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Profile: Khun Moe Htun

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Khun Moe Htun is a Research Associate on CESD’s Food Security Policy and Rural Development program. Prior to joining CESD, Khun Moe Htun worked at the Eastern Nationalities Political Centre, providing overall managerial oversight and technical support to the organisation’s projects, undertaking monitoring and evaluating, and reporting to donor organizations. 
KMTKhun Moe Htun is a founding member of the Kaung Rwai Social Action Network for young men in Taunggyi, and worked in the organization to develop its organizational mission, objectives, structure, programs, and activities. At the Pa-Oh Youth Organisation, Khun Moe Htun undertook two key research projects, on mining and opium cultivation, including research design and planning, data collection and analysis. His previous work and research dealt with youth empowerment, land issues, opium cultivation, and human rights.

Languages:

  • Myanmar, Pa-Oh and English

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Arts (Social Science – Development Studies), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts (Business Management), University of Distance Education, Myanmar, 2005
  • Diploma in Community Development, Wide Horizon, Mae Sot, Thailand, 2009
  • Social Justice Education Program, School for Shan State Nationalities Youth, Chaing Mai, Thailand, 2007

Publications:

  • “Living with opium: Livelihood strategies among rural up landers in Southern Shan State”, thesis publication, Chiang Mai University
  • “Robbing the future: Russian-backed mining project threatens Pa-O communities in Shan State, Burma,” Pa-O Youth Organization, Chiang Mai, 2009
  • “Sobbing in the opium bog,” Pa-O Youth Organization, Yangon, 2014

Presentations:

  • “Living with Opium: Livelihood of Poppy Farmers in the Rural Uplands of Southern Shan State, Myanmar” paper presented at International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies “Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges” Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-26 July 2015
  • “Living with opium: Livelihood strategies among rural up landers in Southern Shan State”, paper presented at the third MSSRC International Conference on “Mekong Region and ASEAN in transition: People and transborder issues”, Ubon Ratchatathani University, Thailand, 11-12 September 2014
  • “Living with Opium: livelihood strategies of Shan State poppy farmers in the uplands of Myanmar” Paper presented at the 9th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 25-27 June 2014