Faculty Members

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Raymond Leos
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Communications and Media Arts
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Raymond Leos is the Dean of the Faculty of Communications and Media Arts at Pannasastra University of Cambodia. He is also a Senior Advisor to the National Assembly of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Since 2002, Mr. Leos has been a consultant for numerous development projects in Cambodia, including those funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Asian Development Bank (ADB), The Asia Foundation (TAF), European Commission, DANIDA, Dan Church Aid (DCA), and Forum Syd.  He has also served as a technical advisor to various governmental bodies and local NGOs, including the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MOEYS), Advocacy and Policy Institute (API), Cambodian Defenders Project (CDP), and the Khmer Institute of Democracy (KID).

His current academic and professional interests include access to information/ freedom of information, freedom of expression, media law and ethics, journalism education, conflict resolution and multimedia in education. 

Mr. Leos serves on the board of the directors of several local NGOs, including the Open Institute Cambodia and the Cambodian Defenders Project.  He is also chair of the Events and Program Committee and a member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the American Cambodian Business Council (AMCHAM), and a member of the Cambodian Society of Comparative Law.

Prior to coming to Cambodia in 2002, Mr. Leos worked in the United States as a journalist, free lance writer and as a lawyer specializing in criminal law, media law, intellectual property, labor law, and civil rights issues.

Mr. Leos holds a J.D. from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) King Hall School of Law, an M.F.A. from the Graduate School of Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a B.A. with honors in History from Claremont McKenna College.



Lorena Banares
Assistant Dean and Professor, Faculty of Communications and Media Art
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Lorena Banares is the Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Communications and Media Arts, and Director of the Business Communication Program at Pannasastra University.  Prof. Banares has over 16 years of experience in both academia and in the media industry.  This has led her to develop and adopt new methodologies in teaching professional communication subjects anchored on current industry demands---a hands-on interactive approach applicable for students in the Southeast Asia region. Prof. Banares graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising Design from Aquinas University of Legazpi, Albay and later earned her MA degree in Development Communication at University of the Philippines.


Faculty Lecturers

Luke Hunt
Lecturer in Journalism and Mass Media
M.A. Deakin University, Australia

Yulia Khouri
Lecturer in Business Communication and Interpersonal Communication
M.Sc. London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Botumroath Lebun
Lecturer in Interpersonal Communication and Journalism
M.A. Columbia University, USA   

Chhay Sophal
Lecturer in Journalism and Mass Media
M.A. Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

Lay Neary
Lecturer in Journalism and Communication
M.A. Royal University of Phnom Penh

Pen Sophal
Lecturer in Journalism and Mass Media
M.A. Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Phorn Bopha
Lecturer in Journalism and Mass Media
B.A. Institute for Business Education, Phnom Penh

Say Puthy
Lecturer in Business Communication and Interpersonal Communication
M.B.A. California State University, Fullerton USA

Brian Thomas
Lecturer in Interpersonal Communication
M.A. Liverpool University, U.K.

Joshua Wilwohl
Lecturer in Journalism and Mass Media
M.A. Metropolitan College of New York, USA

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