Weh Yeoh

Weh Yeoh

Project lead at Establishment of Speech Therapy in Cambodia

Nonprofit Organization Management

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Weh Yeoh's Overview

  • Project lead at Establishment of Speech Therapy in Cambodia
  • Disability Consultant at Australian Red Cross (Cambodian Initiative for Disability Inclusion (CIDI Network)
  • Co-founder and Business Development Manager at whydev.org
  • Board Member at Rose Cambodia Rehabilitation Centre
  • Community Engagement Coordinator (voluntary) at Sport Matters
  • Disability Consultant at CABDICO (via Handicap International)
  • Rehabilitation advisor at Handicap International
  • Physiotherapist advisor (equivalent to project/volunteer manager) at TADNSW
  • Physiotherapist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Physiotherapist at Nepean Hospital
  • Physiotherapist at Liverpool Hospital

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Weh Yeoh's Summary

Recently featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, the largest circulation newspaper in Australia, for our efforts to bring speech therapy to Cambodia:

and interviewed on ABC Radio National Drive's program, nation-wide:


Career highlights:

• Technical skills as a physiotherapist, coupled with broad development perspective.
• Experience working in Australian and International NGO.
• Varied background as volunteer, development student and employee.
• Excellent cross-cultural communicator - able to speak English, Mandarin Chinese and Khmer.

Specialties: International Development, Program Development, People Management, Public Speaking, Innovation, Case Work

Weh Yeoh's Experience

Project lead

Establishment of Speech Therapy in Cambodia

July 2013Present (1 year 3 months) Cambodia

In the United States, there are over 120,000 Speech Therapists. In Cambodia, there are none. We're setting out to change this.

I initiated the project which will bring Speech Therapy to Cambodia. We will train the first generation of Cambodian Speech Therapists, by the year 2020.

Have been responsible for fundraising, awareness raising, gathering interested stakeholders, writing proposals, meeting with prospective donors.

Individually raised over $100,000 of funding for this program.

Was featured in the Cambodia Daily thrice on this topic:

Huffington Post once:

Sydney Morning Herald once:

And interviewed on ABC Radio National Drive's program, nation-wide:


Disability Consultant

Australian Red Cross (Cambodian Initiative for Disability Inclusion (CIDI Network)

May 2012Present (2 years 5 months) Cambodia

Wrote disability awareness training manual based upon information gathered amongst partner network.
Prepared trainings to partner network on various issues such as social model of disability and physical rehabilitation.

Co-founder and Business Development Manager


Nonprofit Organization Management industry

May 2010Present (4 years 5 months) Cambodia

Online platform that aims to provide a collaborative and participatory platform for individuals passionate about development, aid, and other global issues.

Board Member

Rose Cambodia Rehabilitation Centre

April 2013Present (1 year 6 months) Cambodia

Chairperson of strategic board, providing guidance to organisation.

Community Engagement Coordinator (voluntary)

Sport Matters

Public Company; 1-10 employees; Sports industry

February 2012Present (2 years 8 months) Cambodia

Developing social media and community engagement strategy for organisation.

Disability Consultant

CABDICO (via Handicap International)

July 2012June 2013 (1 year) Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Strategic and management support given to local rehabilitation organisation.
Technical advice given on CBR best practices.
Raised over $30,000 in core funding for CABDICO.

Rehabilitation advisor

Handicap International

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

April 2011December 2011 (9 months) China

• Advisor to two programs:
o A national program training caregivers within orphanages to look after children with disabilities in a more holistic and appropriate manner.
o A regional Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) program within Guangxi Province, that aims to build the capacity of local staff in providing CBR.
• Sole Handicap International staff member assessing orphanages throughout country.
• Capacity building, sustainability advice and technical advice for rehabilitation, accessibility and referrals training components of CBR program in rural southern China.
• Advised project manager on best management practices in difficult work situation.
• Co-organised conference involving stakeholders in CBR program.
• Co-wrote donor reports to EU, Belgian Directorate General for Development (DGD).

Physiotherapist advisor (equivalent to project/volunteer manager)


Nonprofit Organization Management industry

March 2008May 2011 (3 years 3 months) Sydney, Australia

• Project management, assessment of client needs, management and allocation of projects to volunteers, service development, education of staff, volunteers and referring therapists.
• Attendance at volunteer meetings, client assessments, regional clinics, regular inservices.
• Regular presentations to promote the services of the organisation to supporters.
• Primary physiotherapist advisor in this service.


Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

July 2005February 2006 (8 months)

Institute of Rheumatology and Orthopaedics, Aged Care Ward


Nepean Hospital

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Mental Health Care industry

February 2005July 2005 (6 months)

Cardiac Rehabilitation, Aged Care Ward, Outpatients Rehabilitation, Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)


Liverpool Hospital

February 2004February 2005 (1 year 1 month)

Weh Yeoh's Publications

  • Is giving the greatest moral challenge of our time?

