Meet the Team
The First Step Cambodia team at our 2018 Learning Summit
Operating from both our Siem Reap and Phnom Penh offices, the FSC team is a growing family of
dedicated professionals, with 11 Social Workers and three full-time trainers delivering our programs on
a daily basis.
Chamreun Yaim holds a Bachelor in Human Resource Management and a Master of Art in Social Work. Prior to joining First Step Cambodia, Chamreun worked in the field of education, social work and mental health for organisations such as Science of Life, Social Services of Cambodia, the Trans-Cultural Psychosocial Organisation and the Chab Dai Coalition. In 2009, Chamreun supported the development of a specialist-training curriculum for professionals who work with boys and young men affected by sexual abuse. The lack of knowledge and awareness of, and the poor responses to men and boys experiencing sexual violence, inspired him to co-found First Step Cambodia. Two years later, Chamreun took on the role of Executive Director and has since been guiding the organization in its professionalization, service delivery, program development and growth. Chamreun has been engaging in a number of national and international alliances of local civil society organisations working together to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families, sharing FSC’s expertise and initiating new collaborations and research projects.
Raphaël Poutignat holds a Master degree in Economics and International Development and completed different courses in humanitarian project management and child protection. After a brief experience in the private sector in France, he moved to South America where he worked in the field of child protection in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Quito (Ecuador) in projects involving at-risk and vulnerablechildren and teenagers. In 2018, he started to work in Cambodia managing a youth student center in which he implemented a vocational training center with a strong focus on soft skills and traditional gender-based roles. In July 2020, he joined First Step Cambodia to work as a development manager: He is charge of fund mobilization, communication and supporting us in new project design while also contributing to the reporting and monitoring of our activities.