Soma Group has grown into a highly diversified business group, guided by a commitment to operational excellence and a forward-looking approach.
Soma Group has ten companies, with core focus on six business sectors: Infrastructure, Agriculture, Trading, Education, ICT & Media and Hospitality & Real Estate. Our Group, works closely with our member companies to provide strategic business services ranging from Finance, Business Development, Human Resources and Communications.
Soma Group is always looking ahead to understand the economic and societal changes that will shape our business in the future and ensure that we move swiftly to prepare for what's to come. Recently we have expanded our operations and added two new subsidiary companies, taking the Group from eight to ten companies. We welcomed on board, Soma Kobelco Water Supply and C.A.D.I. Both of these companies are a JV with international organizations from Japan and Thailand bringing wealth of expertise, knowledge and international operating procedures.
For two decades, Soma Farm has worked to maximize the quality of its farm and livestock, bringing healthy and delicious products to our customers, including beef, eggs, coconuts and our specialty product, Soma Rice. Our focus is high-tech production and international health and hygiene standards for the most fresh, delicious, local and sustainable products.
Our commercial Real Estate & Hospitality interests are taking shape when Soma Group broke ground on the new Soma Hotel project in 2018. This venture is located on Phnom Penh's riverside and is set to transform and help regenerate the local area.
Meanwhile, our Soma Energy business that began with a focus on renewable energy has expanded to Energy solutions. We now provide backup power generators for commercial buildings and industrial zones as well as other energy solutions. In 2019, we are renewing our commitment to more sustainable energy sources by developing a 1.5 MW ground mounted solar project in Kampong Thom.
Our current diversified interests also include CPTL a power transmission line company as well as the University of Puthisastra and Soma Trading. We believe that local expertise and insight combined with international business standards encourage more strategic decisions and ensures operational efficiency.
SOMA GROUP COMPANIES
YEARS OF LOCAL EXPertise
Soma Group has been in operation for many years in Cambodia. Our longevity in a broad mixture of business relies upon our ability to deliver outstanding quality and service. All Soma Group customers, partners and employees expect a high level of professionalism and trust from the Soma Group companies. At the end of the day our reputation is only as good as the last job and we know we must continually strive to be the best we can.
A part of this is the ability to adapt quickly to an ever-changing business environment and maintaining a competitive edge. Our Group knows how to build businesses, expand market share, and create networks. Our local market knowledge allows us to navigate the Cambodian business landscape and help our partners understand current and future market trends.
Soma Group aims to be a partner and service provider of unrivalled integrity and productivity. Our companies operate with agility, efficiency and transparency to achieve these aims, and this is reflected by our successes across the board. By closely monitoring every level of our operations and employing standardized operational procedures, Soma Group’s companies are encouraged and guided to achieve excellence.
For Soma Group, a particular focus, is fostering and developing talented Cambodians. We aim to offer rewarding careers that enable our employees at every level to develop to their full potential. By building human capital we create a culture of sustainability and responsibility. Ultimately, our employee’s dedication and professionalism underpin our success.
Vision, Mission and Values
Cambodia’s economy is thriving. Named as the sixth fastest growing economy in the world the outlook for the country is optimistic. For Soma Group to continue to prosper in this current climate we must look ahead, understand the business and societal changes that will shape our business in the future and move swiftly to prepare for what’s to come. Our Vision and Mission sets out what we want to achieve and how we plan to do it.
Meet the Executive Team
CEO, Soma Group
As CEO of one of Cambodia’s leading local companies, Krasna manages the corporate direction and strategy of the group. She is also responsible for ten core subsidiaries across six business divisions (Infrastructure, Trading, Agriculture, Education, ICT & Media and Hospitality & Real Estate) and over 3000 employees with operations covering nine Cambodian provinces. Since becoming group CEO, Krasna has worked to share the group strategy and vision with employees, customers, partners, shareholders, and investors.
Krasna’s experience of Soma group gives her a unique insight and understanding of how the business operates and how she can help shape the future success of the group. Krasna holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Legal Studies in Business (Business Law), a BA in Marketing Management and a minor in Economics from the University of St. Thomas, United States.
Chief Financial Officer, Soma Group
Nary Ung brings over a decade of international experience in the Banking and Finance sectors. Prior to joining Soma Group in 2017, Nary specialised in Corporate & Investment Banking and Structured Finance advisory in Infrastructure, Energy and Diversified Industries in Cambodia and from OECD countries to emerging markets worldwide. Nary also worked in the public sector as Director of Finance & Administration at the Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia.
Chief People Officer, Soma Group
He first started working as HR & Admin Manager at SAYAM INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD. (FMCG) in 2005 while pursuing a master degree in Business Administration at Build Bright University.
