Duration 9-7-1999 TO 4-2-2009

DR. THAN NYUN was born in Yangon in October 1937.His parents were U Nyun { Executive Secretary (1960-73) UN-ECAFE/ESCAP} and Daw Than Tin. His matriculated in 1952 from St. Paul’s(Jesuit) High School Yangon, placing fifth in the whole of Myanmar and was awarded collegiate scholarship. He attended University of Yangon from 1953 to 1958 and graduated with an honours degree (first class) in economics. His academic achievements at the University of Yangon were: winning of University of Silver Medals for standing first in Intermediate and Bachelor of Arts examinations, and Gold Medal for the Honours examination. Dr. Than Nyun was a keen oarsman durning his undergraduate days; He was a member of the Yangon University Boat Club Fours in the 1957 Inter-Club Regatta for which we was awarded ‘Gold’ membership. He was also Captain of the YUBC for 1958-59. From 1960 to 1963 he studied at the London School of Economics for the M.Sc (Econ.) degree, having won a scholarship award from the Myanmar Government. In 1970 he was awarded a Colombo Plan Scholarship and granted admission to Trinity College, Cambridge (UK) where he studied econometrics under Nobel-Laureate Richard Stone. He was awarded Ph.D degree in 1975. Dr. Than Nyun was appointed Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economics, Yangon in 1978, Pro-Rector of the Institute in 1986, and Rector in 1993. In 1994 he was appointed Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Education. In 1999 he was appointed Chairman of the Civil Service Selection and Training Board.
Dr. Than Nyun has traveled widely in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States of America to participate in various conferences, meetings, seminars and other events. He was a member of the Myanmar mission in 1994 to explain political, economic and social developments in Myanmar to ex-President Carter in Atlanta, USA, as well as at various universities and institutions in Australia, Europe, Japan and the USA. He was deputy-leader of the Myanmar delegation to the World Conference on Social Development held in 1995 in Copenhagen. He has also presented reports and papers for various UN agencies and other international bodies. As Chairman of the CSSTB he regularly attends the ASEAN Conference on Civil Service Matters (ACCSM) held in various ASEAN countries. In 2005 he was appointed Myanmar member for the ASEAN Eminent Persons Group (EPG) for the preparation of the ASEAN Charter.
Dr. Than Nyun has served in various capacities as economist and educationist in Myanmar. He had participated in the preparation of the 1956-60 Interim Four-Year Economic Development Plan, the recalculation of GDP estimates (1966-67) and the preparation of various legislation enacted after 1988. Until 1994, he was Chairman of the Board of Studies for Economics as well as chief examiner for economics for basic education high schools. During 1993-94 he served as a member of the governing body of the Central Bank of Myanmar. He is currently a member of the Union of Myanmar Education Committee. He had also served as a member of the Working Committee as well as a member of the Panel of Chairmen of the recently successfully concluded National Convention for the preparation of a New State Constitution for the Union of Myanmar. Subsequently, he was also appointed to the Commission for Drafting State Constitution.