Board of Governors


Bretton G. Sciaroni
Chairman

 

Bretton G. Sciaroni
Chairman of the Board of Governors


Mr. Sciaroni is Senior Partner in Sciaroni & Associates, and also has served as Legal Adviser to the Royal Government of Cambodia since 1996, a position which has the rank of Minister.

Mr. Sciaroni is a founding governor and has served as Chairman of AmCham since 1996. He also serves as Chairman of the International Business Chamber. In addition, Mr. Sciaroni is Co-Chairman of the Working Group on Law, Tax and Good Governance, one of the mechanisms for private sector dialogue with the Royal Government. He has served in this capacity since 2000, along with his Co-Chairman, Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon, the Minister of Economy and Finance.

Mr. Sciaroni obtained his law degree from UCLA and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. He has lived and worked in Cambodia since 1993, making him the longest serving foreign lawyer in the country.


Allen Dodgson Tan
Governor

 

Allen Dodgson Tan
Director of Applied Technology
Golden West Humanitarian Foundation

Allen is a Cambodian-American non-profit manager, product designer and passionate advocate for the development of STEM in Cambodia. Allen is the Director of Applied Technology for the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, a California-based charity dedicated to destroying explosive remnants of war.  He founded the Golden West Design Lab (Phnom Penh) which produces innovative, award-winning products in Cambodia which are used by international NGOs and governments worldwide. Allen is also founder of the Cambodia Science & Engineering Festival, the Kingdom’s first and largest national-level event designed to encourage Cambodian youth to consider careers in STEM professions and Chair of the AmCham Education Committee.

Prior to Cambodia, Allen served seven years in the United States Army; as both an Infantryman and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Operator with a combined 26 months of combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Allen holds a Master’s of Science in risk management from Boston University and a Bachelor’s of Science in business administration from Franklyn University. Allen has been presented multiple honors by the Kingdom of Cambodia for his work. Allen lives with his wife and daughter in Phnom Penh.


Dararith Lim
Governor

 

Dararith Lim
Market Development Director
Country Leader-Cambodia General Electric

 

Dararith Lim, joined General Electric (GE) in February 2008 as Country Leader/Market Development Director in Cambodia.  His role is to establish GE presence, build a business and strategic partnerships with local private and public sectors.  He is responsible for the development key strategies to help GE facilitate growth in Cambodia, a country which holds great potential for GE. Under his leadership, GE Foundation had donated $15 MM of medical equipment to 31 Ministry of Health referral hospitals and capacity building programs.

Born in Cambodia, Dararith Lim survived the Khmer Rouge regime and later migrated to Australia as a refugee in 1981; where he grew up and was educated.  In 1996 he graduated with a Bachelor in Social Science with double major in Accounting and Information Management from the University of Melbourne and in 2002 received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Victoria.

Dararith currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trustees for American University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He started his career in Australia in finance with Faulding Ltd, Mayne Ltd and subsequently joined Loscam (or previously part of GE Capital) as Group Accountant.

After being in Australia for over 23 years, he returned to Cambodia in 2004 to contribute back to his homeland and worked in the Ministry of Tourism of the Royal Government of Cambodia as advisor to the Minister and Assistant to a Member of Parliament/Vice Minister, assisting in the area of global marketing and promotion initiatives.  He is married and has a daughter, and Cambodia is his home.

Mr. Lim has been a member of the AmCham board in Cambodia since August 2009.


Michael G. Hayes
Governor

 

Michael G. Hayes

Business Consultant


With more than 26 years residence in Asia and the Middle East, Mr. Hayes is a consultant engaged with multiple clients on projects related to political risk analysis, corporate due diligence, media relations, editorial assitance and public affairs. 

In 1992 Mr. Hayes co-founded the English-language newspaper the  Phnom Penh Post, the first independent newspaper in any language in the Kingdom of Cambodia since prior to the Khmer Rouge takeover of Phnom Penh in 1975. He remained Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the paper until he sold it in 2008. In addition to the numerous articles published in the Post, Mr. Hayes has also written for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the  International Herald Tribune, the Bangkok Post, the Straits Times, the Nation (Bangkok) and The Jakarta Globe, among others.

