Speakers

  • List of Myanmar VIP attending the Conference

    List of Myanmar VIP attending the Conference

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    • Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations
    • PSO or Assistant for Union Minister
    • Director General/Secretary General, Directorate of Investment and Company Administration/Myanmar Investment Commission
    • Director General, Ministry of Commerce
    • Chairperson of Myanmar Insurance Association
    • Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Myanmar
    • Director General, Financial Regulatory Department, Ministry of Planning and Finance
    • Commission Member, Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar
    • Deputy Director General, Department of Electric Power Planning
    • Director General, Environmental Conservation Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conversation
    • Director General, Higher Education Department, Ministry of Education

     

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  • H.E. U Sett Aung

    Deputy Minister of Planning and Finance

    H.E. U Sett Aung

    Deputy Minister of Planning and Finance

    Set Aung is the incumbent Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Planning and Finance and Chairperson of Thilawa Special Economic Zone’s Management Committee of Myanmar. He is also a member of National Economic Coordination Committee (NECC) and Development Assistance Coordination Unit (DACU). Additionally, he is also the Chairperson of the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone and a member of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).

    Before he held the current positions, he served as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar until July 2017, Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development from June 2012 to July 2013 and Economics Advisor to President Thein Sein from April 2011 to June 2012. He previously served as Director of Myanmar Development Resource Institute from September 2011 to May 2012 and Secretary of National Economic and Social Advisory Council of Myanmar from January 2011 to April 2012.

    Set Aung earned a BSc degree in Industrial Chemistry from University of Yangon in 1995, a MBA in General Business Administration and Management from Yangon Institute of Economics in 1997, MSc in Banking and Finance from Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, UK in 1998, and an MSc in Investment Management from Cass Business School, City University London in 2001. He also holds a Ph.D degree from the Keio University, Japan.
    He has been involved in international and regional research projects related to economics, social and policy development in various countries. He has completed over 40 international and regional economic and social research projects in more than 10 countries.

  • Bo Bo Nge

    Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar and Secretary of the National Economic Coordination Committee of Myanmar

    Bo Bo Nge

    Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar and Secretary of the National Economic Coordination Committee of Myanmar

    Bo Bo Nge is the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar and Secretary of National Economic Coordination Committee of Myanmar. He is also a member of National Economic Coordination Committee (NECC) and Development Assistance Coordination Unit (DACU). Additionally, he is also the Chairperson of the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone and a member of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).

    Before he held the current positions, he served as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar until July 2017, Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development from June 2012 to July 2013 and Economics Advisor to President Thein Sein from April 2011 to June 2012.

    He previously served as Director of Myanmar Development Resource Institute from September 2011 to May 2012 and Secretary of National Economic and Social Advisory Council of Myanmar from January 2011 to April 2012. He also served as a teaching assistant/peer-tutor in Bard College in Economics and Mathematics Departments.

    Bo Bo Nge earned a BA degree in Economics from Bard College in 2004, am MA concentrated in International Economics; Southeast Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University in 2006. He also holds a PhD degree for Division of Law and Social Science from London Schools of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) from University of London.

    He was a student major in Geology at Rangoon University until 1988. He went to Berkshire Community College in Massachusetts from 1999 to 2001. He is a fellowship in Kennedy School, Harvard University since May 2014.

  • Douglas Barnes

    Director of the Department for International Trade, Burma (Myanmar)

    Douglas Barnes

    Director of the Department for International Trade, Burma (Myanmar)

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    Douglas has worked in DIT and its predecessor organisations for more than 25 years. Before taking up the post in Yangon, Burma, on 1 May 2016, Douglas was HM Consul General Ho Chi Minh City and Director of DIT Vietnam (2012 – 2016); and Head of the Advanced Engineering and Mass Transport team, based in Beijing, in DIT China (2008 -2012).

    Other DIT positions he has held include Head of the Environmental Industries Sector Unit (2003 – 2008); Head of the North African Section; and Deputy Head of the North American Section, in DIT’s Fairs and Promotion Branch, all at DIT HQ in London. He was also seconded to the Ministry of Environment, in London, between 1991 –1995.

    As Director of Trade and Investment, Burma, Douglas’ responsibility includes promoting and supporting bilateral trade and investment between the UK and Burma. He is doing this by leading and developing his team to deliver support to UK companies who are either doing business or seeking to do business in the market. The team aims to help these UK businesses to develop and win new business.

