The New Zealand Cambodia Business Association was recognized on the 18th of August 2015 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia by the visiting Hon. Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs and H.E. Reuben Levermore, Ambassador for the region. The New Zealand Cambodia Business Association has pulled together connections from China through South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand to form an eclectic group of entrepreneurs, business people, artists, creatives, politicians all colliding in this enigmatic hub of Indochina.
This is the quirky, historically disrupted, dynamic, charming and challenging Cambodia. An economy, culture, political and life in the streets system that is dynamic and rapidly changing, turbo charged by 52% of the population being under 25 years of age who are highly motivated and searching to become the new Cambodia.
The New Zealand Cambodia Business Association (NZCBA) has been created to help connect, guide, inform, assist and create more exchange of ideas, ventures, learning, teaching – applied to people, trade, arts and culture, education, sport and lifestyle. We work closely with our New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok as well as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and KEA.
We hope to see rapid adoption by adventurers and entrepreneurs in Government, the Arts, business and charitable/non-profit organisations to investigate and participate once we lay the foundations, build the portals, make the connections and open the gates.
The New Zealand Cambodia Business Association is an open forum. Our goals are to have members and all interested parties discuss, debate, challenge the perceptions and boundaries. With invaluable insights and deep knowledge from the variety of people in our group – we hope to break ground on new understandings, ideas, possibilities and actions that may start genuine and informed ventures in all the areas mentioned and lead to real results for participants on all sides over the coming years.
We invite all companies to join our Corporate Membership and access our news section and closed forum and invite any inquiries from interested NZ Businesses on the opportunities of doing business in Cambodia.
NZCBA inaugural honorary Board members, executive Board and special Committee members
Dame Silvia Cartwright became the first female Chief District Court Judge in New Zealand, and
in 1993 she was the first woman to be appointed to the High Court.
Prior to her appointment as Governor-General, she presided over a 1988 inquiry into issues
related to cervical cancer and its treatment at Auckland’s National Women’s Hospital, known as
the Cartwright Inquiry and also has previously served on the Committee on the Elimination of
Discrimination against Women, and played a major role in the drafting of the Optional Protocol
to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
She served as Governor-General from 4 April 2001 to 4 August 2006. Cartwright was appointed
to sit as one of two international judges in the Trial Chamber of the Cambodia Tribunal by
Cambodia’s Supreme Council of Magistracy.
She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1989; upon her
retirement from the High Court, she was granted the use of the style “The Honourable” for life;
she was made a Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001; she was
awarded the QSO at the State luncheon at Parliament to farewell her on 2 August 2006.
Her Honour Judge Silvia Rose Cartwright (1987–1989)
Her Honour Chief Judge Dame Silvia Rose Cartwright DBE (1989–1993)
The Hon. Justice Dame Silvia Rose Cartwright DBE (1993–2001)
The Hon. Justice Dame Silvia Rose Cartwright PCNZM, DBE (2001–2001)
Her Excellency The Hon. Dame Silvia Rose Cartwright PCNZM, DBE, Governor-General of New Zealand (2001–2006)
Her Excellency The Hon. Dame Silvia Rose Cartwright PCNZM, DBE, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand (2006–2006)
The Hon. Dame Silvia Rose Cartwright PCNZM, DBE, QSO (2006–)
Cartwright is an Honorary Member of The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and a
fellow of the Hastings Center, a bioethics research institution in the United States
Serey obtained her BCA from Victoria university in Wellington New Zealand in 2002 and since that time she has gained a Certificate in Financial Development from Harvard, a Certificate of Commerce from University of Sydney and her MBA in Banking from the University of London.
Serey sits on a number of Boards with a primary role as the Director General of the National Bank of Cambodia, she is also the Chair and President of Credit Bureau Cambodia, Cambodia Economic Association and founder of Raksa Koma Foundation amongst others.
Born in Korea, and growing up in Malaysia, Melissa moved to New Zealand as a young adult in 1988.
Melissa’s background has ensured her place as a strong advocate for New Zealand’s diverse ethnic
communities within the National Government.
Melissa entered Parliament as a National list MP following National’s victory in the 2008 election. Her
election made her the first Korean women to hold office outside of Korea, and New Zealand’s first
Melissa’s parliamentary career follows more than 20 years’ experience in New Zealand journalism in
both print and television. She also enjoyed fifteen years as the presenter and producer on TVNZ’s Asia
Dynamic and Asia Down Under with 600 episodes to her credit.
