Past Event Details

Keynote speaker : U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Carol Rodley

Cambodia is no longer the best kept secret in Asia. As companies look  for growth opportunities in Asia, Cambodia is becoming a competitive location for business investment. Cambodia provides companies an attractive business environment in a wide range of sectors such as agriculture, infrastructure, labour intensive industries, export oriented industries, oil and mining and tourism. Over the last 10 years, Cambodia has integrated itself into the region and the world and engaged in both bilateral and multilateral cooperation, with special emphasis placed on establishing political, economic, trade and investment ties. The Kingdom of Cambodia enjoys peace, political and macro-economic stability.

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Carol Rodley and a panel of business experts, led by Brett Sciaroni, one of the first foreign lawyers in Cambodia, will have a frank discussion on the current environment -- opportunities and challenges -- in Cambodia as a place to invest and do business, as well as prospects for the future.

About Ambassador Carol Rodley

Carol Rodley is a career officer in the Senior Foreign Service and was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia on October 24, 2008. Ambassador Rodley most recently served as a faculty advisor at the Foreign Service Institute after returning from assignment as Counselor for Political Military Affairs at the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Previously she served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 2003 to 2006.

Ambassador Rodley served as Deputy Executive Secretary in the Executive Secretariat from 2001 to July 2003. From 1997 to 2000, she was Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Previous Washington assignments included Executive Assistant to the Bosnia Coordinator during the preparation for the Dayton negotiations and the initial phase of Dayton implementation, Deputy Director of the Secretariat Staff, Cyprus desk officer in the Office of Southern European Affairs, Senior Watch officer in the Operations Center, and intelligence analyst in the Russia Division of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Overseas assignments have included Germany, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Pakistan. From 2000-2001, Ambassador Rodley attended the Department of State’s senior leadership training course, the 43rd Senior Seminar, at the Foreign Service Institute.

Ambassador Rodley has been the recipient of the Department’s Senior Performance Award, the State Department's Human Rights and Democracy Award, the American Foreign Service Association's Christian Herter Award for creative dissent, the James Clement Dunn Award for leadership, the Director of Central Intelligence Exceptional Humint Collector Award and an Intelligence Community Seal Medallion. Her languages are Khmer, German, Spanish, Urdu, and Hindi. Ambassador Rodley is a native of Massachusetts and graduate of Smith College.

About the Panelists

Bretton G. Sciaroni has been a lawyer and investment adviser in Phnom Penh since 1993, making him one of the first foreign lawyers in Cambodia in the modern era. Focusing principally on commercial law, Mr. Sciaroni negotiated the first foreign investment in Cambodia under the 1994 foreign investment law. He also served as legal adviser to the Royal Cambodian Government's delegation to negotiate the release of assets frozen in the United States since the fall of the Lon Nol regime in 1975. In 1995, he entered into a partnership with Tilleke & Gibbins International, the oldest law firm in Thailand. As the resident partner in Cambodia, Mr. Sciaroni opened the Phnom Penh office of Tilleke & Gibbins and Associates. In 2004, the firm became independent, and now operates as Sciaroni & Associates.

On 31 August 1996, Mr. Sciaroni was named Legal Adviser to the Royal Government in a decree signed by King Norodom Sihanouk. He was reappointed to this position by Royal Decree in successive governments in 1999, 2004 and 2008. The position carries with it the rank of minister. In addition to a number of other assignments, he was on the Cambodian government delegation that traveled to Quebec City, Canada in July 2008 to attend the 32nd Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, which inscribed the Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site. He served in a similar capacity in 2009 at the World Heritage Committee’s annual meeting in Seville, Spain.

Mr. Sciaroni also has served in a number of positions in the business community. Since 2002, he has served as Chairman of the International Business Club, an association that includes most of the multinational corporations in Cambodia. Along with the Minister of Finance, since 2000 Mr. Sciaroni has served as the Co-Chairman of the Working Group on Law, Tax and Good Governance. (Working Groups are sectoral committees that include both private sector and government delegates to discuss and resolve problems in the business community.) Since 1998, he has served as Chairman of the American Cambodian Business Council. In 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, and 2010 Mr. Sciaroni was the head of the private sector delegation to the Consultative Group meetings, held by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the donor community. Mr. Sciaroni serves on the Boards of Directors of a number of entities, including banks, commercial enterprises, and non-governmental institutions.

Prior to coming to Cambodia, Mr. Sciaroni was in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he still is a member of the bar. He also is a member of the American Bar Association. Mr. Sciaroni has served in the U.S.  Government, including positions at the White House and in the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Daniel Mitchell is the CEO of Grandis Timber Limited and Founder/Managing Director of SRP International Group Ltd,
based in Phnom Penh. SRP International Group, an investment firm focused on developing opportunities in the emerging markets of Asia. The focus of the firm in Cambodia is commercial reforestation/ plantation developments focused on plantings of tropical hardwoods on previously degraded and deforested areas of Cambodia. Mr. Mitchell serves as CEO of Grandis Timber, a joint venture with Capricorn Forest Fund K/S, under the management of International Woodlands Company A/S of Copenhagen.

Mr. Mitchell has over 15 years of business experience in Asia in the areas of international finance, business planning, and program management. Over the past 10 years he has developed expertise in the cultivation and management of plantation teak.

Prior to moving to SRP International Group, full-time in 2001, Mr. Mitchell was the head of Strategic Planning and Mergers & Acquisitions for Ford Motor Company’s automotive components division, Visteon, based in their Tokyo offices. Prior to this, Mr. Mitchell was a manager in charge of Strategic Planning for Mitsubishi Motors, in their Los Angeles office. Mr. Mitchell began his career in Detroit as a Program Manager at ASC Inc., a specialty automotive manufacturing company, where he was in charge joint vehicle development program with Mitsubishi Motors. Mr. Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Business Administration from Miami University (Ohio), and is a MSC Forestry candidate at Bangor University, in Wales.


Registration closes 2 days prior to the event date. Cancellation notice must be sent 2 days prior to the event date to Stephanie Pao at [email protected] to avoid any charges. An additional S$20.00 charge is applicable to registrations after registration has closed and at the door. No-shows will be billed. Only credit card payment is accepted for registration.

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