CESD’s research team has a diverse range of experience and educational qualifications, gained both in Myanmar and overseas. View profiles for some of our staff
Adithya B Kumar
Development and Communications Officer
Adithya B. Kumar (commonly known as “Addy”) is a Development and Communications Officer at CESD. Mr. Kumar’s responsibilities include identifying funding, collaboration, and business-development opportunities as well as advising on programme strategy. He is currently supporting projects funded by IDRC, Canada, USAID, LIFT, and the Just Jobs Network, while actively engaging in human resource management and administrative activities across the organization. Having previously worked for several private- and public-sector entities across four countries, Mr. Kumar most recently held positions in Myanmar with LIFT and UNOPS before joining CESD.
Addy speaks seven languages (English, French, Italian, Czech, Tamil, Hindi, Myanmar) and holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Madras Christian College (India) as well as a Diploma in Management from London School of Economics, and a CEMS Masters in International Management from University of Economics (Czech Republic) and Copenhagen Business School (Denmark). Addy is a PRINCE2 Practitioner and is currently working towards his CIPS Level 2 certification while fulfilling his duties at CESD.
Research Associate – Food Security Policy
Ame Cho is a research associate with Food Security Policy and Rural Development Program at CESD. Her areas of focus include economic and social studies, policy advocacy and analysis, and capacity-building initiatives, specifically those intended to improve agricultural productivity and rural livelihoods in Myanmar. Before joining CESD, Ame Cho most recently worked as product development and registration assistant at Myanma Awba Group Co. Ltd in 2013. Ame Cho is fluent in Burmese and English and conversational in Dutch. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Agricultural Science from Yezin Agricultural University, as well as a Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development from Ghent University in Belgium. Ame Cho has produced multiple publications, including:
- Master’s Thesis Dissertation at Yezin Agricultural University (2013)
- Master’s Thesis Dissertation at Ghent University (2015)
- “Assessment of Household Food Security Through Crop Diversification in Netmauk Township, Magway Region, Myanmar” a paper and poster presentation presented at the “Tropentag International Conference on Research for Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development” (September 2016, Vienna, Austria
Dwel Ja is a Research Assistant at CESD studying the Myanmar Jade trade and its interactions with the labour market, after transitioning from his role in the CESD Labor Market Reform Project. His current responsibilities include research planning for surveys, enumerator training, secondary data research, field research, report writing, external relations, translation and project administration. Dwel Ja graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Lashio (Shan State) and is currently enrolling in an international relations diploma program at the University of Yangon. Dwel Ja is a Kachin ethnic, with fluency in four Kachin dialects (Lhovo, Lachid, Zaiwa and Jinghpo) , Burmese, and English in addition to conversational knowledge of Chinese.
Eaindra Theint Theint Thu
Research Assistant – Food Security Policy
Eaindra Theint Theint Thu is a Research Associate for the Food Security Policy and Rural Development Program at the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD). Prior to joining CESD, she served in a variety of positions, which have included:
- Research Associate at the Asian Institute for Technology (AIT) (Bangkok);
- Freelance Researcher for Grow Asia within the “Inclusive Agribusiness in Myanmar” program;
- Land Associate for Land Core Group (LCG);
- Community Development Officer for CESVI;
- Assistant Trainer for Agribusiness Consultancy Group;
- Assistant Researcher for the Department of Agricultural Research (DAR)
Eaindra’s primary interests pertain to resource management, including common-pool, land, and conflict-based resource management. Additional areas of focus include community-based natural resource management, migration, and labour scarcity. Eaindra speaks Burmese and English, holds an MS in Natural Resource Management from AIT, and has a Bachelors in Agricultural Science and Agribusiness Management from Yezin Agricultural University. Her published works include: “Challenges and Responses of Farming Households to Labor Migration: A Case Study in the Dry Zone of Myanmar”
Indu Nandakumar is a consultant at CESD working on the Labour Market Reforms Project and supporting CESD’s communications and engagements across all media. Indu focuses on labour migration and its economic impact as well as gender and human rights implications surrounding migration. Indu previously worked as an analyst in The Economist Intelligence Unit in Singapore and as a senior correspondent at The Economic Times in India. Indu completed her Master of Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, where she was an Asian Development Bank scholar. Indu has extensive experience in executing policy research projects on ICT, employment, labour migration and the promotion of responsible business practices.
Pau Sian Zam (Alex)
Alex currently works as a Research Associate on the CESD Labor Team. His passions include a variety of topics across social and economic development research, evident from his educational background and his previous employment as a Junior Research Executive in the Social Department at Myanmar Survey Research (MSR), a private survey development organization.. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies (International Relations Track) from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt in Germany. He is fluent in four languages, including Zo and Lai (Chin dialects), English, and Burmese, with a conversational knowledge of German as well.
Nang Seng Pin began working for CESD as a Program Coordinator in January 2016. Her duties primarily relate to the Food Security and Rural Development Program (FSP), implemented in partnership with Michigan State University (MSU). Seng Pin is a project manager for CESD, responsible for ensuring the Centre’s internal policies are consistent with organizational objectives as well as working with CESD management to improve organizational strategy, develop proposals, and maintain donor relations. Seng Pin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Taunggyi University (Shan State) and an MBA from Payap University in Chiang Mai (Thailand).
While completing her MBA in Chiang Mai, Seng Pin worked as a Field Coordinator for the Community Development and Civic Empowerment Program (CDCE), a certificate program within Chiang Mai University. Prior to her engagements in Chiang Mai, Seng Pin was a Program Assistant at the Vahu Development Institute, a local research institute in Bangkok, where her focus was on developing migration surveys, which eventually sparked her interest in Human Rights and International Law, consequentially leading her to participate in a Human Rights in Asia course at Seoul National University (South Korea). In addition to human rights and international law, Seng Pin’s interests lie in organizational management and development, and microeconomic and trade law, leading her to complete an executive course called “Managing Cross Border Trade and Value Chains in Southeast Asia” at the NUS Business School within the National University of Singapore.