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Seng Hkum Hpauna

Seng Hkum Hpauna

2015 Class, Burma
Liberty and Leadership Forum

Seng Hkum Hpauna is a political activist and program coordinator with the Naushawng Education Network (NSEN) in Kachin State, Burma. In this capacity he is responsible for civic education and youth empowerment training.

In 2013, he completed an internship with the United Nations Organization on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 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 university student activities and the underground Kachin national political movement. At that time, student organizations and movements were not allowed to organize.

After the Nargis cyclone struck the Irrawaddy Delta in 2008, Seng Hkum Hpauna volunteered with one of the first groups to reach the area and provide assistance to victims. After that he joined Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, to support post-Nargis reconstruction.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in international relations and development studies from Rangsit University International College in Bangkok, Thailand. He also earned a B.A. in international relations from Yadanabone University, Mandalay, Burma in 2006.