Ying Yao

Ying Yao joined HD’s Asia team in 2021. She currently works on a range of HD projects including environmental peacemaking in the Greater Mekong region and China-UN-US dialogue on Afghanistan. Prior to this, she served as a convener for the Southeast Asian Studies Group at Tsinghua University’s Institute for International and Area Studies. Previously, she was a visiting scholar and volunteer lecturer at the University of Yangon. She holds Ph.D. degree in Political Science from Tsinghua University and a Bachelor’s degree in Burmese Language and Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University.​ She also studied at the School of Advanced and International Studies, Johns Hopkins University as an exchange graduate. She speaks Mandarin Chinese, English, and Burmese.


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HD’s team has grown from a small group of 6 people in 1999 to more than 300 from over 40 different nationalities today, supervised by a 11 member Senior Management Team. The organisation is made up of individuals driven by meaningful objectives who are dedicated to making a difference through peace and mediation efforts.

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