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Martin is the Marine Technical Advisor to the WCS Myanmar Program. He grew up in the UK, and graduated from the University of Plymouth in 1996 after studying environmental and marine sciences. Martin’s early career saw him working for the UK's Natural Environment Research Council studying ocean productivity, and for Posford Haskoning conducting marine Environmental Impact Assessments. He has lived and worked in the Seychelles (for the Royal Geographical Society), coordinating a multi-year marine research, education and training program focused on coral reefs and marine protected areas. He joined WCS in 2008, when he helped to lead a transformation of the Fiji program, focused on community-based marine and coastal management. More latterly, Martin has served as the WCS Europe Senior Programme Advisor assisting the establishment of WCS’s presence in Europe, while supporting WCS marine fisheries efforts specifically in Gabon and Belize. His expertise has also been instrumental in supporting the development of WCS's global sharks and rays strategy. He has brokered relationships with private sector extractive companies headquartered in the UK, and developed relationships with the emergent fisheries investment community. Martin has recently completed his Executive MBA at the University of Bath.
Deputy Country Program Director
Saw Htun served as Forest Range Officer in Forest Department from 1994 to 1999 after receiving his BSc (Forestry) in 1993. He completed his MSc in Environmental Management and Development at Australian National University, Australia in 2002, and then he joined WCS Myanmar Program. In WCS, he has been mainly involved in biological surveys, socioeconomic surveys, management planning, and monitoring on interventions and threats as a Coordinator in the Northern Forest Complex. In addition, he has contributed to monitoring on tiger and its prey under Tigers Forever Program. He is a member of Species Specialist Group for Asiatic Black Bear and Sun Bear of IUCN since 2005. He also participated in Asia Primate Redlisting Workshop in Cambodia in 2006 and Regional Planning Workshop for Wild Cattle Conservation in Vietnam in 2008. His main publication is "Saw Htun, 2006. 'The Status and Conservation of Bears in Myanmar' in K. Yamazaki (ed.), The 17th International Conference on Bear Research and Management, Japan Bear Network, Karuizawa, Japan. He also received Post Graduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practices at WildCRU, Oxford University in 2010.
Country Program Director, Myanmar
U Than Myint completed his B.Sc in Forestry in 1981 and joined with Myanmar Forest Department as a Forest officer. Given his excellent abilities, he was selected by the government to attend a M.Sc. in Forestry at the Australia National University in Canberra. After graduating, he was assigned at the University of Forestry to teach students in Forestry. During his stay at the Forest Department, he was also selected to work with UNDP project in Shan State for two years. He resigned from his service in the Forest Department in 1997, when he joined WCS as Research and Training Coordinator. In May 2004 he succeeded to the former Country Program Director, and is still serving in this position nowadays.
Finance and Human Resources Director
Timea Szeteiova has worked for various NGOs and government in different capacities, including leading, planning, coaching and developing. Before joining WCS in August 2015, she worked for Save the Children International in both headquarters in London, UK and in field offices in various countries in Africa and Asia. Timea holds MSc. in International Business from University of Economics Bratislava, Slovakia, she is a fellow member of an international professional accountancy body ACCA and she is currently enrolled in MA Global Diplomacy program with University of London, UK.
Nant San San Htay (Annie) completed her B.Sc. degree in Zoology at the Yangon University in 1997. After graduating she joined the Myanmar representative office of Edward Hulten AB as a secretary till 1999. While working there she continued her studies eventually graduating with a Diploma in Accounting from the London Chamber of Commerce Industry. After her second graduation she joined Woodland Group Company as an accountant from 2000 to 2003, where she handled all aspects of the company budget account. Annie continued to nurture her knowledge by enrolling in a Master of Communication and Information Studies at the Assumption University of Bangkok, which she completed in only two semesters. During her stay in Thailand she worked for Enlighten Technology as an accountant. After returning back to Myanmar in 2006, she joined the Wildlife Conservation Society as an accountant. Now she is working as Program Manager, and plays a major role in ensuring an enabling, smooth, productive and cheerful work environment for all the staff in the WCS Myanmar country program.
