H.E. Sok Siphana, J.D., Ph.D.

Since 2009, Dr.Sok is a practicing attorney and the Managing Partner at Sok Siphana & associates, a law and consulting firm specialized in international trade, corporate and banking law in Phnom Penh. Deeply passionate for the development of his country, he has dedicated a large amount of time to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Cambodia’s oldest and prominent independent research institute since 2011. He was appointed by Prime Minister Samdech Decho Hun Sen to hold concurrently the position as Advisor of the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), as Advisor to the Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC), and as Advisor to the Council for Development of Cambodia (CDC) with rank of Minister in August 2009 and November 2011 respectively.

Since Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2012 Dr. Sok was attached to H.E. Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs where he served, among other advisory functions: as Member of the ASEAN Task Force on Substantive Issues; ASEAN India Eminent Person Group Co-Chair; Eminent Person for the Lower Mekong Initiative; ASEAN Cambodian Sherpa to G20 and High Level Cambodian Representative to G20 Development Working Group; Cambodia Representative to the High Level Task Force to Strengthen the ASEAN Secretariat and Related Organs. SOM for the Mekong Japan; Mekong ROK; Mekong Lancang; Mekong Ganga Cooperation. Aside from ASEAN matters in general, he advises the Royal Government and assist in the preparation of the following Foreign Ministers Meeting and Summit portfolios: Asia Europe (ASEM); Francophonie; and Mekong cooperation with Japan, ROK, China, India (Mekong Ganga), US (LMI and FLM).

Previously from 1999 to 2005, Dr Sok served as Secretary of State (Vice Minister) at the Ministry of Commerce, where he worked extensively on issues related to trade policies and development, commercial legal framework and economic integration. During his service at the Ministry, he was also a negotiator in Cambodia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). From October 2005 to July 2009 he served as Director at the International Trade Center (ITC) a joint technical agency of the UNCTAD and the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland.