CDES Staff

Dr. Lian H. Sakhong

Senior Consultant

Dr. Lian H. Sakhong, a Martin Luther King Prize Awardee is the Peace Consultant of the Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies (CDES). He is the Vice Chairman of the Chin National Front (CNF), and a Secretariat Member of the Union Peace and Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), which is formed jointly by the Government of the Union of Burma/Myanmar, Ethnic Armed Organizations and Political Parties, aims at ending more than 60 years of Ethnic Armed Conflict in Burma by finding a political solution.
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Bosse Temnéus

Linguistic Consultant

Mr.Bosse Temnéus, Linguistic Consultant of the Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies, was until recently leading the Institute for Studies in Religion and Development at Uppsala University in Sweden. He worked for nine years in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands as a linguist and project adviser in translation work. For another eight years he worked in the Republic of Philippines, as a teacher, chief administrator at a college for the training of Catholic priests.
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Dr. Kjell-Åke Nordquist

International Consultant

Dr.Kjell-Åke Nordquist is Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University, Sweden, and was previously the Head of the Department with the same name at Uppsala University. He is presently working at the Research Program on Human Rights and Peace-Building at Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden.
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Dr. Janelyn Idica-Agbayani

Gender Consultant

Dr.Janelyn Idica-Agbayani, currently Assistant Professor and a visiting researcher and lecturer on Gender and Development of the Center for Development and Ethnic Studies, is a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management and has served at the Cagayan State University, Philippines for 16 years.

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Salai Ngun Lian Sang@Asang


Salai Ngun Lian SangNgun Lian Sang also known as Asang is the Project Director of Peace and Reconciliation Program at CDES. He is a history specialized graduate from Kalay University. In 2012, he completed Intensive Social Studies at Kant Kaw Education Centre. After which, Asang was a volunteer English and Civic Education teacher in the states Shan and Karen.
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Grace Ngun Za Tial

Managing Director

Ms. Grace Ngun Za Tial, rose up from being an office manager to being the Managing Director because of her versatility and strong managerial skills. She graduated from the University of Pharmacy, Mandalay in 2009, and received the degree of Master of Science in Pharmacology and Bimolecular Science from the University of Mahidol, Bangkok, Thailand in 2015.
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Dr. Moses C. Tehlo

Research Director

Dr.Moses C. Tehlo recieved the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science from the University of Madras, India in 2015. The PhD dissertation was entitled “Democratic Transition and Ethnic Politics in Myanmar: A Study”. Moses also obtained a Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) in 2002 from Bethany Theological Seminary, Bogon, Insein, Yangon, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History from the Dagon University in 2003, and a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) in 2007 from Gurukul Lutheran Theological College & Research Institute, Chennai, India.
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Dar Chin Sung

Publication Manager

Ms. Dar Chin Sung graduated in 2011 from the University of Computer Science, Yangon, Myanmar. She also received the degree, Master of Arts in Community Development (MACD) in 2014 from Myanmar Institute of Theology, Yangon. In her student days, she worked as Office Assistant at Myanmar Institute of Theology. Right after graduation, she was absorbed as assistant to the Office of the President from July 2014 to February 2015.
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Kham Tual Pau@Kt Pau

Communication & IT Specialist

Salai Kham Tual Pau @ Kt Pau received a Diploma on Web Design from Data World Computer Training Centre, Yangon in 2013, and a Diploma on Web Programming from Alison Online School, Ireland in 2014. In 2007-2009, he worked at TnC Music Production in Hakha as a sound engineer, photographer and graphic designer. He also worked in the Asia Web House Pte., Ltd as a Web Designer/Front End Developer from 2013 to 2015.
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Glaudia Sung Bor Zi


Ms. Glaudia Sung Bor Zi, Accountant of CDES, holds the degree Master of Science in Physics earned at the Kalay University, Sagaing Region in 2016. And from same university, she finished Bachelor of Science in Physics in 2012. Her accounting skills were honed at the prestigious Luan Dim LCCI Centre in Kalay, Sagaing region where she got trained in the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry level 1 and II. She finished a three- month course in English Language at the Birmingham English Academy in Kalay, Sagaing Region in 2015.
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Mr. Khant Chaw @ Khant Chaw

Layout Artist

Ms. Kyae Thar as he is fondly called has his diploma in Photo editing, desktop publishing operation, Journal and Book Layout Design and Poster Design with Adobe Pagemaker, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Indesign and Coral Drawing.
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Philip Kil Mang

Office Assistant

Mr. Philip Kil Mang obtained the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Theology in 2011 from the Myanmar Biblical Seminary, Yangon. He has been an Assistant Manager of the Chin Journal published in Chin Language in 2011-12. And he served as a middle school teacher at the Dagon Youth Development Centre in 2013-14. He also completed a three- month entrepreneurship course at the Myanmar Egress in 2014.
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Khine John

Publication Assistant

Mr.Khine John completed the second year of the Bachelor of Arts in Geology at the University of Mawlamyaing, Mon State, Myanmar. He worked in the Mon National Educational Centre (MNEC) from 2007 to 2010. He has also been a journalist of the Kao Wao Media group in Sangkalaburi Town, Thailand between the 2010 and 2012.
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