Aung Zayar Lwin
Aung Zayar Lwin is the founder and CEO of InyaLand Co., Ltd. which provides Business Technology & ICT Consulting, Distribution and System Integration Solutions in Myanmar. He is also a learning technology consultant for Ashford University, headquartered in San Diego, California. He brings more than 10 years of finance and technology leadership experience in the United States.
He holds a Master's of Business Administration with concentrations in Information and Technology Management and Finance from Alliant International University. He graduated from the EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership program at University of California San Diego's Rady School of Management.
Heatherly Bucher is a co-founder of YangonBakehouse, a social enterprise dedicated to creating job opportunities, skills development and fair wages for disadvantaged women. At the Bakehouse, Ms. Bucher keeps the team focused on sustainable business practices, but also brings twenty-years of experience as a baker to the effort.
In her eighteen-year corporate career, Ms. Bucher built global consulting and support teams, developed methodologies and practices and served as a creative marketing and corporate strategy executive. She focuses on increasing company value and profit by identifying and meeting corporate business needs, leading operational teams, capitalizing on emerging technology and developing clear brand and product marketing.
Ms. Bucher has a B.A. in English along with a Masters in Organizational Management and a Masters certificate in Culture and Values in Social Policy.
Kathy Davies is currently a Lecturer in Design at Stanford University. Before that, she worked at Arena Solutions for over 7 years in various capacities, eventually becoming Senior Product Manager. Ms. Davies' expertise lies in the innovation of software product development and creating accessible online teaching materials.
Mrs. Davies holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University and M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design.
Peter Dove is co-founder of Imagine Thailand, a Bangkok-based social engagement organization that trains leaders to serve Southeast Asian communities impacted by political or environmental dislocation. After working in Eastern Europe, Central America and Africa, Mr. Dove relocated to Thailand in 2002. In 2008, Mr. Dove and his wife founded Imagine Thailand. Through their work with Imagine Thailand, Mr. Dove continues to pursue his passion of partnering with adult learners engaged in community development. He and his family moved to Yangon Myanmar in 2012, where Mr. Dove is the Director of Studies at Yangon Institute of University Studies.
Mr. Dove holds Bachelor degrees from Summit Pacific College and the University of British Columbia, where he specialized in English literature and Intellectual History. He also earned an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary.
Dr. Rosemary Morales Fernholz
Dr. Rosemary Morales Fernholz is a a Senior Research Scholar in the Duke Center for International Development and Lecturing Fellow in the Sanford School of Public Policy of Duke University. She teaches development-oriented courses covering a variety of perspectives, but emphasizing policy. Dr. Fernholz has extensive research experience in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the United States.
She has researched and consulted on issues in natural resource policy and community based resource management, innovation, leadership and development, social policy to include basic urban services, agricultural and food policy, and political economy challenges. Currently she is reviewing policy responses to armed conflicts such as that in the Southern Philippines and is working on a model to promote multi-year, policy oriented research and learning, involving university-NGO, civil society, and government.
Dr. Fernholz has graduate degrees in both business administration and public administration, MBA and MPA, and as well as a Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard University. She was chosen 2013 Richard Stubbing awardee for excellence in graduate teaching and mentoring in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
Matt Gierhart currently sits as a founding partner for the consultancy, neoCAMBRIAN. Mr. Gierhart began exploring social media in its infancy by being one of the first to advise major companies’ adoption of Twitter and Facebook as a marketing tool. He started a think tank, The New Celebrity, to introduce the impact of digital behavior to brands, economic development groups and public sector bodies. His time with The New Celebrity is best highlighted by a series of lectures at the London School of Economics on the use of social structures as systems of influence. The New Celebrity concluded with an acquisition by Ogilvy.
Mr. Gierhart’s recognitions include awards from IPM, Cannes, Marketing Week and the Global Sabre for Digital Consultancy of the Year 2011. His speaking credits include SxSWi ,Next 2011, Oxford’s Economic Group, The Consumer’s Good Forum, Digital Content Summit and the International Economic Development Summit.
David is a former English teacher who left the classroom in 2006 to start Silent Images. He is a graduate of UNC and is the author of two books on Africa and has done documentary work in 40 different countries for hundreds of charities. David has lectured at dozens of universities across the nation and was a 2011 TED Talk speaker.
David has travelled over 10 times to Myanmar, and he has been on the teaching staff for the DeBoer Fellowship for three years.
