H.E. Dr. Ing Kantha PhaviH.E. Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi is the Cambodian Minister for Women's affairs.
Phavi’s life has been anything but easy – like so many in Cambodia she suffered under the Khmer Rouge, became a refugee, ending up in France where she completed her education, and became a medical doctor. She practiced for ten years. In the early 90’s she returned to Cambodia, and lived in the forest for 4 years fighting her battles for freedom. She became a staff member of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and ten years ago became the Minister. She is a woman of extra ordinary integrity and courage – highly respected by all who know her. Phavi’s husband, Trac Thai Sieng is an extraordinary man. He loves his wife, his country, the dream – he stands with us as we move forward to accomplish our dream.
Janne RitskesJanne Ritskes is the founder and indefatigable power behind Tabitha Cambodia and recipient of the Veuve Cliquot International Initiative for Economic Development Award 2012.
Tabitha Foundation was founded in 1994 by Janne Ritskes after she grew disillusioned with the policies and practices of mainstream NGO's operating in Cambodia. Janne has more than 20 years' experience working in the slums of the United States, Philippines, Kenya and Cambodia. She has written "Phillipine Morning" and "Tabitha Snippets" about her experiences. Born a Canadian, Janne now has Cambodian citizenship. Janne has lived in Phnom Penh since 1994 with her daughter, Miriam.
H.E. Trac Thai SiengH.E. Trac Thai Sieng, the Vice Governor of Phnom Penh is also an active founding member.
Mrs Ros PribounMrs Ros Priboun is the fourth founding member.