Board Members


President 

Honorary Associate Prof Christopher Lamb, University of Melbourne; former Ambassador to Burma/Myanmar 

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Christopher Lamb is the president of the Australia Myanmar Institute.  He is a retired Australian diplomat, having worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1968-2000.  In that time he served as Ambassador to Myanmar (Burma) from 1986-89 and to Yugoslavia, Romania and Macedonia from 1997-2000.  After that he worked as chief diplomat with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Geneva (2000-2010).  Earlier in his DFAT career he served as in the Burma Embassy from 1972-74.

In Geneva he helped develop IFRC’s policy on Humanitarian Diplomacy.  This policy describes the role of humanitarian diplomats as persuading decision-makers and opinion leaders to act, at all times, in the interests of vulnerable people, and with full respect for fundamental humanitarian principles.

He is now an adviser to IFRC and to the Australian Red Cross as well as several other National Societies (including the Myanmar Red Cross), concentrating on the resolution of political questions and the skills required for humanitarian diplomacy.  He is also an associate professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. 

As president of the Australia Myanmar Institute (AMI) he works actively with a wide variety of counterparts in Myanmar from government, business, civil society and academia.  AMI conducts major conferences in Myanmar about every 2 ½ years, concentrating on Myanmar’s progress towards its development objectives.  This includes examining the importance of achieving human rights and peace as platforms from which development can proceed.

He is a graduate of the Australian National University, with degrees in Law and Arts (Political Science), and lives in Melbourne.


Vice-President 

Dr Raymond Tint Way, FRANZCP,  Burmese Medical Association Australia

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Raymond Tint Way, a graduate of the Rangoon Institute of Medicine (I), is a senior consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in Sydney, Australia. He is a VMO psychiatrist in the Mood Disorders Unit at Northside Clinic, a private psychiatric inpatient facility, affiliated with the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and holds the degree of MM (Psychotherapy) from the University of Sydney. He is the immediate past president of the Sydney-based Burmese Medical Association Australia, which has received AusAID sponsored Australian Award Fellowships for Myanmar medical professionals in three consecutive years (2012-2014) in collaboration with the University of Sydney, Macquarie and Monash Universities. He is an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University (I), Yangon, Myanmar.

He has published in the areas of psychopharmacology, cross-cultural psychiatry, and psychotherapy in the Australian medical, psychiatry and psychotherapy journals. In the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in 2008, he trained several general practitioners in Sydney, who carried out “psychological first aid” and a pilot psychosocial project in Myanmar, in collaboration with Myanmar psychiatrists.


Secretary

Prof Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne
 
PictureJoeJoseph Lo Bianco is Professor of Language and Literacy Education, in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.  He is Past President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
 
His current academic research and policy activities include UNICEF Research Director, Language, Education and Social Cohesion, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma and Thailand; and preparation of Peace Building National Language Policy in Myanmar.  He is also Research adviser for LUCIDE, a European Community project on Languages in Urban Communities, and is Immediate Past and Inaugural President of the Tsinghua, Asia Pacific Forum on Translation and Intercultural Studies.
 
He has 130 publications on language, policy and planning, language education, literacy, culture and identity.  In press are Aldo and the Meridian Line, a novel in the Mountain of Su Dongpo series, (with T. Hay and Y. Wang) and a volume on Language and Identity in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia (with Fethi Hilal). 

Treasurer

Philip J Watts, Private Sector

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Philip Watts has an extensive business and marketing background and is presently a business consultant. He has conducted business in a number of industries in a wide range of Asian countries over the past 35 years. He resides in Melbourne and has a deep interest in Myanmar and the country’s future. He attended the Australian Myanmar Institute Conference in Yangon in 2015 and is in close touch with businesses, education institutions, NGOs, local government agencies and the Myanmar diaspora in Australia.

He is involved in a number of not-for- profit organisations including The Melbourne Sinfonia (Committee member), Carlton Residents Association (Treasurer) and Bicycle Training Australia (Chairman).