Melissa holds an MA with first class Honours in Communication Studies, and has held positions as a Vice
President of the Korean Society, Vice-President of the Korean Womens’ Association, Board member of
the Asia-Pacific Producers’ Network, advisor to the National Unification Council of Korea, and an Asian
advisor to the Auckland Police.
Melissa is passionate about creating a safer New Zealand, and has been an advocate of better policing
and tougher sentencing for serious crimes in New Zealand.
Her vision is for a country that is safe, secure, and prosperous.
Dr. Sok is a practicing attorney and the Principal at SokSiphana&associates, a law and consulting firm specialising in international trade and corporate law in Phnom Penh.
Dr. Sok has unique experiences and insights related to the development of the Cambodian legal system, the business environment and the intricacy of commercial and investment law evolution in Cambodia. His vast hands on experiences as a former Commerce Secretary of State (Vice Minister) in the Cambodian Government, where he worked extensively on issues related to commercial and investment legal framework, trade promotion, trade policies, trade development, and economic integration, gives him a unique perspective on both the macro and micro needs of businesses and foreign investors alike. In the area of policy formulation and policy mainstreaming he was responsible for leading a large multidisciplinary inter-agency task force to prepare complex action plans (including the National Legislative and Regulatory Agenda) and to negotiate successfully Cambodia’s accession to the WTO. He was also instrumental in initiating the development of the first ever trade Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) for Cambodia.
He was responsible not only for the preparation of the various commercial laws currently in force in Cambodia, but also for their defense in front of the Council of Ministers, the National Assembly and the Senate.
Farib Sos MNZM
JP, BSc Well, MBS Massey, PhD ANU
Farib Sos has substantial educational and business experience in both the private and public sectors ranging from energy and resources to health and the environment.
He has been a senior academic staff member at The Open Polytechnic and Whitireia Community Polytechnic. He has also served as a member of several government and non-government committees and other groups with an interest in South-East Asia. He currently holds a number of roles in the community including immediate past chair of Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), Trustee and Director of the Asia Pacific Research Institute of New Zealand, Council Member of the ASEAN-New Zealand Business Council (with special responsibility to chair the Cambodian Chapter), and Executive Member of the NZ-Indonesian Council.
Karen is New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner to Thailand and leads New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s operations in the country.
She is responsible for connecting New Zealand businesses to Thailand and linking Thai investors with New Zealand business opportunities through New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s investment team.
A long-time resident of Thailand, Karen was previously employed by Bangkok Bank (BBL) as Executive Vice President, Product and Distribution Department. She worked with BBL for 14 years in total, first as an advisor in the area of retail banking and then managing the consumer product portfolio and non-branch channels.
Prior to BBL, Karen worked for Visa International (Asia Pacific) in Singapore and Japan, and in Japan for a small retail banking consultancy.
In New Zealand, Karen started work in the Post Office Savings Bank and was involved in the formation of PostBank and subsequently in the recovery of the Bank of New Zealand.
She holds a Bachelor of Science from Canterbury University, New Zealand, and a MBA from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Peter has been a partner of one of New Zealand’s most prominent law firms Buddle Findlay for 22 years and the national chairman for the last 8 years. He specialises in employment law, industrial relations and related areas, and leads Buddle Findlay’s national employment team.
Peter works predominantly in the health, education, financial, energy and transport sectors. His experience spans both private and public sectors and he regularly advises clients on the employment and industrial aspects of large mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and organisational change.
In the private sector, Peter provides strategic industrial and employment advice to a number of large organisations, including Contact Energy, Chevron New Zealand, GE and ANZ National Bank.
In the public sector his clients include New Zealand’s District Health Boards, New Zealand Police, Ministry of Social Development, KiwiRail (including the Interislander), Massey University, Crown Law, Kiwibank, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and the New Zealand Teachers Council.
Peter regularly appears in the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court and the Court of Appeal.
Jean Loi is widely recognized as one of the region’s most experienced tax specialists with a CPA background. Formerly a tax partner with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Southeast Asia, RSM Chio Lim in Singapore and with DFDL. She has advised on a large number of project transactions in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand including hydro and coal power plant projects, oil exploration blocks, and the market entries of international banks and multinationals.
jean has particular expertise in projects related to infrastructure, energy, telecommunications and financial services industries in the region, as well as having extensive experience with supply chains. Jean has assisted investment funds and other clients with their international tax structures, tax risks and formulating transfer pricing strategies in Southeast Asia.
