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Dr. Tun Aung Shwe_Representative to Australia

Dr. Tun Aung Shwe

NUG MOFA Representative

Dr. Tun Aung Shwe was born in Mandalay and graduate of the Institute of Medicine (1) Yangon (1990) and the Institute of Economic Yangon (2005). In 1988, he was a final year Part-2 student and took part in the strike like many other in Myanmar and assisted the newsletter team of the student union of the Institute of Medicine (1) Yangon.

He enjoyed the general practitioner life with the local community’s trust for 10 years in Kachin State, then he moved to the non-profit, humanitarian sector, and worked for quite diverse projects and programs from disease prevention and health promotion projects to organisational development programs in Myanmar.

He studied public health and health management dual-master degrees at the University of New South Wales. He is finishing his Ph.D. at the university, which focuses on how sport contributes to peacebuilding, reconciliation, and social cohesion. As he specializes in sport for development and peace (S4DP) discipline, he was able to introduce the ideology and practice of S4DP to Myanmar in 2013 with support from its own university. When the military’s attempted coup happened, he was serving as a consultant for the development of the national framework for social cohesion in Myanmar led by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. Strengthening social cohesion is one of the post-2020 agenda set by all stakeholders
at 4 th Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong.

After the military seized control on 1 February, he became a pro-democracy activist in Australia. He is a founding member of CRPH/NUG Support Group (Australia), a political platform set up with 73 Myanmar community organisations in Australia to advocate for the Australian Government and Parliament and implement campaigns and grassroots actions as one team, one voice for the Myanmar cause.

On 19 July 2021, he was appointed as the National Unity Government’s Representative to the Commonwealth of Australia with the aim to strengthen engagement between the governments, the parliaments, and the people of the two countries.

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