CDES Staff

Dr. Lian H. Sakhong

Peace Consultant

Dr. Lian H. Sakhong, Peace Consultant of the Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies (CDES), 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. The UPDJC is currently chaired by the Vice President of the Union of Burma, Dr. Sai Mauk Hkam.
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Bosse Temnéus

Administrative Consultant

Mr.Bosse Temnéus, Administrative 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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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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Ngun Lian Sang@Asang

Project Coordinator

Mr.Ngun Lian Sang@Asang is the Project Coordinator 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. Asang had been volunteered in Shan state and Karen state as an English and Civic Education teacher.
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Grace Ngun Za Tial

Office Manager

Ms.Grace Ngun Za Tial 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. In 2011, Grace attended the Korea-ASEAN Youth Forum in Seoul, South Korea.
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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 a Master of Arts in Community Development (MACD) in 2013 from Myanmar Institute of Theology, Yangon, and she previously worked as Office Assistant at Myanmar Institute of Theology.
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Kham Tual Pau@Kt Pau

Communication & IT Specialist

Mr.Kham Tual Pau@Kt Pau received a Diploma on Web Design from Data World Computer Training Center, Yangon in 2013, and on Diploma on Web Programming from Alison Online School, Ireland in 2014. In the years 2007-2009, he worked in TnC Music Production in Hakha as a sound engineer, photographer and graphic designer.
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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, Myanmar. He has been an Assistant Manager of the Chin Journal published in Chin Language, and 2011-1012, and was a middle school teacher at the Dagon Youth Development Centre that empower the youth through offering modern education. In 2013, Philip also taught English to local students who could not afford to attend any English tuition.
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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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