The Board

The OPCC Board of Directors is composed of volunteers nominated and then elected by the members of the association. Our last election was held in December 2021 for a one-year mandate.

2021-2022 OPCC Board of Directors

President | Matt Surrusco
Based in Phnom Penh since 2016, Matt Surrusco is an editor, reporter and journalism lecturer. He has reported for New Naratif, VOD, German news agency dpa and The Cambodia Daily, among other outlets.

Vice President | Quinn Libson
Quinn Libson is a freelance writer and audio producer based in Phnom Penh since 2018. Her work has appeared in NPR, New NaratifSouth China Morning Post, and elsewhere. She also mentors emerging Cambodian researchers as part of her role as editor for New Voices, a forthcoming publication from Future Forum, a Cambodian public policy think tank.

Treasurer | Danielle Keeton-Olsen
Danielle Keeton-Olsen is a freelance journalist and contributing editor at VOD English in Phnom Penh. Both for local and international publications, Danielle focuses on environment, economy and labor. She arrived in Phnom Penh in 2017 as an intern for The Cambodia Daily, and managed to carve out a life as a freelance writer in spite of political chaos and broken bones of that first year.

Secretary | Gerald Flynn
Gerald Flynn is a British freelance journalist based in Cambodia where he regularly covers social and environmental issues for Mongabay, The Third Pole, New Naratif and VOD English, he also serves as a part-time editor at Thmey Thmey News’s English language edition, Cambodianess. He has been sweating out stiff drinks in Southeast Asia for four years.

Regular Board Members

Jack Brook
Jack Brook is an editor at the Southeast Asia Globe. His writing has also appeared in VOD News, the Christian Science Monitor, The Jerusalem Post and other publications. Originally from California, he came to Cambodia as a 2020-2021 Luce Scholar.

Juliette Buchez
A French freelance journalist based in Phnom Penh since 2017, Juliette Buchez has been reporting news from Cambodia for RFI – Radio France Internationale‘s French broadcast. As a multimedia trained journalist, her work has also appeared in French publications and has been broadcast across international TV and radio.

Thomas Cristofoletti 
A photographer and videographer, Thomas Cristofoletti is co-founder of RUOM, a collective of multimedia journalists specializing in social reportage throughout Asia. Based in Cambodia since 2012, he has been focusing his work on human rights and environmental issues in the region. His photographs and videos have been featured on The New York Times, The Guardian or The South China Morning Post.

PAST PRESIDENTS

YearPresidentOrganisation
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
2018/19David Hutt
Ate Hoekstra
Freelance
Freelance
2019/20Ate HoekstraFreelance
2020/21Ate HoekstraFreelance