Kelle: Director

Following a graduate degree in Intercultural Management, Kelle came to Thailand to work in the refugee camps thinking it would be for a year, maybe two. That was 20 years ago! Since then she has worked with vulnerable communities on both sides of the Thai-Myanmar border and within the Asia region. Kelle has lived in Mae Sot, Mae Sariang, and Mae Hong Son, and now resides in Chiang Mai with her 14-year-old son, dog, cat. After all these years, she is still happiest when “out in the field”. 


Salahae: Programme Director

Salahae (Thai name: Wichien Bunrachaisawan) manages all of our operations in Thailand. He has 30 years of experience working on water and sanitation projects in Mae Hong Son, and has since designed our food security project and began to oversee our education programme. Salahae has also worked with over 500 volunteers since 1986, including Richard Worsley, whose story is central to the foundation of KHT in 1999. He lives in Khun Yuam with his wife and 2 children, and has completed a degree in Public Administration.


.Billy: Operations Manager

Billy's desire to work in international development built whilst studying an MSc in Environmental Change and International Development at the University of Sheffield. As part of the course he conducted research in rural Nepal and at UNEP-WCMC in Cambridge. This gave him his first experience of the sector and in 2016, Billy started working for SEED Madagascar. After living in southeast Madagascar for 13 months, he now brings his skills and experiences to KHT. He is really excited to be a part of KHT and the KHT team.


Nootsabar: Operations Manager

Nootsabar Pranomporn has been working with KHT since 2006. She comes from the remote Karen village of Huai Koo Pa near Mae La Noi. After receiving a KHT sponsorship for her university degree in Business Administration, she started working for the Trust. Over the past 10 years she has taken up responsibilities for all the administration and documentation for the projects and volunteers. Nootsabar also helps to run our education projects and collects information for donor reports


Aka: Construction Manager

Aka joined KHT in 2004 after working for COERR in Karen refugee camps. He is the construction manager for water projects, which requires him to organise and coordinate teams of up to 50 Karen volunteers in each village and also university volunteers from the UK. He now lives in Khun Yuam with his wife and son.


Du: Data Collection Specialist 

Du comes from the Karen village of Ban Pattana, close to Khun Yuam. He has been working for KHT since 2005. For a number of years, he was the tractor driver working on livelihoods projects. He also has experience working on irrigation projects, and now often works on our busy water and sanitation programme. Over the last year, Du has been trained to become our new Data Collection Specialist and can now often be seen at our projects conducting interviews with all the community.


Veera: Construction Technician

Veera was originally a Karen volunteer on a water project in Ban Kham Suk, a Karen village near Khun Yuam, in 2000. Salahae noticed his skills while working on a water project and he has now been involved in the construction of a further 138 systems in different villages. Veera still lives in Ban Kham Suk with his two children.


Somboon: Construction Technician

Somboon comes from a remote village close to the Burma border. He joined the KHT team in 2008, and took responsibility for constructing latrine units and training villagers. Water and sanitation facilities are both equally important, and he is highly skilled at building them both, now having completed around 2000.


Diane: Finance Administrator

Diane has been working with KHT since May 2017 having previously held a business and finance support role for a UK software test consultancy.  Having read about the work the Trust does, in helping and supporting the Karen people building a better future for themselves, Diane decided that working for KHT would be both fulfilling and rewarding and is now enjoying her new role in the UK office dealing with finance and administration.


Teow: Finance Administrator

Teow joined the KHT team in November 2017. She comes from a remote Karen village in the Mae La Noi district called Ban Huay Ku. As part of KHT’s education programme, Teow received school meals whilst at secondary school and subsequently a KHT scholarship to study accounting at university. She graduated in 2014 and then worked in the distribution sector in Chiang Mai. Teow joins KHT as our Finance Administrator, based in our Khun Yuam Office. After KHT supported her through her education, she is excited to start giving back to KHT.