Hnin Hnin Naing, Zaw Tu Hkawng to represent Myanmar at Telenor Youth Forum

  • Twenty-six delegates to take part in global Telenor Youth Forum program, in partnership with the Nobel Peace Center
  • Delegates to spend one year developing solutions that target global, social challenges

12 October 2016, Yangon - Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”) today announced that Hnin Naing and Zaw Tu Hkawng will represent Myanmar at the annual Telenor Youth Forum in Oslo, Norway this December.

Twenty-six talented millennials from Telenor’s 13 markets – including two from Myanmar were selected from a pool of nearly 5,000 applicants to represent their countries in the fourth annual Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize activities. TYF is a program run by Telenor Group and the Nobel Peace Center, with the aim to empower youth to solve social issues through technology.

“The two young talented candidates have clear objectives of helping transform their community and the society by tackling social challenges through digital solutions. We are confident they will positively contribute to identifying and designing innovative solutions together with peers from other parts of the world,” said Lars Erik Tellmann, Chief Executive Officer at Telenor Myanmar.

Hnin Hnin Naing, 20, is a fresh graduate from National Management Degree College and Zaw Tu Hkawng, 26, holds Master of Public Administration degree from Zhejiang University, China.

The one-year TYF program begins in Oslo, Dec. 8 – 11, during Nobel Peace Prize week. The selected delegates will take part in events related to honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, in addition to working in teams to design solutions to major social challenges. The year-long TYF program will consist of virtual teamwork (after the Oslo event) punctuated by a Bangkok-based meet-up in May 2017, and culminating in the unveiling of the teams’ digital exhibitions with the Nobel Peace Center in October 2017.

Nobel Peace Center serves as key partner for TYF

“We are excited to bring delegates from across Europe and Asia together, challenging them to become experts and solution drivers on global, social issues,” said Liv Tørres, Executive Director for the Nobel Peace Center. “At the Nobel Peace Center, we believe that by addressing social inequalities, we take one step closer to peace. Through this program we want youth to realize their potential to start change.” "We believe in youth with ideas, passion and social conscience. We're optimistic about the power of technology, and we think that communication across boundaries can foster peace. At Telenor we are excited to see young minds gather to co-create with us, our experts and with our partners at the Nobel Peace Center," said Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group.

Who are the delegates?

With more than one billion people within Telenor Group’s 13-market footprint, the 26 youth who have been selected as TYF delegates represent the top talents from an enormous pool. This has amounted to the largest global recruitment process ever conducted by Telenor. More than 4,800 applications were received for the Telenor Youth Forum, and through essays, video interviews, event appearances and other screenings, the following top individuals were selected.

How the program works

Telenor has invited service design agency Livework to support the youth in designing solutions, and each team will be supported by an expert mentor who will guide the team throughout the year as they develop their solution.

From Oslo to Bangkok, TYF takes youth around the world

TYF will host a second event for the delegates in Bangkok in May 2017. This will be the first major milestone for the teams as they work to implement their solutions. The program will conclude for this batch of young people in October 2017, when Telenor and a jury of experts will evaluate the work and select a winning team that will return to Oslo in December 2017 to inspire the next round of TYF participants.

Four representatives from Myanmar have already participated in TYF in Oslo in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Together with alumni of global TYF they joined the first TYF Asia held in Thailand on 25-26 May. Phyo Thura Htay, a TYF2015 alumni, will also join the upcoming TYF forum as a member of the winning team of the TYF Asia that has been invited as featured speakers.


Ms. Ni Ni Myint
Corporate Communications, Telenor Myanmar Ltd
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