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Rethy Chhem

Dr. Rethy Chhem

Distinguished Professor of Technology and Humanities

Professor CHHEM Kieth Rethy is a medical doctor, science diplomat, educator and historian with extended experience in Digital Science & Technology, Global Health Diplomacy, Nuclear Technology Policy, and Executive Education. He holds a MD, a PhD in Education and a PhD in History. He has published more than 100 scientific articles, edited 17 textbooks and has been invited as a keynote speaker in more than 70 countries. He was a Professor of Radiology in Canada (McGill), Singapore (NUS), Austria (Vienna Medical University) and Japan (Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima Medical University) for 30 years. He was the Chair of the Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Department of University of Western Ontario. He was the Director of the Division of Human Health at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

From 2014 to 2019, he was the Executive Director of the Cambodian Development Resource Institute (CDRI), a leading think tank in Cambodia, in the Top 100 of the University of Pennsylvania Global Think Tank ranking. He is the cofounder of the China Studies Center at CDRI. Currently, he is an Honourary Distinguished Fellow at the Asian Vision Institute and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Center for Higher Education Innovation (UNESCO) at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen. He is a distinguished visiting professor at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Fukushima Medical University. He is an international advisor to the China Institute of International Studies in Beijing. He serves also as an academic advisor to the Kirirom Institute of Technology and the National Institute of Posts, Telecoms, and ICT (NIPTICT).

In May 2019, Professor CHHEM Kieth Rethy was appointed Minister Delegate, Attached to the Prime Minister.

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