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  •  MCRB (UK) Ltd Directors
  •  Long-term contract staff
  •  Consultants
  •  MCRB Research Fellows
  •  Intern/Attachment
  •  Not Yet Recruited
 

Vicky Bowman, Director

Vicky Bowman Vicky Bowman has been the Director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) since July 2013. Prior to that, she led global mining company Rio Tinto's policy approach to transparency, human rights and resource nationalism/resource curse issues from 2011. She was Director of Global & Economic Issues and G8 sous-Sherpa for the United Kingdom from 2008-2011 and Head of the Southern Africa Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK Government from 2006-2007.

Vicky served as ambassador of the UK to Myanmar from 2002-2006 and as second secretary in the Embassy from 1990-1993. She has also worked in Brussels as Member of Cabinet of European Commissioner Chris Patten (1999-2002) and as press spokeswoman for the UK representation to the EU (1996-1999). Vicky has an MA in Natural Sciences (Pathology) from University of Cambridge, is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of University of Bradford (Division of Peace Studies and International Development). She speaks Burmese and is married to Myanmar artist Htein Lin.

Thi Thi Thein
Deputy Director (Policy and Advocacy)

Hnin Wut Yee Thi Thi Thein rejoined Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) in October 2020 as Deputy Director (Policy and Advocacy). She oversees MCRB’s work on policy and legal framework analysis and advocacy. She also manages MCRB’s sectoral work on extractives and digital rights, and on cross-cutting issues including labour, land, the impacts of business on vulnerable groups, environmental impact assessment and public participation.

Thi Thi has over 20 years of professional experience in Myanmar including her prior work with MCRB as the Manager (Sector-wide Impact Assessment) from 2013 – 2015. She has worked in the field of research, education, private and NGO sectors. Thi Thi has a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University, a Master’s in Public Administration from the Yangon Institute of Economics, a Bachelor’s in English from the Dagon University and a diploma in French from the Alliance Française De Rangoun. She is also a Fulbright Alumna.

Inga Makusheva
Deputy Director (Programme and Governance)

Inga Makusheva Inga Makusheva joined Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) as Programme Manager in October 2016. Inga is responsible for programming, reporting and M&E, maintaining relationships with the Centre’s donors as well as overseeing work on Responsible Business Conduct and CSV, Corporate Governance, Disclosure and Oil Palm mini-SWIA. She moved to Myanmar in 2003 to study Burmese at Yangon University, and subsequently worked in tourism and mineral and oil exploration, giving her an in-depth understanding of Myanmar’s business and socio-economic environment.

Prior to joining MCRB, Inga worked for a regional legal and tax advisory VDB Loi’s Nay Pyi Taw office. She holds a master’s degree in International Law from University of London and a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies/ International Relations from Australian National University. Inga speaks English, Burmese and Kiswahili in addition to her native Lithuanian and Russian.

Aung Kyaw Soe
Programme Manager
Extractives

Aung Kyaw Soe Aung Kyaw Soe is Extractives Programme Manager at Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB). He joined MCRB in September 2013 from a civil society background and led the field research for the Centre’s first Sector-Wide Impact Assessment (SWIA) in Oil and Gas Sector. He is currently overseeing follow-up on oil and gas, as well as running the Mining SWIA. Aung Kyaw Soe attended the DFAT-funded (Australia Awards) Diplomacy Training Programme at University of New South Wales and studied Research Methods Master Class at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Aung Kyaw Soe is a member of Australia Global Alumni and he has undertaken a short-term contract with ERM on an Initial Environmental examination for BG's offshore exploration in Rakhine State. Prior to joining MCRB, Aung Kyaw Soe worked with NGOs and civil society organisations on human rights and development in Myanmar, focusing on the extractives industry. He has studied Community Management and Human Rights and Business, and learned Advocacy, Mobilisation, Social Impact Assessment training in Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia.

Win Min
Programme Manager
Investment and Environment

Win Min Win Min joined Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) as Programme Associate (Toursim, ICT and Regulatory) in November 2017. He now oversees MCRB’s work on environment, responsible investment, public procurement and plantation agriculture. Prior to joining MCRB, Win Min worked for the University of Oregon and the state of Oregon on “Diversity Education and Human Rights”, with the Looking Glass Community Services and advised on “Southeast Asian Politics and Myanmar Transitions” as a guest speaker and lecturer in various academic institutions and government agencies in the US. He also worked as a youth leader in Myanmar for youth empowerment and community development projects with both the US Embassy and the British Council and assisted in conducting research on Myanmar Monastic Education (UNICEF and Pyo Pin Programme).

Win Min has a BA in Planning, Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon, USA. He is a recipient of International Cultural Service Program Scholarship, Dian M Mckeel Scholarship, and OSF SGPA Scholarship, a 2014 Nathan Foundation Fellow, and a nominee for International Rotary Peace Award. Min has received the “Top 25 Students Who Will Make a Global Impact Award” presented by the University of Oregon.

Shwe Yee Latt
Office Manager

Shwe Yee Latt Shwe Yee Latt has been Office Manager at Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) since August 2013. Shwe Yee is in charge of the Centre’s financial operations, office administration, human resource (HR) management, international staff’s visa and stay arrangements, liaison with financial institutions, due diligence procedure as well as coordination with the IHRB Office Manager in London.

Prior to joining MCRB, Shwe Yee worked in HR, administration and logistics at Yangon offices of Médecins sans Frontières Switzerland (MSF-CH), Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) and FHI 360. She has a Bachelor of Law degree from Dagon University.

Phyu Phyu Zin
Communications and Programme Officer
Corruption, Governance, Transparency, Pwint Thit Sa, Media

Phyu Phyu Zin Phyu Phyu Zin has been Press and Communication Officer at Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) since February 2015. Phyu Phyu is the Centre’s spokesperson. She focuses on corruption and transparency, and engages with the private sector, NGOs and CSOs. Phyu Phyu also manages MCRB’s Transparency in Myanmar Enterprise (TiME) @ Pwint Thit Sa and Mini Pwint Thit Sa (TiME) Reports.

Prior to joining MCRB, Phyu Phyu worked as Journalist cum Editor for both local and foreign media outlets, reporting on business, environmental issues and politics for nearly a decade. She has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Yangon University of Economics.

Svetlana Zens
Senior Programme Associate
Digital Rights

Svetlana Zens Svetlana Zens recently joined Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) as Senior Programme Associate, Digital Rights. She focuses on digital rights advocacy and public sector relations, serves as the lead for the Centre’s agenda in cyber policy and ICT management, with a particular interest in private data protection and freedom of expression and access.

Prior to joining MCRB, Svetlana worked with the European Union Commission/EEAS in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Beeline-Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, UNICEF-EU Partnership Office in Brussels, Belgium and the OSCE-Secretariat Vienna, Austria. Up to 10 years, Svetlana has been tied up with public diplomacy, partnerships and events coordination. Svetlana Zens has a master’s degree in Public Policy with a focus on the cyber policy and media from the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

Khin Moet Moet Myint
Programme Associate
Extractives

Khin Moet Moet Myint Khin Moet Moet Myint joined Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) as Programme Associate (Extractives) in January 2018. She previously worked as a researcher on MCRB’s Oil and Gas and Mining Sector Wide Impact Assessments (SWIAs) as well as for research assignments for a wide number of key (i)NGOs and IOs in Myanmar.

Before joining MCRB, Khin Moet Moet Myint worked as a programme assistant at the Renaissance Institute, focusing on policy research. She has a Pharmacy Degree from Yangon University of Pharmacy as well as dilploma in Research Studies and Development Studies from Yangon University of Economics and a diploma in Social Work in University of Social Work. Khin Moet Moet Myint also has a master’s degree in Community Development from the Myanmar Institute of Theology.

Myint Naing Kyaw
Programme Associate
Discrimination, Disability, Gender, Labour

Myint Naing Kyaw Myint Naing Kyaw joined Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) as Programme Associate (Discrimination, Disability, Gender and Labour) in January 2019. He is also a part-time EC fellow at the Disabled People’s Development Organization. Prior to joining MCRB, Myint Naing Kyaw worked as a Project Officer at the Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR Japan). Before working for AAR Japan, he was with the Eden Center for Disabled Children, working on physical and intelligent impairments, inclusive social protection and livelihood projects.

Myint Naing Kyaw has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from West Yangon University as well as a diploma in Social Work from University of Yangon, a diploma in Information Communication Technology and a post-graduate diploma in Computer Application from University of Yangon.

Maya Muller
Programme Associate
Communications, Corruption, Governance, Cross-Cutting Issues

Maya Muller Maya Muller joined the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) in June 2019, after graduating from the University of London with a degree in Burmese and Southeast Asian studies. Maya assists with stakeholder engagement, online communications, work on governance and corruption as well as desktop research and data analysis for Cross-Cutting Issues.

