Meet The Staff

The Learning Institute is made up of a small but efficient staff comprising of both youth and experience. With a blend of both national and international staffers, each individual has their own unique set of expertise and skills that contribute to the working of the organization. 


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Srey marona
Executive director

As one of the founding members of The Learning Institute (then known as CBNRM Learning Institute), Marona has been involved with the organization since 2005.

He received a Bachelor’s degree in Technology of Food Production at the Institute of Cambodia, Phnom Penh in 1994 followed by a Master’s degree in Rural Development and Agriculture in 2006 and also holds a Diploma of Community Forestry Development from Thailand.

His professional and research interests include social community mobilization for collective action on natural resource challenges, indigenous and marginalized people and participatory action research.

Marona’s past experiences involve working with the International Development Research Center of Canada and World Wide Fund for Nature in Cambodia. He has also been involved in the community forestry network in Cambodia since 1997. 


Lalin joined The Learning Institute in 2015 after amassing 14 years of experience working in finance and administration as a manager, coordinator, officer and internal auditor and accountant with NGOs and international companies.

Lalin has worked with organizaions like the European Union, USAID, SIDA, UN, ADB and World Bank Fund and also has has seven years of experience in teaching accounting at Universities, Institute, Colleges, centers and other NGOs



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Having graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from the City University of New York - Baruch College with a focus on Nonprofit Management, Shalini has worked with various NGOs in Asia, including CREA in New Delhi and Mae Tao Clinic in Thailand. She has extensive experience in fundraising, grant writing, and communications across various sectors - including women, education, and health - and harbors a keen interest in understanding the intersection between media and authentic personal narratives in contributing towards empowering communities.

Outside of work, Shalini enjoys salsa dancing, reading books, drawing, and travel.

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Touch Panha
capacity building officer

With a bachelor’s degree in International Relationship at Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC), Panha has more than 5 years of experience working in project management, research/development, gender mainstreaming and community empowerment as well as developing training module and provide training courses. 

Outside of work, Panha's interest lies in science and tech. While he fills his free time watching the news and keeping a track of current affairs, his holidays are spent (mostly swimming) with his family. 

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