Informing Peoples, Empowering Communities, and Impacting Public Policies in Burma/Myanmar through Partnership
Saw Kapi, Director
Saw Kapi is the founding Director of Salween Institute. He is a long-time Burma political analyst, who previously served also as Director of Admissions and Records at California State University, Bakersfield. Prior to joining CSUB, he was an Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Maryland College Park, where he supervised the recruitment, admissions, and matriculation of international students.
Born in Kyaukkyi, Burma, Saw Kapi relocated to the Karen-controlled areas upon the military coup in 1988. There, he spent five years volunteering with the democratic resistance movement and serving as a teacher for young Karen students. Saw Kapi holds an M.A. in Development Economics from Williams College and a B.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University. He is fluent in Karen, English and Burmese.
Ying Lao, Analyst/Program Officer
Ying Lao is a Program
Officer for Governance and Public Policy at the Salween Institute. Born and raised in Shan State, Ying Lao has extensive experience in civic engagement and has actively taken part in numerous political and human rights campaigns. She was a member of Federal Constitution Drafting and Coordinating Committee (Burma) as a representative of Shan Women's Action Network and Women’s League of Burma. In 2004-2005, she served as a coordinator for Joint Action Committee on Basic Principles for a Future Federal Constitution (Burma).
Ying Lao holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs with a major in Public Policy Analysis and a minor in Legal Studies and a Master of Public Administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University Bloomington. She is fluent in Shan, Burmese, Thai and English.
Nu Tsen Mun, Program Assistant
Nu Tsen Mun is program assistant in the Yangon Office of the Salween Institute for Public Policy. She also volunteers as a teaching assistant in Liberal Arts Program at Myanmar Institute of Theology. She holds Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Liberal Arts Program, MIT and Bachelor of Arts in English from Yangon Eastern University. She is originally from Kyaukme, Northern Shan State and is interested in ethnic affairs. She speaks Kachin, Burmese and English languages. She previously served as an auditor in Kachin student fellowship at LAP and volunteered in education campaign for people in conflict-affected areas of Myanmar.
Pon Nya Mon, Ph.D., Research Fellow
Pon Nya Mon is a Policy Research Fellow at the Salween Institute. In addition, he serves currently as a research associate at the Institute for the Study of Inter-communal Conflict in Washington State University. He is a long time political activist, who has been promoting democracy, human rights and self-determination rights for ethnic nationalities in Burma over the past 20 years. He is a co-founder of Monland Restoration Council, a U.S. based Mon organization and Overseas Mon Coordinating Committee (OMCC), a united overseas Mon organization.
Pon Nya Mon earned his Ph.D. degree in Political Science from Washington State University and his M.A. in Development Economics from Williams College. His primary research interests include ethnic identity, nationalism, ethnic conflict and resolution, and economic development. He is fluent in Mon, Burmese and English.
Saw Greh Moo, Analyst/Program Officer
Greh Moo is a Program Officer for Community Empowerment Initiatives at the Salween Institute. His area of focus is in good governance and citizen rights and responsibilities. Originally from Karen state of Burma, Greh Moo maintains keen interest in political affairs of his people and country. Greh Moo studied for a year at Mahidol University, Bangkok before moving to Canada to further his education. He earned his BA with Honors in Political Science and History from Trinity College, University of Toronto in 2008. Greh Moo is fluent in Karen, Burmese and English.
Saw Victor, Development Officer
Saw Victor serves as the Resource Development Officer at Salween Institute. He was previously a Settlement Grant Program Officer at the Hills Holroyd Parramatta Migrant Resource Center in New South Wales, Australia. Prior to this, he served as a Bilingual Educator for the NSW Refugee Health Services. Victor co-founded Karen Youth Organization Australia, Inc. in 2005 and currently serves as its Public Affairs Officer. Saw Victor holds a Master of International Social Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degrees from University of New South Wales, Australia. He obtained a Graduate Certificate in Community Management from University of Theology Sydney in 2007. Victor is fluent in Burmese, English and Karen.
Shine Ko Ko Lwin, Program Assistant
Shine Ko Ko Lwin is a program assistant in the Yangon Office of the Salween institute for Public Policy. He assists SI program officers both in community empowerment, research and network strengthening. He hold a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from the Liberal Arts Program of Myanmar Institute of Theology. He currently reads Law at the Western University Yangon. He was a member of Zephyr Campaign Group of UNIAP and actively participated in Anti-Human Trafficking campaign in Yangon. In addition, he also serves as a part-time teaching assistant for the Liberal Arts Program at MIT.