The Soria Moria Team

Below you can read an introduction to each of the management team members of Soria Moria Educational Development Program – some truly inspiring stories about people, who, with a a lot of determination and hard work, have managed to work their way out of poverty and up the career ladder:

Director of Soria Moria Educational Development Program:
Roeun Samnieng was born 10 January 1982 in Tatouk Village, Siem Reap Province. Both his parents were farmers. Due to the Khmer Rouge and civil war (Khmer Rough had a stronghold in the Tatouk area until 1995), Samnieng was not able to start primary school until he was 13 years. Samnieng’s father died in 2000, and since then Samnieng has helped his mother to support and take care of the family. He had 11 siblings, but 6 died during and in the aftermath of the war.  Samnieng is married to Ratha; they have just become proud parents to Sanyra. Samnieng started his career as a steward in Earthwalkers Guesthouse in 2004. His positive work attitude and willingness and ability to learn helped him to quickly climb up the ladder and worked his way up through the different departments. His days off was spent volunteering at projects with the Norwegian Educational Development Organization (NEDO) placing water filters and assisting in art classes for the children. In 2006 he started working full time for NEDO, and in 2008 he became the Project Manager of NEDO. Samnieng has just completed his associate degree, and is currently studying for his last year of a Bachelor of Finance and Banking at Build Bright University (Sponsored by NEDO).

Customer Relations & Community Outreach Manager, Soria Moria Boutique Hotel:
Sam Sokha was born 20 May 1983 in Siem Reap Province. Her father is an x-soldier (now unemployed) and her mother is a housewife. Sokha has 2 younger siblings, and spent many years under the care of her grandmother during the war.  Sokha is married to Vannarith, and together they have one son, Visal. Sokha started her career as a housekeeping staff in Earthwalkers Guesthouse in 2002. Sokha showed genuine interest in learning and developing, and climbed up the ladder, through the various departments of  the guesthouse. In 2005 Sokha completed a short course in Front Office at Paul Dubrule Hospitality School and in 2006 she was rewarded with a short course in Organizational Behavior at The International Tourism Institute in Thailand  before she started her bachelor degree in Tourism Management at Build bright University which she successfully completed in 2009. She is currently studying hard for a Master of Business Administration at Build Bright university in September 2010 and will major in Human Resource Management, sponsored by Soria Moria Higer Education Program. She has since 2007 worked as the front office Manager in Soria Moria Boutique Hotel. Her dream is to help empowering the women in Cambodia Sokha is a prime example of how a little support and a lot of determination and hard work can work a person out of poverty.

Assistant Manager, Soria Moria Boutique Hotel:
Yin Sochen
was born 23 march 1987 in Siem Reap.  His father is a farmer and his mother is a primary school teacher. He has 3 siblings, and is still single. Sochen joined the Soria Moria team as a waiter at the opening in 2007. He had just completed a short course in Front Office at Sala Bai Hotel School. He has since then completed his Bachelor degree in Tourism Management, and moved into Front Office and administration.  He just started a Master of Business Administration in September 2010 and will major in General Management, sponsored through Soria Moria Higher Education Program. Sochen was in 2009 voted as the Colleague of the Year by the employees in Soria Moria (joint with Dalis).

F&B Manager, Soria Moria Boutique Hotel:
Eam Chandy was born 14 January 1985 in Kondal Province. Both her parents are farmers. She is married to Yan, and together they have one daughter, Cahn Z0 Ley.  Chandy started her Career in Earthwalkers Guesthouse as a housekeeper in 2005. It quickly became evident that service was her strong side and she was rewarded with a F&B Management course at Paul Dubrule Hospitality School. She joined the Soria Moria team as a Restaurant Manager at the opening in November 2007. Chandy just completed her Associate Degree at Build Bright University, where she came in as second in class, and has just started the third year of a Bachelor of Business Administration, sponsored by Soria Moria Higher Education Program. 

Front Office Manager, Soria Moria Boutique Hotel:
Sim Sakana (Sina) was born on February 15th in 1984 in Siem reap province. Her parents are farmers, and she has 5 sisters. Sina is Married to Tony, and together they have 3 children. Sina has only completed grade 9 in secondary school, but despite lack of higher education, Sina has a lot of work experience from some of the top hotels in Siem Reap, such as Angkor Village. She joined Soria Moria’s Front Office team at the opening in 2007. Sina recently spent one month on training in Bangkok, which gave her a great international experience and boosted her confidence.

Kitchen Manager/Head chef, Soria Moria Fusion Kitchen:
Sambath (Mao) was born 13 June 1982 in Siem Reap province. Mao is marries and have two sons. His parents are farmers, and to earn his living he started working in some relative’s guesthouse in 2003. Private sponsors from England paid for his chef education at Paul Dubrule Hospitality School and upon completion he obtained a job at a hotel restaurant. Working long hours with low salary, he had a difficult time supporting his wife and newborn son. He was happy to join the Soria Moria team in January 2008.  He has worked under the supervision and training of 4 western chef and was in 2009 promoted to become the head chef in Soria Morias Fusion Kitchen. Mao was honored with the Employee of the Year award in Soria Moria in 2009.

