Board Of Trustees
U TIN MAUNG WIN (Chairman) founded the International Language & Business Centre (ILBC) in 1995 and serves as its Managing Director. ILBC is Myanmar’s largest provider of private primary and secondary education with 21 schools across the country including the WASC-accredited Yangon International School. U Tin Maung Win holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics degree from the Yangon Institute of Technology. In 2008, he founded an electric vehicle manufacturing company in Yangon. Since 2012, he has taught part-time in the monastic schools of Phaungdaw Oo, Sa-Lay and Hlaing Tharyar monasteries. He is the author of Education for Everyone (Yangon: Goodwill, 2013).
JAMES M. (JACK) BUŠTA (Vice Chairman) is Managing Director of Velenice Limited. He previously served as Managing Director, Structured Equity Derivatives with HSBC PLC and Managing Director, Financial Resource Management with Deutsche Bank. Mr. Bušta holds a Bachelor of Arts Summa Cum Laude in Mathematics from Boston University where he was also elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Master of Business Administration in Financial Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management where he was also a DuPont Scholar. From 1993 to 1995, he was a Math Education Volunteer in the Peace Corp teaching college-level math in French in Guinea, West Africa. He is an accomplished ballroom dancer and white-collar boxer.
DR. AUNG THURA (Treasurer) is CEO of Thura Swiss, a Myanmar-based company specialized in Research, Consulting, and Capital Markets. Previously, he was with Zürcher Kantonalbank as a Quant and Trader, and with Credit Suisse Business Development Private Banking as an Analyst. Dr. Aung Thura holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, a Master of Arts in Quantitative Economics and Finance and a Doctor of Economics in Banking and Finance both from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). Dr. Thura speaks Myanmar, German, English, and French.
MORRIS E. MIKKELSEN (Secretary) has been an architect of universities and colleges for forty years. He was a principal with Cervetti-Weber-Mikkelsen-Pollard Inc. and Associate Vice President for Facilities Services / University Architect at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). In that later capacity, his responsibilities included overseeing the University’s physical plant and power plant, advising the administration on facilities matters; providing physical planning directions for the University; coordinating capital construction and building repair projects; hiring architects and engineers; and managing the Facilities Planning Department consisting of architects, engineers, interior designers, planners, inspectors, project managers and supporting personnel. At UNI, he oversaw construction projects valued in excess of $150 million. Mr. Mikkelsen holds Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Business and Management, and Master of Science in Higher Educational Administration degrees from Iowa State University (ISU). Following his studies at ISU, he was a Rotary International Fellow at the University of Liverpool (England). He has been a member of the American Institute of Architects, National Association of University Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Society for College and University Planning, Association of Higher Educational Facilities Officers, and National Association of College and University Business Officers.
PROFESSOR CRAIG EVAN KLAFTER (Rector and Professor of History) earned Bachelor of Arts with General Honors in History and Master of Arts in History from the University of Chicago, and Doctor of Philosophy in Modern History from the University of Oxford where he studied under J R Pole and received an Overseas Research Student Award and University of Oxford Bursary. He began his career in England as a lecturer in American history at the University of Manchester and then a lecturer in modern history at the University of Southampton. He then moved to Boston University where, in addition to serving as a professor of law, he was Assistant to the President. He has since served as Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of Northern Iowa, Associate Vice President International at the University of British Columbia, Pro Vice-Chancellor External Relations at Oxford Brookes University, and President of the St. Catherine’s College (Oxford) Foundation. In addition to his present role, he serves as Treasurer of the American Society for Legal History and is a member of the Executive Board of the House of the Rising Stars Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland). He has secured grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, the European Union, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the National Research Foundation of Korea. His publications include Reason Over Precedents: Origins of American Legal Thought, Essays on English Law and the American Experience, Legal Practice Management and Quality Standards, The Future of National Identity, and articles on legal, diplomatic, political, and educational history. He received the Webb-Smith Essay Prize for “The Americanization of Blackstone’s Commentaries,” an Honorary Scarlett Key Award for the enhancement of student life at Boston University, a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst Scholarship to study the German Excellence Competition, the American Society for Legal History Craig Joyce Medal for service to the Society, and twice received recognition from the Republic of China for promoting cultural and educational exchanges.
PAUL W. AHLGRIM is Senior Manager of Real Estate Services for Colliers International in Yangon, Myanmar, where he is responsible for the overall performance of the Real Estate Services department. He specializes in commercial real estate and multi-national corporations entering the market. Paul has been living and working in Myanmar for 3 years. Previously, he was working as a Licensed Real Estate Agent for Exit Real Estate in New York and as a 401(k) Client Advisor for PAYCHEX, Inc. He is an avid golfer and was an Eagle Scout. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Elon University Martha and Spencer Love School of Business.
WILLIAM D. GREENLEE, JR. is Partner with DFDL, a regional investment law firm, and Managing Director, DFDL Myanmar Ltd, DFDL’s Myanmar operations. His practice focuses on M&A, corporate and project finance and securities. Mr. Greenlee’s clients include a range of industries including energy, mining, infrastructure, oil and gas, banking, telecommunications and tourism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from the University of Oregon and Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco, and is a member of the State Bar of California, State Bar of Nevada, State Bar of California International Law Section and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He is the Chair of AMCHAM Myanmar’s Legal Committee, and speaks English, Mandarin, Thai and Bahasa Indonesian.