    Before his departure from Vietnam, Douglas held the leadership position of ‘Dean of the Consular Corps in Ho Chi Minh City’.

    Email: douglas.barnes2@fco.gov.uk

    Telephone: +95 (0) 137083/4/5 (2214)

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  • Paul Scully MP

    Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Burma (Myanmar), Brunei and Thailand

    Paul Scully MP

    Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Burma (Myanmar), Brunei and Thailand

    Paul Scully was first elected Member for Sutton and Cheam at the 2015 general election. Having lived in Sutton for 29 years, he was previously the Parliamentary Assistant to Alok Sharma MP between 2010 and 2012.

    He is a founding partner of Nudge Factory Ltd, is married and has two children. Paul has recently been appointed Trade Envoy for Burma, Brunei and Thailand. In September 2017 he was re-elected as a member of the Petitions Committee and International Development Committee – which has seen him be appointed as Chair of the sub-committee on the work of Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI).

    He is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London, which looks at issues such as housing and transport across the Capital. He is also Co-Chair for the APPG for Burma, Chair for APPGs on Tamils and for the British Curry Catering Industry as well as Vice-Chair for the APPGs for Bangladesh and for Ahmaddiyas.

    On 15 December 2017, he was confirmed as the Conservative Party’s new Vice Chairman for London and has recently been appointed as the Founding Member for the Conservative Friends of Eurasia.

  • Steve Smith

    Director of Business Development & Deputy CEO of ABE Qualifications

    Steve Smith

    Director of Business Development & Deputy CEO of ABE Qualifications

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    About ABE

    The Association of Business Executives was established in 1973. A not-for-profit organisation which provides internationally recognised qualifications, quality assurance, skills solutions and education consultancy. ABE is also a worldwide professional association for business executives.

    ABE was founded with a clear social purpose to improve business education for aspiring entrepreneurs in developing countries. This mission required courage, resilience, and the determination to make a difference – all of which have become defining features of the ABE Way.

    Today, 1.5 million people have mastered essential and advanced modern business concepts through studying for an ABE qualification, and ABE continues to play a vital role in helping to diversify and grow economies, reducing inequality within and among countries.

    We work with a range of stakeholders including Colleges and Universities, large Corporates and Employers, Ministries, Governments and NGO’s – to support bridging skills gaps and successfully meet human capital challenges.

    ABE learners develop the skills and initiative needed to succeed in a global workplace where traditional structures of commerce and value creation are being changed or bypassed completely. ABE graduates are socially engaged, ethical and responsible citizens. In this respect, the impact that ABE has extends far beyond our students, our alumni go on to lead change, inspire communities and build successful social or commercial enterprises all over the world.

    It’s our proud ‘first-mover’ heritage and our ongoing commitment to help our members embrace the challenges of a dynamic, unpredictable, but more connected world, which make ABE a true pioneer in global business education.

    Steve Smith, Director of Business Development & Deputy CEO

    Steve is a highly-experienced Commercial Director who is responsible for the management of ABE’s strategic and operational commercial activities globally. Prior to ABE, Steve held senior Business Development roles at Cambridge Assessment (OCR) and NCC Education.

    Steve brings specific expertise in engaging and influencing at the executive level, supporting large corporate clients, governments, NGOs, colleges and other key stakeholders across numerous international markets, including many of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

    Steve is committed to building on ABE’s long and proud history of reducing inequality within, and amongst countries and in delivering on ABE’s mission to provide learners across the globe with the highest quality trans-national education experiences, allowing them to achieve success and prosperity for themselves and their communities.

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  • Thant Sin Lwin

    Deputy Permanent-Secretary at the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations

    Thant Sin Lwin

    Deputy Permanent-Secretary at the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations

    Thant Sin Lwin has been serving as Deputy Permanent-Secretary at the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations (MIFER) of Myanmar since February 2019 when Myanmar government established MIFER as a new Ministry to promote investment and to engage actively with the development partners.

    Prior to his transfer as Deputy Permanent-Secretary of MIFER, he was a Deputy Director-General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) of MIFER from 2015-2019.

