Pyrou Chung

Director of Open Development Initiative, East West Management Institute

Pyrou directs the East West Management Institute’s programs on natural resource, land and data initiatives in Southeast Asia under the Open Development Initiative. As an ecologist and sustainable development expert, her work has been focused on the nexus between environmental governance, conservation and human rights, with an emphasis on implementing integrated biodiversity, natural resource management and land rights initiatives with indigenous, forest dependent or rural communities.

More recently this work has intersected with the open data movement to utilise GIS data and information in an open data platform, Open Development Mekong, which promotes evidence-based decision making, digital gender inclusion and Indigenous Data Sovereignty. The platform is a one of a kind open data portal in Southeast Asia focused upon the Lower Mekong Countries — Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. ODI co-chairs the Open Data for Development AsiaHub along with Sinar Project.

https://medium.com/opendevelopmentmekong