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To decipher the enigma that is Mynamar, its ethnic problems and to understand more about the enigmatic Aung San Suu Kyi will be well-known Burma expert, Bertil Lintner. Post his opening talk, he will be in discussion with Salil Shetty, the former Secretary General of Amnesty International (Aung San Suu Kyi was their brand ambassador).
Bertil Lintner is a former correspondent with the Far Eastern Economic Review, Hong Kong, the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet, and Jane’s Information Group in the UK. He is currently with Asia Times. Lintner has written 20 books on Asian politics and history, including Outrage: Burma’s Struggle for Democracy; Land of Jade: A Journey From India through Northern Burma to China; Burma in Revolt: Opium and Insurgency since 1948; Bloodbrothers: Crime, Business and Politics in Asia; Great Leader, Dear Leader: Demystifying North Korea Under the Kim Clan; Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Struggle for Democracy; World.Wide.Web: Chinese Migration in the 21st Century; Great Game East: India, China and the Struggle for Asia’s Most Volatile Frontier; China’s India War: Collision Course on the Roof of the World; and The Costliest Pearl: China’s Struggle for India’s Ocean. Lintner lives with his family in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand.
Salil Shetty served Amnesty International as the organization’s eighth Secretary General from 2010-2018.
A long-term activist on poverty and justice, Salil Shetty led the movement’s worldwide work to end human rights violations and spearheaded a significant move of Amnesty International’s work to the global south.
Before joining Amnesty International, he was Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign from 2003 to 2010, credited with significantly increasing awareness of and accountability for the Millennium Development Goals across the world.
From 1998 to 2003, Salil Shetty was Chief Executive of ActionAid, a leading international development NGO.
Salil Shetty studied at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and at the London School of Economics.