A few weeks ago, From left to right: Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, Chairman and CEO of The
I along with two other Global Shapers from the Yangon hub, Zor Maung and Pyae Sone Oo, were lucky enough to attend
On a personal level, the most poignant moment came for me when I sat down to have dinner and struck a conversation with the gentleman next to me. Unbeknownst to me, the quiet, mild-mannered dinner guest in traditional Myanmar dress turned out to be a personal hero of mine, one of the student leaders from the 88 Generation who spent the past 20 years as a political prisoner, and had also known my grandfather. He was refreshingly candid, upbeat, and positive, his passion for his continued work in development and politics a beacon of hope for myself and countless of other young people. Shortly after, I met with Mr. Kent himself, whose continued support of the Global Shapers Community and Myanmar itself emblematic of looking ahead to the future.
“I never thought that I would experience this in a million years,” Pyae Sone remarked to me as the night ended. I’m not sure what the next 1, 5, or million years may hold for Myanmar, but moments like this one show me that it is possible to move ahead with diverse groups and interests converging under one roof.
Yin Mon Vanessa Han is the Founder and Managing Director of Myanmar Mentors, a non-profit organization aiming to provide educational and professional guidance to young people in Myanmar. She is the current Curator and member of the Global Shapers Yangon Hub.
From left to right: Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, Chairman and CEO of The