Pannasastra University

Summer 2014 Leadership Institute with the Harpswell Foundation and Pannasastra University

Time and Place

Pannasastra University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Event Details


The WPSP Summer Institute at the Harpswell Foundation and Pannasastra University (August 17-30, 2014) was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in partnership with the Harpswell Foundation Leadership Center for Women and with Pannasastra University of Cambodia. The Harpswell Foundation is an American-based foundation whose mission is to “empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia.”

The Leadership Institute brought together 63 emerging women leaders from throughout Cambodia who were selected to attend the training based on their potential for public service leadership, with sessions taught by regional experts and thought leaders. The institute was convened at an important time of educational, economic, political, and social development in Cambodia. To learn more about the Harpswell Institute, please see the video below.

The inauguration for the Institute included remarks from H.E. Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Cambodian Minister of Women’s Affairs, who noted that women’s representation in local and national government has increased dramatically since 2004 but also recognized that Cambodia still has a long way to go to achieve parity. Key speakers included Ambassador William Todd; Wenny Kusuma, head of UN Women, Cambodia; Marissa Wesely, Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard and WPSP 50 by 50 Leadership Circle member; Tin Tin Yee of USAID Myanmar; Alan Lightman, founder of the Harpswell Foundation and well-known writer and professor at MIT; and Rangita de Silva deAlwis, Director of the WPSP.

Later in the Institute, the students heard from Dr. Pung Chhiv Kek, the founder of the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights as well as had a session with WPSP Director Rangita de Silva de Alwis.

As a summation to the Institute, the WPSP is delighted to present remarks from Ambassador William Todd’s blog on Opportunity, Equality, and Access for Women.

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