She oversaw the growth of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cambodia and has been recognized for her outstanding practice in Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam with a number of awards. She speaks Mandarin, Bahasa Malay, Cantonese and English.
Jean is accredited for Income Tax and GST Advisory by the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals (SIATP). Jean is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Commerce and has obtained a Master’s of Taxation from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Ngapera Riley is the Global Director of the World Class New Zealand Network. Her role is to grow, engage and activate a network of internationally successful and influential New Zealanders and Friends of New Zealand in order to make high impact connections that benefit New Zealand.
Ngapera has spent most of her professional career working in the United States, developing business opportunities for NZ companies. ON her return to New Zealand she spent several years working with Universities and has worked for NZTE, the Ministry of Health, Universities and runs her own entertainment company.
Clint is a New Zealand-educated Tax Partner with over 12 years of experience in tax. He previously
worked for the Inland Revenue Department in New Zealand and KPMG (in New Zealand and Vietnam),
PricewaterhouseCoopers and DFDL in Cambodia.
Clint has worked professionally in Cambodia for over six years, and in that time has been involved in
some of the largest private transactions in Cambodia. His practice focuses on corporate M&A,
telecommunications, the oil and gas, and mining sectors, qualified investment projects, due diligence
work, tax advisory and tax audit. He advises a wide range of clients, from large globally-listed companies
to small- and medium-sized businesses.
He is a regular contributor to the International Tax Review and Bloomberg BNA’s Tax Planning
International Asia-Pacific Focus journal and also guest lectures at CamEd with respect to their Tax in
Cambodia course. He is the senior editor of the comprehensive textbook “Tax in Cambodia”, the most
complete tax guide with respect to Cambodia, which is used as the standard textbook by CamEd
Clint holds a law degree from Victoria University, Wellington. He has been admitted as a Barrister and
Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and is a current member of the New Zealand Law Society.
Chetta studied at Victoria University, Wellington New Zealand where he gained his BCA, after which he spent over
15 years working in the profession as accountant, treasurer, financial controller and auditor with various multi-
national and international corporations in diverse industries in Cambodia and abroad, including Australia and New
Chetta currently is a member of numerous organizations such as: The Australian Institute of Charted Accountants,
The New Zealand Institute of Charted Accountants, The Kampuchea Institute of Certified Public Accountants and
Auditors (KICPAA), and The Governing Council of KICPAA.
Chetta is a partner and senior manager in the Assurance division at Fides Services Cambodia Ltd and was
previously the financial controller of CMA Corporation Limited, accounting manager of Sims Group Australia Limited
and finance manager of Tempo Services Limited – all listed companies on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Peap is an Auckland New Zealand born artist and has been for many years evolving his art style by combining his New Zealand Heritage and Cambodian Heritage to create a unique form of street art.
In more recent times Peap has been able to merge his art with a business side having been able to spark a new Urban Art movement in Phnom Penh Cambodia alongside his partner Lisa Mam who have both brought new international attention to the duo and a focus to Phnom Penh Cambodia.
Peap has been commissioned to create signature artwork on products from the ‘Stussy’ Brand-Japan, ‘About The Goods’-Hawaii, ‘Bucketfeet’- USA, ‘Modify Watches’-USA. He has also been invited to paint in ‘Pow Wow’ Hawaii in 2012 and exhibited in various art shows in Thailand including at Lotus Arts De Vivre in Bangkok, Bed Supperclub Bangkok and Goja Art Gallery Bangkok.
In more recent times Peap and his partner Lisa Mam have worked on a significant project for Cacha Hotel in Bangkok Thailand and also have just completed graphic works for modern the Polynesian New Zealand dance theater Black Grace’s 20 year anniversary show titled SIVA. In 2015 Peap & Lisa were invited to paint, participate and sell their art works through Digard Auction House in Paris France which has placed their art in the French Contemporary Art scene.
Peap’s version of street art is truly unique working almost exclusively in black and white, Peap’s tribal patterns take as much influence from his New Zealand heritage as they do from his Cambodian heritage and has gained himrespect from many of his peers and international recognition with features in various international art magazines and galleries.
