than 17 years experience working in South East Asia. He has worked in remote sensing and GIS for forest inventory and planning, forest monitoring and assessment, land use planning, biodiversity and conservation, watershed classification, and marine conservation.
Peter-John Meynell
Peter-John MeynellTeam Leader - Mainstreaming Climate Resilience into Development Planning, Cambodia
Peter-John is a freshwater biologist with more than 30 years of experience in dealing with environmental and development issues in South East Asia, South Asia and Southern and Central Africa.
Thuy Nguyen Mong
Thuy Nguyen MongModeler and GIS specialist
Thuy graduated as a hydrological and environmental engineer from Hanoi Water Resources University. With over five years’ experience, she has participated in several projects in Asian countries, taking responsibility for conducting GIS and remote sensing analysis, spatial data collection, preparation and digitization, mapping, GIS database management and hydrological modeling.
James Ramsay
James RamsayTeam Leader - Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in N. Vietnam | Bioengineer
James is an environmental professional with qualifications in geography, agricultural engineering and forestry. Over the last 35 years he has worked in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.
John Sawdon
John SawdonTeam Leader - Senior Environmental Economist
John is a social and environmental economist with wide experience of development projects, particularly in Vietnam and SE Asia.
Felix Seebacher
Felix SeebacherTeam Leader - Strengthening Disaster Risk Management and Rural Resilience in Cambodia
Felix has worked as a water professional for the past 40 years. He has extensive expertise in Southeast Asia focusing on hydrology, disaster risk management in rural and urban areas, as well as on food security under climate change.
Luke Taylor
Luke TaylorSenior Environmental Scientist
Luke is a specialist in natural resources management, water and energy efficiency, and in conducting environmental assessments and management planning.
Rens Hasman
Rens HasmanRiver Basin Management Specialist
Rens has worked on international river and water management assessments in Myanmar, India, USA, Colombia and Nigeria. He is a specialist in water resources and hydraulic modelling. Rens holds a Masters degree from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.
Minh Pham Tran
Minh Pham TranWater Engineer and Modeler
Minh has over ten years’ experience in hydrology and water resources modeling. His career includes experience in the environmental field and as GIS specialist across river deltas and coastal zones. He specializes in programming, data management and web design.
Nguyen Thi Thu
Nguyen Thi ThuJunior GIS Officer
Thu graduated from Vietnam National University, with a major in Environmental Science. Before joining ICEM as junior GIS officer to support GIS database management, mapping and digitization, she was an intern at the GIZ Ecosystem-based Adaptation Project.
Richard Cooper
Richard CooperSenior Environmental Specialist
Richard is an experienced environmental specialist and international project manager with over 20 years of experience contributing to environmental, sustainability and climate change-related initiatives in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Central America, Australia and United Kingdom. Interests include environmental informatics, geographic information systems, climate change adaptation and marine and coastal management. He holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from Macquarie University, Australia, and a MSc in Marine and Fisheries Science from Aberdeen University, UK.
Matthew Alongi
Matthew AlongiEnvironmental Engineer
Matt graduated with a master’s degree in Civil Systems Engineering from CU Boulder in Colorado, USA. During his undergraduate schooling, his experience working on a hydropower project in Thailand as part of Engineers Without Borders sparked his interests in international development, water resources, and systems engineering. He studied the environmental impacts of unconventional oil and gas development during his graduate program.
Dr Ian Wilderspin
Dr Ian WilderspinDisaster and Climate Risk Specialist
Ian has over 25 years of diverse experience in disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, building urban resilience, capacity building, and humanitarian response. He has worked with major international non-government, civil society and government organizations, including the American Red Cross, UNDP, DFID, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Save the Children, and Oxfam. Much of this work has been in South and Southeast Asia, including in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, The Philippines, and Vietnam. As an independent consultant, Ian’s clients include the ADB, AusAID, the European Commission, several INGOs and UN agencies, and the World Bank. He holds a PhD from King’s College University of London. Ian is Team Leader for Enhanced Use of Disaster Risk Information for Decision Making in Southeast Asia – ASEAN Component.
Michal Musil
Michal MusilEnvironmental Assessment Specialist
Michal has participated in around 30 large environmental assessments since 2005, both as an expert team member or team leader. His work has included national and regional policies, regional and local land-use plans and environmental impact assessments. His work has taken him to Central Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Moldova, Belarus, Turkey, and Southeast Asia. Michal is Team Leader for the ESIA and ESMP for Sub-project 1, ESA for Stretch 1, and ESMP Monitoring and Reporting during Construction of Sub-project 1. He holds an MSc degree in Environmental Policy and is currently a project manager and consultant at Integra Consulting Ltd, in Prague, Czech Republic.
Peter Hanington
Peter HaningtonSenior Environmental Management Specialist
Peter has 20 years work experience in the environmental science and management field – having held positions in research, government, consultancy and international development. Peter has worked with government officials and researchers from China, Indonesia, Philippines, Viet Nam and Cambodia – through research, technical assistance, program implementation and capacity building. Peter holds a Masters in Environmental Science from Macquarie University, Sydney and a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Queensland.
Miguel Coulier
Miguel CoulierSenior Disaster Risk Management Specialist
Miguel has ten years’ experience in disaster risk reduction, community resilience, humanitarian response, governance and gender. His work included policy analysis and advocacy, project cycle management, project design, capacity development, M&E and research. He has worked in Uganda, Viet Nam, Lao PDR and Cambodia with the United Nations Development Program, CARE Viet Nam, and the Belgian Technical Cooperation. He has a Masters in International Politics and Conflict and Development Studies.

