Thant Myint-U

Historian and Author


Historian and Author



Thant Myint-U is a historian, the founder and chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust, and the author of three books, including the critically acclaimed and best-selling The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma and Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia.

Dr. Thant is also a member of the (Myanmar) National Economic and Social Advisory Council, the vice-chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on South East Asia, and a member of the Fund Board of the (Myanmar) Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund.

In 1994, Dr. Thant was elected a fellow of Trinity College and taught history there until 2000. He served on UN peacekeeping operations in Cambodia (1992–93) and the former Yugoslavia (1994 and 1996). From 2000 to 2007, he served with the UN Secretariat in New York as a Senior Officer in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and as the Chief of Policy Planning in the Department of Political Affairs. He has held visiting fellowships at Harvard, the International Peace Academy in New York, and the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

Dr. Thant Myint-U received a PhD in history from the University of Cambridge.

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