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.
Nu Tsen Mun, Program Associate
Nu Tsen Mun is program associate 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.
Ei Ei Win, Finance Officer
Ei Ei Win is a finance and administrative officer of Salween Institute for Public Policy. She holds B.Sc. Maths degree awarded by Dagon University. She also holds Level 3 Group Diploma in Accounting, LCCI UK and studying to International Financial Reporting Standard. She used to be former Clerk of Ministry of Home Affairs (Myanmar Police Force). Since 2010, she has been working in the area of accounting. She had gained a wealth of experience in accounting by working with Thabyay Education Foundation and Campana MYTHIC Co.,Ltd during 2014 to 2017.
Ying Lao, Deputy Director
Ying Lao serves as the Deputy Director 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.
Shine Ko Ko Lwin, Program Associate
Shine Ko Ko Lwin is a program associate 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.
Naw Gladys Maung Maung, Research Associate
Naw Gladys Maung Maung serves as a research associate in the Yangon office of the Salween Institute of Public Policy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Oregon State University with minors in Anthropology and Asian Studies. She is particularly interested in human rights and community development issues. Prior to joining SI, she has experience working in Nepal as a human rights research intern, as well as working at Oregon State University as a research and writing consultant. During her university days, she actively participated in Honors Societies such as the National Society for Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) and National Political Science Honors Society (Pi Sigma Alpha) where she served as a social chair and secretary respectively."