    • Lowy Institute Interpreting the Aid Review
    • April 14, 2011
    Authors: Weh Yeoh

    Article posted on the Lowy Institute blog which was developed specifically to look into the review of Foreign Aid conducted by the Australian Government. The article compares the discourse around giving at a national nevel, and how that might relate to giving on an individual level.

  • Readers' voices: your views on what will shape global development in 2012

    • The Guardian Global Development
    • January 6, 2012
    Authors: Weh Yeoh

    The Guardian UK put out a call for submissions on what will shape global development in 2012. My entry was chosen, along with a handful of others, for publication.

  • Why more non-disabled people should be the face of disability

    • ABC Australia Rampup (national broadcaster's site on disability)
    • February 14, 2012
    Authors: Weh Yeoh

    In this piece, I use research from psychology studies to talk about how we can best advocate for the rights of people with disabilities - by having more non-disabled doing the advocacy.

  • How To Get Bang For Your Donation Buck

    • New Matilda
    • February 28, 2012
    Authors: Weh Yeoh

    In this article, I discuss the dangers of focussing too much on low overheads when fundraising, and the implications that may occur in driving poor development work as a result.

  • Why Fundraising Should Be About Creating a Culture of Giving

    • The Huffington Post
    • May 26, 2012
    Authors: Weh Yeoh

    Development, which should theoretically be full of people who value empathy and sharing, is a hyper-competitive sector. This attitude of competition is no more prevalent than in the sphere of fundraising. How do we make fundraising more collaborative, while still allowing everyone to achieve their targets? Here is one possible idea.

  • Interview with Phnom Penh Post

    • Phnom Penh Post
    • June 20, 2012
    Authors: Weh Yeoh

    I was interviewed by the Phnom Penh Post on the support network we are building at WhyDev to benefit aid workers and beneficiaries all around the world.

  • Who Sets the International Development Agenda? We do!

    • The Huffington Post
    • September 27, 2013
    Authors: Weh Yeoh

    We spend a lot of time and energy lamenting what isn’t on the agenda when it comes to poverty and development. But in this piece I ask the more important question: who sets the agenda? How do those who are not in positions of power make their priorities known?

  • Hey Voluntourist, Take A Back Seat!

    • New Matilda
    • February 6, 2014
    Authors: Weh Yeoh

    Tourists who travel to developing nations to dig wells or assemble wheelchairs might be well intentioned, but is their feelgood experience at the expense of the locals, I ask.

Weh Yeoh's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Sole volunteer/mentor

      Hoi An Orphanage, Vietnam
      • Children
      July 2006 November 2006 (5 months)

      • Worked independently in resource-constrained environments.
      • Initiative used to self-direct responsibilities to educate and mentor children, coordination of facilities, physiotherapy rehabilitation and fundraising.

    • Intern in Delhi, India

      Centre for Refugee Research, UNSW
      • Human Rights
      November 2010 November 2010 (1 month)

      • Facilitation of dialogue with Burmese, Afghan and Somali Refugees
      • Training in strengthening Community Based Organisations
      • Individually raised over $4000 in funds for partner organisations

Weh Yeoh's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Chinese

    (Professional working proficiency)
  • Khmer

    (Limited working proficiency)

Weh Yeoh's Skills & Expertise

  1. Public Speaking
  2. International Development
  3. Program Development
  4. Fundraising
  5. Program Management
  6. Innovation Development
  7. monitoring and evaluation
  8. Needs Analysis
  9. Management
  10. Charities
  11. NGOs
  12. Organizational Development
  13. Volunteer Management
  14. Project Management
  15. Nonprofits
  16. Event Management
  17. Strategy
  18. Community Outreach
  19. Leadership
  20. Training
  21. Capacity Building
  22. Paranormal Romance
  23. Alchemy
  24. Proposal Writing
  25. Zumba
  26. Social Media
  27. Networking
  28. Coordination
  29. Advocacy
  30. Engaging Public Speaker

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Weh Yeoh's Education

UNSW Australia

MA Development Studies, Policy Analysis, International Political Economy, Policy Research, Management, Community Development


Activities and Societies: Selected for an internship with the Centre for Refugee Research, for which we facilitated community consultations and development workshops with refugees from Burma in New Delhi, India.

Beijing Language and Culture University

A Level Mandarin Language Course


Sinoland College

Level 4/6 Intermediate Mandarin Language Course


University of Sydney

BA Applied Sciences in Physiotherapy, Physiotherapy


Trinity Grammar School


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