Myanmar Programme manager, Konrad-Adenauer Foundation Singapore
Dr. Kerstin Duell manages the expanding Myanmar programme of the German foundation Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung since early 2012. In cooperation with local partner organisations, KAS organises workshops for local NGOs, scholars, parliamentarians and notably brought together most of the speakers of the 14 regional parliaments to discuss decentralisation.
Kerstin specialises on diverse aspects of Myanmar politics within the context of Asian geopolitics and security. She holds degrees in social sciences from Berlin, SOAS University of London, and received a PhD scholarship from the National University of Singapore. Her thesis focused on Burmese transnational activism, armed ethnic movements and their dependencies on donors before the backdrop of the region’s geopolitics and non-traditional security issues. She conducted extensive research among the Myanmar Diaspora in Thailand, India, Northeast India and Malaysia, especially in the borderlands, with a grant from the Asia Research Institute. Prior to that, Kerstin worked for two years in Thailand for NGOs and independent media.
Kerstin was selected for the BMW Foundation’s ‘Europe-Asia Young leaders’ network in 2011, for the Asia Europe Foundation’s ‘Asia-Europe emerging photographers’ forum 2009’, and is being sponsored by Olympus Singapore. www.kerstinduell.com