Press Release

Thiha Zaw and Nang Yin Yin Win Nwe to represent Myanmar at Telenor Youth Forum 2018

03 September, 2018 - Yangon

  • The sixth annual Telenor Youth Forum takes place from December 8-11, 2018, in Oslo, Norway
  • Delegates to spend one year developing solutions that target global, social challenges

Telenor Myanmar is pleased to announce that Thiha Zaw and Nang Yin Yin Win Nwe will represent Myanmar at the annual Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) starting in Oslo, Norway this December. The two representatives were selected among the 20 students who participated in a launchpad program organized on the scope of Telenor Youth Forum.

This year Telenor Youth Forum theme is about bright mind, reducing inequalities, aiming to help transform the world by tackling social challenges while supporting youth in shaping a better future. To help achieve this goal, Telenor Myanmar organized a two-day successful Launchpad programme for selected candidates in partnership with Seedstars on the 30th and 31st of August at Telenor House.

Throughout the workshop, participant were given guidance and mentorship by experts who are entrepreneurs in tech start-ups and social enterprise. At the end of the programme, the participants were able to generate start-up ideas, pitch the idea to jury members in teams. Based on their creativity, passion and communication skills, two winners were selected among the teams to join the forum in Oslo and Bangkok.

In cooperation with the Nobel Peace Center, TYF brings together young, talented leaders from 8 countries where Telenor operates, and challenges these youth to find ways to use digital technology to reduce inequalities and empower societies.

What happens at TYF?

While in Oslo, the TYF delegates will participate in a service design program to create a digital service that tackles a global, social challenge. They will also explore the connection between digital technology and peace, by participating in the Nobel Peace Prize festivities during while in Oslo. The TYF delegates will continue with the TYF program throughout 2018, developing their digital service and building an exhibition on their social cause, in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Center.

“I want to congratulate two strong winners and wish them the best as part of an exclusive group of international participants. I am impressed by the high quality of this year’s Myanmar finalists. During the two-day event all participants demonstrated strong commitment and passion, and I amconfident that these youths have the potential to play an important role in shaping the digital future of Myanmar for generations to come”, said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO of Telenor Myanmar.

Sharad continues: “Eight talented youths from Myanmar have in the past represented the country in Telenor Youth Forum. I am proud to say that the Myanmar participants have performed well, and last year one delegate from this country was part of the overall global winning team. Therefore, this year we are excited to invite the new recruits to Oslo and get started on another year of improving lives and reducing inequalities through innovative digital solutions.”

Meet our delegates

Thiha Zaw, age 25, started working since he was 16 in oil and gas projects in Myanmar. He has experiences in business operations, and sales and marketing. He is active in speaking up about human rights and injustice. 

Nang Yin Yin Win Nwe, age 25, hold a bachelor degree in International Business Management and has a background in Public Relations. Nang is passionate about improving the education system in Myanmar.

“This is really overwhelming and this is going to be a big responsibility for me as well, so I feel really great to be part of Telenor Youth Forum and to represent Myanmar to the whole world,” said Nang Yin Yin Win Nwe.

To learn more about the TYF program, visit the website.


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

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