I am immensely proud to be part of remarkable 2018 World Fellows cohort. Engaging with each fellow allowed me to strengthen and grow as I learned about their rich experiences bringing positive change through their work. A great part of the program is all World Fellows offer their practical experiences to future generation of Yale students who wish to follow the same passion to create a better world.
Thynn Thynn Hlaing
Country Manager, Papua New Guinea
Clinton Health Access Initiative
Thynn Thynn Hlaing is a development professional who has been working in humanitarian and long-term development programs for more than 15 years. Her primary focus is on women’s rights and women’s empowerment issues.
Currently Thynn Thynn serves as Country Manager for Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) for their program in Papua New Guinea. She is leading the team and all the elements of CHAI's operations in Papua New Guinea for successful footprint to support PNG's government on their improvement of health financing and its outcomes for the most vulnerable.
She previously worked as the Country Director of Oxfam International in Sierra Leone over 4 years from 2013 to 2018. She has previously worked in Myanmar, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Liberia. Thynn Thynn was selected as the best INGO Woman Leader for 2017 in Sierra Leone by the INGO Watchdog Association in Africa.
She is passionate about helping impoverished women overcome their social, political and economic barriers by bringing about tangible and social change. She has championed women rights by supporting a transformative political leadership journey for women leaders in Sierra Leone. During the Ebola crisis, she led and successfully implemented Oxfam’s emergency response which was staffed by 400 employees to fight against the global threat.
A native of Myanmar, Thynn Thynn holds a Masters in Public Administration degree from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.