Dr. Vann has over 30 years of experience in law and policy formulation and project implementation in the coastal and marine sector and climate resilience. He has served in various senior leadership capacities, having headed the Cambodian delegation at regional and international platforms such as the ASEAN Senior Officials on Environment and the United Nations (UN) Environment Assembly as well as managing national government committees and research projects and regional programs. He rose from the ranks in the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia and is presently the Director General of the Ministry’s General Directorate of Policy and Strategy.
Among his previous roles are Co-Chair of the EAS PC; Secretary General of the country’s National Council for Sustainable Development; Chairman of the Governing Board of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, a PEMSEA non-country partner; Chief of the Fisheries Research Sector of the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; and lecturer and thesis adviser at the Faculty of Fisheries in the Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia.
Dr. Vann holds a PhD in Environmental Management from Preston University, USA; an MSc degree in General Maritime Administration and Environment Protection from the World Maritime University, Sweden; and a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Science from the Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia.