Martin Van Bawi Lian, Myanmar

Field Advisor, Myanmar

Van Bawi Lian was born in Aibur village, Thantlang Township in Chin State, Union of Burma. He holds a Master of Arts in International Development Studies at Faculty of Political Science from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. He previously worked as Director of Chinland Development and Research Society based in Sweden and Hakha, an organization that has worked in the local context with specific focus on water, natural resource management, and livelihood and children education in remote areas of one of Burma’s most isolated regions. As a person growing up under the military regime, he has been active in political activism in Burma for the last many years, and played a key role in organizing and mobilizing local NGOs in his capacity as Field Coordinator for Prague-based People In Need (PIN). Currently he has been working with International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)- Myanmar as Country Program Officer.