Board of Directors


Christopher Lamb

Honorary Associate Professor, University of Melbourne; former Ambassador to Burma/Myanmar 

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Christopher Lamb was Ambassador to Burma/Myanmar from 1986-89, having also served there earlier in his career He is now an associate professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and a Special Adviser to the Australian Red Cross as well as teaching Humanitarian Diplomacy in an online diploma course run with the support of the Red Cross in Geneva.

Until his retirement and return to Australia in June 2010 he was responsible for the diplomatic positioning of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and its member Societies in the international community. In this capacity he provided diplomacy on the best ways of bringing assistance to Myanmar following Cyclone Nargis in 2008.  He has maintained close relationships at many levels with people in and around Myanmar and with diaspora groups, academics, business entities and others in countries around the world.

Before joining IFRC in 2000, he was an Australian diplomat serving in a wide variety of countries including as Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Romania and Macedonia. He was the Legal Adviser for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1993-97.


Dr Raymond Tint Way, FRANZCP,  Burmese Medical Association Australia


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.


Dr 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). 


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).

Board Member

Susuan Best, MAppSc, MBA , Director (NRL)

Following qualification as a medical scientist, Susan was employed in several pathology laboratories around Australia before spending 3 years in the UK at the Central Public Health Laboratory.  On her return to Australia in 1990, she joined the National Serology Reference Laboratory (NRL)  and over the following ten years obtained a Masters of Applied Science by Research and was seconded as a short term professional to the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva.  Susan was the Director of NRL and of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Diagnostics and Laboratory Support for HIV/AIDS and Other Blood-borne Infections for 8.5 years, retiring from these roles in March 2018. She has been a member of the expert reference committees for Australian National HIV and Hepatitis C Testing Policies and technical working groups.  Susan has been engaged by WHO as a technical expert in proficiency testing and regulation of diagnostic medical devices to assist with development of WHO guidelines on these subjects. She has undertaken many consultancies in developing countries, including Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines, reviewing policies and practices relating to laboratory and point-of-care testing for infectious diseases and laboratory quality management systems.

Board Member

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.

Board Member

Dr Susie 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.

Board Member

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).

Board Member

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



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.

Board Member

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.

Board Member

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.


Board Member

Kelly Smith, Pro Vice Chancellor_International, La Trobe University

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Kelly Smith completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Curtin University in 1987. After further study in teaching English as a second language, he taught for 10 years in Japan and then at The University of Western Australia’s Centre for English Language Teaching. In 1999 he moved into a role in the administration of internationalization in the University’s International Centre. After completing an MBA at The University of Western Australia in 2000, he worked for a time in the private sector with Study Group, a leading global private provider of education services, before returning to The University of Western Australia initially as Associate Director and then as Director of the  International Centre. In November 2015 he took up his current position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at La Trobe University. External roles have included Chair of the Australian Universities International Directors Forum and Deputy Chair of Study Perth. He has presented at various international education conferences in Australia, the USA, Asia and South America.

Board Member 

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.

Board Member

Prof Khin Zaw, University of Tasmania



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.


To be advised

Executive Administrator 

May Kyel Winn

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May Kyel Winn is the Executive administrator of AMI, responsible to the Director for the day-to-day management of the Institute.  She also supports the Institute’s relationships with academic, business and NGO actors in Myanmar and Australia, and with the diaspora in Australia.  

She is a graduate of the Institute of Economics (Yangon) and hold the Advanced Diploma in Business Management from Association of Business Executives (UK).  Before migrating to Australia, she held the position responsible for office administration and management in the English Language Teaching Centre at the British Council in Yangon.  She worked with the British Council in different capacities for 15 years, with her most recent position being that of English Operations Manager.  In these positions May Kyel built trust with the British Council’s long term loyalty partners including government ministries, businesses, NGOs and a wide variety of Myanmar and international personalities.