The talented and motivated Burmese staff whose hard work, skills, and unique insight into our partner villages make Shanta’s work possible
Dr. Seinne Lai Zaw - Country Manager
Seinne Lai oversees all country program operations, administration, human resource management, in-country fundraising, and relationships with local and national authorities. A licensed physician with a degree from Mahidol University in Thailand, Seinne Lai has brought her motivation and commitment to development work. After working as a health project coordinator, she was recruited in 2014 to run a small, local nonprofit in Yangon. As the operations manager, she was responsible for all activities under a part-time director. She grew the organization from one region to three, from nine staff to 21, and expanded the program types. Seinne Lai was involved with writing grants and was responsible for administrating them. She is headquartered in Yangon, with frequent trips to Southern Shan State and Pauk.
Dr. Nge Nge Khaingzar Oo - Regional Director, Health Program Advisor
Dr. Nge Nge is responsible for the successful implementation of all our programs, supervision of Myanmar staff members, and village leadership development in the Southern Shan State. She also advises on new village development in other regions. A licensed physician, Nge Nge develops and manages all of Shanta’s health programs. Bright, charismatic and talented, she is deeply committed to helping villagers become more self-sufficient. She is a fabulous trainer with a great sense of humor, and she’s always eager to learn more.
Thar Nge Zaw Tint Hlaing - Program Advisor
Zaw Zaw applies his technical expertise to advise on all construction and infrastructure projects, and economic development programs. In many ways, Zaw Zaw is the reason we began work in Myanmar. He was Shanta’s first staff member, but he started as a volunteer in 2006 managing the construction of our first primary school in Yim Bya. He was so taken with the village that he relocated there from the city and eventually married a local woman and they now have two children. Zaw Zaw is a true beacon of light for the villagers, providing leadership and inspiration for many areas of village life beyond Shanta’s work.