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Chief of the Board of Directors

U Myint, Chief of the Board of Directors

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 is currently chief economic advisor to President U Thein Sein.

Executive team

Dr Zaw Oo, Executive Director

Zaw Oo, MDRI-CESD Executive DirectorDr Zaw Oo contributed to the development of Myanmar’s Framework of Economic and Social Reform (January 2013), as well as the successful conclusion of the Paris Club agreement in January 2013.  He is a member of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council of the Office of the President and the Task Force on Public Service Performance Appraisal, and National Coordinator for the Myanmar Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative. Previously, he was a lecturer at Chiang Mai University. He holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and American University in international development, finance and banking, and political economy. He is a co-author of Assessing Cease-fire Accords in Burma (2007) and Economic Development of Burma: A vision and a strategy (2000) (link to PDF, 234 pages, 1781Kb) on the http://www.burmalibrary.org website) and has contributed to many scholarly journals and news media.

Dr Tin Maung Than, Director of Training & Communications, & Senior Research Fellow
Tin Maung Than, Director of Training & Communications

Dr Tin Maung Than, is a medical doctor and graduate of Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Before he left Burma in 2000, he was a chief editor of Thint Bawa magazine, and later a social and political commentator at broadcasting Burmese Services of Voice of America (VOA), Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), and Radio Free Asia (RFA). He is one of the founders and senior associates of Vahu Development Institute, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He has been living in Myanmar since February 2012.

Aung Naing Oo, Senior Research Fellow


Win Min, Senior Research Fellow

Win Min is a Senior Research Fellow at CESD, a Senior Research Associate at the Vahu Development Institute and a journalist at the Voice of America. He was a lecturer at Chiang Mai University (2004-2010) and Payap University (2007-2010) in Thailand. From 2001 to 2005, he was a researcher at the Burma Fund. He was a student activist in Burma in 1988 and a member of the All Burma Students Democratic Front from 1988 to 2000. He received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2001.

Research team

CESD’s research team has an extensive and diverse range of experience and educational qualifications, gained both in Myanmar and overseas.

View profiles for some of our staff here >

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Administration and human resources

CESD’s administration and human resource teams are in charge of general office administration and the smooth running of human resource-related affairs.









CESD’s finance team is responsible for providing financial information and policy, monitoring and interpreting cash flows, developing external relationships with donors and appropriate contacts, (e.g. auditors, bankers and statutory organizations such as the Inland Revenue), producing accurate financial reports, and managing budgets.