After the Vote, What’s Next?


About the Webinar

In the general election held on 8 November 2020, Myanmar’s electorate returned the National League for Democracy (NLD) government with a resounding mandate. Much focus was on the five million or so first-time voters who constitute a sizeable portion of Myanmar’s 37 million-plus eligible voters. However, the 30- to 44-year-old age group constitutes an even more significant part of the vote. They have participated in Myanmar’s journey of change and transition over the past decade, and continue to do so today. This webinar will hear their perspectives on the economy and politics, the needs of society (especially vulnerable populations), peace and reconciliation, and ethnic aspirations. Four speakers with research expertise in these different aspects of Myanmar’s transition will share their thoughts on what comes next after the vote, for the country and the diverse communities within it.

About the Speakers

Nyantha Maw Lin is Managing Partner of The Burgundy Hills Company, a Myanmar-focused agribusiness and food company. He brings over a decade of inter-disciplinary experience in Myanmar, most recently as the country head for government affairs firm Vriens & Partners, advising on government, public policy, and political risk for a broad range of clients, including multinational companies, multilateral financial institutions, and international NGOs.

Phyu Yamin Myat is the General Secretary of the Myanmar Microfinance Association since 2013. She is also the founder and Managing Director of Myanmar Development Partners, a microfinancing social enterprise. Yamin has served as a national consultant for various international cooperation initiatives on agriculture, microfinance, investment & business development.

Amara Thiha is Senior Research Manager for Security Dialogue at the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security (MIPS). He is also a non-resident Fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. From 2013-2016, Amara served at the Myanmar Peace Centre, the secretariat for the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA)negotiations. He was research manager at the technical secretariat of the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee.

Ja Ngai Jap is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at the George Washington University, where she studies Comparative Politics with a focus on ethnic politics, minority-state relations, civil war and Burma/Myanmar politics. Her dissertation is on “Winning Hearts and Minds: Street-level Bureaucracy and Ethnic Minorities’ Attachment to the State in Myanmar”.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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For the best experience, please mute your microphone. If you have questions for the speakers, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.


Dec 22 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am