Dr. Yin Yin Nwe

Dr, Yin Yin Nwe is the Director of Development Results Pte. Ltd., Singapore, which provides international development consultancy services. Dr. Yin Yin Nwe has over 24 years of work experience in more than 50 countries of West & Central Africa, North Africa & the Middle East, Central & Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Asia-Pacific region, with 15 years at senior management level in the United Nations system. Her expertise is in socio-economic development planning and program management, results-based loans, monitoring and evaluation, policy analysis, disaster management and reconstruction, monitoring and localization of the Sustainable Development Goals. Her present-day clients include the Asian Development Bank and various UN agencies.
For the first part of her working life, she was an earth scientist, teaching in Yangon University, and later working in Technische Universität München as an Alexander von Humboldt Post-Doctoral Fellow (on fluid inclusions). She joined the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 as a Project Officer for the then Environment, Water and Sanitation Section, and over the next two decades shifted to socio-economic development planning, policy and management. From 2005 to 2006, she was appointed Global UNICEF Tsunami Response Chief (2005-2006), working with many partners (including the team of Tsunami Special Envoy President Clinton) to support 8 countries around the Indian Ocean affected by the December 2004 Tsunami. From 2006 to 2011, she became the first female UNICEF Representative to the People’s Republic of China, where she was also appointed Chairperson of the UN Disaster Management Team. She led the UN system’s response to the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, the 2010 Qinghai earthquake and various flood emergencies in China.
Upon leaving the UN system in 2011, Dr. Yin Yin Nwe was appointed in various pro bono positions in Myanmar’s then reforms: (i) as the Chief Education Advisor to the Myanmar President (2013-2015), (ii) Special Advisor to the then Myanmar Peace Center (2012-2016) which conducted successful ceasefire negotiations with eight major ethnic armed organizations, and (iii) in 2015, as Chairperson of the Myanmar Disaster Management Advisory Group to help manage the response to Myanmar’s devastating floods and landslides, and lead the Myanmar side in the post-disaster needs assessment conducted with the World Bank and the UN system. She has been guest speaker at several public forums.
Reflecting her two-stage career, Dr. Yin Yin Nwe’s educational qualifications include a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences (University of Cambridge), a B.Sc. in geology (Yangon University), and F.G.A. with Distinction (Gemmological Association of Great Britain). On the socio-economic development side, she has a Master of Science in Public Policy & Management with Merit from the University of London, as well as various certificates and recognition awards, among them from China’s Ministry of Health and Indonesia’s Directorate General for Regional Development, Ministry of Home Affairs. She teaches courses for UN, NGO and government staff in many developing countries on various development and emergency issues. She has contributed as author or co-author to more than 50 official publications of multilateral development agencies in several countries.