Dr. Lian H. Sakhong, Director of the Burma Centre for Ethnic Studies, is a long-term political activist, served as the Chairman of the “Chin National Council” (CNC, 2008-2010), the Vice-Chairman of the “Ethnic Nationalities Council - Union of Burma” (ENC, 2008-2011) and Chairman (2011-2013), and combining the General Secretary post of ENC, Chin National League for Democracy-Exile (CNLD), and United Nationalities League for Democracy-Liberated Areas (UNLD-LA) in 2001-2008. He also was a coordinator of the “Supporting Committee for State Constitutions Drafting Process” (SCSC), 2001-2006; Secretary of “Federal Constitution Drafting and Coordinating Committee” (FCDCC), 2006-2008; and worked as a Research Director of the Euro-Burma Office (Brussels), 2008-2011.
Paul Keenan is a senoir researcher and writer on ethnic issues in Burma, specialising in strategic studies and policy research. He has spent the last fifteen years working closely with ethnic and pro-democracy groups on the Thai-Burma border. He has written a number of working papers for, and works closely with, various ethnic organsiations. He is co-founder of the Karen History and Culture Preservation Society and is author of 'By Force of Arms – Armed Ethnic Groups in Burma' and the forthcoming book: ’A Just Country – The Karen of Burma – Nationalism and Conflict’. Paul's Blog can be found here.
The Burma Centre for Ethnic Studies (BCES) is an independent think tank and study centre founded in 2012 to generate ideas on democracy, human rights and federalism as an effective vehicle for “Peace and Reconciliation” in the Union of Burma.
The main objectives of the Burma Centre for Ethnic Studies are: