Dr Zaw Oo

Zaw Oo is Executive Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Development, an independent think-tank dedicated to inclusive development in Myanmar. Previously, he was the Presidential Economic Advisor from 2012-2016, serving as a principal advisor on finance, industry, commerce and labour issues.

In 2012, Zaw Oo contributed to the Framework of Economic and Social Reform, a strategic policy framework that guided comprehensive reforms in Myanmar and he was subsequently assigned to negotiate a historic decision of Paris Club in cancelling US$6 billion or 60% of Myanmar’s debt. He is presently a member of National Minimum Wage Setting Committee as well as an independent advisory member in several inter-ministerial committees such as pulses, rubber, fishery and a few other taskforces. He holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and American University in international development, finance and banking, and political economy and certificates from Harvard University and Turin University. He also taught at Chiang Mai University from 2006 to 2011.