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Kyaw Zay Ya
Technician (GIS & RS)
Kyaw Zay Ya graduated with a Bachelor degree in Zoology from Mandalay University. He has been working at Wildlife Conservation Society since 2007. Previously he was an Assistant Project Manager (Community Base Natural Resource Management).Currently, he works as Technician of Remote Sensing & GIS. He has responsibility over all Remote Sensing & GIS and Forest Cover Change in Myanmar, and has extensive field and technical experience regarding ground truthing and classifying many challenging forest types of Myanmar. He has been leading the remote sensing classification, historical data analysis and deforestation rate at WCS for several years so far.
Me Me Soe
Turtle Conservation Manager
Me Me Soe received her Master’s degree in Zoology at the Arts and Science University of Yangon (2000). From 1995 through 1998 she worked as a tutor in Biology and served as a part-time lecturer in Zoology at Yangon University. Prior to being employed by WCS, Me Me Soe worked as a technician at Yuzana Shrimp Culture Farm in Kyauk Tan Township, Yangon Division. She was employed by WCS as a researcher in 2011 and has since participated in a chelonian survey of Natma Taung National Park, an assessment of Minzontaung and Shwe Settaw Wildlife Sanctuaries as Star Tortoise Reintroduction Sites, conducted population assessments of Batagur baska in Tanintharyi Division, Chelonian survey along Chindwin river and management of captive chelonians at several assurance colonies in Myanmar, including Lawkanandar, Rakhine Yoma, and Minzontaung Wildlife Sanctuaries. She currently oversees the highly successful reintroduction of Burmese Star Tortoises at Minzontaung Wildlife Sanctuary and assists in other turtle projects as needed. She enjoys working outdoors and is dedicated to conserving Myanmar’s wildlife and wild places. Currently, she is passionately working as a Turtle Conservation Manager in WCS Myanmar Program (Turtle Conservation Team), in Myanmar.
Naw May Lay Thant
National Landscape Coordinator
Naw May Lay Thant received her PhD degree in Forest Environmental Sciences with specialization on wildlife ecology from the Seoul National University, Republic of Korea. Her professional background is forestry with an emphasis on wildlife conservation. Her interest in primates lead her to research for her PhD degree on genetics and ecology of an endangered leaf monkey called Phayre’s leaf monkey. She has been working on environmental conservation for about a decade, and joined WCS in late 2013. She worked for stakeholder engagement concerning with wildlife and community based natural resources management in southern Myanmar for three years. Now she is responsible for strengthening national protected area system and institutional capacity development particularly for wildlife and protected area management in Myanmar while continuing to nurture her interest in primates. Contact her at: nthant@wcs.org
Rama Wong
Regional Advisor, Asia
Rama works as regional advisor for Myanmar, Vietnam and China programs.
Soe Than
Logistic Officer
Soe Than holds a B.Sc. in Physics at the Yangon University. After graduation he has worked as public transportation driver for several years, eventually joining the Wildlife Conservation Society as driver/field assistant in 1999. Ever since, he has become an incredibly resourceful member of our team, providing an extensive range of technical and logistical support.
Thant Zin
Ecotourism Manager
Thant Zin earned graduated at the Shwe Bo Degree college in 2007, and later earned a diploma of Teaching Knowledge Test from the British Council in 2010. He has an extensive background in language and computer teaching to students living in Mingun and along the Ayeyarwaddy river. His responsibilities included training local teachers. After briefly working with WCS as a tour guide of the communities surrounding the Ayeyarwaddy river, he become passionate about using his skills for serving wildlife conservation and capacity building of local communities. He is now Manager of the Ecotourism project which aims at protecting the endangered Ayeyarwaddy dolphin through livelihoods improvement of the fishing communities living in its range.
Thet Swe Aye
Communication Officer
Thet Swe Aye gained his B.Sc. (with honors) and M.Sc. Specialization in Zoology from the University of Monywa. Before joining WCS he worked as an English teacher, and as reporter for the Irrawaddy English language newspaper. He also worked for MSF-Holland as personal assistant, and for DRC as office staff. His former experience include working with Mercycorps as township technical consultant for the CDD (a World Bank project) in Myeik Township. Thet Swe Aye love for nature and wildlife conservation along with his passion for public relations let him join the Wildlife Conservation Society in 2014, where he is responsible for communication and media.
Thet Zaw Naing
Technician - Bird expert
Thet Zaw Naing got his M.Sc. in Zoology at the University of Yangon. He took part in many monitoring and research programs on avifauna widely throughout the country. He is not only a highly qualified ornithologist but also a very dedicated conservationist. He has been actively involved in a variety of conservation activities across Myanmar. He is working for WCSMP as a Technician (Bird Conservation) since 2009. In addition, he is the National Coordinator for Asian Waterbird Census of Wetlands International and he has been also involved in local NGO namely Myanmar Bird and Nature Society as the Secretary.
Win Thuya Htut
Deputy GIS Technician
Win Thuya Htut hold his B.A. in History at the University of Distance Education, and his Post Graduated Diploma in GIS & R-S from the Department of Geography of Dagon University. Previously he worked as freelance GIS expert (gmap, RS & GIS Service provider), and researched HIV Vulnerability and Service Availability in Mobility Settings. For the working experiences of environment sector, he played a key role in the development of Participatory Shifting Cultivation and Land-use Mapping Projects. In order to involve as a part of Environmental Conservation Development in Myanmar, he started working at the Wildlife Conservation Society as a Deputy Technician (RS & GIS) for Land Cover classification, Participatory Existing Land Use, and Eco-Tourism mapping.
Aung Htat Oo
GIS Assistant
Aung Htat Oo earned his B.A. degree in Geography from the Dangon University, and later attended a GIS Diploma course from the Yangon University. He has worked on a land-use project of the Inlay region, Southern Shan state. He is now working with the Wildlife Conservation Society as Assistant GIS technician.
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