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Our Board of Directors

AHC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The Board is responsible for overseeing AHC strategy, managing strategic risk, and providing managerial leadership and accountability.

International board members receive no remuneration for their work.

Members of Our Board

Kenro Izu, Founder of Angkor Hospital for Children

Japanese-born Kenro Izu studied at the Nihon University College of Arts in Tokyo, he moved to New York and in 1974 established the Kenro Izu Studio. Specializing in a platinum-palladium print method, today Kenro travels the world, photographing sacred architecture.

Kenro made frequent trips to Cambodia between 1993-1996 to photograph the Angkor temples, and was moved by the ill and malnourished children he encountered. In response, in 1996 Izu founded Friends Without a Border (FWAB), an organisation devoted to raising funds for children’s hospitals in Cambodia and Laos. Through FWAB, Izu established Angkor Hospital for Children, opening its doors in 1999. 

Izu’s vision for AHC was realised in 2013, when AHC became a locally-run and independently operated organisation.

In 2015 with FWAB, Izu opened the Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) in Luang Prabang, Laos.

Robert Gazzi (Chairman)

Board chairman Robert Gazzi has been involved with AHC since 2012, when the organisation underwent restructuring. As AHC was becoming independent and locally-operated, Robert played an integral role in helping form a new board of directors, developing a new management structure, and formalising operational strategy. Today, Robert maintains his involvement with AHC for the same reason he became involved initially.

“The organisation is making an enormous impact on healthcare for hundreds of thousands of people,” he says. “I have always insisted on two things: effectiveness and transparency. AHC is both.”

Robert’s experience in Cambodia dates back to 1996, when he was responsible for overseeing PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Indochina business—Robert opened the professional services firm’s Cambodia office.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, as well as of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. As a partner of PWC, he has served public and private companies for decades on a range of financial and business matters. He lives in Hong Kong with his family, where he has resided for over 30 years.

Stuart Davy (CHAIR OF REMUNERATION COMMITTEE)

Stuart graduated with a degree in economics from Bristol University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1981. He worked with Price Waterhouse in the US and Hong Kong offices before joining the First Pacific Group as Treasurer.

He has over 25 years of corporate financial management experience in Asia, the majority of which was based in Bangkok. He was CFO of Berli Jucker (First Pacific Group) and DKSH in Thailand between 1989 and 2004, and Group CFO of DKSH in Switzerland from 2005 to 2011. Stuart was supervising director responsible for DKSH activities in Cambodia since 1998.

Stuart joined AHC’s board during its restructuring, and was essential to the redevelopment of AHC’s organisational management, financial controlling and accounting processes. During this time, he lent decades of experience, which included managing change in an organisation with more than 30,000 staff members and $10 billion in sales.

“To enable AHC to succeed we needed the right management and operational structure, and decision-making processes in place,” says Stuart. “I am delighted with the progress that has been made.”

He lives in Bangkok with his wife Susan and has three grown children in the UK.

Lindsay William Cooper

A graduate of Edinburgh University, Lindsay qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 with Ernst & Young in Edinburgh.

Between 1990 and 1992 he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hong Kong. He joined Crosby Securities in 1992 where he headed the Asian Regional Small Companies Research Unit. In 1996, he left Crosby to become a founding director of the investment firm Arisaig Partners, where he managed the Arisaig Asia Consumer Fund until 2018.

Whilst he has retired from front-line investing activities at Arisaig, he remains on the firm’s main board and the board of the Arisaig Asia Consumer Fund.

Lindsay plays an integral role in fundraising for AHC, spearheading the organisation’s yearly Singapore Fundraising Dinner.

In 2018, he co-founded Chic & Unique Pvt Ltd, a boutique villa and hotel business headquartered in Singapore, where he lives with his wife Sherry and four children.

LIsa Genasci

Lisa Genasci is the founder and CEO of ADM Capital Foundation (ADMCF), an innovative philanthropic vehicle established in 2006 to support critical research and impact-driven approaches to promoting environmental conservation in Asia.

ADMCF has been widely recognised for its work on some of Asia’s most intransigent challenges: depleting oceans, the nexus between forestry and development, air quality and public health, and the intersections among food, energy and water.

ADMCF has had a long partnership with AHC, helping stabilise the organisation financially in 2011. Over two years, ADMCF helped set up systems and structures to strengthen operations, including accounting, development, HR, governance, and infrastructure, as well aiding AHC’s transition to independence.

A director of the Hong Kong-based Civic Exchange, Lisa is also an advisor to the Washington, DC-based Ocean Foundation, Hong Kong’s Clean Air Network and the Sustainable finance Initiative. Lisa holds a BA degree with High Honours from Smith College and a LLM from Hong Kong University.

Nick Day

Nick is an infectious diseases physician and Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford.

