Terry Parnell is the Mekong Regional Land Governance Information Platform Coordinator. She has more than 30 years of experience in development and humanitarian relief programs, including more than 20 years in Southeast Asia, most of that in Cambodia. Previously, as Program Director for East West Management Institute’s Open Development Initiative, she led the regional expansion of the Open Development platform, for which Open Development Cambodia (ODC) was the flagship. The Open Development model was conceived by Ms. Parnell in 2010 as a way to open up access to development information, across sectors and borders, to encourage constructive public dialogue on development trends and plans. Ms Parnell is now also working on the independent development of a platform to crowd-source stories related to people’s experience with environmental change. Ms. Parnell holds Masters degrees in both Education and Agriculture Education and Extension, with a focus on sustainable development and planned change, and a minor in Farming Systems Research and Development. She also has Certificates in African Studies and Tropical Agriculture. She is originally from Florida, in the United States, where she worked with the rural poor. She began her international career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Papua New Guinea. Ms. Parnell has also worked with grassroots groups advocating land and natural resources rights in Cambodia.



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