Our Team

hbs Office in Yangon

Heinrich Böll Stiftung Myanmar Office became a full-fledged country office in 2015. Its 2018-20 program focuses on environmental governance, freedom of expression and human rights in the country. 

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. 



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.

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.

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.