Our team

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Heinrich Böll Stiftung Myanmar Office became a full-fledged country office in 2015. Our program 2015-17 is being developed and will form the basis of future hbs work in the country. The program seeks to contribute towards a democratic transition, natural resources governance, and an inclusive and sustainable development for the benefit of all people in Myanmar.

Our Team

Dr. Axel Harneit-Sievers


Dr. Axel Harneit-Sievers took over the position as director of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung / Foundation's (HBF) Myanmar Office in Yangon in January 2018.

By professional background, he is a historian and political scientist with a focus on African Studies. He concluded his Ph.D. on economic aspects in the Nigerian nationalist movement at the University of Hannover (Germany) in 1990. Thereafter, he worked for more than a decade at universities and research institutions in Germany, including the Center for Modern Oriental Studies in Berlin and the then Institute of African Affairs in Hamburg. He joined HBF in 2002, heading the Foundation’s offices in Lagos (2002-06), Nairobi (2006-2011) and New Delhi (2011-2017). Among his fields of interest and expertise are political analysis, development and resource policy, as well as gender issues. 



Tammy Zin

Accountant and Administration Officer

Tammy Zin recently joined the Heinrich Boell Foundation Myanmar in October 2015.  Prior to that, she has extensively worked for local and international organizations in the field of finance and administration.  She is also undertaking graduate studies in Development Studies.

Ohnmar Nyunt (Alison)

Program Coordinator

Ohnmar Nyunt (Alison) holds an MA in International Development Studies from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She joined Heinrich Böll Stiftung on 9th of March, 2017 as Political Culture Program Coordinator of the Myanmar office and works on promoting media developments and freedom of speech as well as gender and LGBTI rights in Myanmar. 

Pyi Pyi Thant

Program Coordinator

Pyi Pyi Thant holds an M.Econ from Chiang Mai University, Thailand. She worked in Mekong Ecology and Energy Network (MEE Net) from 2010 December to 2017 September doing advocacy, information sharing, monitoring of Myanmar Energy policy in transition and capacity building. She joined Heinrich Böll Stiftung in 2018 January as Natural Resource Governance Program Coordinator of the Myanmar office.

Zun Pwint Aye

Finance and Administrative Coordinator

Zun Pwint Aye started working with Heinrich Boell Foundation in December 2016 in the capacity of Finance and Administrative Coordinator. Prior to that, she has extensively worked for international non-government organizations and in the private sector in the field of finance and administration. She has completed her graduate studies in Public Administration and holds a postgraduate diploma in Development Studies.

About our namesake

Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll is one of the most important and best-known writers of the Federal Republic of Germany. "Bound by the times and my contemporaries, to what my generation has lived through, experienced, seen, and heard," as he himself wrote, he was the critical chronicler of Germany’s history at mid-century. We gladly follow Heinrich Böll’s exhortation for citizens to get involved in politics, and we want to inspire others to do the same.

Contact us

Heinrich Böll Stiftung Yangon

No 45/A, Kan Lane 3 
Kan Road, Kamayut Township
Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: (+95) 9 3168 5846
Email: info@mm.boell.org

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