He has worked in Southeast Asia for several decades, and currently is director of the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Over the past ten years he has collaborated with Angkor Hospital for Children on finding the causes of illness in Cambodian children coming to AHC with fever and other infections, so that the treatment they are given can be optimised.

Dan Simmons

Dan is a partner of OCP Asia, an Asian-focused credit fund with offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, where he sits on the firm’s investment and executive committees. Dan has extensive experience in investing in Emerging Markets, having lived and worked in Asia for nearly 20 years.

Prior to establishing OCP, Dan was a Managing Director at Stark Investments in Asia. He was Vice President at Merrill Lynch, which he joined in 2005 from the Equity-Linked Derivative Markets Group at JPMorgan (Hong Kong). Dan holds a combined Bachelor of Law (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Business with Distinction from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Dan, his wife Mandy and their three children have been actively involved in AHC since 2015. The Simmons family have played an invaluable role in fundraising for AHC, most notably by hosting the annual Hong Kong Fundraising Dinner, a key international event for the organisation. Dan’s children are also active in the organisation, fundraising and supporting AHC through numerous platforms and events.

“My family feels passionate about AHC, and the importance of helping children access healthcare in Cambodia.”

Lina Saem Støy

Lina Saem Støy has been involved with AHC since 2006, when she first joined as a volunteer. Since then, she has provided support in a variety of ways, including building capacity within the organisation by developing leadership, advising on project management and health research – areas where she holds over 10 years of professional experience.

Lina’s understanding of the local language has played a pivotal role in allowing her to work closely with AHC staff. Lina co-founded the Cambodian Development Milestone Assessment Tool (cDMAT) with Hospital Director Dr Pheaktra, a project 10 years in the making with published and forthcoming research. Recently, Lina and AHC Medical Director and cardiologist Dr Pises published a study on the characteristics of rheumatic heart disease in Cambodia children.

Lina is a registered nurse with a Master’s in Public Health, and currently works as a trial manager and medical writer at a government institute in Denmark. Born in Phnom Penh, Lina lives in Copenhagen with her husband and two children.


LAWRENCE TSANG (CHAIR OF AUDIT AND OPERATIONAL RISK)

Lawrence is Chief Financial Officer of Grosvenor Asia. He has close to 30 years of broad-based and global experience in financial management, business administration and corporate development.

Lawrence is a graduate from Cambridge University and has volunteered at various non-governmental organisations, predominantly in Hong Kong. 

Lawrence brings adaptive leadership to AHC, from years of experience in creating and implementing change within an organisation.

“At AHC, we need to constantly evaluate the changing environment, both in the healthcare scene as well as Cambodia generally,” says Lawrence. “Sometimes, we drive the change. Sometimes we are the change.”

SOUM SAMBATH

Soum Sambath AHC Board of Directors

Soum Sambath has been an active contributor to AHC for over 20 years. He is the CEO of Cam-Paint Ltd, a business he started in 2004 that has grown into the largest paint manufacturer in Cambodia.

Born in Cambodia, Sambath was orphaned at a young age and lived in a Thai refugee camp, only completing primary school before joining the workforce. Despite these challenges, he rose through professional ranks, entering top management positions within only ten years.

Today, he is a successful business executive and philanthropist in Cambodia. Sambath also serves as a board member and advisor for many Cambodian organisations, and is recognised as a Leadership Ambassador in Cambodia. He has been featured and interviewed in television programmes, periodicals, and conferences on business, entrepreneurship and leadership topics.

“My knowledge of the Cambodian market provides local insights to help AHC make more informed strategic decisions,” says Sambath. “I have always supported AHC and the important care given to Cambodia’s children.”

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Board Member Billy Gorter

With a background in conservation, education, equality and human rights, Billy Gorter brings more than 20 years of international development experience to AHC.

Billy is the founder of This Life Cambodia (TLC), a NGO delivering high-impact programmes covering children and families, education, domestic violence, and community research. Since the NGO’s founding in 2007, the organisation has supported thousands of individuals and families in Cambodia.

As executive director of TLC, Billy sets the strategic direction for the NGO, and over the past decade, has cultivated productive, ongoing relationships with Cambodian government ministries.

“My expertise in partnering with and working in the best interests of local communities has fostered strong ties with the Cambodian civil sector,” says Billy. “My own vision, mission and goals are aligned with that of AHC, and I hope to further strengthen the important bond AHC has with the Cambodian community.”

Before founding TLC, Billy had a dynamic career in the fields of development and conservation, designing and delivering powerful social justice initiatives. He is a sought after mentor for other NGOs, an international awards judge, and in-demand international speaker.

Shunmay Yeung (CHAIR OF MEDICAL, EDUCATION AND ETHICS COMMITTEE)

Shunmay is a paediatrician, professor and researcher, specialising in infectious disease, global health, and the diagnosis and management of acute febrile illness in children. After years of working in Cambodia leading operational research related to malaria and access to treatment, Shunmay joined AHC’s Board of Directors in 2016 to contribute to the organisation’s ongoing development. Her interest in community-based healthcare principles, then and now, directly align with AHC’s strategic priorities.

