NESAC, Chairman

U Tin Htut Oo holds a Bachelor of Agriculture (B. Ag) from Agriculture University, Mandalay and M. Sc (Agricultural Economics) from Ohio State University. He is the current Chief Executive officer of Agribusiness and Rural Development Consultants (ARDC) and the Chairman Agriculture Group, Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. U Tin Htut Oo also serves as the Chairman of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council of the Union of Myanmar as well as the economic advisor to the President of Myanmar. He is also a Senior Advisor to Myanmar Rice Industry Association and a member of Myanmar Academy of Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock and Fishery Sciences and Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry. From 2001 to 2009, he was the Director-General of the Department of Agricultural Planning, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Myanmar; and before that he held various posts in the same department since 1994.

In his capacity with the UN and international organizations, he is currently working as a Team Leader for Agricultural productivity and Natural Resources Management thematic area under the ADBI-ASEAN prospect on supporting equitable economic development in ASEAN. He served as Senior Advisor to the Special Unit on countries with special needs, Office of the Executive Secretary, UNESCAP from 2009 to 2011. He has also held executive committee member positions in regional bodies such as SERCA, CIRDAP and ASEAN (AMAF).

U Tin Htut Oo has published a variety of scientific papers relating to agriculture in Myanmar and in developing countries, and has received government awards for his works, including the Good Public Service Medal in 1998, and the Excellent Performance in Administration in 2001 and 2002.

NESAC, Vice Chairman

U Khin Maung Aye received B.Sc (Maths) Q2 degree from the University of Yangon in 1985. He established Kaytumadi Co., Ltd. in 1991. He was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of CB Bank in 2004. He was also elected as the Chairman of Central Co-operative Society. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Kaung Myanmar Aung Group of Companies registered in Myanmar under the Companies Act.

He was elected as General Secretary of Myanmar Bankers’ Association in 2005 by their representatives and has served till 2013. He also serves as Chairman of the KMA Shipping Co., Ltd, Citizen Business Insurance Public Co., Ltd, Myanmar Microfinance Bank and Golden Myanmar Airlines Public Co., Ltd. which are associated companies of KMA. He is also the Patron of Parami Hospital which is one of the Associated Entities of KMA.

He was elected as Vice Chairman of Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Holdings Public Limited at its First Annual General Meeting which took place on 28 October 2014.

NESAC, Vice Chairman

Prof. Dr. Aung Tun Thet is the President's Economic Advisor and member of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). He is also a member of the Myanmar Press Council (MPC).

He is a visiting Professor at a number of universities including Yangon University Institute of Economics and National Defence College. He is also a Honorary Professor at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and a governing Board Member of UNESO-India Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Peace, New Delhi, India.

He was the Director-General of Department Planning and Statistics at Ministry of Health from 1989 to 1992. He has also held senior positions in the United Nations, including Principle Officer at the United Nations System Staff College, Turin Italy. He was also the Senior Advisor at UNICEF. Prof. Dr. Aung Tun Thet is also the Faculty Member of Yangon University of Economics.

He holds the following educational qualifications:
  • B.Com. (YGN)
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies (Brighton)
  • M.Sc. (Warwick)
  • Ph.D. (Manchester)
  • Post-doctoral Fellow (Marburg)
NESAC, Council Member
Chairman and CEO, Dagon Group of Companies as well as heading up the Dagon Group of Companies

U Win Aung holds several senior positions in the Union of Myanmar.

For 15 years (1999–2015) U Win Aung was the Vice President of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and in 2011 he became its President.

In 2011 he was also appointed Chairman of the Greater Mekong Sub-region Business Forum. Since 2007, he has been Vice Chairman of the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association and since 2002, Vice Chairman of the Myanmar Hotelier Association. From 2006 to 2011 U Win Aung was President of the Myanmar Fruit and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association, and from 2005 to 2011 he was President of the Myanmar Farm Producers’ Association.

He also serves as Chairman of the ACMECS Business Council. ACMECS – Ayeyawaddy-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy – was established at the ASEAN Summit in 2003 as an initiative to strengthen the economies of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand (Vietnam joined in 2004).

NESAC, Council Member

Dr Thant Myint-U is a writer, the Chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust and a Special Adviser at the Myanmar Peace Centre. He was educated at Harvard and Cambridge Universities and holds a PhD in History from Cambridge. From 1994-1999 he was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge where he taught modern history.

Dr Thant Myint-U has also served on three United Nations peacekeeping operations (in Cambodia and the former Yugoslavia) from 1991-1996 and at the UN Secretariat in NY from 2000-2007 including as the Chief of Policy Planning in the Department of Political Affairs. In 2003-2004 he was in charge of the establishment of the UN Secretary-General Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change and served on its secretariat.

