Thant Myint-U

Thant Myint-U was educated at Harvard and Cambridge and taught history from 1995-2000 as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has also served on three UN peacekeeping operations (Cambodia and the former Yugoslavia 1992-5) and as the Chief of Policy Planning at the Department of Political Affairs in NY (2003-2006). Since 2007 he's been involved in numerous reform-related efforts in Myanmar, including as a member of the presidential advisory council, a special adviser to the government during negotiations towards the 2015 Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, the founder of the Yangon Heritage Trust, and the chairman of U Thant House. He is the author of four books, including most recently The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century.