Prior to joining MCRB, Maya worked as freelance web designer, interned at Quintessentially Events as communications intern and later gained work experience at the Chanel Foundation, Botswana. Maya was in charge of organizing Chanel’s first Women Entrepreneurship Networking event in partnership with the Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE). Recently she won two humanitarian prizes from HART Foundation on essays related to Myanmar. Maya was chairman of the Myanmar society, University of London, working closely with Professor Mandy Sadan on the SOAS Global Myanmar Initiative. Maya speaks English, French, Afrikaans, Burmese, basic Spanish and Hebrew in addition to her native Flemish/Dutch.

Sane Lei Nwe
Programme Associate (Digital Rights and Research)

Sane Lei Nwe Sane Lei Nwe joined the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business as a Programme Associate (Digital Rights and Research) on 1 June 2020. Before working as a Programme Associate, Sane worked as a Digital Rights Intern and assisted MCRB with local language content on digital rights.

Prior to joining MCRB, Sane worked as a Communication Intern at the Delegation of the European Union to Myanmar and as a Project Officer at the Mekong Economics Co., Ltd. Sane graduated from the University of Yangon in 2018 with specialization in International Relations (Hons). Sane also has a Diploma in English Language Proficiency from the SEAMEO Regional Centre for History and Tradition. During her academic years, Sane participated in many foreign exchange programs, training and social activities.

Wai Yan
Admin Officer

Wai Yan Wai Yan joined Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) as Admin Assistant in September 2017. Prior to joining MCRB, Wai Yan interned (logistics) at the Relief International, freelanced as an event planner, mostly with Turning Tables Myanmar, worked as a moderator at the annual Human Right, Human Dignity International Film Festival in Yangon and volunteered at youth forums.

He studied Social Studies at the Myanmar Institute of Theology and English at East Yangon University. Wai Yan is currently studying for a Diploma in Political Science at the University of Yangon


Senior Advisors:

Donna Jean Guest
Senior Advisor

Donna has been working on human rights in Myanmar since 1989, mostly at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. In 2012 she joined the Institute for Human Rights and Business with a Myanmar brief. She has been working with MCRB since its establishment in July 2013, mainly writing and editing documents on responsible business. She has written briefing papers for businesses on land, discrimination, indigenous peoples, and children's rights.

Margaret Wachenfeld
Senior Advisor

Margaret is an international lawyer and policy adviser with expertise and experience in applying and linking key international developments and standards related to human rights, human development, good governance, extractives, environment, and climate change to the work of international organisations and the private sector. As a senior research fellow, Margaret is the focal point for IHRB’s work in East Africa and the research lead for IHRB’s work with the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business.


Research Fellows:

Simone Anzboeck
Research Fellow

Simone Anzboeck Simone has worked as a consultant on social impact projects and businesses in more than a dozen countries in Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. She brings a strong understanding of international development issues, specifically at the intersection of where private business meets public interest. She gained her experience designing, managing and implementing complex operations, including for a Fortune 500 company in London as Assistant Director for the international development division.

Simone has partnered with 50+ clients and stakeholders including FTSE 500 companies such as BNP Paribas, IBM, Kraftfoods, Microsoft, PwC, Shell, Schneider Electric, aid funding organisations such as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, EBRD, EU and the World Bank and global not-for profits such as AIESEC and CARE International. Simone completed her Master's degree in Business Administration (majoring in Strategic Management and Innovation) in Vienna, Austria.

Matthew Baird
Research Fellow

Matthew Baird Matthew Baird in an Australian environmental lawyer, based in Southeast Asia, specializing in environmental and planning law, including heritage protection and environmental criminal law, with over 29 years involvement in environmental law. He has been involved in successful challenges to major projects based on climate change grounds. He has an extensive background in public participation and the due process rules relating to the assessment of major projects and critical infrastructure projects. Matthew has worked with Governments, UNEP, UNDP, ADB, IFC, WBG, and NGOs and to develop and implementation EIA systems in Southeast Asia. In late 2012, Matthew conducted the first training session on EIA for civil society groups in Yangon, Myanmar. He has worked with ADB and UNEP on environmental law capacity building for the judiciary in Asia and the Pacific, and on the development of environmental law training for academics. He is a Visiting Scholar with the Vermont Law School Environmental Governance Programme is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Southern Queensland on the topic of an ASEAN Agreement on EIA.

He is a Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand , a visiting Scholar with the Vermont Law School Environmental Governance Programme, and a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Southern Queensland on the topic of an ASEAN Agreement on EIA.

As an uncompensated Research Fellow, Matthew particularly contributes his expertise to MCRB’s work on Environmental Impact Assessment, public participation and biodiversity protection.

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