Founder of CESD

U Myint – Former Chief Economic Presidential Advisor 

U Myint, MDRI-CESD Chief of the Board of DirectorsU Myint holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rangoon University, Masters degree in Economics from Cornell University (USA) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He has held posts of Lecturer and Head of the Economics Department at the Institute of Education, Yangon; Chief of the Economic Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations’ Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). He is a renowned Myanmar economist and was chief economic advisor to President U Thein Sein.

Board of Directors


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U Tin Htut Oo – Former Presidential Advisor, Agri-economist

Tin Htut Oo holds a Bachelor of Agriculture from the Agriculture University, Mandalay and M.Sc (Agricultural Economics) from Ohio State University.  From 2001 to 2009 he was Director-General of the Department of Agricultural Planning, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Myanmar. He served as Senior Advisor to the Special Unit on Countries with Special Needs, Office of the Executive Secretary, UNESCAP from 2009-2011. In 2012 he was selected by President Thein Sein to be the Chairman of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council. Tin Htut Oo has published a variety of scientific papers related to agriculture in Myanmar and in developing countries, and has received government awards for his work. He main interests are in agricultural and rural policy, including the role of agricultural development in helping deliver a peace dividend. He is particularly interested in discussions on the theme of Myanmar agriculture and agribusiness


Board Members 

Dr. Tin Mg Mg Than  – Senior Research Fellowdr_tin_maung_maung than.jpg

Dr. Tin Mg Mg Than holds a Bachelor and Master’s of Science (Physics) from Rangoon Arts and Science University (RASU), a Diploma in Economic Planning (Rangoon Institute of Economics),  and a Ph.D. in Politics from SOAS University, London. Dr. Tin Mg Mg Than is a Senior Research Fellow at ISEAS (Institute of South East Asian Studies) Singapore, and has served as a Staff Officer (Research Policy) for the Government of Myanmar. He has also worked at RASU as a nuclear laboratory demonstrator and lecturer in the Physics department.



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Dr. Sein Hla Bo is a prominent horticulturalist who contributed to successful breeding and marketing of Sein Ta Lone, the best mango from Myanmar, which receives international acclaims for its delightful aroma, sweetness and texture.  With PhD in horticulture from Ohio University, Dr. Bo worked in the Department of Agriculture for over forty years, helping thousands of farmers in Myanmar to succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors.   As a regular columnist in Farmers Journal and Our Village journal, he writes prolifically and appears on many educational TV series on agriculture.


Dr. Maung Maung Thein – Former Deputy Minister of FinanceDr-Maung-Maung-Thein-2.jpg

Dr. Maung Maung Thein is a former Deputy Minister of Finance and has over forty years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors. Dr. Maung Maung Thein was instrumental in the establishment and liberalisation of the Myanmar Insurance market and a driving force in the creation of the Yangon Stock Exchange in 2016. He is also well known for his work in international affairs, with specialisations in banking and non-banking financial sectors. Dr. Maung Maung Thein holds a Bachelor of Arts (Law), Bachelor Laws, Master of Laws and a post-graduate diploma (Applied Psychology) from Yangon University, as well as a Ph.D. in International Economic Law. He has served as Chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM), Chairman of the Insurance Business Regulatory Board, Deputy Chairman of Microfinance Regulatory Board and as a Member of the Myanmar Investment Commission. His academic achievements include publishing six books and a myriad of academic articles.


Dr. Ohnmar Khaing – Agricultural Expert Ohnmar Khaing.jpg

Dr. Ohnmar Khaing holds an Associate’s Degree (Agricultural development and rural planning) from Cornell University, a Master’s Degree (Plant Protection – Entomology) from Yezin Agricultural University and a Ph.D. of Philosophy (Tropical Agriculture) from Kasetsart University. She has worked for Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)/ Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as a Programme Manager (November 2015-April 2018) in Myanmar. She has 24 years of professional experience in food security, agricultural development and rural livelihoods, with a special focus on science-policy interface; project design, development and management; capacity-building and raising of public awareness. She spent over 6 years (July 2009-August 2015) for the Food Security Working Group (FSWG) Myanmar, working on the development of food security strategy and its implementation with concerned partners, including the impacts of climate change and response measures. Ms Khaing has previously worked for the World Food Programme (WFP) as an Agricultural Specialist (June 2006-May 2008). She was Senior Research Officer, Department of Agricultural Research, Myanmar (November 2003 – December 2005); Senior Researcher, Royal Thai Agricultural Research Department (May – October 2003); and Supervisor, Agricultural Extension Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Myanmar (1994 – 2003). She was awarded a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship and spent a year (June 2008-June 2009) at Cornell University, NY. 


Executive Director 

Dr. Zaw Oo 

Zaw Oo, MDRI-CESD Executive DirectorZaw Oo is Executive Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Development, an independent think-tank dedicated to inclusive development in Myanmar.  Previously, he was the Presidential Economic Advisor from 2012-2016, serving as a principal advisor on finance, industry, commerce and labour issues. In 2012, Zaw Oo contributed to the Framework of Economic and Social Reform, a strategic policy framework that guided comprehensive reforms in Myanmar and he was subsequently assigned to negotiate a historic decision of Paris Club in cancelling US$6 billion or 60% of Myanmar’s debt.

He is presently a member of National Minimum Wage Setting Committee as well as an independent advisory member in several inter-ministerial committees such as pulses, rubber, fishery and a few other taskforces. He holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and American University in international development, finance and banking, and political economy and certificates from Harvard University and Turin University.    He also taught at Chiang Mai University from 2006 to 2011.


Our People:

The CESD takes pride in selecting, nurturing and developing the best talent – both national and international. CESD pays special attention to select candidates from a wide variety of background and education/technical expertise. The teams are broadly divided into the Research Team and the Management/Support Team.

Management Team:

The CESD Management Team comprises of staff from Myanmar and abroad who are primarily responsible for a wide range of responsibilities including programme/project support, communications, finance, administration/logistics, human resources, etc. CESD’s team has a diverse range of experience and educational qualifications, gained both in Myanmar and overseas. Meet our Management Team 

Research Team:

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. 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. Meet our Research Team

Employee Spotlight

There is a notable list of CESD staff who are changing the world with their extraordinary passion for economics, international development, and Myanmar’s future. Meet some of our employees who are using their CESD experience to build the next step in their career.