Faculty members at Parami Leadership Program are facilitators of discussions rather than lecturers in the classroom. They collaborate with each other to design a curriculum in which the contents of a class help enrich those of another. This intimate atmosphere allows them to closely guide the class, ensuring that each student receives ample attention and guidance. By doing so, they create a safe space for the students to nurture three major skills—critical thinking, interdisciplinary analysis, and articulate communication.


Dr. Christina Hans

Ph.D., Finance, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Christina graduated from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain with a Ph.D. in Finance with highest honors. She has gathered teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate level in different universities and business schools across Barcelona in a wide range of subjects such as Financial Econometrics, Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurship. Previously, Christina held a guest researcher position at the German central bank and worked as a data scientist and consultant in several tech startups. Christina returns to Parami this year after teaching in PLP’s first, fourth and fifth cohort, and will give classes in Economics and Data Science.

Faculty in Economics

Joseph Decker

B.A., English & Educational Studies, Carleton College

Following his passion for education and art, Joe began teaching Literature and Creative Writing in Yangon in 2012. For two years, he organized community theater and open mic night events, which he synthesized with his students’ coursework. In 2014, he moved to Chin State to direct the newly established Chin Institute of Social Science, where he developed the program’s curriculum, lead community projects, and taught the social sciences until becoming the Academic Coordinator of Parami in 2017.​ 

Faculty in Humanities, Academic Coordinator

Dr. Frances O'Morchoe

Ph.D., History, Oxford University

Frances is a historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century Myanmar. Her Ph.D. at the University of Oxford focused on the making of the borders between Myanmar, China, and Thailand. She also holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh. In 2018 she was a visiting lecturer at the University of Mandalay, where she taught classes on Southeast Asia and modern China. At Parami she teaches interdisciplinary courses on global history, frontiers, and modern Southeast Asia.

Faculty in History

Dr. Mark Brown

Ph.D., Interdisciplinary, Murdoch University

Mark has a Masters in International and Community Development and a PhD. His professional passions are education and community development, specifically on issues related to social inclusion and sustainable livelihoods. He spent many years in Lashio, Shan State, where he established a school for rural youth. The school now operates as a social enterprise, and is proudly owned and managed by local staff. At Parami, Mark is currently teaching classes on educational studies and community development. 

Faculty in Social Science

Nicole Thuzar Tu-Maung

M.S., Environment and Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nicole completed her B.S in Environmental Science and Sustainability at Cornell University and recently earned an M.S. in Environment at Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her masters research centered on understanding important connections between humans and nature within the Theravada Buddhist framework, and the significance of these bonds within the context of capitalist development in Myanmar. Broadly, her academic interests are focused on investigating relationships between society and the environment through fields such as political ecology and human dimensions of wildlife management. At Parami, she currently teaches a course on Ecology and Evolution as well as a research design seminar on Urban Ecology in Yangon. 

Faculty in Science

Observing the progress that our students are making over the course of one semester is incredibly gratifying. Seeing how they grow their own understanding of phenomena, start to notice patterns in their everyday life, and draw their own connections between what they read in the news, hear about in politics and observe in their surroundings makes me realize the power of teaching critical thinking every day.

Christina Hans

Ph.D., Faculty in Economics