Board of Directors


President 

Honorary Associate Prof Christopher Lamb, 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.


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

Phillip Watts

 

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).