The Team

Sallo Polak
Founder & Executive Director

Originally from the Netherlands, Sallo founded PCF in Thailand in 2011. After years of working in Dutch television, his travels to Southeast Asia gave him the vision of helping local communities in need by providing them with the necessary resources to improve their living conditions and lead dignified lives.

I wanted to found an organisation that I myself would feel confident donating to. PCF is that organisation.
Phong Changyue
Social Media Officer

Phong, a native of the picturesque hill tribe region of Chiang Rai, Thailand, is a passionate individual with a profound educational background in Social Sciences. His academic journey provided him with a strong research foundation, particularly in the realms of humanitarian and environmental issues.

Throughout his life, Phong has aspired to bring about positive change, driven by his understanding of social sciences and a compassionate heart. His unwavering dedication to creating a better world through his work in humanitarian and environmental fields has made him a remarkable force for change and an inspiration to those around him.

I believe equality and opportunity are the fundamental rights of every individual.

Krist Inmanee (Ton)
Teams Support Officer

Ton, from Thailand, joined PCF in May 2021. His several years experience in hotels, condominium and tour booking administration has supplied him with all the varied skills needed in his role of management support officer.

It is wonderful to get the chance to be involved with PCF in helping disadvantaged people to have a better life and future.
Mark Kearns
Communications and Strategy Manager

Mark, originally from Ireland but mostly the UK, started volunteering for PCF in 2012 soon after arriving in Chiang Mai. Mark has worked for many years in global IT teams developing websites, managing technical teams and projects. A once frequent traveller, he has worked in Europe, USA and now Thailand.

It took some time but finally I managed to take the plunge and commit myself to, in my opinion, one of the most effective organisations working in poverty alleviation in this area of the world.
Jitkamon Lawantrakool (Nite)
Project Coordinator

With a background in political science, Nite holds a profound passion for community empowerment, cooperation, equity, and inclusiveness. Her prior role as a programme associate has equipped her with proficiency in facilitation, organisational expertise, and database management.

Recognising the challenges faced by underserved communities, Nite is committed to raising awareness of diversity, inclusion, and fostering a sense of belonging for every member of the community.

Making a positive impact on people’s lives has always been my passion growing up. Now, I get to do that while being inspired, empowered, and supported by my awesome team!

Adam Lawrence
Adam Lawrence
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Though originally from the UK, Adam spent most of his early life in Portugal and has been working in South East Asia as an English teacher and teacher trainer since 2008. After focusing his MA thesis on migrant students in northern Thailand, Adam decided to settle in Chiang Mai and joined PCF in October 2022.

My favourite thing about working for PCF is that all of our projects stem directly from the specific needs of remote communities—every initiative is unique. In this part of the world, many people live in precarious situations but PCF is able to adapt to their shifting circumstances. I think that’s really impressive!

Pah Panitnantanakul
Accountant and Finance Officer

She has been working in multicultural environments for around 15 years, primarily in the Thai and international NGO and business sectors. Pah has been crunching numbers as a cost controller in a food chain company and an accounting firm.
Pah has actively engaged in various meaningful initiatives – raising funds to help those in need in the border regions of northern Thailand area; and has contributed to a team dedicated to creating sustainable food sources for wild elephants, ensuring the local community’s food supply remains intact.

Working here is one of my dream destinations to work collaboratively with excellent teams that believe in the same value, to create opportunities for vulnerable people.

Kanyarat Pinyonitchakul (Kan)
Administrative Officer

Ms Kanyarat Pinyonitchakul (Kan) from Thailand, joined PCF as Administrative Officer in June, 2018. She brings 13 year’s of non profit administration and finance experience, specifically in the area of indigenous peoples’ rights. She holds a Bachelor of Political Science from Chiang Mai University.

PCF is a super cool organisation to work with. I am proud to be a part of this team that directly helps people who need assistance.

This is Pong! Our Mae-Baan.

Pong has been with PCF since 2016, helping to keep the office clean.

I really like to work at PCF because the boss and staff here are so kind and treat me very friendly. The office environment is nice so when I work here, I feel so comfortable.
Saisuda Pohl (Rose)
Project Team Manager

Saisuda Pohl (Rose) has worked extensively in Germany, managing marketing projects for Thai organisations and companies in Germany. Over the last 20 years Rose has been involved with several social projects in Thailand, particularly those helping refugees from Myanmar living along the northern region. Together with her German friends, Rose also established fundraising associations in Germany to support these various projects.

I am honored to work for PCF - the organisation that is committed to transparency and professionalism, in order to improve the lives of people in need.
Sarawut Pengsannoo (O)
Communications Officer

O, from Thailand, joined PCF as Project Team Support in July 2021. He is in charge of communicating with partners, involving in the project routine process such as monitoring the project implementation and evaluation at project end period. He also supports Communication Team with providing information and documentation to produce sponsor reports, proposals and factsheets. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University.

I am grateful and honored to be a part of the organisation. I enjoy working with the professional team members in a positive working environment.
DJ Robertson
Chief Operating Officer

From Scotland. DJ brings a diverse background in corporate business management and wealth of leadership experience to the operational running of PCF. In addition to managerial expertise, DJ brings knowledge from many years in front-line voluntary work in fields ranging from medicine to life skills education and psychological support for humanitarian and children’s organisations.

A foundation that works to eliminate poverty and creates life changing opportunities for so many…. this is where I want to be.

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Sathiravija Heebthong (Earth)
Project Co-ordinator

Earth’s experience as a social work student has provided him with the skills in empowerment, effective coordination of diverse groups, and a comprehensive understanding of individuals in difficult situations.

Motivated by a genuine desire to assist others, he is dedicated to making a positive impact. With a focus on compassion and a commitment to community well-being, his goal is to contribute meaningfully to the improvement of others’ lives.

With support from the PCF team I look forward to extending a helping hand to those in need and empower their well-being.

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