The CESD takes pride in its well-qualified and talented research staff who share a genuine passion for the socio-economic development of Myanmar. The researchers possess a wide variety of qualifications from reputed national and international universities with considerable amounts of experience of working in the field. The CESD pays special attention and encourages a healthy balance of gender and ethnic representation among its research staff in particular in order to get different perspectives that will enable in deriving interesting insights which can then be advocated as policy reforms to national and international stakeholders.

Min Zar Ni Lin

Deputy Director of Research | Email: 

Mr. Min Zar Ni Lin conducts public policy research and analysis helping support regional, state, and national governments and parliamentarians create development strategies including connectivity and spatial strategies for economic integration. Additionally, he has conducted numerous research studies on Myanmar’s private sector, specifically focusing on SME development,  value chains, logistic networks and agglomeration options.  Previously, he was the Senior Technical and Policy Analyst for the Myanmar Extractive Industries Transparency Initiate (MEITI). He received his Master’s degree in Economics from Chiang Mai University in 2009.


Ngu Wah Win 

Senior Policy Coordinator | Email: 

Ngu Wah WinNgu Wah Win is CESD’s Senior Policy Coordinator heading CESD’s policy briefings and inputs to the policy-making processes. She assists the executive director with preparing policy briefings and engagements with senior officials and liaises with senior bureaucrats. Additionally, she handles communication functions on behalf of the research team. Her past work includes involvement in CESD’s food security project in Myanmar including covering value chains, agricultural input markets, effective use of water resources, and irrigation in the agriculture sector. Her research and policy analyses often involved community facilitation in rural and coastal areas. With dual Master’s Degrees in Economics and Statistics from Chaing Mai University, Thailand and Yangon University of Economics, she speaks fluent Myanmar and English.


Khaing Wah Soe

Research Associate | Email:

KWSKhaing Wah Soe is a research associate from Food Security Project (FSP) team. She got the Master degrees with Agriculture in 2011 and her thesis publication title is Optimization of efficient protocorm-like-body (PLB) formation of Phalaenopsis and Dendrobium hybrids in Current Research on Agriculture and Life Science (2014). Prior to joining CESD, she worked as research and extension officer in value chain project of Winrock International (Wi), assistant scientist in International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and livelihood technician in Radanar Ayar Association.




Eaindra Theint Theint Thu

Research Associate | Email:


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 labor 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”.

Zaw Min Naing

Research Associate | Email:

Zaw Min Naing is currently working as a Research Associate for the Food Security Policy project since April 2015. He holds a Master and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science from the Yezin Agricultural University,Nay Pyi Taw besides possessing certifications in Community Development and Civic Empowerment from Chiang Mai University, Thailand; Certificate in Advanced Agricultural Techniques in Arid Land from the Ramat Negev Desert Agro-Research Center, Israel and Eco-friendly and Organic Agriculture from the Institute of Environment, Resources and Development in Myanmar. Prior to joining CESD, Zaw has also worked as a Green Project Manager with the Inle Heritage Foundation and as an Assistant Teaching Officer for the Myanmar Partner Association at Mandalay. He has published several publications including having authored Ten Years of Technological Change in Dry Zone Agriculture and as a Co-Author the Rural Livelihoods in Mon State: Evidence from a representative household survey and Aquaculture, Land Ownership, Land Markets and Tenure Security in Myanmar. He is fluent in English and Burmese.

Khun Moe Htun

Research Associate | Email:

khunmoehtun.jpgKhun Moe Htun has worked as research associate at Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) since late 2015. He earned his M.A. in Social Sciences (Development Studies) at the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Faculty of Social Science, Chiang Mai University. His thesis topic was “Living with Opium: Livelihood Strategies among Rural Uplanders in Southern Shan State”. During his education at Chiang Mai University, he was selected for the Asian Graduate Student Fellowship by the National University of Singapore Asia Research Institute (ARI). He obtained his Bachelor degree in Business Management from the University of Distance Education, Mandalay. He is one of the founding members of Kaung Rwai Social Action Network and used to work with Pa-O Youth Organizations and Earth Right International. His previous work and research dealt with youth empowerment, land issue, opium cultivation, and human rights. He speaks Myanmar, Pa-O and English.

