Saw Kapi | Executive Director

Saw Kapi (Saw Myo Min Thu) is the Executive Director of the DeBoer Fellowship where he provides leadership for the Fellowship program and overall support for the graduate network of engaged and motivated leaders. Saw Kapi is also responsible for developing strategic partnerships for the DeBoer Fellowship throughout the country of Myanmar.

He previously served as the Executive Director of Thabyay Education Foundation and has spent more than twelve years working within the US higher education system – including as the Director of Admissions and Records at California State University, Bakersfield. Since his return to Myanmar, Saw Kapi has been actively advocating for a better education system in his native country. He is involved in the national efforts for education reform through the Salween Institute for Public Policy and a broad network of Myanmar educators.

Saw Kapi earned a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University, and holds an MA in Development Economics from Williams College.

Peter Dove | Dean

Peter Dove is Dean of the DeBoer Fellowship where he guides the development of instruction and provides direction and oversight to the Fellow Events. Peter is also the Director of Studies at Yangon Institute of University Studies in Myanmar. Peter is dedicated to partnering with adult learners engaged in community development. He previously co-founded Imagine Thailand, a Bangkok-based social engagement organization that trains leaders to serve Southeast Asian communities impacted by political or environmental dislocation.

Peter earned a BA from Summit Pacific College and a BA from University of British Columbia, where he specialized in English Literature and Intellectual History. He holds an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary.

Kyaw Wai Yar Soe | Associate Director

Kyaw Wai Yar Soe is the Associate Director of the DeBoer Fellowship where he supports the Executive Director in oversight, leadership, and monitoring of the DeBoer Fellowship. He was attending higher education in the United States when Myanmar began taking transitional steps toward reformation. Desiring to be part of the positive change through humanitarian efforts at the community level, Kyaw Wai Yar Soe moved back to Myanmar in 2011. He then joined the Norwegian Refugee Council in assisting internally displaced persons and refugees in Kayin State.

Kyaw Wai Yar Soe was part of the inaugural class of DeBoer Fellows in 2014 and has since joined the DeBoer Fellowship staff full time to advance leadership development and other resources to strengthen Myanmar for the future.

Kyaw Wai Yar Soe earned a BA in Organizational Leadership and Transformational Change at Friends University.

Naw May Thinza Lwin | Fellows Coordinator

Naw May Thinza Lwin is the Fellows Coordinator at the DeBoer Fellowship where she coordinates and supports Lifelong Fellows with their programmatic activities. She also supports DeBoer Fellowship’s internal and external communications strategy, responds to inquiries from Lifelong Fellows, and coordinates events. Prior to joining the DeBoer Fellowship, she worked with various non-profit organizations in Myanmar for more than five years.

Naw May Thinza Lwin earned a BA in Communicative English from the Liberal Arts Program at Karen Baptist Theological Seminary. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Development Studies from Yangon University of Economics.

War War Lynn Phyu | Administration and Finance Manager

War War Lynn Phyu is the Administration and Finance Manager with the DeBoer Fellowship. She manages day-to-day financial operations, including disbursing funds for various programs of DeBoer Fellowship. She is also responsible for managing procurements, administration, and providing information technology support. Prior to joining the DeBoer Fellowship, War War worked as a Finance Manager at the Food Security Working Group (FSWG), a local non-profit organization in Myanmar.

War War received a BSc in Mathematics from Dagon University, and she is a Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) ACCA-UK.

Hnin Hnin Aye | Administrative Officer

Hnin Hnin Aye is an Administrative Officer at the DeBoer Fellowship. She manages day-to-day office operations and provides program support. She is responsible for any logistical need in the office. Prior to joining the DeBoer Fellowship, Hnin Hnin Aye worked as a Project Officer for a non-profit organization in Yangon, where she oversaw educational and social development projects.

Hnin Hnin received a BSc in Chemistry from the University of East Yangon.

Su Yi Lynn | Communications Specialist

Su Yi Lynn is the Communications Specialist for the DeBoer Fellowship. She is responsible for creating, arranging the internal and external communications, contents, events, materials, and broadening the public presence of the DeBoer Fellowship. Previously, she worked at Thabyay Education Foundation as Recruitment and Training Coordinator for USAID-funded project called Lincoln Scholarship Program where she helped create and build the recruitment process and design the pre-academic program. She has a background in developing communication procedures, lesson plans, curriculum, promotional materials, guidelines, selection criteria, applications, and preparing information packets for school education and capacity building for corporate training. She received outstanding achievement in Leadership Training from Georgetown University English Language Fellows Program and Graduating International Student Recognition for promoting, fostering, and positively reinforcing the internationalization efforts at Carroll University.

Su Yi Lynn graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Studies with a minor in Photography from Carroll University in the United States of America.