The Board

2018-2019 OPCC Board of Directors

President | David Hutt
David Hutt is a political journalist, based in Cambodia since 2014. He is Southeast Asia Columnist for the Diplomat and a regular writer for Asia Times, as well as a contributor to the South China Morning Post and Nikkei Asian Review, among others. Previously, he was a reporter for Southeast Asia Globe and an editor of Focus Asean.

Vice President | Enric Català Contreras
Enric Català Contreras is a photographer and videographer based in Phnom Penh since 2015. He contributes to the South China Morning Post and Nikkei Asian Review, among others.

Treasurer | Luke Hunt
Luke Hunt is currently treasurer, a life member and former President of the OPCC. He writes about the region from Phnom Penh for The Diplomat and other mastheads. He is also the Opinion Editor for UCAN and he lectures in war and media at Pannasastra University.

Secretary | Robert Starkweather
Robert Starkweather is a writer, editor and freelance media professional. He has worked for The Cambodia Daily, Mekong Review, and Phnom Penh Post, among others.

Regular Board Members

Jose Rodriguez Senase
Jose Rodriguez T. Señase is a Filipino writer and journalist based in Phnom Penh. He has more than 12 years of experience as a journalist and has written extensively on social issues, military, environment, business, law, education, agriculture, arts, travel, sports, and politics. Jose is a former reporter and copy editor for the Leyte Samar Daily Express in the Philippines and Palau Horizon, Tia Belau, and Island Times in Palau. Presently, Jose is writer and editor of

Ate Hoekstra
Ate Hoekstra is from The Netherlands and he works as a correspondent in Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos. He works regularly for the Dutch newspapers Trouw and Het Financieele Dagblad, as well as Deutsche Welle and UCANews. He is based Phnom Penh.

Pete Ford
Pete Ford is a freelance writer and photographer (and full time PR stooge), regularly filing social history, politics, environmental and travel articles from across the region. A former Cambodia Daily reporter, he has recent bylines in local and international publications including The Independent, Christian Science Monitor, Southeast Asia Globe, South China Morning Post, and ThinkProgress.


1993/94 Leo DobbsReuters
1994/95Mark DoddReuters
1996/97Matthew LeeAgence-France Presse
1997/98Matthew LeeAgence-France Presse
1998/99Matthew LeeAgence-France Presse
1999/00 Christopher FontaineAssociated Press
2000/01 Chris DecherdAssociated Press
2001/02 Chris DecherdAssociated Press
2002/03Luke HuntAgence-France Presse
2003/04Michelle VachonFreelance
2003/04 Michelle VachonFreelance
2005/06Bronwyn SloanEFE
2006/07Bronwyn SloanEFE
2007/08Bronwyn SloanEFE
2008/09 Brian CalvertVoice of America
2009/10Patrick FalbyAgence-France Presse
2010/11Robert CarmichaelDeutsche Presse-Agentur
2011/12Robert CarmichaelDeutsche Presse-Agentur
2012/13Rick ValenzuelaFreelance
2013/14 Rick ValenzuelaFreelance
2014/15 Rick ValenzeulaFreelance
2015/16 Lauren CrothersFreelance
2016/17Nathan ThompsonFreelance
2017/18Nathan ThompsonFreelance