Yu Yu Lwin

Senior Research Assistant | Email:

Ma Yu (1)Yu Yu Lwin is a Research Assistant of CESD, Food Security Project (FSP). Her core responsibilities include working closely with the research supervisor, other research associates, international experts, and other researchers to plan research and policy implementation, assist research associates and the research supervisor to implement the intensive schedule of scoping missions, pre-tests, research training, surveys, case studies, risks and impact assessments, and policy advocacy events. She assists data entry, cleaning, and analysis, and writes reports in collaboration with research associates and other researchers. She also attends trainings and relevant external events. Yu Yu Lwin holds a Bachelor of Science, specialized in Botany, from Yangon University and received a Diploma of Statistics and a Diploma of Research Studies from Yangon University of Economics. Prior to joining CESD, she worked as a researcher by researching various research and collecting surveys.

Khin Suu Thet

Research Assistant | Email:

Ma Yu (2)Khin Suu Thet is a Research Assistant for CESD. She holds a Bachelor from University of Traditional Medicine (Mandalay). She is fluent in two languages, English and Myanmar but also has an understanding of Spanish and Korean.  

Currently, she is working for the labor reform project at garment sector on field research. She is responsible for survey research planning, external relations with industrial zones, and supporting the team supervisor. Moreover, she is responsible for data compilation, completion of data, data cleaning, and data improvement activities. Additionally, she records participant lists, meeting minutes, and other related documents for respective project activities.

Aye Myint Zu

Research Assistant | Email:

IMG_E8430.jpgA Myint Zu has been a Research Assistant for CESD’s Food Security Project since December 2015. She graduated in 2016 from Dagon University with her Bachelor’s Degree in English and previously worked as a research assistant at the Department of Medical Research from 2013 to 2015. In 2015, she also conducted data entry as a supervisor for a freelance research farm. At CESD, she provides data analysis, survey solutions and enjoys using Epi data and Cspro software. She is proud to be with CESD’s Food Security Project and enjoys the many skill-building exercises helping her further build her love of data.

Mercy Mang Hlei Lang

Research Assistant | Email:

Mai MerccyMai Mercy is an intern/researcher and enumerator for CESD. She graduated in 2013 from Mandalay University of Foreign Languages, specializing in German. Before working for CESD, she worked as a receptionist and administrative assistant at Yoma Strategic Holdings Co. Ltd. She has also worked as an interviewer for socio-economic research at Third Eye Research Company. Earlier, after graduation from Kant Kaw Education Center in Community Leadership and Social Studies, she served as a volunteer youth teacher for English and the environment in Karen State. She speaks four languages including Chin, Burmese, English, and German.

Aye Aye Htwe

Research Assistant | Email:

Aye Aye Htwe PhotoAye Aye Htwe is Research Assistant and has graduated from Yangon University (Distance-Education) with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. During her college years, she volunteered at Care Myanmar Organization (HIV/AIDS Project) in Mon State for three years. Afterwards, she worked as an Outreach Health Worker at IOM International Organization for Migration (HIV/AIDS/TB Project) in Mon State.

Aye Aye Htwe is currently enrolled in the Business Information System Diploma program at the Yangon University of Distance Education. She can speak four languages, Mon (Mother tongue), Burmese, Thai and English.


Samukelisiwe Ngwenya
Senior Research Assistant | Email:
Samu Ngwenya PictureSamukelisiwe (Samu) Ngwenya is a Senior Research Assistant originally from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, having also lived in various countries in Southern Africa, East Africa, and South East Asia. Samu received her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in International Relations and Sociology and Anthropology from Lake Forest College in Chicago. Samu’s specialty is in conducting qualitative research having worked on projects that focused on multilingualism in Sub-Saharan Africa, the socio-cultural dynamics of Non-Residential Indians and the United States foreign policy towards ISIS. Most recently, Samu was a Resource Management intern at World Vision U.S in Washington D.C. Samu primarily worked on finding new ways the organization could use to position itself to meet the changing donor landscape. Moreover, Samu developed capacity statements for the health and water and sanitation sectors. Samu speaks conversational Thai, beginners Mandarin and French. In addition, Samu enjoys studying Art History and visiting local galleries and museums.

Niang San Cing @ Helen 

Research Assistant | Email:

HelenNiang San Cing @ Helen Sannu is one of CESD’s Research Assistants. She holds a Bachelor of Economics in Statistics from the Yangon University of Economics in 2015. She is a fresh graduate student in Master of Economics from Chiang Mai University, Thailand and her thesis title is Analysis of the Relationship Between Economics Growth and Trading in ASEAN plus 3. Prior to joining CESD, she worked as a part-time volunteer teacher in Jireh Children Home, Yangon. She is fluent in Chin, Burmese, and English.