Communications Specialists

Hung Tran Viet
Hung Tran VietResearch and Communications Specialist
Hung is a young professional with experience at Greenpeace USA and IUCN Vietnam. Hung conducts research on climate change, energy, and waste management issues. He recently graduated with a Masters degree in Public Policy from University of Maryland, specializing in Environmental Policy and Energy Policy.
Penny Beames
Penny BeamesMapping and Communications Specialist
Penny has eight years experience working in communications in Canada, India, and Vietnam. She has developed dynamic web-based maps on the Indus and Mekong Rivers for the WLE and World Bank. Penny has an MES from York University in Toronto, Canada.
Petro Kotze
Petro KotzeCommunications Specialist
Petro is a project manager, editor and photojournalist who specialises in environmental communications. She has over a decade of experience with a focus on science, the environment, protected areas and freshwater issues, mostly in southern Africa. She holds a Marketing Communications (Hons) degree from the University of Johannesburg.


Nguyen Thi Nga
Nguyen Thi NgaDirector of Operations
Nga has expertise in project management and organisational management. She has a background in the transport sector and in community development and environmental management in underdeveloped provinces. She is a qualified teacher and accountant.
Luong Thi Quynh Mai
Luong Thi Quynh MaiAdministration Manager
Mai has more than ten years experience as administrator and coordinator, accountant, and operations and finance manager on projects funded by the ADB and USAID.
Nguyen Phuong Chi
Nguyen Phuong ChiFinance Manager
Chi has extensive experience in finance and accounting. She has worked in the field for over 15 years, on numerous projects funded by multilateral and bilateral donors that include the World Bank, ADB, USAID, JICA and UNDP. Chi has a Masters degree in Finance and Banking from the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Nguyen Bich Ngoc
Nguyen Bich NgocProgram Development Manager
Ngoc is a Program Manager with about ten years experience as a member of multiple development project teams funded by the World Bank, ADB and other bilateral donors.
Ha Thi Hoang Lan
Ha Thi Hoang LanAdministrative Officer
Lan is an experienced and professional administrator. She has over five years experience working as an administrator and procurement specialist for international and Vietnamese consultancies.
Le Hoai Ly
Le Hoai LyFinance Officer
Ly has five years of experience working for the US-based NGO Management Sciences for Health, Inc. Ly holds Bachelor and Master degrees of Accounting and Finance from National Economic University
Thu Hoang
Thu HoangProgram Development Officer
Thu Hoang has worked with Vietnamese not-for-profit organizations such as Craft Link, and the Canadian not-for-profit One Common Language Foundation.
Nguyen Quynh Huong
Nguyen Quynh HuongAccountant
Huong is an accountant with over eight years experience and extensive training in general accounting and financial management.
Nguyen Phuong Thao
Nguyen Phuong ThaoSenior Program Development Officer
Thao has six years experience in project coordination and management for teams on World Bank, KfW and UNDP funded projects. She worked for Grontmij Vietnam (formerly Carl Bro Vietnam) prior to joining the ICEM Program Development Team. Her expertise continue to develop in the fields of climate change, energy, water and sanitation.
Nguyen Thu Trang
Nguyen Thu TrangDeputy Finance Manager
Nguyen Thu Trang has four years of international experience in finance auditing. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where she spent three years working as a senior auditor for large international corporations across a range of sectors.
Vuong Thu Huong
Vuong Thu HuongSenior Program Development Officer
Huong has over a decade of professional experience, predominantly in project coordination and management for a number of international organizations. She has worked with KOICA, UNIS, GEF/UNDP and IIG Vietnam. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Southern Columbia University.
Nguyen Thi Luyen
Nguyen Thi LuyenSenior Program Development Officer
Luyen has extensive experience in program coordination with international organizations. She previously worked with World Vision, Save the Children, and CONEMUND. She holds a Masters degree in Natural Resources Management from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Luyen has a keen interest in environmental management.
Duong Hong Giang
Duong Hong GiangSenior Administrative Officer
Giang is an experienced and professional administrator. She has over nine years’ experience working for international non-governmental organizations such as Oxfam Hong Kong and Save the Children. She recently graduated from Vietnam National University with a Master degree in climate change.

