School Board

Sandra Chipps
Board Member

Sandra Chipps came to Cambodia with her husband and three of her four children in January, 1996. She taught at ISPP for 5 years and Northbridge for 4 years. In 2006 she became founding principal of East-West International School and remained principal until January, 2016. She now lives in Australia and travels to Cambodia three times a year for East-West International School Board meetings. She believes it is a wonderful privilege to continue to be a part of East-West as the school has a caring approach to education and a desire that all students can achieve according to their abilities. She is grateful for the honor of being part of the wonderful family that is East-West and thankful for the partnership between students, parents, staff and the Board.

Ouknha Chea Thilay
Oknha Chea Thilay
Board Member

Oknha Chea Thilay is the Chairman and founder of NTC Group, as well as an influential leader in education in Cambodia. As the founder of East-West International School, he has provided the clear visions, initiatives, courage, integrity, humility, strategic planning capability, motivational capacity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to help the school succeed and grow.

Oknha Chea Thilay graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) with a Bachelor of Arts in French. In addition, he has completed many short courses both nationally and internationally.

Mr Van Vannak
Van Vannak
Board Member

Mr. Van Vannak is the Chief Financial Officer of NTC Group. He has primary responsibility for managing the company's finances, including financial planning, management of financial risks, record-keeping, and financial reporting. He is in charge of all strategic and tactical matters relating to budget management, cost–benefit analysis, and forecasting needs. In addition, he is the well-known financial spokesperson for the organization who is considered to be an accountable, result-oriented and quality-oriented individual. He is the role model of Accounting and Finance Department of NTC Group.

Mr. Van Vannak graduated from Human Resources University with a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance and a Master of Auditing. He is now pursuing his international ACCA at CamEd Business School. Additionally, he has attended many short courses in Cambodia and other countries around the world. He has never stopped sharpening his knowledge and skills which help continuously contribute to the development of NTC Group as a whole.

Mr Chhy Sothy
Chhy Sothy
Board Member

Mr. Chhy Sothy has extensive experience in Human Resources Management, Human Resources Development, and HR policy development over 10 years with various organizations in the private sector. He is currently the Human Resources Director at NTC Group. He has implemented HR functions, HR policies and HR strategies for the best practices. He is also a trainer and lecturer of HRM areas at the University.

He earned his MBA in Entrepreneurship and Project Management from RULE/French Cooperation (University of Lyon 2 and Lille 1, France) and holds a bachelor of education (B.Ed) in the field of Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL) from Royal University of Phnom Penh RUPP/ IFL. He has also taken many short courses overseas and in Cambodia.

Jeffrey Kane
Head of School

Jeffrey Kane grew up near San Francisco, California and graduated from Northwestern University in June 2006. After graduating, he moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to teach a Grade One class at East-West when the school opened in August, 2006. For the next few years, Jeff taught both Grade One and Grade Two before moving up to the secondary school. There, he taught English to Grades 7, 8 and 9, while taking on additional leadership roles, such as Head of Pastoral Care. Jeff has also coached many sports teams while at East-West, including junior and senior boys basketball, and junior boys volleyball. Jeff took on the role of Head of School beginning in January 2018. He earned his M.Ed - Independent School Leadership from Vanderbilt University in May 2021.

Ali Copple

Ali Copple is a leading consultant in education with 30 years in curriculum development and education in the USA, Indonesia and Cambodia. Ali was a founding member of the ISPP school community and has also taught at Northbridge International School. She currently serves on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia and is a founding member of Enduring Consultancy. She is also part of the WASC international team of educators, providing assessment, evaluation and recommendations for the accreditation of schools in Asia.