Our advisory board is comprised of highly experienced and influential intellectuals who provide expertise and guidance for the development of the university. Our current advisors include:

Dr. Sean Turnell – Economic advisor to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; Professor of Economics at Macquarie University, Australia

Dr. Sean Turnell is an Economics professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He is one of the leading authorities on the economy of Myanmar. He currently serves as an Economic advisor to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of the leading party, National League for Democracy, in Myanmar. Dr. Sean has published many publications. His recent book Fiery Dragons: Banks, Moneylenders and Microfinance in Burma examines the financial and monetary history of Burma. Dr. Sean has made numerous media appearances. He received his B.Ec. and Ph.D. from Macquarie University.

U Nay Oke – Founder of Institute of English

U Nay Oke is a very well-known English language school entrepreneur, who has set up the most successful language school called the Institute of English since 1976. He has educated thousands of students, many of whom have now become well-respected influential individuals in Myanmar. He also taught at Yangon University for many years. These days, he has become an active leader in humanitarian works and a trustee of many civil society organizations, especially in education. As such, he has become one of the leading voices in Myanmar education. He is very well connected regionally and internationally.

U Ba Win – Vice President of Bard College

U Ba Win has served as Dean of Students, Dean of the College, Provost, and Vice President of Bard College at Simon’s Rock. He was a co-founder of two Bard High School Early College programs in New York City, and initiated Bard College’s Writing and Thinking Workshop (supported by the Open Society Foundation) that over 100 Mandalay and Yangon University professors have participated in. U Ba Win attended a year at Yangon University before completing his B.A. at Kalamazoo College in the United States, followed by a Master’s at the School of Advanced International Studies, the Johns Hopkins University.

Vicky Bowman – Director of Myanmar Center for Responsible Business; Former Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Myanmar

Vicky Bowman has been the Director of Myanmar Center 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 to 2011 and Head of the Southern Africa Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK Government from 2006 to 2007. Vicky served as ambassador of the UK to Myanmar from 2002 to 2006 and as second secretary in the Embassy from 1990 to 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 and is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College. She speaks Burmese and is married to Myanmar artist Htein Lin.

Dwight Clark – Founder of Volunteers in Asia (VIA)

Dwight Clark founded and currently leads Volunteers in Asia (VIA), a program that supports placements of graduates of American colleges and universities in exciting volunteering positions in Asia. The program has sent more than 1,300 students to many Asian countries. Dwight has collaborated with many organizations, including the Pre-Collegiate Program to establish a program called Learning Across Borders, which brings in students from Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand to Myanmar to learn about the country. Dwight was a Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University.

Rose Swe – Co-Founder of Mango Group

Rose is an entrepreneur and industry veteran in Myanmar’s media and advertising sector. She has been working in the advertising and public relations sector in Myanmar for over 19 years. Beginning her career as part of Bates Indochina and later running the media team and setting up Zenith Media Myanmar acting as its general manager. She then opened Mango Media to uphold the best communications practices and international industry standards for clients in the country.

Dr. Tin Hlaing – Writer

Dr. Tin Hlaing currently serves in the Education Advisory Committee of National League for Democracy, the Parliamentary Committee for Upgrading Yangon University, and Myanmar Press Council. After teaching extensively for 33 years in Mandalay and Yangon universities, he worked at Ministry of Science and Technology. Dr. Tin enjoys writing in his free time. With the pen name Phoe Hlaing, Dr. Tin has won the National Literary Prize for translation two times. Dr. Tin received his B.Sc. from Mandalay University and Ph.D. from University of London.

Dr. Michael Marett-Crosby – Trustee of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Trust for Health and Education

Dr. Michael Marett-Crosby – Dr. Michael is a trustee of many non-profit foundations and organizations, including the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Trust for Health and Education, Prospect Burma, the Tekkatho Foundation, and the Lucy Faithful Foundation. He has extensive experience in fundraising for numerous philanthropic causes in education and healthcare. He comes to Myanmar frequently to oversee the projects in support of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s vision. Before, he worked at University of Oxford. Dr. Michael received his M.Phil and D.Phil from University of Oxford.