Sandor makes sure everything works together and Uplao continues to help the people of Upland communities in Northern Lao. Sandor is a graduate in Social Antropology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He has years of experience in working for the Dutch government managing several European Union funded agricultural projects. Recently he has been working in the ecotourism sector in Lao PDR
Vongchanh is an expert in rural development and has years of experience in working with rural communities in northern Laos. He used to work for the Lao government, the United Nationas World Food Program and is currently working as project manager for Oxfam-Novib in Laos.
Local Ecotourism Expert
Tom is the local expert in community based ecotourism. He started his career as a guide in different places in Laos. He was keen to make a career in ecotourism as he soon became manager of Green Discovery Laos and later he became manager of a large zip-lining project in the jungle near Boten. Now he runs his own ecotourism office in Luang Namtha called The Hiker.
William helps to keep the ball rolling in Uplao, from marketing, website development to mapping and data collection. William holds a M.Sc in Geography and has worked extensively in S.E. Asia in a variety of NGO and conservation orgnaziations. He also currently works as a Freelance Cartographer and Geospatial consultant.
After witnessing the disrupting effects of the ever expanding plantation agriculture in northern Laos, UpLao was created: leading the way to a sustainable future. A plan to diversify rural economies and create alternative, more sustainable livelihood opportunities for the upland communities in northern Laos.
In 2013 Sandor Scheers left the Netherlands and moved to Luang Namtha, Laos. He had worked previously with the Dutch Government but it was time for something different. After witnessing the unsustainable agricultural monocropping plantations and lack of economic diversity in the rural villages. Sandor has to act.
Upon learning of the successful Thai coffee production and after subsequent visits, he learned that this high value crop could be replicated in northern Laos.
With the start of Uplao's work in Laos, training of farmers, development of ecotourism, purchasing of coffee seedlings and preparing fields, Uplao looks to you for support.
Together we can create a sustainable diverse and prosperous future.