First-ever Executive Director Hired

The DeBoer Fellowship has concluded a lengthy international search with the hiring of its first Executive Director, Saw Myo Min Thu, known as Saw Kapi.

Board Chair Jack DeBoer said, “The DeBoer Fellowship focuses on one country – Myanmar.  It exists to help Myanmar’s leaders maximize their potential. We believe that Saw Kapi is the right man at the right time, with his extraordinary blend of accomplishment, intelligence, and integrity.”

Saw Kapi was born in Kyaukkyi, Myanmar, and earned a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University and an MA in Development Economics from Williams College. For five years, Saw Kapi served as Executive Director of Thabyay Education Foundation. Thabyay promotes social justice, fosters reconciliation, alleviates marginalization, and supports sustainable development in Myanmar through higher education and professional development. Saw Kapi will remain at Thabyay until 10 May 2019, and then will serve on their Board.

The DeBoer Fellowship was begun in 2014, and has trained five yearlong batches of men and women to better serve their organizations, communities, and country. DeBoer Fellows receive international standard instruction from Myanmar and global executives, to help them grow in professional competence and personal character. There are over 200 DeBoer alumni who meet regularly for growth and service opportunities.

The DeBoer Fellowship is a program of the US-based DeBoer Foundation, Inc., and has no operational or financial ties with any religious or political groups or issues. Khin Maung Win, Chairman of Myan Shwe Pyi Group (MSP), commented, “In a short span of time, the DeBoer Fellowship has emerged as one of the most significant leadership programs to help carry Myanmar through to the next phase of economic and social development. Saw Kapi’s extensive experience in the education sector makes him a valuable addition to DeBoer!”

If you have any questions about this or other matters, please feel free to contact Peter Dove at [email protected].

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