Officers

RECTOR – PROFESSOR CRAIG EVAN KLAFTER

Craig Evan Klafter 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.  Professor Klafter joined the American University of Myanmar in 2014 as Rector and Professor of History.  Professor Klafter can be reached by email.

DEPUTY RECTOR & PROVOST   PROFESSOR THAN NYUNT

Than Nyunt earned Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Rangoon, Bachelor of Science with Honors in Botany and Doctor of Philosophy in Botany/Biochemistry both from the University of Adelaide.  He began his career as a Demonstrator in the Department of Botany, Arts & Science University, Yangon.  After completing his doctorate, he joined the Marine Biology Department of Moulmein Degree College and was later promoted to Assistant Lecturer and then Lecturer in the renamed Department of Marine Science.  From there, he rejoined the Department of Botany at Yangon University as Lecturer and rose to Associate Professor of Botany.  Subsequently, he took up the position of Professor and Head of the Botany Department at Mandalay University and later joined Sitway University as Professor and Head of its Botany Department.  Thirty-one years later, he retired from Sitway University and joined the International Language and Business Centre.  There, he taught biology and served as Deputy Head of the International Relations & Communications Department, becoming Head the following year and later also serving as Supervisor of the University Foundation Program.  Professor Than Nyunt has published in the field of marine biology, and obtained two research grants from UNESCO – one to study marine science departments in the Philippines and Australia and one to determine the nutritional value of Spirulina, a blue green algae found growing in an extinct volcano in Myanmar.  He joined the American University of Myanmar as Deputy Rector & Provost and Professor of Biology in 2014.  Professor Nyunt can be reached by email.

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER – CHRISTOPHER B. O’CONNOR

Christopher O’Connor received Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Gettysburg College and Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  Since earning his MBA, he has been Vice President of US Equity Sales, Head of US Equity Sales & Trading, and Head of Illiquid Assets/Private Equity Investments GME – Europe for Deutsche Bank; Chief Financial Officer of Renew Solution Pte Ltd.; Director of Finance for Nandaw Networks Co., Ltd.; and Director of Finance for Ayuroma International Pte Ltd.  In addition to his role as CFO of the American University of Myanmar, he is active in coaching boys’ sports teams in rugby.  Mr. O’Connor is also a Lecturer of Finance, and can be reached by email.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER & DEAN OF STUDENTS – PROFESSOR THIN NWE OO

Daw Thin Nwe Oo holds BA (Honors) in English and MA in English from Yangon University. She also holds a NASPA Certificate in Student Affairs Law and Policy and a Diploma in Gem Identification.  She has been a Tutor of English at Yangon University and Hpa-an Degree College, and an Assistant Lecturer of English at Yangon University and Pathein University. She joined the International Language and Business Centre in 1998, where she assumed a series of positions of increasing responsibility including Deputy Head of Lower Primary, Head of ILBC (Taunggyi), Head of Lower Primary (Weekend GCE School), Head of English Proficiency, Head of the English Department, Programme Director of the University Foundation Programme, and Deputy Principal and Division Head (Secondary 5 & 6).  She joined the American University of Myanmar in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Professor of English. Professor Oo can be reached by email.

SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE RECTOR & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE HONG KONG FOUNDATION FOR AUM LIMITED – STÉPHANIE KAUV

Stéphanie Kauv earned Licence d’économie from the Université Paris Dauphine, Master of Science in Economics from the University of Edinburgh, and Diplôme d’ingénieur des Grandes Écoles from the École nationale de la statistique et de l’analyse de l’information. She has been an Economic Analyst for Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (France), China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Vietnam) and a research analyst in statistics and econometrics for Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (France). Immediately before joining the American University of Myanmar in 2015, she served as Strategic Planning Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research and Lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa (USA), and as a consultant Strategic Planning Analyst for the American Council of Learned Societies (USA). In 2014, she received the Joe Saupe Award for Best First-Time Presenters from the Mid-America Association for Institutional Research. In her role as Special Assistant to the Rector, she has responsibility for external relations, planning and institutional research and serves as counsellor to the Rector. In her role as Executive Director of The Hong Kong Foundation for AUM Limited, she serves as the chief executive officer of this foundation, which supports the University. She is also a Lecturer of Economics and Statistics.  Ms Kauv can be reached by email.