Mr. Lee Sothea Rayuth

Technical Adviser

Start date: 10-2018


Sothearayuth LEE, have worked for non-governmental organization (NGOs) for over 27 years since 1991, including national and international organizations. In the past 15 years (2002-2017), Sothearayuth worked for the Washington-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) as the Program Manager and Deputy Director, managing and leading several key programs including electoral reform, governance, candidate debates, civil society strengthening, constituency dialogues (CDs), and political party development, My Open Commune (MOC), and other sub-grantees. Totally, he supported NDI’s democracy and governance programs in Cambodia for over 15 years. Mr. Sothearayuth provided a combination of technical knowledge, management and leadership skills, and relationships with Cambodian political and civil society actors that complement the expertise of the Institute’s expatriate staff. Mr. Sothearayuth provided expertise in program design and workplan development; monitoring and evaluation; the design and production of training materials, particularly in Khmer; the delivery of training programs; and the oversight of local project staff and subgrantees.  Currently. He is a technical adviser to the Cambodian Civil Society Partnership (CCSP) in Phnom Penh.

Under the USAID-funded AGAP and Cambodia Democratic Reform (CDR) programs, Mr. Sothearayuth managed activities related to the political party strengthening, organization of candidate debates, and the CD program and other key programs. Through Mr. Sothearayuth’s broad experience, he became an advisor to Cambodian political parties, NA members, government officials, and CSOs. Since joining NDI, Mr. Lee has coordinated over 70 NA candidate debates and 40 commune council candidate debates, two of which were televised nationally in 2013; he has overseen the implementation of 339 CDs, in which nearly 142,000 Cambodians participated; he has organized domestic election observation programs for both national and local elections in 2007, 2008, and 2012; and he has facilitated VRAs in 2007 and 2008.

Mr. Sothearayuth has extensive experience coordinating and conducting training sessions for a wide variety of actors and parties in Cambodia. He has also conducted political party trainings for the CPP, opposition CNRP, and other minor parties. These trainings focused on campaign training, youth and women’s participation in politics, and internal party reform (including recruitment of local leaders to serve at the national level). He also conducted voter registration campaign training in 2012 and 2017 for the CPP and opposition CNRP and a number of smaller registered parties. He led candidate trainings for commune councilor candidates on public speaking and voter outreach ahead of both 2007, 2012, 2013, and 2017 elections and developed and distributed a training manual for political party election observers and voter registration auditors in 2007 and 2008. In addition to this, he often provided political advice and recommendations to senior politicians and political activists and members from all political parties on how to do the internal party reforms, strengthen party structures and build up relations with constituents/voters.

Educationally, Mr. Sothearayuth successfully completed a Bachelor Degree on General Business Management from the National Institute of Management in 2001 and Master Degree on Social Sciences, specializing in Political Science from the University of Cambodia in 2010.