Technical coordinator in the Northern Mountain Forest Complex
Hla Naing, a Burmese Fulbrighter, earned his Master degree in Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. His focus on research is related to conservation ecology of Asian big cats such as tiger, leopard and clouded leopard throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies. He is also interested in habitat occupancy modeling. Nature and wildlife conservation are his passions: he is committed to engage protecting communities and their environment. Currently he is actively working with WCS as a technical coordinator in the Northern Mountain Forest Complex of Myanmar.
Kyaw Moe earned a Master's degree in Environmental Science at Mandalay University in 2004, and specialized in turtles and tortoises. His dissertation covered the feeding ecology of Myanmar Flat shelled turtle (Lissemys scuttata). After graduating he Joined WCS to research and implement conservation measures for the critically endangered Bataguar trivittata (Myanmar Roofed turtle) from 2005 to 2013 at upper Chindwin river in the north-west of Myanmar. Meanwhile, he also performed an assessment of land tortoises in central Myanmar. More recently, Kyaw Moe is working as Coordinator and Liaison with park wardens of the Forest department for law enforcement and nature reserve monitoring activities. His responsibilities focus on Conservation and Biological Monitoring programs at the Htamanthi wildlife Sanctuary.
Kyaw Thinn Latt
Landscape Coordinator of the South Forests Comlpex
Kyaw Thinn Latt received his B.Sc. in Forestry from the Institute of Forestry in 1994, and his MBA from Yangon Institute of Economics, Myanmar in 2011. He also received a diploma in RS/GIS from Yangon University in 2004. He has been working for WCS since 2000, mainly involved in participatory landuse planning in village level for community based livelihoods and conservation in forest landscape with multi stakeholder engagement. He used to support decision makers with geo-spatial analysis such as land cover change detection for habitat monitoring, forest biomass and carbon estimation, construction of geo database for environmental conservation in Myanmar. After he completed his first degree, he worked as assistant forester for Samling Company in Seima, Cambodia where its concession area became protected area with the support of WCS. He worked as Township Liaison Officer in UNDP/FAO project in Southern Shan State, Myanmar before joining WCS. At WCS he worked first as Database manager and GIS Analyst for national tiger survey project, eventually becoming Landscape Coordinator of the South Forest Complex.
Myint Myint Oo
Technical Coordinator (Education & Outreach)
Myint Myint Oo graduated in Zoology at the Yangon Arts and Science University. Before joining WCS she accumulated 20 years of experience at the Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division of the Myanmar Forestry Department. During this time she worked as park Ranger, managed the Environmental Education Center, and worked as warden of the Wetland Sanctuary. She is the only woman who has ever been appointed as a warden by the Myanmar Forestry Department. Her continued studies and research allowed her to attended the Wildlife Management Training Course and Interpretation Training Course in the United States. She also had the chance to attend the Bird Race & Red Data Book Workshop in Malaysia, and Capacity Building of Wetland Managers Workshop in Thailand. She was also selected to attend the first Wildlife Management Training Course provided by WCS in Alungdaw Kathapa National Park. After getting those opportunities she involved in National Tiger Survey Team as a Part time Tiger Interview Surveyor. Currently she is working as Technical Coordinator for Community and Natural Resources Management at the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Myo Min Win
Project Manager (Upper Chindwin Turtle Conservation)
Myo Min Win (Phoe Nge) received his B.Sc in Physics at the Dagon University in 2006. After graduating he worked in the business sector as supervisor until late 2011. After resigning he worked in the Lampi Marine National Park as a Field assistant manager with Istituo OIKOS for one year. In 2013 he earned the Himalaya Mountaineering Diploma at the National Outdoor Leadership School, India branch. He is particularly passionate in mountaineering, rock climbing, and cycling, having covered thousands kilometers around Myanmar since 2005. In 2015, Myo Min Win joined the WCS, where he is Project Manager of the Upper Chindwin Turtle Conservation project.
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