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Sixteen youths selected to tackle challenges in health sector using digital solutions

09 October, 2018 - Yangon

  • From eight countries where Telenor operates, sixteen delegates have been selected to take part in the sixth Telenor Youth Forum to help reduce inequalities in the healthcare sector
  • Thiha Zaw and Nang Yin Yin Win Nwe to represent Myanmar in this year TYF 2018/19

Telenor Group today announced the sixteen delegates who have been selected for the 2018-2019 Telenor Youth Forum. In cooperation with the Nobel Peace Center, this year’s delegation will take on a mission to address inequalities in the healthcare sector through the use of digital technology.

All of those sixteen delegates selected to join the sixth Telenor Youth Forum are accomplished and talented leaders from all the eight markets where Telenor operates. They were selected from a talent pool of more than 5,000 applicants, coming from Bangladesh, Denmark, Malaysia, Myanmar, Norway, Pakistan, Sweden and Thailand. From December 2018 to May 2019, the delegates will be challenged to develop digital solutions to tackle inequalities in health sector from all angles.

In this year’s programme, the delegation will be divided into four teams, each posed a unique health-related challenge to be announced at the Telenor Youth Forum kick-off in December. Along the way, the delegates also receive guidance and mentorship from Telenor Group subject matter experts. The experts from Telenor Group include Ieva Martinkenaite, VP of Telenor Research; Member of AI High Level Expert Group of EU, Alanna Solberg, Head of Marketing for e-health; Telenor Norway, Austin Menyasz, Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs; Telenor Group, Region Asia and Bjørn Taale Sandberg, SVP and Head of Telenor Research.

For this year TYF programme, Telenor Myanmar has selected two talented youths; Thiha Zaw and Nang Yin Yin Win Nwe to represent the country among over 200 Myanmar applicants. Thiha Zaw, 25, started working in oil and gas projects in Myanmar since he was 16. Being active in speaking up about human rights and injustice, he has experienced in business operations, and sales and marketing. Nang Yin Yin Win Nwe, 25, holds a bachelor degree in International Business Management, with the background in Public Relations. Nang is passionate about improving the education system in Myanmar.

“Telenor Youth Forum is a major initiative that Telenor has been running to contribute to shaping the world into a better place. We are bringing the most talented youths from all of our markets and help them implement their brilliant ideas to tackle the inequalities around the world through innovative digital solutions. I am very proud and excited for two Myanmar delegates; Thiha Zaw and Nang Yin Yin Win Nwe for having a chance to showcase their ability and innovative ideas to the world. I believe that they will do their best throughout the programme and come back with benefits both for themselves and for the country,” said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO of Telenor Myanmar.

The finale, as well as the teams’ final pitch of TYF 2018/19, will be held in Bangkok in May 2019 and the winning team will be awarded 100,000 Norwegian Kroner (15,000 USD) through their mentor as seed funding to make their ideas come to life.

About Telenor Youth Forum

Telenor Youth Forum is a global platform that is built upon the idea of engaging bright young minds to reduce inequalities. Young leaders from Telenor Group’s eight markets in Scandinavia and Asia are recruited to tackle global, social challenges connected to the Sustainable Development Goals. With physical gatherings in Oslo and in Bangkok, the Telenor Youth Forum is a six-month journey with concrete deliverables such the “We Start Change” exhibition, a platform to help mobilize everyone to contribute and start change. The Forum is driven in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Center (NPC).

This is the Telenor Youth Forum Delegation of 2018-2019:

  • Djaco Khabat Ahmad, 24, Denmark
  • Sameen Alam, 22, Bangladesh
  • Maieda Janjua, 22, Pakistan
  • Saima Mehedi Khan, 21, Bangladesh
  • Asma Ladak, 20, Pakistan
  • Rachel Loh, 21, Malaysia
  • Lucas McNabb, 25, Sweden
  • Kristine Schi Nordvold, 22, Norway
  • Nang Yin Yin Win Nwe, 25, Myanmar
  • Ingrid Høgh Rasmussen, 24, Denmark
  • Gabrielle Stööp, 26, Sweden
  • Cherngchay Tacho, 22, Thailand
  • Emilie Udnæs, 23, Norway
  • Thanapa Ukaranun, 27, Thailand
  • Felicia Yoon, 28, Malaysia
  • Thiha Zaw, 26, Myanmar




Shwe Yinn Mar Oo(Ms.)
Corporate Communications, Telenor Myanmar Ltd

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