The KF Board of Directors is comprised of a balanced mix of national and international professionals. They all give time on a pro-bono basis and they share the common purpose to achieve the KF vision.
Following the transformation from least developed to developing countries, Arjen's vision is to respond to the quality education needs as education quality in Cambodian public schools is still very low, and for the KF can move more to toward a boarding school type of organization. In the future, Arjenwould be very interested to take the lead and develop a science education component, where the children could be educated and discover how science can be a practical, fun and a rich discipline. Arjen has played a very important role for the KF, since his arrival in Cambodia, supporting both from a technical, managerial and communication aspects that strongly contributed to sound development of KF activities.
Back in Canada, Mary acquired academic background in industrial relations, specialized in human resources management and interventions in multicultural settings. For more than 12 years, she has gained an array of knowledge, experience and skills in program management, including financial and human resources, strategic planning, fundraising, M&E, and capacity development by working with high management level in the Canadian government and as Country Manager with international non-profit organizations such as Oxfam-Quebec and PATH based in Phnom Penh City, Cambodia.
In her management capacity, she led a mixed team of national staff and international consultants and volunteers that provides financial and technical support to local partner organizations in strengthening their capacity to deliver effective development initiatives ranging from promoting gender equalities at the family level to protecting migrant rights across borders. To the best of her abilities, Mary hopes to contribute to the goals of Khmer Foundation, especially in fulfilling its mandate to provide Cambodian children with the hope, dream and opportunity of a better life. Her motto: "Where you end up, it's up to you."