David and his wife reside in North Carolina with their two daughters.
Rehan Khan is Managing Director of Coca-Cola Myanmar. Prior to his current role, he was Business Development Director for Coca-Cola Thailand and ASEAN business unit. Within his 21 years of work experience in The Coca-Cola Company, Rehan Khan has held various roles of increasing responsibility in several markets across Asia and Europe. His extensive experience within The Coca-Cola Company encompasses a good mix of under-developed, developing and highly-developed markets. During his tenure with The Coca-Cola Company, he has lived and worked in multiple countries across the globe.
Rehan Khan holds a Masters in Business Administration from Kellogg Business School and The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.
Julia Fabris McBride
Julia Fabris McBride currently serves as Vice President of the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC). Before that, she was a Faculty and Coach Development Director. Ms. McBride is a professional coach, credentialed by the International Coach Federation. Before joining KLC, she managed her own nationwide coaching business, and taught leadership and management classes at the University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, University of Massachusetts and the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute. Ms. McBride serves on the board for the Chase County school district and board development committee for the Girl Scouts of the Kansas Heartland.
Ms. McBride earned her B.A. in English from Case Western University.
Dr. Brian Polkinghorn
Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, MS, MA, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor and the Program Director in the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Executive Director of the Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution at Salisbury University.
Dr. Polkinghorn has worked in the conflict intervention field since 1985, and has published 50+ articles, book chapters, edited books and been the principle investigator or recipient of more than 70 grants. He has worked in scores of countries in the areas of environmental policy dispute intervention, cross-border cooperative enterprises, support of peace talks and civil society training.
Dr. Polkinghorn is an alumnus of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (SCAR), George Mason University, and the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts (PARC), Syracuse University. He was also a Fellow with the Program on Negotiation, Harvard University Law School (1991-1992), a National Fellow with the US Environmental Protection Agency (1991-1993), a United States Presidential Fellow (1991), the University System of Maryland Wilson Elkins Professor and more recently a Senior American Fulbright Scholar with the Evens Program in International Conflict and Mediation at Tel Aviv University (2010).
Dr. Randy Raggio
Dr. Randy Raggio is Associate Dean of The Richmond MBA and Executive Education programs and Associate Professor of Marketing at the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. He joined the Robins School faculty in August 2010 after four years teaching undergraduate and MBA courses at LSU.
Dr. Raggio's work is widely renowned and has been published in Harvard Business Review, Journal of Brand Management, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Product and Brand Management, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, European Journal of Marketing and other outlets.
Dr. Raggio earned his undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Vanderbilt University. He received his Ph.D. in marketing from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Tim Steffensmeier
Tim Steffensmeier, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Kansas State University where he teaches courses in civic leadership, rhetoric, and communication. Tim serves as the director of the Leadership Communication doctoral program and a research associate with the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy.
Dr. Steffensmeier is the Director of Research for the Kansas Leadership Center. He has published a book and essays focused on civic leadership, deliberative democracy, argumentation, and community development.
Tim has worked with businesses, organizations, and individuals on leadership development, political campaigns, and communication skills. He earned a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas, Austin.
Susan Steinbach co-founded the Myanmar Children's Foundation in 2007 and currently serves as President. This foundation has raised over $200,000 to support the education, health and welfare of rural school children. Ms. Steinbach has vast experience teaching English in the United States and around the world.
Ms. Steinbach holds a Master's Degree in German form Middlebury College and a graduate degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from UC Davis.
Su Wai Phyo Sophie
Ms Su Wai Phyo Sophie is currently Director-Human Capital & Development of PARKROYAL Yangon, Myanmar. Prior to this she was a Learning & Development Manager which she held a role of conducting training, course developing and talent spotting. Her previous professional experience includes Customer service & Senior Investment Officer at Asset Management Company in Singapore, English Language Instructor worked for Success Language Academy, Yangon.
She completed her B.A English Degree at the Yangon University of Foreign Languages in 2004 and her Higher Diploma in Mass Communication at TMC Academy, Singapore in 2008.
David Tegenfeldt currently serves as Senior Advisor for Hope International Development Agency in Yangon. His professional experience is in public health, community development, management, leadership, systems and strategy, social change and peacebuilding.
Since 2002, Mr. Tegenfeldt has focused on peacebuilding capacities and strategies of national organizations and, at the same time, has advised ethnic resistance organizations engaged in decades of armed conflict with Myanmar’s military government. In these capacities, he develops and facilitates retreats and workshops, mentors and accompanies colleagues and partners, and provides analysis and consultations to both national and international actors engaged in Myanmar.