Throughout his career, he worked as a freelance HR Consulting for RHB Indochina Bank, WorldPop Travel & Tour Group, AMUATA ASIA CO., LTD. (Law Firm). Being fluent in both English and Khmer, with a strong background as Chief People Officer in well-known companies such as ISI Group and WorldBridge Group, Mr. HENG Phan has been selected to be our new Chief People Officer at SOMA Group.
PHAL-CHALM THEANY, Ph. D.
Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Soma Group
Theany joined SOMA Group in February 2020 as Chief Legal & Compliance Officer. Theany has been working in law firm, international non-governmental organization and multinational companies. She has been practicing in various legal sectors including corporate, commercial, real estate, human resource and intellectual property. She is now in charge of setting up and managing the in-house Legal & Compliance department of the Group and its subsidiaries; assisting the Group’s CEO and the Board members on strategic decisions. Fluent in Khmer, French and English, Theany is committed to her work and is a person of principles with ethics and moral values.
Corporate Marketing and Communications Manager, Soma Group
Kaliane joined Soma Group in April as the Corporate Marketing and Communications Manager. She grew up in Cambodia, and pursued her higher education both in France and the U.S.
She obtained a Bachelor in Economy and management, as well as a Master’s degree in Business Management and Strategic Communications from KEDGE, a business school based in France.
She has experience working in Paris as an International Marketing Manager at ETAM, a leading French fashion brand, where she successfully managed several markets, including Eastern Europe, Middle-East, Maghreb and South East Asian countries.
Information Technology, Soma Group
Mr. Vath Vutha joined Soma Group in 2009 as an IT Manager. He is responsible on the overall IT infrastructure at Soma Group. His experience for over 15 years with number of companies in different sector ranges from service provider, consultation, banking and project development. He is successful in running the smooth operations of both IT systems and security for Soma Group.
Subsidiaries Executive Team
CEO, Soma Trading
KUCH Sokpoue, joined Soma Trading in 2016 and now leads the sales, marketing and overall operations for the business. Before joining Soma Trading he worked at a number of high profile organisations including, Media Group Asia, DKSH and Fine Star in sales and marketing. As well as a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing (National Institute of Management) Sokpoue brings over two decades of professional experience to this role.
DR. CHEA CHANDARA
CEO,Soma Construction & Development
Soma Construction & Development (SMCD), co-founded by CHEA Chandara in 2013, is one of Cambodia’s leading construction and design companies. Under Chandara’s leadership the company has significantly grown over the last six years diversifying services to include general contractor, design consultant, construction project management and BIM services.
Chandara has worked with many clients and collaborators from all over the world (France, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam) since starting the business. Chandara has a PhD in Advanced Material Engineering, from University of Science of Malaysia and Tokyo Institute of Technology.
CEO, Soma Energy
Adisorn joined Soma Energy in 2016 as CEO. He brings many years of experience and knowledge in the renewable energy sector and specifically renewable energy engineering and power plants. Adisorn previously worked at Clean Energy Management in Thailand from 2008 to 2013 as Chief Operations Officer.
Since joining Soma Energy Adisorn has led the successful development of turnkey biogas power plant construction for Battambang Agro Industry in Kam Rieng, Battambang Province. He is currently overseeing the development of a 1.5MW ground mounted solar project in Kampong Thom, making Soma Energy only one of two private sector companies to supply solar energy to the Cambodian National Grid.
Adisorn has a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Rangsit University, Thailand, a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Chularlongkorn University, Thailand and a Masters in Industrial Management from Thai Nichi Institute of Technology, Thailand.
Prof. IAN FINDLAY
President and Vice-chancellor, University of Puthisastra
Ian has had a very successful career in health education, research, learning and teaching and maximising commercial opportunities.
In health education, Ian has been Executive Dean, Health for a number of major education providers. Most recently Ian was Executive Director in Melbourne, at one of Australia’s largest education providers where he managed 30,000 students, a budget of $81 million dollars and a $23 million dollar Centre of Excellence in Health. He drove a 48% increase in enrolments, a 46% increase in revenue and a 79% increase in profit as well as a substantial increase in learning outcomes.
Ian has 10 world-firsts and his pioneering work in health molecular genetics, particularly in single-cell genetics led to him demonstrating the world-first forensic DNA profiling of single cells published in the prestigious journal “Nature” as well as the only DNA fingerprinting of “Jack the Ripper” letters.
In 1998, Ian was awarded "Scientist of the Year" by the European Society of Human Genetics.
CEO, Soma Kobelco Water Supply
Bunhok joined Soma Group in June 2020, as a Senior Group Advisor where he works across sectors.
He is also the CEO of Soma-Kobelco Co. Ltd., a newly established Cambodian Japanese Joint Venture specializing in the production and distribution of potable water in Cambodia. He previously served as the Advocacy Manager for European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia and the Business Development Director of a Cambodian company.
Bunhok has more than a decade of experience working for major multilateral, nonprofit, and academic projects across Cambodia. He has served as a UNESCO Professional Officer and a UN Coordination Specialist. He is fluent in Khmer, French and English.