When the Dust Settles: Assessing Change in Myanmar - Hosted by Govt & Regional Affairs Committee

Romain Caillaud, Senior Director of FTI Consulting; Andrew Mooney, Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific Mining; Moe Thuzar, Lead Researcher, Socio-Cultural Affairs of ISEAS; Khin Maung Win, Chairman and Managing Director of MSP Group; and Moderator, Joshua Brown, Country Manager, Singapore of Tractus Asia Ltd.

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : May 31, 2016

Time : 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Price : $0.00

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Myanmar continues to make headlines. A nominally free and fair election handed the National League for Democracy an absolute majority in parliament. Famed opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, barred from the presidency by a constitution designed to stymy her efforts, has appointed a proxy president, appointed cabinet and appointed herself ‘State Counselor’.

Myanmar today looks dramatically different than it did in 2011, when the military handed control to a mostly civilian government. But how material is this change for US businesses? What do the NLD’s first months in power tell us about the months and years to come?

Moderated by: Joshua Brown, Country Manager, Tractus

About the Panelists:

Romain Caillaud
Senior Director
FTI Consulting

Romain Caillaud is a Senior Director in the Global Risk and Investigations practice of FTI Consulting and is based in Singapore.

Romain specializes in Southeast Asia and Myanmar where he has conducted and coordinated numerous political, regulatory and business risks assessments as well as due diligence investigations for financial institutions and law firms. He has provided strategic counsel to multinational clients in the telecoms, oil & gas and beverage sectors, on the compliance and reputation risks associated with their investments in Myanmar.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Romain was a Managing Director with a Southeast Asia focused corporate advisory firm specialising in government affairs, public policy and political risk analysis. He was responsible for the setup and management of the Yangon office of the firm. He established a network of high-level government and business contacts in Myanmar and developed the company’s portfolio of clients across Southeast Asia. In parallel, he was President of the French-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce.

Romain was also a Research Manager with Myanmar’s largest market research, socio-economic and business insight consultancy. He was responsible for the design and delivery of research projects such as impact assessments for the oil & gas industry and social studies for international aid organizations.

Prior to joining the corporate sector, Romain spent periods as a Parliamentary Assistant in the French Senate and as an Analyst with the French Embassy in Myanmar, the French Ministry of Defence and the Cambodian Ministry of Justice.

Romain is fluent in French, English and Burmese.

Andrew Mooney
Chief Executive Officer
Asia Pacific Mining

Andrew has extensive experience in the Asian and Australian natural resources sectors, including Ivanhoe Capital Corp. (Singapore), Bong Mieu Gold Mining (Vietnam), Australian Bulk Minerals (Australia), China Industrial Minerals (China) and Compass Resources (Australia). He holds a Masters of Business (Applied Finance) from the University of Technology (Sydney) and is also a director of Bophut Investments Limited, a company focused on natural resources in Mongolia.

APML has an unparalleled presence in Myanmar, with a corporate office in Yangon and an exploration camp in Namtu, Shan State. Its mineral exploration license was the first ever granted to a Western-led mining development company in Myanmar, a milestone event in the country’s recent opening.

Moe Thuzar
Lead Researcher, Socio-Cultural Affairs

Moe Thuzar is an ISEAS Fellow, and coordinator of the Myanmar Studies Program, which she earlier coordinated from July 2012 to October 2013. Before Moe joined the Centre in May 2008, she headed the ASEAN Secretariat’s Human Development Unit, which coordinated ASEAN cooperation in labor, youth, social welfare, education, women’s affairs, poverty reduction and rural development, health, and civil service matters. At ISEAS, Moe has co-authored with Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Myanmar: Life After Nargis (ISEAS, 2009), and has co-edited with Yap Kioe Sheng, “Urbanisation in Southeast Asia: Issues and Impacts” (ISEAS, 2012). She has contributed to several compendia/volumes on ASEAN, and on Myanmar. Moe is also a resident analyst for Channel News Asia’s Think Tank program. Her research interests cover Myanmar’s reforms, urbanization and environmental cooperation in ASEAN, ASEAN integration issues, and ASEAN’s dialogue relations. Moe was a Temasek scholar for the Master in Public Policy Program at the National University of Singapore.