He is the author of three books: The Making of Modern Burma, The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma, and Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia as well as numerous articles and other published works.

Dr Thant Myint-U was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the "100 Leading Global Thinkers" of 2013, and by Prospect Magazine as one of 50 "World Thinkers" of 2014

NESAC, Council Member
Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Myanmar

U Set Aung is the current Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmr and he is also the Chairman of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone’s Management Committee. Prior to these positions, he also served as the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development of Myanmar, Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Director of the Myanmar Development Resource Institute (MDRI) and the secretary General of the National and Social Advisory Council (NESAC).

He has been involved in many international and regional research projects related to economics, social and policy development in various countries including Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sweden and Japan. He has successfully completed over 40 international and regional economic and social research projects in more than ten countries.

U Set Aung has also authored numerous research papers in cooperation with international and regional academic and policy institutes, including the University of Tokyo in Japan, the institute for Security and Development Policy in Sweden, Chulalonkom University in Bangkok, Mekong Institute in Khon Kaen of Thailand, the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI-Asia), and the Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia of France among others.

NESAC, Council Member
Chief Education Advisor to the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Special Advisor to the Myanmar Peace Center

Dr. Yin Yin Nwe has 23 years’ international experience working in over 50 countries in education, health and the social sectors, including ten years of senior management experience in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). From 2006 to 2011, she was UNICEF’s first woman Country Representative to the People’s Republic of China as well as the Head of the UN Disaster Management Team, China. Before her work with the UN and other agencies, she worked for 20 years with Yangon University.

In education, her experience lies in sector development planning, monitoring and evaluation, management information systems, governance and sector management, and policy advocacy. She is currently engaged in ongoing education reforms in Myanmar as well as in the education and development aspects of the peace process. Dr. Yin Yin Nwe has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, a Master in Public Policy from the University of London and works in Burmese, English, French and Indonesian.

NESAC, Council Member
Deputy Chairman (2), Kanbawza Bank; Leader of Advisory Group, Ministry of Finance & Revenue, Republic of the Union of Myanmar

U Than Lwin joined the Kanbawza Bank in 2004 first as Consultant and later as its Deputy Chairman (2). As a commercial banker, he was concurrently appointed as leader of the advisory group (think tank) of the Ministry of Finance and Revenue in October 2011.

Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar, U Than Lwin began his career as an Economist at the Research and Training Department in 1966. He was subsequently given the task of supervising the balance of payments statistics and analysis with emphasis on reserve management. Rising up the ladder, he was promoted to become its Director in 1997. In 1997, he was appointed Deputy Governor, concurrently holding the post of Controller of Foreign Exchange, until his retirement in 2003.

From 1994 to 1996 U Than Lwin served as Technical Assistant to Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund. He took part in regular ASEAN finance meetings, including ASEAN summit meetings, IMF/ World Bank annual meetings, and Central Bank Forums. He also participated in annual SEACEN Governors and Deputy Governors meetings, and annual Asian Clearing Union meetings. In 1992, he served as secretary to the ‘Steering Committee on the Establishment of a Stock Market in Myanmar’. During 2000–2002, he was leader of the Task Force on Fiscal & Monetary Working Group for Myanmar-Japan Cooperation Programme for Structural Adjustment of the Myanmar economy.

U Than Lwin holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Economics and an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Economic Planning from the Institute of Economics (1968). He has undertaken various training courses at the IMF Institute, Washington DC.

NESAC, General Secretary

U Moe Kyaw received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Westminster University, London. He returned to Myanmar in 1990 and over the last 16 years has worked extensively in marketing services. He introduced and developed the first yellow pages and set up the first multinational advertising agency in the country.

U Moe Kyaw is the Managing Director of Myanmar Marketing Research and Development Co., Ltd. (MMRD) which is Myanmar’s largest independent research agency and the publisher of 16 trade publications. Prior to establishing MMRD, Moe Kyaw was the Director of Operations for Bates Myanmar, and assisted the international advertising company to establish a presence in Myanmar.

Outside of MMRD, U Moe Kyaw holds following positions:
  • Secretary of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council (NESAC);
  • Central Executive Committee of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, serving as a member since the federation was formed in 1999;
  • Founder and the President of Rotary Myanmar;
  • Member of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council;
  • Treasurer of the Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT), which is a non-profit organization aiming to conserve Yangon’s heritage buildings for the future and
  • President of the Entrepreneur Association.