With over 200 talented staff working for the foundation globally, we pride ourselves for being able to bring on board people who love to learn, explore, and share their knowledge, skills, and experiences both inside and outside the foundation. In the Southeast and East Asia Region, we’ve got a pool of highly experienced directors and managers leading our programs and initiatives in nine countries. Our country and regional teams bring with them diverse backgrounds ranging from academic and private sector fields to the non-profit and policy-related fields.
Katrin Bannach is Head of FNF's Myanmar and Thailand programmes since 2012. She works with a wide variety of stakeholders from civil society, parliaments, government and independent organizations. Prior to her current appointment, she was based at the foundation’s Regional Office in India for 5 years, where she managed the foundation’s India-Pakistan dialogue and Human Rights projects. She holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Additionally, she studied International Law and Psychology in Hamburg as well as in Stellenbosh, South Africa.
Jella joined the FNF Myanmar team in April 2018. She has specialized on Myanmar’s democratic transition from a local perspective and closely follows the economic and political change in rural areas. Previously, Jella has worked as a researcher and lecturer at the TU Dortmund, Germany. She is also co-founder and board member of Myanmar-Institut e.V., a network of researchers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Jella holds a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and History of Arts from Goethe University, Germany.
Aung Thu Hein
Aung Thu Hein works mainly with Parliaments and actors in the legal field to promote Rule of Law in Myanmar with the focus of transparency and legislative matters. Before his 3 and a half years with FNF, he had worked with World Vision and UNHCR, and has experiences in Child Rights and Human Rights protection.
Min Maung Maung Myo
Min Maung Maung Myo is the Programme Manager of FNF Myanmar’s Economic Freedom Programme since June 2016. He is working on SME development with the Ministry of Industry, and conducts activities on free and fair competition with the Ministry of Commerce. Within his programme he also brings together academic institutions, universities, associations and development partners to nurture innovations for Myanmar’s economy. Focus topics of his work are: Private Sector Development, industrial relations, responsible businesses, human rights in business and innovation. He has been working for INGOs and UN Agencies such as ILO, UNOPS, ACF and FRC as a Project Officer prior to his appointment at FNF. Min Maung Maung Myo holds a B.Sc (Chemistry) from University of Yangon and Master of Development Studies Degrees from Yangon University of Economics.
Hnin Wint Naing
Hnin Wint Naing joins FNF Myanmar in February, 2017, working for Liberalism pillar in Myanmar. She has an academic training in Political Science, Economics, Diplomacy and Psychology. She holds a Master of Global Governance and Diplomacy from University of Oxford and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Queens College, the City University of New York. She has experience working for projects on education, information freedom and private-public engagement in ceasefire-agreed areas of Myanmar before she joined the foundation.