United Nations Ambassador
Ambassador Mr. Kyaw Moe Tun assumed the role of Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations on 20 October 2020.
Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Mr. Kyaw Moe Tun was Myanmar’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, as well as the Conference on Disarmament, from July 2018 to October 2020. He concurrently served as Ambassador to Switzerland, as well as Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
From 2016 to 2018, he was Director-General for International Organizations and Economic Development at Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 1993 and 2015, he held a range of Government positions in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon, as well as diplomatic postings Myanmar Embassies in Indonesia and Singapore and Myanmar’s Permanent Missions in Switzerland and the United States.
Born in 1969, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from the International University of Japan and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Yangon.
He is married and has two children.
Representative to the Commonwealth of Australia
Dr. Tun Aung Shwe was born in Mandalay and graduate of Institute of Medicine (1) Yangon (1990) and Institute of Economic Yangon (2005). In 1988, he was 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 Institute of Medicine (1) Yangon.
He enjoyed the general practitioner life with local community’s trust for 10 years in Kachin State, then he moved to non-profit, humanitarian sector, and worked for a 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 University of New South Wales, and he is now finishing up his PhD study at the university which focuses on how sport contributes 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 consultant for development of national framework for social cohesion in Myanmar led by 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 an prodemocracy activist in Australia. He is a founding member of CRPH/NUG Support Group (Australia) which is a political platform set up with 73 Myanmar community organisations in Australia to advocate 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 Commonwealth of Australia with aim to strengthen engagement between the governments, the parliaments, and people of the two countries.
Representative to the Czech Republic
U Linn Thant was born into an Anglo-Indian Burmese family in central Myanmar in the 1960s. He studied in the government schools of Burma, as well as in the Christian mission schools founded by his grandfather, the British. He actively participated in social organizations as a child. After graduating from high school in basic education and studied civil engineering courses. He actively participated in the 1988 democracy movement at that time in the Ba.Ka.Tha organization (All Burma Federation of Student Unions – ABFFSU).
After the 1988 military coup, he went into hiding and became active member in the ABSDF. He was arrested during an ABSDF’s mission in Rangoon and sentenced to death by a military court on May 25, 1990.
After about 3 years on the death row of Insein Prison, where death row prisoners are kept, the death sentence was replaced by a life sentence (similar to 20 years) in 1993 to welcome the National Assembly, which was changed by the SLORC junta’s amnesty order. In 1997, he was transferred from Insein Prison to Thayet Prison. He was released from Thayet prison at the end of 2008. After being released from prison, he reunited the network of 88 generation students. He also organized an educational network for political activism.
Then, after leaving Myanmar while being hunted by the military intelligence in the case of the photos recorded in the prison, he lived in Thailand and worked as an English teacher at the Thinking Classroom Foundation and as a reporter and commentator at the Irrawaddy news agency based in Chiang Mai, Thailand since 2010.
In 2011, he received political asylum in the Czech Republic and returned to Thailand to continue working at the Irrawaddy news agency. In 2015, he moved from Thailand to the Czech Republic and wrote weekly political and business reviews on Myanmar and Asia for the Denik Referendum newspaper based in Brno, Czech Republic.
In addition, he taught English and Mindfulness in the Czech Republic’s preschool and the Center for Modern Education’s elementary and secondary schools.
Since 2018, he has been engaged in the business of importing Burmese coffee from Burma and distributing it in the Czech Republic and Europe.
On April 24, 2021, he was appointed as the representative of the Government of National Unity in the Czech Republic.
As a representative, he is actively working for National Unity Government of Myanmar in the Czech Republic and European countries. He is serving as a representative of NUG based in Czech Republic in the implementation of NUG’s foreign policies, including the recognition of the National Unity Government to other partner countries.