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Chief Financial Officer for Aircraft Support Industries: Full responsibility for Finance, Accounting, HR, IT,
Administration, Business Functions and Strategic Development for a global business based in Singapore specializing
in construction of aircraft maintenance and repair facilities
Group Financial Controller for Royal Group of Companies: Financial oversight of one of Cambodia’s largest and most
diverse and successful conglomerates, consisting of 20 companies and employing over 5000 people, also
undertaking Business Development, acquisition projects and finance raising (In excess of $US50 Million)
Small Business Development Adviser: Creating businesses and business opportunities for poor rural Cambodians
after first analyzing the operating environment, and then developing markets for their products, implementing
marketing plans and establishment of retail operations.
Chartered Accountant: Business, financial and taxation adviser to a wide range of small to medium businesses
including large private companies and high net worth individuals.
Adviser on structuring of all sizes of businesses for growth, profitability and efficiency, including the development of franchise systems and licensing arrangements as New Zealand’s leading advisor and developer of multiunit
Business and product marketing for small and medium sized enterprises, including identifying business opportunities
for clients and assisting them develop markets for these.
David has extensive experienced in property development, construction, hotels, food and beverage, hospitality,
media, film and television, communications, mobile money, micro finance, agriculture, finance and banking, aviation
and airline start up.
organizations; developing trainers; executive and management coaching; strategic planning and thinking and
inspirational and motivational ‘energizer’ sessions.
1980 – 1984 attained a Post Grad Diploma Business Administration, Management and HR at Lynfield College
1994 – 1996 attained BM at Laidlaw College.
2005 – 2009 Todd achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Management & Human Resources
at Massey University.
From Jan 2009 till present, Todd has been working as a Creator Director at Ripple Effect Consulting Asia Pacific.
From 2012 till 2013 Todd was a trainer at Room Change Dental and Aesthetic Hospital.
Vice President Secretory
Atty. Ouk Ry
Founder and Senior partner
Is a Senior Partner of BNO based in Phnom Penh. He joined BNO in mid 2003. He received his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a Master of Laws degree from Monash University, Australia. Ry is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand Bar and also a member of the Cambodian Bar Association. Mr. Ouk is responsible for investment projects in the real estate development, hotel, and project finance, (BOT), power projects, labor law, intellectual property, banking, agro-industry, and manufacturing, environmental law, and aviation law.
He is a member of the Labor Arbitration Council, former Co-Chair of the Private Sector Working Group on Tourism, and President of the Cambodia Law Community. Mr. Ouk has been awarded by His Majesty the King the Medal of the Order of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
He is current Council member of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia, member of the Council of Jurists, and Vice-President of the Cambodia Taekwondo Federation. Mr. Ouk is currently assigned by the Council of Jurists to advise the Secretariat of Civil Aviation on domestic and international aviation laws.
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The NZCBA is an association created with the objective of connecting and informing people and organisations about New Zealand and Cambodia and the business, cultural, educational and lifestyle opportunities that exists between the two Countries.
We welcome all individuals from all nationalities and located anywhere to join our organization, especially NZ and Cambodian nationals or individuals with a connection to either or both Country (especially Cambodian Alumni who have studied in New Zealand). For a small fee of $15 per annum, you will be invited to participate in our events and emailed updates linked to our website news feed by NZCBA and our organizational members – including New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs (via our Embassy located in Thailand which covers the region including Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos) and corporates/organizations operating in either Country. Also other Chambers of Commerce, relevant Cambodian news organisations and official bodies in Cambodia and Associations in New Zealand with ties to ASEAN and South East Asia.
We invite all Corporates, Chambers, NGO’s and relevant Government Bodies to join us and become members for a nominal fee of $100 per annum. We consider all our corp/org members to be our sponsors and partners equally (and thus will not be seeking sponsorship for the NZCBA – except on special events or occasions that warrant). As an organizational member we will display your Logo with attached link to your website below. Also we would like to request you submit your regular news/posts to us for inclusion in our News Feed – which will be administered and updated daily with an email notification to all members both corp/org and individuals for mutual benefit. We will also issue new corp/org members with a login and password to the Closed Forum section on our website where you will be able to address inquiries regarding any relevant issue and we will endeavor to direct, solicit or respond with comments and conversations from relevant bodies for your information (this will also be an administered area). We look forward to the opportunity to provide assistance and a platform to connect all interested parties with online information and also social and network gatherings.
Address: Lv 1, No 49, Sothearos Blvd, Sangkat Tonle Basac, Khan Chamcarmorn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tel: +855 97 86 16 818
Please e-mail us with any questions and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.