Country Director since September 2019
Bernt is heading the country team and responsible for strategic planning, coordination and policy advice. Before joining the Myanmar office, Bernt had several positions in prestigious Think Tanks, including Head of Asia Programme at the German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin (DGAP) and Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm as well as Senior Research Fellow at SIPRI (Stockholm), the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin (SWP) and Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, Hamburg (IFSH). He holds postgraduate degrees from the London School of Economics (LSE) and Hamburg University and certificates from Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU).
Programme Manager since 2014
Kaung manages FES programmes that focus on peace and security, governance and public policy and federalism and democracy. Prior to FES, he worked with the International Organization for Migration on budget, monitoring and reporting oversight with thematic focus on disaster risk reduction, health and malaria projects. In addition to further degrees, he holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Thammasat University in Thailand and a diploma in Federalism, Decentralization and Conflict Resolution from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Finance Manager since 2013
San Yu handles the financial and administrative aspects in the office, including human resources and data protection. San Yu is trained in accounting and has many years of financial accounting experience, including in-depth knowledge of INGO financial guidelines. Before she joined FES, she worked in the finance department of a bank.
Programme and Communications Manager since 2018
Naw Lar Say Waa holds two bachelor degrees, one in English attained from the University of Thawa and another in Communication Arts from Bangkok University. She worked as a research officer and subsequently as a senior communications officer at two different NGOs from 2014 until she joined FES. At FES Myanmar, she steers external communications, creates webstories, and coordinates country portfolio activities with FES Asia projects, namely Political Feminism and Economy for Tomorrow. Her areas of interest and expertise span from journalism and public relations to gender issues and peace processes.