- 2nd Year Civil Engineering
- Journalism Courses by BBC/ VOA/ RFE
- Journalism Diploma / Transitions (TOL) based in Prague, Czech Republic
- Teacher at Thinking Classroom Foundation (2010 -2012)
- Reporter at Irrawaddy Media Group based in Chiang Mai, Thailand (2011- 2015)
- Columnist at Denik Referendum (Czech News Paper) (2015 – 2017)
- English / Mindfulness instructor at Flupík – Anglicko – česká školka Rudná (2015 – 2021)
- Guest commentator for some media groups (2011 – Present)
- English/ Mindfulness teacher at Centre for Modern Education (2017 – 2019)
- Manager / Founder at Coffee Burma company based in Prague, CZ (2018 – Present)
- National Unity Government’s Representative to Czech Republic (2021 – Present)
- An active member of All Burma Federation of Student Unions (1988 – 1989 )
- An active member of All Burma Student Democratic Force – ABSDF ( 1988 – 1990 )
- A member of 88 General Students Group ( 2008 – After the representative was released from Prison)
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:
- Teacher at Thinking Classroom Foundation ( 2010 -2012)
- Chairman at Asociace N.U.G z.s ( 2021 – Present)
- Member of Director board at Burma Centre Prague
Representative to the French Republic
Nan Su Mon Aung was born in 1989 in Karen State, and belongs to the Karen and Pa’O ethnics. In 2012, she graduated with a Master of Science in Zoology from Hpa-An University and used to teach there as a demonstrator, as well as a volunteer teacher for local communities, before completing in 2018 a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from Sorbonne University in France.
Willing to share that experience with her fellow Burmese people, she created in 2017 a Facebook page, then in 2019 a website called “International Scholarships for Myanmar Students”, which aim to provide Burmese students with free up-to-date information concerning available scholarships and grants, as well as educational tips.
She is currently working as a part time teacher in the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris, France (INALCO).
Even she has no political background, she has during her all life been a fervent supporter of democracy in Myanmar, as a requirement for peace and development of the country.
Therefore, she has actively participated since the February 1, 2021 Coup as a member of the Burmese Community in France organization to contribute to the success of the Spring Revolution, because she believes that Burmese people abroad have the duty to use their freedom to help those who have been deprived of it by the military regime in Myanmar.
Representative to Japan
Saw Ba Hla Thein was born in 1969 in Insein Township, Yangon. He is one of the revolution generations. He participated in helping the prisoners who released from Insein prison in 1988. He moved to Japan in 1992 and he was a member of Karen Nataional League ( Japan), a member of Karen Information Center (KIC), a member of Japan- NUA, a member of Refugee Coordination Committee Japan ( RCCJ) and a founder of NPO- Peace. He is one of the members in Karen National Congress for Democracy (KNCD). KNCD is one of the members of United Nationalities of Alliance (UNA). He has been living in Japan since 1992. Saw Ba Hla Thein is the founder of
- Karen National League (Japan) K.N.L
- Karen Information Space (Japan) K.I.S
- Association of United Nationalities in Japan – AUN (which includes 9 ehtnic groups)
- Refugees Coordination Committee Japan (RCCJ)
- Non-profit Organization Peace (NPO Peace)
He was awarded Mohan award in 2020 while working together with the Japanese Government and resettlement program (started in 2004).
The National Unity Government of Myanmar has appointed him as the Representative of National Unity Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to Japan.
Representative to the Republic of Korea
U Yan Naing Htun was born on 30th September 1970 from father U Myint Soe and mother Daw Mya Yee in the town called Kha Yan. He is the younger of two siblings.
He joined the 8888 general national protest from Rangoon and later moved to Mandalay and Sagaing Divisions and joined the students protest movement of upper burma as information in charge with the assumed name called Nay Hnin Ni.
Regarding education, he finished first year of economics study and could not continue the studies because of political reasons. He continued to get involved in politics.
During 1989-90, he arrived at the Thai-Burma border area but returned to Burma to join the party called Democratic Party for New Society and he was active as Secretary of the Party of Tamwe township of Rangoon.
After 1990, he arrived back to Thai-Burma border area and in December of 1990, he arrived to Korea and engaged in democratic activities for Burma.
In 1998, he organized the National League for Dmocracy in liberated area “NLD” (LA) Korea branch and applied for political assylum in Korea.