Housekeeping Manager, Soria Moria Boutique Hotel:
Dalis Lous was born on 10th of August 1982 in Pouk district. Her parents are farmers and she has been living with her aunt in Siem Reap for the past 11 years. She has 6 siblings, and is single. Dalis has only finished 5th grade at primary school, but is a very bright and hardworking young lady. Prior to working at Soria Moria she worked at a snooker club, cleaning tables. At Soria Moria she quickly showed capacity and responsibility and became department head for housekeeping in 2009. She was voted the colleague (joint with Sochen) of the year in 2009 by the staff in Soria Moria. On her free time she is a tailor, a new skill she has acquired, and she is now also producing everything from clothes to pillows and lamp shades for the hotel.

First Receptionist, Soria Moria Boutique Hotel:
Real Marideth was born in 1984 in Kampong Cham province. She has 4 sisters and 1 brother. She is married to Piseth, and together they have one son, Bon Heng. Both her parents died when she was 3 years old, so she was raised by her aunt. Her aunt died while she was in high school, when she was sent to live with another aunt, which unfortunately did not work out so well, and she was happy when she was offered to live with her older cousin in Siem Reap. She started working in Earthwalkers guesthouse as a cook assistant in 2004. As she learned to speak English she started working with service. She later moved on to work as a receptionist at Gecko Guesthouse. She joined the Front Office team in Soria Moria just after the opening. She is currently studying in her third year in Build Bright University, sponsored through Soria Moria Higher Education Program.

Founder of Soria Moria Educational Development Program:
Ken Oishi was born 04.01.1972 in Oslo Norway. He is of Norwegian and Japanese origin. Ken has a bachelor of Science in Engineering from Norwegian College of Information Technology (NITH, 1996). Ken has more than 15 years of experience in business development, management and corporate finance. He founded and managed multiple companies in Norway, such as Emode (now ASPIRO AB – publ), Rubics and Touch it.  Ken moved to Cambodia in 2006 where he founded NEDO (Norwegian Educational Development Organisation), where he is currently working on a volunteer basis, with responsibility to train local staff to operate the projects independently.  In 2007 he founded SEA property, an investment company operating in Cambodia. Ken is a proud father of Miyo Amalie, who was born at Kantha Bopha Children’s hospital in Siem Reap in 2009.

Ken has been the financial investor and sponsor, and made this project possible.

Founder of Soria Moria Educational Development Program:
Kristin Holdo Hansen
was born 10.01.80 in Sandefjord, Norway.  She holds a Diploma of International   Hotel Management from International Tourism Institute (1999), a Bachelor of Business, Tourism and Hospitality Management from the International College of Management Sydney  (2003) and a Master of International Business from Macquarie University in Sydney Australia (2005), and a specializing course in International Communications and Global Cooperation (distant learning) through the University of Mission and Theology in Norway (2010). Kristin was in 2009 selected as a Paragon 2009 follow by Foundation for Young Social Entrepreneurs (FYSE) and in 2010 honored with the first ICMS’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2013 Kristin was included in Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Century Innovators Awards 100 Innovaters Gallery.

Kristin has a solid international background in the hospitality industry through her work experience as a front office  trainee at Clarion Collection Hotel Atlantic in Sandefjord (1997-99) where she upon completion of her training period was asked to act as a temporary  Reservation Manager (1999), Host at Sydney Olympic Stadium and Sydney Opera House (2000), Function and Event Coordinator at Captain Cook Cruises (2003) and lecturer in Marketing Management & Consumer Behavior at Internationa Tourism Institute’s (ITI) campus in Thailand (2007). Kristin is also experienced with establishing new businesses. She was one of the founders of Earthwalkers Guesthouse, Cambodia (2002) where she worked as the General Manager in the development stage.  She functioned as the Country Manager for Worldhotel-link Cambodia in the development stage (2006) and founded and established Soria Moria Boutique Hotel (2007) where she currently acts as an Educator and Sustainability Adviser.

Kristin has travelled extensively around the world, and has a strong interest in Sustainable Tourism Development and Social Entrepreneurship. She initiated Earthwalkers Cambodian Fund (now closed) and Soria Moria Higher Education Program (SMHEP), and is also an ambassador for Norwegian Educational Development Organization (NEDO) and Sangkheum Center for Children.

Most of all Kristin enjoys spending time with her daughter Miyo Amalie, who was born in Siem Reap in 2009.

Travel + Leisure
"The 38 airy rooms aren’t the only draw at Siem Reap boutique hotel Soria Moria. There’s also a sleek rooftop bar and open-air Jacuzzi —plus, the hotel is 51 percent owned by the friendly local employees"  Travel + Leisure, 2011  
The Independent
"There's a pleasant, breezy rooftop bar, a great restaurant, and the location is perfect for wandering the riverside eateries and bars in central Siem Reap..." The Independent, 2009


"Excellent, well run small hotel that has a rooftop-bar and a decent restaurant. Rooms - all en-suite, with contemporary Asian flourishes, a/c and colour TVs - are quiet; the upper ones have nice airy views over town. Highly recommended" Footprint, 2010
Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet

OUR PICK: "A hotel with a heart, promoting local causes to help the local community, this boutique place has attractive rooms with smart bathroom fittings. Fusion restaurant downstairs and sky hot tub upstairs" Lonely Planet, 2010