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.
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.

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.

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.
Anupap Danpo (Game)
Project Coordinator

Game, from Thailand, joined PCF in January 2018. He is in charge of coordinating project administrative materials, facilitating communication between PCF and projects, and developing internal monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University.

Being Project Coordinator at PCF is a great opportunity to develop my skills while working with a professional team.
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 organization to work with. I am proud to be a part of this team that directly helps people who need assistance.
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 organization that is committed to transparency and professionalism, in order to improve the lives of people in need.
Sarawut Pengsannoo (O)
Operations Support 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.
Adam Lawrence
Adam Lawrence
Communications and PR 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!


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.
Chonlaya Ek-akara (Som)
Communications Officer

Chonlaya Ek-akara (Sompoi), from Thailand, joined PCF in May 2021. She moved from Bangkok to pursue her dream job with us. She has been working in the non-profit sector for some time specialising in project management and communications. Som graduated from faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University and studied International Development at Brussels School of International Studies. She has always dreamt of pursuing a career in the development field in order to help people receive a better life.

It is my honor to be part of the PCF’s team to help and support others who need, I wish my knowledge and experience can play a part in making a change in someone life or a better situation in any community.

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