About the Board of Governors (BoG)
There are nine AmCham Governors sitting on the board at all times. AmCham Governors are elected by the membership at the annual general meeting. All member companies and organizations my propose a candidate to the selection committee prior to the election. The selection committee will select two possible candidates for each available position. A majority vote by the membership elects the new Governors.
Governors sit for a two year term and may stand for re-election at the end of their term. Governor terms are staggered; meaning one year 4 seats are up for election, and the following year, the other five seats become available. Following each annual election, the board elects officers; Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer from among the sitting board members. Terms for these board officer positions are one year.
In order to recognize special long term service to the AmCham community, the board has established "emeritus" board positions, which are granted for life. Two of these have been granted to date; a Chairman Emeritus position to Mr. Bretton G. Sciaroni and a Member Emeritus position to Mr. Michael Hayes. This honor forever places these individuals in the AmCham spirit and bestows on them the privileged of attending BoG meetings as non-voting consultants.
Mr. Charles Esterhoy
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.
Governor & Chairman Emeritus
Mr. Bretton G. Sciaroni
Senior Partner, Sciaroni & Associates
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.
Ms. Ali Copple
Senior Partner, Yejj Consultancy
Ali is a longtime resident of Phnom Penh, working in the field of education since 1990, Ali 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, accreditation 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, and most recently start up and development of the International Montessori Daycare and Forest Hill International School. Ali is part of a team of evaluators assisting in Accreditation of international schools in the region with Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
She is a Senior Partner of Yejj Consultancy working with educational projects. Ali is a member of the AmCham Workforce Development Committee; initiating the start up of the AmCham Membership Committee and in her second year of Vice Chair of the AmCham Board of Governors. Additionally, Ali has served on the board for the Canadian International School (CIS), and for an international church in Phnom Penh.
Mr. Allen Dodgson Tan
Director of Applied Technology, Golden West Humanitarian Foundation
Allen is a Cambodian-American organizational leader, 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.
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.
Ms. Tean Ly
Head of the Global Subsidiaries Group, ANZ Royal
Tean is a career banker having worked in the financial services industry for almost 15 years. Prior to moving to Cambodia, Tean worked as a banker at Citigroup in New York and in Acquisitions at real estate private equity firm focused on investing in affordable housing. Currently, she runs the Global Subsidiaries and Financial Institutions businesses at ANZ Royal. In this role, Tean works closely with the international business community by advising on financial strategies to help her clients grow their company in addition to providing market and industry insights. Tean also works with a range of local and international financial institutions providing solutions in transaction banking, rate and currency risk management, and funding requirements.
Tean also serves on the board of Population Services Khmer, a US based NGO which provides health solutions to the rural and low income communities. She earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado Denver Business School where she was also a Chancellor's Scholar and Leader.
Mr. Dararith Lim
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 across 25 provinces, with additional water sanitation systems 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, Vice Chair for US-ASEAN Business Council - Cambodia 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 GE Capital as Group Accountant. His first visit back to Cambodia in 1992 and followed up by regular visits, after being in Australia for over 23 years, he decided to permanently 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. 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.
Mr. Thomas Christiansen
Area General Manager, Raffles Le Royal Cambodia
Thomas Christiansen is the General Manager of both Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia. He has been with Raffles Hotels & Resorts since 2015 and has over 27 years’ experience working in luxury hotels across the world.
Thomas is held in high regard within the hospitality industry and has extensive knowledge in Asia particularly, with experience in China, Hong Kong and Thailand. He has held prominent positions with Walt Disney, JW Marriott, Minor International and Banyan Tree in Thailand as well as The Peninsula Group in Hong Kong and China. He has worked as far afield as Spain, France, Greece. Russia and Africa.
Thomas has been a member of AmCham for over 15 years, having first joined in Bangkok in 2002. He joined AmCham Cambodia in 2015. Thomas is committed to not only assisting in the growth of the hospitality sector in Cambodia, but also to expanding AmCham Cambodia's total reach and value within the country, in particular Siem Reap, as well as across the SEA and APAC regions.
He believes it is through AmCham Cambodia that members will continue to have a clear voice in expressing the needs of their respective sectors in order to further develop the collective interests of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the United States.