 


Other Board Members

Prof Mark Considine, The University of Melbourne

Mark Considine is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. His research areas include governance studies, comparative social policy, employment services, public sector reform, local development, and organisational sociology. Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria) and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. In 2015 he was awarded a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professorship. 
Mark has been associated with governments and the community sector in the implementation of a number of recent projects and organisational reviews. These include:
•    OECD LEED Program review of local partnerships
•    Community Strengthening strategies at state and local level
•    Premier’s Working Party of Strategic Partnerships with the Community Sector
•    Minister’s reference group for the Review of the Local Government Act
•    Communication and Marketing Review for Job Network
•    Advisor on research strategies and organisational capacity at the Brotherhood of St Laurence
•    Industry Reference Group, Employment Services Australia
•    Active support for University programs relevant to Myanmar, including sponsorship of the Irrawaddy Literature Festival and programs concerning governance, heritage, education, health and other issues of priority to the government, education institutions and people of Myanmar.


Associate Prof Susan Costello, RMIT University

imageSusie Costello is Director of the Master of Social Work in the School of Global, Urban and Social Sciences at RMIT University. She is chairperson of the RMIT Myanmar Interest Group and a member of the Refugee Tertiary Education Committee that established online tertiary scholarships for refugees from Myanmar.

Susie conducted her PhD research whilst living on the Thai Burma border in 2007 where, in consultation with refugees from Burma, she developed and taught the current social work curriculum for health and community workers at the Mae Tao Clinic.

Between 2006 and 2008 Susie worked as a consultant with UNICEF Child Protection Yangon, the Department of Social Welfare, and the University of Yangon to develop a Graduate Diploma in Social Work in Myanmar and the beginning of a Child Protection system.

Susie led RMIT student Study tours to the Thai Burma border from 2007 to 2010 and in 2016, in partnership with Action Aid Myanmar, to Myanmar. The visit combined her current research exploring the contributions of Yangon University socialwork staff, graduates and other qualified social workers to the democratic processes in Myanmar.

 


Prof Paul Komesaroff, Monash University

Paul Komesaroff is a physician, researcher and philosopher at Monash  University in Melbourne, Australia, where he is Professor of Medicine. He is also Executive Director of Global Reconciliation, an international collaboration that promotes communication and dialogue across cultural, racial, religious, political and other kinds of difference, and President-elect of Adult Medicine in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is also an Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney and a board member of the Australia Myanmar Institute.

He is a practising clinician, specialising in the field of endocrinology (the study of hormones), at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He is also Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society, which undertakes educational and research work in relation to all aspects of ethics in relation to medicine, health care and the sciences. He occupies or has occupied many roles in the fields of ethics and society, including: Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (1995-2013, 2016-2017) and Deputy Chair of the Asia-Pacific Ethics Consortium.

He is involved in a wide range of teaching, research and action projects in medicine and ethics. These span a broad field, including the impact of new technologies on health and society, consent in research, the experience of illness, palliative care and end of life issues, complementary medicines, obesity, and cross-cultural teaching and learning. His international work covers the development of international teaching programs, reconciliation and healing after conflict and social crisis, the nature and impact of foreign aid, capacity building in global health, and evaluation of development and aid programs.

He is the Chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and Ethics Editor of the Internal Medicine Journal. He is the author of more than 400 articles in science, ethics and philosophy, and author or editor of fourteen books, including Riding a crocodile: A physician’s tale (2014), Experiments in love and death: Medicine, postmodernism, microethics and the body (2008), Pathways to reconciliation: Theory and practice (2008), Objectivity, science and society (2nd ed.2009), Troubled bodies (1996), Reinterpreting menopause: Cultural and philosophical issues (1998), Drugs in the health marketplace (1994), Expanding the horizons of bioethics (1998) and Sexuality and medicine: Bodies, practices, knowledges (2004).


John Molony, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Deakin University

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John Molony is a higher education professional with two decades experience. He joined Deakin University in 2013 and leads on strategy and operations at the central office, Deakin International. Prior to Deakin, John was Vice President, Strategy with QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the London based international higher education intelligence and marketing company.
John has expertise in international relations and programs and maintains an extensive network of senior contacts across the sector in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East.
Throughout his career John has made a contribution to the intellectual discourse on the internationalisation of higher education through research, publications, and presentations at the major forums. John completed his BA at RMIT and has undertaken further studies with INSEAD, the University of Melbourne, the University of London and Coursera.


