Our advisory board is comprised of highly experienced and influential intellectuals who provide expertise and guidance for the development of Parami Institute. Our current advisors include:
Dr. Sean Turnell – Economic advisor to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
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. His recent book, “Fiery Dragons: Banks, Moneylenders and Microfinance in Burma,” examines the financial and monetary history of Myanmar. 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 and one of the voices in Myanmar education. In 1976, he set up the most successful language school in Yangon called the Institute of English. He has educated thousands of students, many of whom have now become well-respected 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. As such, he has become one of the leading voices in Myanmar education.
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 participated in. U Ba Win attended Yangon University for a year before completing his B.A. at Kalamazoo College in the United States. He also has a Master’s at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
Vicky Bowman – Director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business
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 the 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 the cabinet of European Commissioner Chris Patten (1999-2002) and as press spokeswoman for the UK representation to the EU (1996-1999). Vicky has an M.A. 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. Mr. Clark has collaborated with the Pre-Collegiate Program to establish Learning Across Borders, a program which brings students from Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand to learn about Myanmar. Mr. Clark was a dean of freshmen at Stanford University.
Rose Swe – Co-Founder of Mango Group
Rose Swe 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. She began her career at Bates Indochina. Later, she set 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 the Ministry of Science and Technology. Dr. Tin enjoys writing in his free time. He won the National Literary Prize for translation two times under pen name Phoe Hlaing. 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 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 projects. Previously, he worked at University of Oxford. Dr. Michael received his M.Phil and D.Phil from University of Oxford.