Khin Maung Win
Chairman and Managing Director
MSP Group

Khin Maung Win (“Khin”) is the Chairman and Managing Director of Myan Shwe Pyi Group (“MSP Group”), in Yangon, Myanmar.

Khin joined Singapore-based heavy equipment company Soon Douglas in 1991 and served in various positions in their Singapore and Indonesian operations. In 1995, he returned to Myanmar and started heavy equipment company Myanmar Soon Pacific together with a group of international investors. The company was one of the pioneers in working with Myanmar Government to engage private sector in the country’s infrastructure projects such as hydro-electric and irrigation dams, oil and gas pipelines and highways.

Khin founded a new construction company Myan Shwe Pyi Limited (MSP) in 2005 and expanded the business to become one of the largest aggregate suppliers for infrastructure projects in Myanmar.

In 2011, Khin founded Myan Shwe Pyi Tractors Limited and signed exclusive dealership agreement with Caterpillar for Myanmar. MSP Tractors supports a wide range of industries such as electric power generation, oil and gas, mining, construction, marine and agriculture.

During 23rd World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia held in Manila in 2013, WEF honored Myan Shwe Pyi Tractors Limited as one of Global Growth Companies (GGCs). WEF describe GGCs as “fast-growing companies with the clear potential to become global economic leaders”.

Khin Maung Win attended Medical University in Yangon and left in 1988 when Myanmar suspended all University education. Khin completed Executive Leadership Program “Digging Deep” organized by Caterpillar together with Stanford University. Khin is a Board member of AMCHAM Myanmar and is also the President of Myanmar Cycling Federation.

About the Moderator

Joshua Brown
Country Manager, Singapore
Tractus Asia Ltd.

Joshua was appointed as Tractus Asia’s first Country Manager for Singapore in July 2015 and represents Tractus in-country, managing a portfolio of business with ASEAN and India-focused clients in addition to his on-going regional roles and responsibilities as a member of the firm’s Strategy and Implementation and Corporate Finance practice groups. Some of his recent project work includes:

Multi-country responsibility for a 700 FTE IT infrastructure support and software engineering outsourcing and offshoring program. Conducting due diligence, cash flow and risk probability analysis on a joint venture decision for a publically listed pharmaceutical manufacturer. Conducting supply chain and asset leasing cost analysis on a manufacturing site selection decision for a global tier-1 agriculture feed manufacturer.

Before relocating to Singapore, Joshua led Tractus’ engagements in Myanmar including advising on direct investment decisions for mining, agricultural and mineral processing, as well as investments for companies in the porcelain tableware, garments and textiles, construction materials and pharmaceutical manufacturing space. In addition to direct investment projects, he has advised on industry and economic analysis, market entry strategy and expansion projects in the FMCG, real estate, agriculture, electric power, railway transport, insurance and mining sectors among others.

Joshua was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar and is a member of the Management Committee of the Canada Asean Business Counil and its 2016 Forum Capital Campaign Chair. He has spoken extensively on the topic of ASEAN, and Myanmar specifically, at forums in Toronto and New York as well as in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore.

As one of the earliest business advisors on the ground following the suspensions of US sanctions, Joshua’s opinions on Myanmar are regularly sought after and have been printed in regional media as well as in the Nikkei Asian Review, Washington Post, Globe and Mail and Christian Science Monitor. Prior to joining Tractus, he worked for an agency in the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Department dedicated to building and strengthening industry-government partnerships on topics of high technology cooperation. He has also spent time in South Africa and Ghana in the advertising industry and as a journalist writing for Thomson Reuters in New York and Canada’s National Post in Toronto.

Joshua earned his degree in Political Science from Bishop’s University in Quebec, Canada and is a deferred candidate for graduation from the University of King’s College in Nova Scotia, Canada for his accelerated Bachelor of Journalism. In addition, he has completed innovation and change management training programs through INSEAD in Singapore.

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