Biography - Union Minister

NUG - Ministry of Commerce - Union Minister

There is three points that has been killing and oppressing our people in various ways for generations. First, An army that oppresses the people with fascist ideology. Second, A military bureaucratic system built with ex-military officers; Third, Economy monopolized by military. We have to get rid of these three points. With these things, our country would not be able to achieve peace, equality and prosperity and real federal union. I bow to the whole people who oppose the military dictatorship, as the saying goes, if injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty.

Daw Khin Ma Ma Myo
Union Minister
Khin Ma Ma Myo was born in Taunggyi, Shan State. She holds BA(Hons) in International Studies and MA in Economics from University of Aberdeen. From the same University, she also holds MSc in Strategic Studies, where she specialized in Peace and Security studies; and MRes (Political Research) specializing in peace and conflict studies. Khin Ma Ma Myo also holds Diploma in Business Administration from University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, Diploma in Information Technology from NCC (UK), Diploma in Government and Politics from Open University (UK) and Journalism from ASET (UK). She is an alumni of University of Cambridge Enterprisers Program and Peace Leadership Fellow Program of Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS), based in Cambodia. She is also the PhD (OD) candidate of Assumption University, Thailand.

Currently, she is working as the Union Minister of Commerce for National Unity Government. She used to work as the Deputy Minister of Defence for National Unity Government, Director of Research and Training for Myanmar Development Institute (MDI) and technical advisor of Myanmar Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) and Myanmar Institute of Peace and Security Studies (MIPSS). She was the Founder and Executive Director of Myanmar Institute of Peace and Security Studies (MIPSS), Myanmar Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) and Myanmar Institute of Politics and Public Policy (MIPP). She has also worked with several CSOs, INGOs and international organizations as a lecturer, training consultant, research consultant in the fields of Women, Peace and Security (WPS), gender, development, democracy, federalism and political economy analysis.

She has presented research papers at the academic conferences in University of Oxford, University of Birmingham, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Doha Forum, University of Yangon and participated as a panel speaker in several conferences, forums and high level seminars. Her research interests include peace and conflict studies, peace economics; economics of defense and security; regional and urban economics; natural resources and environmental economics; and cross-cutting issues of gender and social inclusion. During a time of upheaval in Myanmar, Khin Ma Ma Myo spent many years as a Coordinator for the Burmese Democratic Movement Association (2003-04) as a Media and Campaigns Director for the Democratic Federation of Burma (2004-08) and as an elected Joint-General Secretary of the Free Burma Federation (2008-12). Khin Ma Ma Myo has written for and been published widely in the Burma Digest Journal, Renaissance Journal, Burma Today Journal, Women Rights Journal, Maukka Education Magazine and various political and education journals. She previously worked in exile as the Editor of Burma Digest Journal and Chief-Editor for the Freedom Journal of Burma. She used to facilitate in Myanmar Peace Process (2016-2020) as a technical advisor to Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-EAOs), an advisor of security sector working group of Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC-EAOs). From 2016-2020, She has attended the Union Peace Conference (UPC) as a delegate for Security Sector Dialogue and Political Dialogue. She was the Chairman of BODs of Myanmar Land Core Group (2016-2019), and currently serves as BOD member for several organizations.

Outside her academic work, her interests include reading, writing, social services work and travelling. Her articles are widely published in various journals and magazines in Myanmar. She is the author of China and Indian Ocean: Strategic Interests in the 21st Century (2010), Poverty Reduction (2013), Women and Politics (2013), War, Conflicts and Peace Article Series (2014), Gender and Politics (2014), Politics, State and Sovereignty (2017). In 2016, she was honored by US-based Citizen of Burma Organization with Citizen of Burma Special Award for her contribution in socio-political changes in Myanmar.

Areas of expertise: Security studies; Defense and Security Economics, Development Economics, Peace, and Conflict analysis; Gender Equality; Training and Facilitation; Organizational Change and Development