Mr. Tegenfeldt holds an M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University and an M.A. in Health Policy and Management from the University of Michigan.
U Thura Ko Ko
Thura Ko Ko is a founding partner of YGA Capital, a Myanmar registered company focused on identifying and investing in attractive growth opportunities in Myanmar. Mr. Ko has over 12 years of experience in global investment banking and private equity firms throughout Asia. He served as Vice President of Providence Equity, worked for Goldman Sachs and N.M. Rothschild. Mr. Ko is a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital and was elected as Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in 2013.
Mr. Ko holds a B.S. in Economics from the London School of Economics, University of London.
Dr. Brooke Treadwell
Brooke Treadwell is a philanthropy and international development professional specializing in education projects in Southeast Asia. She has over 13 years’ experience working with UN agencies, NGOs and community-based organizations in Myanmar, Thailand and the United States.
Dr. Treadwell holds a B.A. in International Development Studies, an M.S. in International and Comparative Education and a Ph.D. in Education policy. Dr. Treadwell authored the book chapter ‘Downplaying difference: Representations of diversity in contemporary Burmese schools and educational equity’, in the edited volume Equity, Opportunity and Education in Postcolonial Southeast Asia.
Dr. Mary Wong
Dr. Mary Wong is a Professor in the Global Studies, Sociology and TESOL department at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Wong also directs the field-based TESOL program at Azusa Pacific University. Additionally, she is the Principal Investigator of a major grant commissioned by the Hong Kong Education Bureau to evaluate English teaching in Hong Kong schools. Dr. Wong has developed and led four study abroad programs in Thailand and Myanmar.
Dr. Wong was awarded an Alumni TIES Small Grant administered by World Learning and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State to conduct Pedagogies of Peace Workshops in Mandalay January 2019. The Workshops gather 30 educators across rural Myanmar to equip them with tools to become agents of peacebuilding and reconciliation.
Dr. Wong is a two-time Fulbright Scholar, the first was at The Chinese University Hong Kong in 2012-2013, followed by Yangon University in 2015-2016. Her publications and research include internationalization of higher education, collaboration of local and native English speaking teachers, and the impact of religious identity and pedagogy.
Dr. Wong earned her M.A.s in East Asian Languages and Cultures from UCLA and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Azusa Pacific University. She received her PhD in International and Intercultural Education from USC.
Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung
Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung is an Executive Committee Member of Daw Khin Kyi Foundation. DKKF operate mobile libraries and a hotel and catering training academy.
In 1996, he founded Myanmar Book Center, a leading book importer and distributor in Myanmar. He founded a local NGO, Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation (MBAPF), in 2008, and arranged with overseas donors to donate books to over (900) libraries in Myanmar. MBAPF has been receiving support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, USAID, IREX, and The Asia Foundation for public library development.
Thant Thaw Kaung works closely with the Ministry of Information and Ministry of Education to support public and school libraries system. He spearheaded a new curriculum, Mobile Information Literacy project, with support from the University of Washington and USAID. MIL is a library based curriculum to train people how to search, store, analyze and disseminate information by using mobile devices.
Thant is also managing Tech Age Girls project, another library based project in Myanmar.
Thant received “Ching-lin Tien Fellowship” from The Asia Foundation and also was awarded prestigious “Jeri Laber’s Freedom to Publish Award” from American Publishers Association.
Kyaw Wai Yar Soe
Kyaw Wai Yar Soe is the Assistant Director of the DeBoer Fellowship Myanmar. Before joining the Fellowship full time in 2016, Kyaw W.Y Soe was appointed as Head of Office in Norwegian Refugee Council (Kayin State) overseeing NRC’s activities in South-East Myanmar, assisting IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and Refugees.
Kyaw W.Y. Soe became a DeBoer Fellow in 2014. Kyaw W.Y Soe has been an essential part of the DeBoer Fellowship team, helping to improve key aspects of the Fellowship, including curriculum development, integrating contextual knowledge for relevant and effective instruction, and ensuring a robust Alumni network. He is very passionate about leadership and enhancing a lifelong learning for Myanmar’s community of leaders.
After graduating from high school in Myanmar, he moved to the United States and studied at DeKalb Technical College and Georgia State University. He is also pursuing Organizational Leadership and Transformational Change Degree at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.