From 2010 to 2013, he was a Senior Advisor on Media Affairs with the Cambodian Ministry of Land Administration.

Mr. Hayes received his B.A. from the School for International Training in Vermont and an M.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Mr. Hayes is a founding governor of AmCham Cambodia.

Ali Copple
Governor

 

Ali Copple

Senior Partner

Yejj Consultancy

Ali is a longtime resident of Phnom Penh, working in the field of education since 1990, she appreciates the opportunities that have been provided by the US in skill training and finances through businesses and education.  Her experience includes organizing and developing ISPP into an international school, teaching and curriculum development at Northbridge International School (NISC), start up and development of East West International School (EWIS); and providing training, curriculum and program development, evaluation and assessment for NGO’s with an educational or training component; and private schools.  Ali is part of a team of evaluators assisting in Accreditation of international schools in the region (WASC).

She is a Senior Partner with Yejj Consultancy working with educational projects.    Ali is a member of the AmCham Cambodia Education Committee; and has served on the board for the Canadian International School (CIS), and for an international church in Phnom Penh.

 

Wesley Jordan

CFO

VisionFund Cambodia

Representing VisionFund, a US-owned microfinance institution with $150m in assets, Wesley brings the perspective of the sector on matters relevant to the chamber, particularly on financing of small and medium enterprises.

Wesley recognizes that financial services are not the only tools for economic development and poverty alleviation, His leadership at VisionFund Cambodia has forged synergistic partnerships with a variety of socially driven organizations. These networks have enabled greater outreach and social impact, and have helped to drive VisionFund Cambodia’s strategic approach, uniqueness, and competitiveness.


Wesley's background, skills and experience are largely in finance, serving as the CFO for banks and microfinance institutions in Eastern Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia, and holding a CPA license in the U.S. He has been the Treasurer of the board for an international school and served other non-profit boards, so Wesley is familiar with the purpose, structure and function of governing bodies.

Joseph Lovell
Governor

 

Joseph Lovell

Legal Advisor

Sciaroni & Associates

Joseph Lovell has more than two decades of Asia-focused legal, investment and business experience.  Before joining Sciaroni & Associates, he served as, among other roles, Managing Partner for a law firm with offices in Cambodia & Myanmar, COO/General Counsel for an emerging markets private equity fund management company in Cambodia, Managing Director/General Counsel for a financial group with offices in New York and Beijing, Corporate Counsel for a Beijing-based AIM-listed private equity firm, Managing Attorney at a Honolulu law firm, senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Taipei, and board member for a number of companies and not-for-profit entities. Joseph has a BS from Georgetown University (Chinese Language), and MA (Asian Studies) and JD degrees from the University of Hawaii.  He is a member of the state bars of New York, Hawaii and Texas.

Charles J. Esterhoy III

Governor

 

Charles J. Esterhoy III
Chief Operations Officer
Kerry Wordbridge Logistics Ltd. - SEZ


Charles, since graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Architecture, has spent his entire 27 year career in Asia (Japan, Singapore, India, Vietnam and now Cambodia) as an Architect, Project Manager and Construction Manager. Since moving to Cambodia in 2014, Charles has quickly come to understand the challenges faced by new foreign businesses and manufacturers in Cambodia and thus has become highly involved in the development of Cambodia’s directions and policies regarding Trade & Industrial Development. More importantly, Charles has been very active in making presentations overseas about Cambodia, its transformation into an modern economy and its potential to be a solution to the ever changing challenges of regional trade and commerce. He is now the COO of the Kerry Worldbridge Logistics SEZ which will be Cambodia’s newest and the first SEZ in Cambodia to feature a specialized, full service Free Trade Zone.  

Throughout his PM / CM career overseas, Charles has developed a unique leadership style and philosophy which focuses on open communication, clear directions and understanding how to balance the needs of all stakeholders in order to achieve results which exceed original expectations or objectives. Charles became an interim member of the Board in February 2016 and looks forward to engaging the local membership to better understand their challenges and working together to find solutions.