    He started his career as military personnel from 1984 to 2008 until he was appointed as Deputy Director of the Central Equipment Statistics and Inspection Department (CESID) of the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development (MNPED) from 2008-2009. Afterwards, he served as Director of CESID until 2015 when he was transferred to the MNPED as Deputy Permanent Secretary.

    In March 2016, he was transferred again to DICA as Deputy Director-General overseeing investment matters.

  • Thaung Tun

    Union Minister for the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations

    Thaung Tun

    Union Minister for the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations

    Thaung Tun is a retired foreign service officer. He served in the Myanmar Foreign Ministry in various capacities. He was head of the Political Department and ASEAN SOM Leader for Myanmar.

    His diplomatic postings include Berne, Geneva, New York, Washington D.C, Manila and Brussels. He served as Myanmar’s Ambassador to the Philippines from 2005 to 2008.

    His last post was Brussels where he served as Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and the Netherlands. Following his retirement from the Foreign Service, he was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

    On his return to Myanmar, he worked for Shell as an Advisor from 2015 to 2016. He was appointed as Myanmar’s first National Security Advisor in January 2017.

    In November 2017, he was appointed Union Minister for the Office of the Union Government. In June 2018, he was also appointed Chairman of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).

    He was appointed Union Minister for the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations in November 2018.

    He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Yangon University, Diploma in French from Yangon Institute of Foreign Languages. He also obtained a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.

  • Myo Min Thu

    Managing Director of AYA Myanmar Insurance

    Myo Min Thu

    Managing Director of AYA Myanmar Insurance

    Myo Min Thu is the Managing Director of AYA Myanmar Insurance (AMI) – a member of AYA Financial Group.
    He joined AMI as the Managing Director in January 2015 and has spearheaded the company’s progress within a short
    period of 3 years. AMI is now one of the leading private insurers in Myanmar providing both life and general insurance
    products through innovative channels. Under his leadership, AMI has registered growth at a rate outpacing the industry’s
    average, has also won an “Digital Insurance Initiative Award” in 2017 and 2018 awarded by Asian Banking and Finance,
    Singapore and “Best Private Insurance Company Myanmar 2017 and 2019” awarded by Global Banking and Finance
    Review.
    Prior to joining AMI, Myo Min Thu had held various management positions in Singapore and overseas, bringing to the
    country his wealth of knowledge, international exposure and experience. Possess corporate and field experience in the
    aviation and service industry.
    Myo Min Thu holds a Bachelor Degree from London School of Economics (LSE), UK with a BSc (Hons) in Banking and
    Finance, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) awarded by Edinburgh Business School (EBS)- Heriot Watt
    University, UK.

  • Charles Robertson

    Global Chief Economist and Head Macro-Strategy, Renaissance Capital

    Charles Robertson

    Global Chief Economist and Head Macro-Strategy, Renaissance Capital

    Charles, a leading emerging and frontier markets specialist, is Renaissance Capital’s Global Chief Economist and head of the Firm’s macro-strategy unit. He covers global economic themes and their impact on emerging markets. Over the past decade, the scope of Charles’s work has covered, among other topics: quantifying political risk in emerging and frontier markets; focusing on how education has transformed Africa’s outlook, currency and sovereign debt analysis, as well as thematic comparison pieces on legal systems, electricity, tourism and corruption. He is the lead author of The Fastest Billion: The Story Behind Africa’s Economic Revolution (www.fastestbillion.com), published in October 2012. Charles was ranked the number-one economics and macro analyst for emerging Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the Extel survey in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In addition, his team was ranked the best macro team in Extel’s 2010 survey of equity investors, number one for SSA in the 2012 Institutional Investor survey and 1st in the Frontier in the 2016 Extel survey. He graduated from the London School of Economics in 1993, and worked at a UK parliamentary defence think-tank and a research boutique before joining the financial services industry in 1998.

  • James Mythen

    Partner - Singapore, Allen & Overy

    James Mythen

    Partner - Singapore, Allen & Overy

    James is an experienced corporate lawyer who advises on M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions in the ASEAN region. James has worked in London, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore and has advised clients across a number of different industry sectors and jurisdictions, but has a particular focus on deals involving Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. He has extensive experience in the fields of banking and insurance, education, aviation and transport, TMT and leisure. Highly regarded by his clients, James is often cited in directories as an outstanding lawyer.