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Yan Htaik Seng

Yan Htaik Seng

2015 Class, Burma
Liberty and Leadership Forum

Yan Htaik Seng is a youth activist and journalist.  Working for BBC Media Action, he contributes to a bi-weekly youth radio show called “Bright Young Star,” which reaches 3.2 million people across the country. The program focuses on topics important to young people, including education, health, democracy, and relationships. Yan is also among the creators of a new BBC radio series, “The Teacup Diaries,” which aims to bridge ethnic and religious divides in Burma. After Cyclone Nargis in 2008, Yan volunteered in the worst hit area of the country. The experience transformed the way he saw life and his role as an emerging leader in his society.

After Cyclone Nargis in 2008, Yan Htaik Seng volunteered for the Civic Society Initiative in the worst hit area of the country. It was the first time he had witnessed that kind of suffering, and the experience transformed the way he saw life and his role in society. These events inspired him to work with several different organizations, including the Myanmar Youth Forum, Activista Myanmar, Salus World, and Metta Moe Myanmar.