Mr. Ung Pola is the founder of the Cambodian Organization for Children and Development (COCD). He graduated Master Degree in the Integrated Management for Agricultural and Rural Development and in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development from the Royal University of Agriculture, a well-known university in Cambodia. He has more than 13 years of professional experience in leadership role. He used to work for other several local and international NGOs in Cambodia before establishing COCD in 2008. He has professional experience in the fields of child protection and development, social and economic empowerment for the marginalized, organizational development and integrated community development.
Mr. Ung Pola has been recognized by development agencies, government and NGOs in Cambodia. He won the award (Gold Medal) from the Royal Government of Cambodia and from the King of Cambodia due to the higher performance to support the poor in rural areas. He was the Executive Director of COCD from March 2008 to September 2016. Under the time of his leadership, he successfully managed many development projects which made a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and the poor.
He also led COCD to become one of the Child Safe Organizations which have been certified by the Cambodia government (Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation). He is now also sitting on the board of directors of several NGOs in Cambodia.