Dr Sophal Ear is a tenured Associate Professor and former Senior Associate Dean in the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University where he lectures on global political economy, International Organizations, and regional management in Asia. He is the President of the International Public Management Network (IPMN) and Interim Chair of the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Program.
He is the inaugural Chair of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Advisory Board of the Los Angeles County District Attorney, serving in 2021-22. Prior to ASU Thunderbird, he taught at Occidental College, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He consulted for the World Bank, was Assistant Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme in East Timor, Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Advisor to Cambodia’s first private equity fund Leopard Capital, Audit Chair of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Treasurer of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, Secretary of Southeast Asia Development Program, and Corresponding Secretary of the Crescenta Valley Town Council. A TED Fellow, Fulbright Specialist, and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, he sits on the Boards of Refugees International, Partners for Development, Center for Khmer Studies, PPIA Program and IPMN.