Aung San Suu Kyi

BIOGRAPHY  

Honorary Board Member

Aung San Suu Kyi is the State Counsellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar. She is also General Secretary of the National League for Democracy and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. 

A symbol for democracy in the military-run state of Myanmar and a daughter of a national hero, Aung San Suu Kyi worked as an Assistant Secretary at the United Nations (1969–71) and as a Research Officer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bhutan.

In 1988 she became General Secretary of the National League for Democracy which won a landslide victory in the national elections in 1990 but this was not recognized by the ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council and she remained under house arrest, despite widespread international condemnation, until her final release in November 2010.

Aung San Suu Kyi holds a Masters degree from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and is the author of numerous books and articles including Aung San of Burma: A Biographical Portrait by his DaughterBurma and India: Some Aspects of Intellectual Life under Colonialism and Freedom from Fear and Other Writings.