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John Weeks
#42 E1, Street 178, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Phone: (012) 526 840 Email:

• DOB: April 13th, 1968
• Place of birth: Cambridge, MA, USA / Nationality: USA

Main Areas of Expertise
• Fundraising / grant management for nonprofits and social enterprises
• Organizational capacity building
• Project Management of diverse teams for multicultural/multilingual outreach
• Extensive Communications / IT / social media experience

Professional Experience

Forum Syd Cambodia, Communications / Fundraising Officer, Oct 2013 – Dec 2016:
Led project team for successful multi-year Sida, ADB, MACF grants. Extensive proposal
and report writing work. Established first local Communications strategy and assisted
with first international Communications Strategy. Developed 1st regional ‘stand-alone’
country web site to assist in fundraising.

Open Development Cambodia, Project Lead, June 2011 – April 2013:
Design and implementation of Southeast Asia’s first ‘Open Data’ financial transparency
web platform. Hired and managed a team of 7 coders, mappers, designers, consultants
to achieve project targets in a multilingual environment. Oversight of branding, outreach
and strategy. Initiated by East-West Management Institute, funded by UNOHCHR,
USAID, Spider Foundation, OSF & others. Currently on Management Board.

House32 Web Design, Project Manager, January 2007 – September 2013:
Oversight of socially responsible web site organization with international/local team (5
staff). Projects/clients include ‘Free The Five’, ‘Urban Voice’, ‘Save Boeung Kak’, The
UN in Cambodia, UNOHCHR, PACT Cambodia (‘Clean Hand’ campaign evaluation),
Java Arts, Indigenous Cultural Support Organization, Cambodian Living Arts, The Center
for Khmer Studies, ‘TweetCambodia’ portal. Portfolio:

Our Books: Managing Editor, May 2006 – September 2013
Founded nonprofit with affiliated income-generating social enterprise, ‘Our Books
Illustration and Design’. Currently serving as Board Member.
• Production of diverse outreach publications for local publications, companies and
nonprofits (Including UNICEF, UNDP, ILO, PACT, Indochina Starfish, Epic Arts,
Equal Access, Heritage Watch, Wildlife Conservation Society, Asialife, 17 Triggers).
• Archiving of historic Cambodian visual art, training and educational outreach events
for artists and youth
• Exhibitions of Cambodian and Southeast Asian graphic art

Angkor Research and Consulting, Media Advisor, May 2008 – March 2010:
Research/design of multimedia Khmer language health outreach campaign for rural
women, in coordination with contractors, the Cambodian Ministry of Health and KFW.
Cambodia Book Federation, Administrative Board / Management Board: 2004 – 2010:
• Wrote, acquired and oversaw grant funding from Rockefeller Foundation, Toyota
Foundation, and ArtsNetworkAsia.

Sang Salapak, Founding Member, arts/media consultancy, June 2005 – June 2007:
• Consultancy with UNESCO, Friends of Khmer Culture, Phnom Penh Arts Festival,
UNDP, Heritage Watch, Cambodia Book Federation.

Cambodian Living Arts / World Education, December 2003 – October 2005:
• Program development consultant. Hired Local Program Coordinator & support staff;
infrastructure development including grant writing, annual reports. Secured funding
for AYAD (Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development) volunteer.

Center for Khmer Studies, Assistant Director, March 2001- February 2003:
• Oversight of daily Center operations and oversight of support staff
• Grant writing and reportage to Rockefeller and Van Waveren Foundations
• Project management, development / oversight of annual budget, outreach to donors,
infrastructure development
• Resource facilitation for graduate researchers (local / international)

United Cambodian Community, Grant Writer 1998: Long Beach, California
• Team member for successful 3.8 million dollar job training grant.

Dark Horse Comics, Editor 1992-1994: Portland, Oregon
• Editor for licensed projects (film franchises, Japanese manga). Edited varied
comics / publications, developed and oversaw marketing strategies.

• Grant Writing Certification: The Grantsmanship Centre, Los Angeles, USA, 1999.
• M.A. Asian Studies (High Distinction). Monash University, Clayton, Australia, 1998.
• Southeast Asian Summer Studies Institute (Khmer Language). University of
Madison-Wisconsin, 1995.
• B.A. Literature; B.A. Modern Society and Social Thought, UC Santa Cruz, 1991.

Volunteer Work: Board Member: Open Development Cambodia, Our Books, Cambodia
Book Federation, Nou Hach Literary Journal. Advisor for ‘The Land Portal’, Mekong ICT
Camp, ICT4D Cambodia network, Phnom Penh Mapping Meetup. Consultation for
Barcamp Cambodia, LICADHO, Cambodian Center for Human Rights, Sovanna Phum.


1. Mr. Sochivy Khieng, Country Manager, Forum Syd Cambodia
Phone: 012 803 201 Email:
2. Ms. Terry Parnell, Information Platform Coordinator, Mekong Region Land
Governance. Skype: terry.skypephone Email:
3. Ms. Margaret Bywater, Consulting Librarian, Open Development Cambodia
Phone: 012 822 371 Email: