Dr Sok Siphana, Managing Partner, SokSiphana&associates
Born in 1960, Sok Siphana was the son of a lieutenant-colonel in the Cambodian army, the third of six children. He went to a French school as a young boy. When he was 15 years old, Dr Sok was sent to the Killing Fields of Cambodia where he spent his adolescent life. In 1980, he went to the United States as a refugee. In 1992, he graduated as a Juris Doctor from the Widener University School of Law in Delaware, United States and a Doctor of Philosophy from Bond University School of Law in Queensland, Australia in 2009. He is currently pursuing another Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Law with the University of Paris II-Panteon Assas.
In 1993, Dr Sok returned to Cambodia. Over the years, he has held various prominent posts in the Cambodian government where he was actively involved in the development of foreign and national policies. During his tenure as Commerce Secretary of State (Vice Minister) from 1999 to 2005, he was instrumental in the preparation and passing of various commercial laws that are currently in place in Cambodia. From 2005 to 2009, he served as Director with the International Trade Center (ITC) UNCTAD/WTO in Geneva, Switzerland. He is now the Managing Partner of SokSiphana&associates/member of ZICOLaw Network, a law firm he restarted in 2009 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Since 2011, Dr Sok has served and is currently serving in the following capacities in the Cambodian government:
- Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia (2009 – Present)
- Advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (April 2011 to present)
- Advisor to the Supreme National Economic Council (April 2011 to present)
- Advisor to the Council of Development of Cambodia (October 2013 – present)
- Chairman of the Board, Cambodian Development Resource Institute (2011 to present)
Apart from the Government of Cambodia, Dr Sok has also worked for various international organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank in various consultancy capacities.
In addition to the above, Dr Sok also hosts a 30-minute weekly talk show on the SouthEast Asia Television (SEATV) called “Cambodia’s Global Dialogue”. It is a dialogue with different local and international personalities to discuss global and regional issues and their impact on Cambodia.