“There are some basic principles that seem to hold true wherever,” says Shunmay. “For example, putting the patients and communities that we serve at the centre of what we do; nurturing teams of motivated and skilled healthcare workers; and having strong systems for governance, quality improvement and risk management.”

Shunmay is also a Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is on the senior leadership team of the Center for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health. She also works as an honorary consultant in paediatric infectious disease at St Mary’s Imperial College Hospital, London.

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Jean-Gaetan Guillemaud

Jean-Gaetan is the Cambodia Country Manager for Zuellig Pharma, one of Asia’s leading healthcare services groups aimed at making healthcare more accessible. His work is focused on driving social, environmental and medical initiatives in the private Asian healthcare sector towards a sustainable, compassionate and accountable approach to impact. Prior to this role, Jean-Gaetan served as Co-Founder and Director of IGH Agency in New Delhi, India.

During the 2019 dengue fever outbreak, Jean-Gaetan aided AHC’s response by leveraging the private sector to spread awareness about better prevention and management of dengue. The partnership between Zuellig Pharma and AHC has since been an important bridge between the private sector and AHC’s domestic fundraising efforts.

“My years working in healthcare have shown me how much of a positive impact we can have with the right values and passion,” says Jean-Gaetan. “AHC was one of the organisations that showed me there was much more I could do.”

Jean-Gaetan is Chairman of the Eurocham Healthcare Committee, IBC Healthcare Working Group, and a member of the PSI Advisory Group. He holds a Master of Business from NEOMA Business School in his home country of France. He resides in Phnom Penh with his family.

Board Committees

Medical Education, Ethics & Oversight Committee (MEEOC)

The MEEOC is chaired by Shunmay Yeung, and has delegated authority to ensure that the correct structure, systems and processes are in place at AHC to manage clinical quality and safety matters and that these are monitored appropriately, in addition to overseeing AHCs education activities.

Remuneration Committee (RC)

The Remuneration Committee is chaired by Stuart Davy and has responsibility for reviewing the pay and benefits structure for the whole of AHC and the terms and conditions of office for the Executive Committee.

AUDIT & operational risk Committee (aorc)

The Audit and Operational Risk Committee, chaired by Lawrence Tsang, has delegated authority to review the adequacy and effectiveness of AHC’s system of internal control, and its arrangements for operational risk management, in addition to directly liaising with the independent external auditor.

US Board of Directors – Angkor Hospital for Children, Inc.

ROBERT NASSAU, MD (PRESIDENT OF ANGKOR HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN, INC)

Portrait of Dr. Robert Nassau

Dr. Bob, a US pediatrician, has been volunteering at AHC every year since 2001. He gives lectures and mentors the junior doctors in the Outpatient and Inpatient Departments of the hospital. As Treasurer of the Board, he ensures US donor-supported projects are properly managed at AHC.

LISA GENASCI

Lisa Genasci, AHC Boardmember

Along with her role on the AHC Board of Directors, Lisa also serves on the US-based AHC, Inc. board. Lisa is the founder and CEO of ADM Capital Foundation (ADMCF), an innovative philanthropic vehicle to support critical research and impact-driven approaches to promoting environmental conservation in Asia.

JOHN CANAN

John Canan has over 34 years of strategic, operational and financial leadership experience. John recently retired from Merck & Co., Inc. where his last senior position was as Senior Vice-President, Global Controller, and Chief Accounting Officer for the Corporation. John has extensive international experiences, beginning with Price Waterhouse in Montreal, where he earned his Chartered Accountancy designation in Canada, as well as Hong Kong. His financial and operational experiences have allowed John to get a deep understanding of numerous international markets, particularly the Asia Pacific markets.

CHRIS CHAPMAN

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UK Board of Directors – Angkor Hospital for Children, UK

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AURORE GIL

CATHERINE GAYNOR

LISA GENASCI

DR MICHAEL CARTER

ROBERT GAZZI

AHC Advisory Council

CHHOUR Y MEANG,
SUB-SECRETARY OF STATE OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH

DOCTOR TIA PHALLA,
DEPUTY OF CAMBODIAN NATIONAL AIDS AUTHORITY

PROFESSOR KA SUNBAUNAT,
FORMER PROFESSOR OF PSYCHIATRY AT UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES, PHNOM PENH; DIRECTOR, PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL PHNOM PENH

LIM KUY,
OFFICE MANAGING PARTNER, ASSURANCE, PWC PHNOM PENH

JAY COHEN,
PARTNER, TILLEKE AND GIBBONS, PHNOM PENH

H.E. SEANG NAM,
GOVERNOR OF SIEM REAP PROVINCE

HUN SOCHEAT,
MANAGING DIRECTOR, CAMBODIA CYCLING CO., LTD