Dr Khin Mar Mar Kyi Nyunt, The University of Oxford 


picture1Khin Mar Mar Kyi is the inaugural Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Gender Research Fellow and award winning social anthropologist, based at the University of Oxford. She is also the producer of an acclaimed documentary, Dreams of Dutiful Daughters (2013). She taught for many years at the Australian National University. She has been working closely with various universities in Myanmar for education reform, curricular development and capacities building. Apart from academic work, Mar has also served as country advisor, technical adviser and senior consultant in UK, EU, Australia, and Southeast Asia for many international bilateral aid organisations, non-governmental and government organisations. She is considered one of the key interlocutors between Myanmar, the international community and universities. Her focus relates to issues of gender, peace studies, child protection, labour, governance, humanitarian issues, migration studies and education reform. Mar has received many awards. She has won one of Australia’s most prestigious academic accolades, the ‘Excellence in Gender Research’ award and following commendations in 2008 for her wide-ranging achievements, she received Australia’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ Award for her commitment to her country and people, gender equality and one of the ‘UN 100 women 100 years’ awards.


Dr Morten Pedersen, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Canberra

 

Morten Pedersen is Senior Lecturer in Politics at UNSW Canberra and a former senior analyst for the International Crisis Group in Myanmar. He previously held academic positions at the United Nations University in Tokyo and Australian National University, and currently serves as co-Academic Lead on Myanmar for the UNSW Institute of Global Development. He has been working on Myanmar politics and development affairs for almost twenty years and has served as a policy advisor for, among others, the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Commission, the Australian government and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari. His major publications include Promoting Human Rights in Burma: A Critique of Western Sanctions Policies (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008); with Anna Magnusson, A Good Office: Twenty Years of UN Mediation in Myanmar (International Peace Institute, 2012); and with David Kinley (eds), Principled Engagement: Negotiating Human Rights in Repressive States (Ashgate, 2013). He is a strong believer in international cooperation, cross-cultural dialogue and restorative approaches to justice.


Dr Anthony Ware, Deakin University

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Anthony Ware was AMI’s first Acting Director. He is a Senior Lecturer in International & Community Development at Deakin University.

An Early Career Researcher, he has already authored or edited over two dozen peer-reviewed papers/book chapters, and three books: Context-Sensitive Development: How International NGOs Operate in Myanmar (Kumarian 2012),Development in Difficult Sociopolitical Contexts: Fragile, Failed and Pariah States (Palgrave 2014) and Development Across Faith Boundaries (Routledge 2016). He has been given awards for teaching excellence and won several early career fellowships/scholarships.

Anthony’s current research focusses on post-conflict development prior to negotiated political settlements, as well as related interests in faith-based organisations and inter-religious partnerships in development, asset-based community development (ABCD), and using development assistance to support democratic. Much of his fieldwork is in Myanmar. Anthony is a regular reviewer of journal articles and is or has supervised or co-supervise 9 doctoral students in fields ranging from the impact of political transition on minority rights, to monitoring of NGO development program quality, to microfinance, child sponsorship, and cultural heritage.


Prof Khin Zaw, University of Tasmania

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Khin Zaw is Professor of Economic Geology at CODES ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits, University of Tasmania, Australia. He received BSc from Yangon University in 1968, FGA Diploma (Fellowships of Gemmological Association of Great Britain) in 1969, MSc from Queen’s University, CANADA in 1976 and PhD from University of Tasmania in 1990. He is Fellows of AusIMM and Society of Economic Geologists. He has well over 40 year experience working on genetic aspects and exploration potential of mineral deposits in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China and SE Asian countries. He is currently working as Leader of “Ore Deposits of SE Asia” Project at CODES, University of Tasmania focusing on metallogenic relations and exploration implications. He is also an Associate Editor of Ore Geology Review journal and published more than 100 referred papers relating to ore genesis and mineral exploration in Australasian region.