In 2015, NLD LA was changed to NLD International Organizing Committee, Korea and he was elected as the Vice Chairman of the organization. Later in 2016, he became Chairman of the organization till to date.
In 2006, he became EC member of the international Burma Media Association (BMA). He continuously engaged in eradicating works of military dictatorship and restoring democracy for Burma.
Representative to the Kingdom of Norway
Dr. Maung Maung Myint, born in Pathein, is a graduate of the Institute of Dental Medicine, Yangon. He later received a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo, Norway. He has been practicing dentistry since 1983, and currently working at the Oslo-based National Resource Centre for Oral Health in Rare Medical Conditions.
His political and journalistic career began during the 8888 pro-democracy uprisings, in which he served as president of the Pathein Student Union and editor of the Daung Phan Var newsletter. He was one of the founding members and an editor of the Democratic Voice of Burma. He later joined Radio Free Asia – Burmese Section as a reporter and an editorial consultant. His long journalistic career includes positions as president of the Burma Media Association, as well as country representative and jury member of the Reporters Without Borders.
Dr. Maung Maung Myint has previously been a board member of the Norwegian Burma Committee. He served as the secretary of the CRPH Support Group (Norway) before he was appointed as representative of the National Unity Government to Norway.
Representatives to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
U Maung Maung Aung was born in 1966. He graduated from Yangon University in 1986 with Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, he continued to study as a postgraduate student until 1988. He stepped into the Myanmar’s political arena since early March 1988 student led nationwide uprising. He became an activist in the opposition to Myanmar Military Government while he was studying for a Postgraduate Degree. He became a joint secretary of the Old University Students Association, founded in August 1988. He was then appointed a joint secretary in the Graduated and Old student Democratic Association Party in October 1988. Later, after the party general meeting in June 1989 he was elected as a general secretary.
In 27th March 1990, he became a candidate representing Pabaedan Township, Yangon and was elected as an MP in the General election. In 1992, he was detained and imprisoned, forcibly removed from being an MP and his party “Graduated and Old student Democratic Association” Party was abolished by the State Law and Order Restoration Council.
After being released from prison in 1993, he resumed in his pro Democratic activist work to eradicate the dictatorship from Myanmar.
In 2009, he moved to the UK, and continued his anti-military movements, lead the campaigning against Myanmar’s Military until 2012.
When another attempted coup was staged by the Myanmar Military in February 2021, he took one of the leading activist roles in the UK to fight the Myanmar Military. In September 2021, he was appointed as one of the NUG Representatives in the UK.
Currently, he is living and working in Leeds with his loving and supportive wife, Daw May Hnin Oo and their three sons. He is continuing the fight against the Myanmar Military Juna as one of the NUG Representatives.
Dr. Thet Ko Ko was born in Burma in the era of dictatorship and one-party authoritarian system in 1970s. He was in his teens when the historic 1988 pro-democracy movement took place. As a first-year medical student, he took part in the widespread demonstrations in the streets of Rangoon. This was when he gained first-hand experience of the brutal way the Burmese military suppresses dissent and opposition.
He left Myanmar in the year 2000 to continue his career as a medical doctor in United Kingdom. He enjoys the freedom and opportunities provided by his adoptive country and achieving career progression and professional fulfilment. His qualifications are MBBS, MRCP (UK), MRCP (Endocrinology) and FRCP (Edin). He is currently workings as a Consultant (Specialist) in National Health Service, UK.
Although he has been in the UK for more than two decades now, he has never stopped supporting the cause of freedom and democracy in Myanmar. He has done social activism to get voter engagement among the Burmese community in the UK during the transition years of 2012 to 2020. Following the military’s seizure of power in February, he has been heavily involved in the Spring Revolution, an organic movement of the people in opposition to military rule. He has developed and maintained an extensive social network among the overseas Myanmar community. He has earned the trust and support of his compatriots by being earnest and sincere. He has also been working as a Representative of the National Unity Government to UK since September 2021.