Santisouk Phongsavan


Social Impact Lead

Santi is a skilled international and community development practitioner, with over 15 years experience across the Asia-Pacific in regional, national and community-led programs, in areas including public health, sustainable livelihoods, capacity-building and education. Santi's practical knowledge is underpinned by undergraduate qualifications in Economics and Asian Studies, topped by a Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University.

Community outcomes are Santi's passion, and he has driven program improvements at Save the Children Australia, Australian Volunteers International, and Interplast, to ensure work reflects and responds to community priorities.  Backed by a Master of Information Management from RMIT, he favours a human-centred and participatory approach to design of impact measurement systems, working collaboratively with teams to understand their program theories and develop the metrics that will help them measure their success.

Away from his day job, Santi enjoys getting lost in a variety of books (often reading several at a time, which are strategically placed around the house), and watching endless movies. Often he will venture outside to enjoy a good meal, nod along to live music and watch his football team perform badly.