Seng Hkum Hpauna is a political activist and a co-founder and board member of Naushawng Development Institute. He is also a committee member of the All Kachin Youth Union and the Kachin Youth Movement. In 2013, he completed an internship with the United Nations Organization on Drugs and Crime in Rangoon.
As a student in Thailand, Seng Hkum Hpauna served as president of the Student Union of Rangsit University International College and volunteered as an English teacher at a Burmese migrant school in Bangkok organized by the Myanmar/Meeingshin Development Foundation. He was also a member of the All Kachin Students and Youth Union, which is active in the areas of politics, human rights, and environmental protection in Thailand and inside Kachin State, Burma. From 2004 to 2005, he served as general secretary of the Kachin Culture and Literature Association of Universities in Mandalay, Burma, and actively participated in organizing student activities and the underground Kachin national political movement. At that time, student organizations and movements were not allowed to organize.