Vannarith is an experienced public policy analyst, geopolitical and geo-economic analyst, government relations specialist, and knowledge communicator with a demonstrated history of working in knowledge communication and policy engagement. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Asia Pacific Studies from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan and Graduate Certificate in Leadership from East West Center in the US.
He was honoured a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum in 2013 and Southeast Asia Young Leader by the IISS-Shangri-La Dialogue in 2016. He was also a Southeast Asia visiting fellow at the East-West Center in Washington DC in 2010, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) in Tokyo (2012-2013), Asia Public Intellectuals fellow of the Nippon Foundation (2013-2014), Visiting Scholar at the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) in Beijing (2016), Visiting Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore (2017-2018).
Currently, he is a part-time lecturer at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), President of the Asian Vision Institute, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the National Assembly of Cambodia, and Senior Fellow and Board Member at the Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace . He previously served as Advisor to Cambodia Civil Society Alliance Forum (2017-2018), a Southeast Asia Consultant at the Nippon Foundation (2016-2017), a lecturer of Asia Pacific studies at the University of Leeds (2013-2016), and served as Executive Director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace from 2009 to 2013.