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Profile: Cindy Joelene

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Cindy Joelene is a research associate at CESD, focusing on issues related to Myanmar’s political and fiscal systems. Cindy has worked with the leadership team of CESD for many years, while under the Vahu Development Institute (VDI) in Bangkok where she worked as a political science and development researcher. While working at VDI she earned a certificate on Peace Building, Decentralization and Local Governance organized by The Hague Academy for Local Governance, and she subsequently participated in running a local governance training program for political parties and civil society members from Myanmar in Bangkok.

She also has training experience on peace building, elections, political parties and ASEAN and Myanmar relations.

Cindy was previously a Manager for Myanmar Digital Solutions, responsible for organizing capacity building training sessions for marginalized youth from rural areas. She is also a visiting lecturer for third and fourth year students in the Business Major, Bachelor of Arts and Religious Studies (BARS) Program established by the Myanmar Institute of Theology (MIT).


  • Myanmar and English


  • Master’s Degree in International and Public Affairs, University of Hong Kong, 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (Business Management), Myanmar Institute of Theology, 2004