Aung Thant is a physician and development practitioner with extensive experience in development projects as well as emergency humanitarian assistant work for more than 10 years. His experience includes working in resource-limited areas of Myanmar including Wa Special Region 2, Northern Chin State and Mon State. He has worked for a variety of projects focusing on primary health care, malaria, HIV and AIDS, capacity development, micro-finance, child protection, gender and diversity and civil society strengthening with Aide Medicale Internationale, CARE International, FHI360 and Paung Ku. He is currently working as a program manger for Paung Ku.
Bob Piazza is adept at discovering performance and behavior strengths and opportunities in people and organizations, creating robust development plans for personal and organizational improvement, and leading change, all of which demand broad and deep communications skills.
Bob’s retired after a 32 year-career in Human Resources, where his last position was Vice President for a company with annual sales of $1.3 billion, employing 8,000 people in 16 countries.
Bob then joined the University of Richmond Robins School of Business as an adjunct instructor of management where he taught Organizational Behavior, Strategic Talent Management, and Business
Communications in the MBA program, as well as other courses in the Robins School’s Executive Education division. He also consults with various organizations on related topics.
Bob earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Literature from Pace University, and a Master of Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Joanne Lauterjung is the Myanmar Project Director for Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, as well as a consultant, technical advisor, and trainer to various international and local organizations. Her professional experience is in communications, organizational development, community organizing, engaged pedagogy, and peacebuilding.
Ms. Lauterjung has lived and worked in the U.S., Turkey, Germany, Sweden, and most recently, Myanmar since 2011. In 2012 she attended national dialogues in Fiji, and researched creative dialogue methods for the UNDP Pacific Centre. Her work focuses on conflict-sensitive, strengths-based interventions that recognize resources in order to foster adaptability and resilience. Her areas of expertise for curriculum development and training include adaptive leadership, conflict transformation, resilience and trauma awareness.
Ms. Lauterjung holds an M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, and trained in mediation with King County Resolution Center.
Since she was young, Helen Waller has wondered how to make school education engaging and empowering for all students. She finished at Carleton College as a Pre-Medical student with a Bachelor’s degree in French and Francophone Studies. Since arriving in Myanmar in 2011, she has spent years teaching both teens at the Pre-Collegiate Program and adults at Yangon University .
Since the beginning of 2016, she has also been a member of the Parami University Founding Committee which is working hard to open Myanmar's first non-profit, residential liberal arts and sciences university. Throughout her years working as a teacher, she has incorporated close, critical, integrative, and original thinking into student activities. "
David Klaus is passionate about building creative, high-functioning Myanmar organizations, and consults for for-profit and non-profit organizations on the topics of innovation, management, and organizational development. David has worked with the DeBoer Foundation since 2015, where he has been involved both in teaching leadership development content, and in building a strong network that supports fellows to keep doing good after they complete their first intensive year of training.
David begin his work in Myanmar in 2008, where he founded the product design team at Proximity Designs, and led the development of a successful line of irrigation products for rural smallholder farmers.
David holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, and a MA in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Before moving to Myanmar, David taught design thinking classes at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford as a Teaching Fellow.
Zin Mar Win
Zinmar Win ignites the magic of London creativity with the insights of a local mindset to create compelling communications strategies for one of the most exciting frontier markets in the world, Myanmar.
Her passion - to use impactful messaging to encourage a positive social/economic change and to empower a new consumer to desire sustainability and responsibility from the brands they choose.
Before returning to Myanmar, Zinmar spent over 15 years at global advertising agencies, building a diverse range of brands such as P&G and General Mills.
She is now dedicating her expertise to a new Myanmar to help its communications industry propel forward with international standards. Combining local talent and with world class development has helped her to create a dynamic in house comms team for one of Myanmar's most successful conglomerates. Whilst building communications for this leading local brand as it transitions into the international arena, she gives a new perspective for brands who have the same vision for building a shared culture into their business and social landscape.
She is an active Champion of Change for gender equality, women's leadership development and a promoter of creative innovation. She is on the steering committee of the Professional Women's Network Myanmar (an initiative of The British Chamber of Commerce), is a mentor at Yangon's leading innovation lab (Phandeyeer) where she coaches Myanmar's young start up's and also a mentor for The Founders Institute and The De Boer Fellowship.
Above all, she is a communications futurist and believes in the power of visual storytelling to inspire a new generation to work together and build a better tomorrow