Meet the ICEM Team
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.
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 is a senior expert in ecology, biodiversity, EIA and water resources management with more than 30 years of experience in in South East Asia, South Asia and Southern and Central Africa. He was the Team Leader for the Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Program (MRC, UNDP, IUCN) which involved extensive environmental studies, local development planning, training in SEA/EIA, and livelihood supports. He has conducted SEAs as both team leader and natural resources specialist for a wide range of policies and plans. Peter-John has been closely involved in the development, testing and training of a rapid basin-wide hydropower sustainability assessment tool (RSAT) since its beginning in 2009.
Hoa is a water resources engineer and modeler with over 10 years of experience in many areas of water management, including reservoir operation, hydropower, water resource database development, hydrological monitoring and assessments, and climate change adaptation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hydrology and Environment from Hanoi Water Resource University and Master’s degree from KU Leuven in Water Resources Engineering.
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.
Dr John Sawdon is an economist and socio-economic specialist with extensive work experience in the GMS in wider East Asian region. Dr Sawdon holds a PhD on the political economy of energy policy and climate change mitigation with a focus on South East Asia from the University of East Anglia, UK, an MSc in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University London and an MA in social sciences with a specialisation in philosophy from the University of Glasgow.
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 is a specialist in natural resources management, water and energy efficiency, and in conducting environmental assessments and management planning.
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.
Thu graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Vietnam National University. Her work includes spatial data collection and analysis, mapping and digitization, and database management. She also conducts GIS and remote sensing analysis on climate change, biodiversity and conservation, water management and energy. At ICEM, Thu has worked on strategic assessments, natural resource management and spatial planning projects in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and elsewhere in the region.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Daniel holds a PhD in environmental health governance. He has worked across Southeast Asia for over thirteen years on social, development and environmental health issues. His experience includes consulting for Health Impact Assessment projects, socio-economic impact and mitigation analyses of development plans and projects, as well as action-oriented research into the impact of governance structures on environmental outcomes. Click here for a list of Daniel’s publications.
Ngoc Anh is a hydrogeologist, specializing in groundwater flow modeling, groundwater recharge estimation, hydraulic modeling analysis and assessment of climate change impacts on water resources with uncertainties analysis. She has a Masters in Water Engineering and Management from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, and conducted research at the Institute for Groundwater Management and Technical University of Dresden, Germany. Ngoc Anh has worked as hydrogeologist for number of regional projects, conducting both hydrological and groundwater modelling for selected Asian cities on projects funded by APN, USAID, and BMZ (Germany) in Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.
Kelsey is a water resources engineer with a background in water resources management, water supply planning, and water and wastewater treatment plant design. Kelsey is a current Luce Scholar; she holds an MS in Water Resources Engineering from Oregon State University and a BA in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College.
Marlies is a bio-engineer with a MSc in Agro- and Ecosystem Engineering from KU Leuven, Belgium. She started her studies in Industrial Sciences, Biochemistry, where she became interested in the possibilities found in nature-based solutions. Subsequently, she studied forestry and biodiversity at parquet Oncol in Chile, worked in agricultural livelihoods in Kenya and agricultural water management with IWMI in Myanmar.
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 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 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.
Chloe is specialized in writing, editing, research and visual communication and holds an MsC in Urban Development from the University of Amsterdam. She has worked on a number of topics including urban governance and equity, communications for public health and youth employment for organizations including UNOPS and Oxfam Novib.
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.
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.
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 is a Program Development Manager with over 10 years’ experience in program design and development, coordination and operational management of numerous development projects funded by the World Bank, ADB and other bilateral donors. Ngoc holds an MBA from Solvay Brussels School Economics and Management, a Bachelor in External Economics from the Hanoi Foreign Trade University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi.
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.
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 has worked with Vietnamese not-for-profit organizations such as Craft Link, and the Canadian not-for-profit One Common Language Foundation.
Huong is an accountant with over eight years experience and extensive training in general accounting and financial management.
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 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.
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.
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.
Anh has more than 6 years of experience in supporting teams for projects funded by Asian Development Bank, World Bank. She holds a Bachelor degree in Business English and has growing interests in environmental field.
Phuong has approximately five years’ experience providing administrative and logistic support for variety of international and national consultancies and projects funded by the World Bank, JICA and GIZ. She holds a Masters degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Sai is a community development specialist and project coordinator. He graduated with a Master of Science in Development Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. His career highlights so far have included working as the Personal Assistant to the Vice President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in 2015-2016, as a Stakeholder Consultation Specialist in the State Of Basin Assessment (SOBA 5) for the Ayeyawady Integrated River Basin Management Project (AIRBMP) in 2017, and as Environmental and Social Monitoring Specialist for AIRBMP in 2018. Sai’s interests include the environment, community development, small and medium enterprise development, governance and migration.