Our Staff

ADRA Laos currently has three teams of committed individuals working with us. The head office is based in Vientiane Capital and our two project teams are based in Phoukoud District, Xiengkhouang Province.

GILLIAN GROLIMUND

COUNTRY DIRECTOR

With more than 20 years community and development experience in Asia and the Pacific, Gill has been the ADRA Laos Country Director since September 2017. She has held senior management and consultancy positions in program and project management, human resources, and community and stakeholder engagement across a variety of sectors including health, agriculture, livelihoods, water and sanitation, roads, and transport.

She holds a Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University, and has served in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. She enjoys travelling, exploring new places, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

SURAJ SHRESTHA

PROGRAM & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR

Suraj joined ADRA Laos Programs team in September 2017. He has held senior management positions over the past 15 years with the Australian Government and NGO sector in SE Asia on programs and projects across a variety of sectors. Including health and nutrition, food security, livelihoods, social inclusion (especially gender, disability, and cultural diversity), water and sanitation, and business development.

He is currently undertaking a Masters of Science in Research, holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Rural and Regional Planning, and a Bachelor of Social Science and Community Development in Australia.

Suraj is a dedicated development practitioner who enjoys mentoring and coaching people to see their optimal potential and in his spare times appreciates the opportunity to travel and explore the great outdoors.

PORM KEOSAMONE

PROGRAM OFFICER

Porm joined ADRA Laos in 2019, he holds the position of Program Officer. Previously he worked as an entrepreneur in the education sector and project coordinator for health and community development projects.

He graduated with MSc Project Planning and Management from the University of Bradford, England in 2018 and received the highly prestigious Chevening Scholarship for his postgraduate studies. He completed his bachelor’s degree from Thailand and had also spent two years as an exchange student in Cambodia.

With diverse cultural background, Porm speaks all three main Lao languages (Lao Lum, Hmong, and Khmu) plus English and Thai. He enjoys exploring new ideas, translation, and photography.

SOUDALAT PATHAMMAVONG

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Soudalat graduated from the National University of Lao with a Bachelor of Community and Rural Development in September 2019. Soudalat undertook her student placement with ADRA Laos from February-April 2019 and was then awarded the role of part-time Intern while she completed her studies. She joined ADRA full-time from September 1, 2019 as Program Assistant to assist our programs and project teams and lead marketing and communications.

Soudalat: “I am very thankful that ADRA gives me the opportunity to learn. I really enjoy working and learning from this organization.”

BED PRASAD KHATIWADA. PHD

AGRICULTURE & LIVELIHOOD SPECIALIST

Dr. Khatiwada provides technical advice to ADRA Laos on agriculture and sustainable livelihood related programming. He is an agriculturist with expertise in horticulture production, postharvest management, value chain development, market linkage and food safety/quality assurance.

He obtained his PhD from Australia in non-destructive detection of internal defects in fruit using near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) under postharvest quality management of fruit, and worked as a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California Davis (UC Davis) on SmartFresh technology and non-destructive quality assessment of fruit.

With more than 18 years  experience working with development organizations including World Vision, ActionAid, and FAO/UN, in research, academics and community development portfolios, Dr. Khatiwada is currently overseeing the quality assurance and logistics management of fresh fruit and vegetables at Brisbane Markets.

Dr. Khatiwada has published more than a dozen publications including journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters. His passion is to write for farming communities and share relevant technical and advocacy issues to help promote sustainable livelihoods, local resource mobilization, and revitalizing the local food system combating climate change and food miles.

VIPHAPHONE SOMPHOU

FINANCE MANAGER

Viphaphone joined ADRA in April 2015 as the Senior Accountant and was promoted to Finance Officer in January 2017. Prior to joining ADRA she had more than 5 years’ experience as a senior auditor and manager in accounting and finance. At ADRA, Viphaphone is responsible for all financial and accounting management and leadership of the finance team.

Viphaphone holds a Master of Accounting from the Department of Business Management, National University of Lao and received her Bachelors’ Degree in Business and Administration from the Lao American College. She enjoys meeting with people and travelling to new places.

AVOOT SINGHA

ACCOUNTANT

Avoot has been working as an Accountant with ADRA since April 2017 and specializes in providing accounting, assurance (audit), and advisory services to our admin and project teams.

Avoot holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Finance and Banking from Rattana Collage. Apart from numbers, he enjoys playing football during his free time.

KOUNG KOUANGBOUNYALATH

ADMIN ASSISTANT

Koung joined ADRA Laos in January 2021 as Admin Assistant. Prior to working with ADRA she held the position of Program Officer and Admin-Finance Officer where she was a valuable contributor to her team. She conducted IT and human development sessions and screened, selected, profiled, and evaluated student beneficiaries for programs.  

Koung graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Applied Arts in Social Work from the National University of Laos and gained a Higher Diploma in TVET on General English from Sirimoungkhoun College. After graduation she joined a Development Leadership program, specializing in Community Development and Social Entrepreneurship at the Institute of Formation Fondacio Asia (IFFAsia) in Manila, Philippines and had the opportunity to join the Charis South East Asian Youth Training program in Malaysia in 2019. She enjoys travelling to the project sites and doing different activities.

SAYALATH KAMALA

LOGISTIC/PROCUREMENT OFFICER

Sayalath has worked with ADRA Laos since 2007 and is currently the Logistics and Procurement Officer. Prior to joining ADRA he had 6 years as a general assistant for Importer-Exporter, PV Garment Ltd.

Sayalath studied Accounting at Rattana Business Administration College, and has received training in computer networking, HR and Economics from Laos-Japan Human Resource Development Institute. Say loves gardening.

LUYA

OFFICE SECURITY GUARD

SOULIVANH PHANTHAKASON

Cleaner

The ‘Phoukoud Integrated Climate Resilient Agriculture and Improved Livelihoods’ (PICRAIL) Project

(From left to right)

  • Davone Vongvane, Livestock Officer
  • Khounthanong Vanthanouvong, Project Manager
  • Mone Yungsouthivong, Logistic Officer/Driver
  • Khamtic Vongkhamin, Agriculture Officer
  • Souvaloun Duangdala, Finance/Admin
  • Oudone Tavamixay, Water Officer
  • Somnuek Phanthavong, Logistic Officer/Driver

The ‘Enhanced Nutrition and Health for Upland Phoukoud Phase II’ (ENHUP II) Project

(From left to right)

  • Nathithone Baythaviphone, Finance/Admin
  • Soua Lee, Project Manager
  • Somxay Inthasone, Logistic Officer/Driver
  • Youavang Yabrongtrongvue, Health & Nutrition Officer
  • Sisounonh Nanthavong, Logistic Officer/Driver
  • Iengphone Onluengsay, Mobilization Officer
  • Chanikone Luangoudom, Health & Nutrition Officer