contesting the Daring Debates Global Finale on 16 November 2020, during the Awards Week of the Global Sustainability Film Awards 2020:

Ingying Khaing

University of Mandalay FOR the motion

Khant Khine

Myanmar Institute of Information Technology AGAINST the motion

The first-ever Myanmar Chapter of Daring Debates hosted online in partnership with The Movement and Wall Street English on 7 November 2020 saw 8 shortlisted contestants debating the motion:

Democratic Politics is inadequate

to address Climate Change

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photo: Inle Lake, Myanmar by Sébastien Goldberg


Thura Aung

Creative Executive, Synapse Original

Thura is one of the members for the Advisory Board of The Movement and currently working as a Creative Executive at Synapse Original, a 360-advertising agency. He writes/wrote copies and produces content/campaign ideas for clients from different industries such as Telecom, Banking, FMCG, Transportation, Beverages & Alcohol, Mobile & Electronic, Consumer Electronic Entertainment, and Jewellery.


Vicky Bowman

Director, Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB)

Vicky Bowman has been the Director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) since July 2013. Prior to that she led global mining company Rio Tinto's policy approach to transparency, human rights, and resource nationalism/resource curse issues from 2011. She was Director of Global & Economic Issues and G8 Sous-Sherpa for the United Kingdom from 2008-2011 and Head of the Southern Africa Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK Government from 2006-2007. Vicky served as ambassador of the UK to Myanmar from 2002-2006 and as a second secretary in the Embassy from 1990-1993. She has also worked in Brussels as Member of Cabinet of European Commissioner Chris Patten (1999-2002) and as press spokeswoman for the UK Representation to the EU (1996-1999). Vicky has an MA in Natural Sciences (Pathology) from the University of Cambridge, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford, and is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College. She speaks Burmese and is married to Myanmar artist Htein Lin.


Aung Myo Chit

Founder and Director, Grow Back for Posterity (GBP), Myanmar

Sayar Aung Myo Chit has many years of experience of working as a scientist on wildlife ecology and management. From 1998 to 2005 he worked as a Manager at Wildlife Department of National Kandawgyi Gardens, Myanmar and from 2006 to 2010, he worked as Coordinator of Marine & Irrawaddy Dolphin Project of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He founded Grow Back for Posterity (GBP) and has been working as a Director since then. Also, he has been working as a Myanmar Program Advisor, Research Associate at Simthsonian Institution since 2015 and at H.EL.P (Human Elephant Peace) campaign since 2014. He also has experience as liaison officer at government agencies and as adviser to international conservation societies as National Geographic Television (NGTV), the Harrison Institute (UK), The New York Botanical Garden, Society of Marine Mammal and South East Asia Marine Mammals. He graduated from University of Yangon with Bachelor in Science (Physics) in 1995 and attended Diploma in Computer Studies at University of Computer Studies from 1996 to 1998. From 2005 to 2006, he joined Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at University of California, Davis, USA and in 2013, he got Masters of Science (Natural Resource Management) from James Cook University, Australia.


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Chase Chisholm

National Head of Teaching, Wall Street English

Chase is an advocate of cross-cultural exchange and has been passionate about teaching English for nearly nine years. What he loves most about being an English teacher is getting to help students perfect their pronunciation through the development of public-speaking skills. Chase is from the USA, but he has also called other places like Guyana and South Korea home until he decided to settle in Yangon for five years already! He spends his free time immersed in creative projects such as voice-over work and script writing.


He has also successfully participated in a number of youth exchange programs including YSEALI, OR Seeding the Future, AFMAM, STEP, SEALnet and IFP enhancing his interpersonal and professional skill sets. He envisions becoming a technopreneur integrating technology and business to create and innovate social values to create changes for his community.