ICEM Cambodia

Dr. Seak Sophat
Dr. Seak SophatDeputy Team Leader
Sophat has extensive experience in natural and water resources management, biodiversity conservation (in particular, participatory biodiversity monitoring linking to management intervention) and climate change adaptation. He has worked in the Mekong region for nearly 20 years. Sophat holds a Doctoral degree in Natural Resource Management.
Thai Vathara
Thai VatharaInfrastructure Climate Change Specialist
Vathara is a Civil Engineer with more than 20 years’ experience working in the public and private sectors for a number of international organizations. During his career, he has dealt with road and bridge construction in Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Sudan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. His qualifications include a Masters degree in Technology and Science in Civil Engineering.
Porny You
Porny YouKnowledge Management and Communications Specialist
Porny has a decade of experience in media management, communications and public relations. She specializes in climate change, the environment, education, food security, health and trade.
Nom Sophearith
Nom SophearithNational Adaptation Project Development Expert
Sophearith has over 17 years’ experience working in research areas such as fisheries, agriculture, natural resource management and socioeconomics. He has worked on wetland and risk assessments, fisheries valuation and the role of fish in food security, monitoring and evaluation of development projects in relation to health, resettlement and entitlement, media development and institutional and livelihood development, for a number of national and international institutions. He holds a Masters degree in agricultural systems specializing in integrated watershed management and development.

ICEM Myanmar

Rory Hunter
Rory HunterICEM Myanmar Country Director
Rory is managing and providing technical inputs to a wide portfolio of projects throughout Myanmar and the Mekong region. He is a senior water resources expert specialising in climate change, water governance, impact assessment and risk mitigation. Rory has over nine years’ experience in Australia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand Vietnam and the Pacific region; implementing projects with World Bank, Mekong River Commission (MRC), Australia Aid, private sector and NGOs. He holds a Masters degree in Integrated Water Management.
Yinn Mar Swe Hlaing
Yinn Mar Swe HlaingEnvironmental and Social Specialist
Yinn Mar works in the field of environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA) in Myanmar. She has been involved in many local and international ESIA studies, and has taken the lead in a number of socio-economic surveys and stakeholder engagements. She has extensive work experience as project leader on water quality and social economic survey projects in the central dry zone of Myanmar. Recently, she has worked as resettlement (social) specialist on the upgrading of the Yangon Circular Railway Line Project.
Thinzar Oo
Thinzar OoAdministrative Assistant
Thinzar holds a diploma in accounting from Yangon East University, and is currently studying towards her ACCA qualification. She has worked with NGOs and corporations as accounting and finance professional since 2012.
James Wilderspin
James WilderspinEnvironmental Management Officer
James graduated with a Master of Science in Climate Change Management from Birkbeck, University of London. He also has a Masters in Philosophy from King’s College, University of London. James has six years’ experience in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable livelihoods. His work has included participatory research, advocacy, and communications. He has worked in Myanmar, Cambodia, Viet Nam and Mexico, with major international non-government and civil society organisations, including Oxfam in Myanmar, CARE and Live & Learn in Cambodia. James’ research interests include ethical consumerism; sustainability, the environment; poverty and inequality; urban resilience; and gender equality.