U MAUNG MAUNG HTEIK is a Certified Public Accountant, a Registered Accountant, and Principal of Maung Maung Hteik & Associates – an audit and consulting firm. Previously, he served as Financial Controller of Peregrine Capital Myanmar Ltd., Financial Controller of Al Jaber Trading Enterprises, Chief Accountant for Joint Venture Corporation (No. 2), and held senior accounting positions with a variety of mining companies. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Diploma in Economic Planning from the Institute of Economics (Yangon).
U KYAW MYO HTOON is Managing Director of Trust First Co Ltd (a recruitment agency), Co-Founder & Account Director of Coca Media, and a financial consultant. Previously, he was Co-Founder & Business Development Director of Young & Rubicam Yangon, Director of Ayeyar Hinthar Co Ltd, Myanmar Country Representative for Grand Metropolitan PLC, and an Account Executive with BATES Advertising. He earned Bachelor of Arts in History from Yangon University. His book, Understanding Equity and Project Financing, is Myanmar’s top selling business book.
SERGEI KOROL, CFA is Group CFO/Operating Company CFO for ACR Capital Holdings/Asia Capital Reinsurance Group Pte Ltd in Singapore. Previously, he served as Regional CFO, ACE LIFE Asia Pacific and China for ACE Group, INC. (since 2016 Chubb); Vice President, Capital Strategy, METLIFE, INC.; and in several positions of increasing responsibility with American International Group rising to Vice President, Capital Strategy, American Life Insurance Company. He currently serves on the boards of Asia Capital Reinsurance Takaful Bhd, Asia Capital Reinsurance Takaful Middle East, Asia Capital Reinsurance Takaful Holdings and Concord Insurance Company Ltd. He holds a Master of Arts in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and an EMBA from INSEAD. He has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 2005.
AMBASSADOR U AYE LWIN retired from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Myanmar) in 2001. He most recently served as Director General of the Department of ASEAN Affairs. Previously, his key postings included: Director General of the Department of Counselor, International Law and Treaties and Research; Director General of the Department of International organization and Economic; Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Union of Myanmar (USA); Director of the International Law and Treatise Division; and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Union of Myanmar (Bangladesh). He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Yangon.
U MINN NAING OO is Managing Director of Allen & Gledhill (Myanmar) Co., Ltd. and a Partner of Allen & Gledhill LLP. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and before that, a Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore, with oversight for Singapore’s trade agreements and World Trade Organization related matters, including policy review, formulation and negotiations. Prior to that, he was in private legal practice with major Singapore law firms. Mr. Oo graduated from the National University of Singapore with Bachelor of Laws, and obtained Master of Laws from Columbia University as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He is a member of the Singapore and New York Bars, and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.
ROSEMARY SAFRANEK is Managing Director of Ninepeaks Capital Management (a boutique advisory firm that focuses on alternative investments) and a Non-Executive Director of LIM Credit Opportunities, Dymon Asia Multi-Strategy, Port Meadow and Aventia funds. Previously, she served as Managing Director of Cavamont Americas; Senior Vice President, Portfolio Asset Management of Search Investment Holdings; and held positions with World-Wide Investment Co., Hong Kong Futures Exchange, and Merrill Lynch Institutional Equities Division. Ms Safranek holds Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master of Business Administration in Finance both from The University of Chicago. She has been a member of The University of Chicago College Visiting Committee.
MA CHERRY TRIVEDI is Managing Director of Ayuroma International Pte Ltd. (Singapore) – a Myanmar-focused business advisory working in the mining, agriculture, retail, food, telecommunications, real estate/construction and non-profit sectors. Previously, she served as Managing Director of New Cross Roads Asia, President of Aina Sia International Pte Ltd, Founder and Owner of Mehndi Spa/ Amrit Spa Rituals Products, Manager of Lucent Technologies – Switching Unit and Events and Retail Manager with AT&T. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Master of Business Administration both from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
U MYO WIN is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Myanmar, and Secretary of the Insein Bar Association. He holds Bachelor of Laws, Diploma in Business Law, Certificate in Business Law, and Certificate Course in Basic Diplomatic Skills all from Yangon University.
PROFESSOR PETER W. WOOD is President of the National Association of Scholars. Previously, he served as Provost and Professor of Anthropology and Rhetoric at the King’s College; and Associate Provost, Acting University Librarian and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. Currently, he also serves on the New York State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Professor Wood is the author of Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (Encounter Books, 2003) [winner of the Caldwell Award for Leadership in Higher Education and the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award], A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now (Encounter Books, 2006), What Does Bowdoin Teach? Co-authored with Michael Toscano (New York: National Association of Scholars, 2013), The Common Core, Yea and Nay, With Sol Stern. (Encounter Books. 2014), Drilling Through the Core: Why Common Core Is Bad for American Education (Boston: Pioneer Institute, 2015) and more than 300 articles on American education and culture. He earned Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with Honors from Haverford College, Master of Library Science from Rutgers University (New Brunswick), and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology from the University of Rochester.