Our team:

SYNERGIA TEAM:

ALICJA PAWLACZUK – Managing Director & Co-founder

Ms. Alicja Pawlaczuk has been involved in work for international cooperation for over a decade. She has been responsible for management of numerous projects for various donors , international organizations, including European Union, bilateral donors, UN agencies, as well as private sector companies. Her main areas of expertise are resource mobilization, project management, establishing effective partnerships in view of boosting economic development, and inclusive growth. She has passion for identifying and creating opportunities for economic empowerment and is actively promoting responsible business practices, technology and know-how sharing. She is committed to developing and upgrading professional qualifications and fostering an entrepreneurial mindset of Myanmar people.  

Mr. Evert de Witte

Mr. Evert de Witte is a senior expert in Monitoring and Evaluation of EU / UN development projects mainly in Africa and Asia (over 20 countries) in the field of Local Economic Development (LED), Agricultural Development, Food Security and Trade. He is proficient in international M&E methods and tools and has experience in capacity development concerning Good Governance. His field of interest lays in design and evaluation of LED with the focus on MSMEs and value chains, in view of inclusive growth and regional integration. His personal motivation, shaped into a PhD, lays in comparing results and impact of projects among various regions, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia, experiencing rapid regional economic growth, and ultimately how this can lead to improved programme design.

Mr Tommaso Vallin

Mr Tomasso Vallin holds a Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Trieste, with a thesis on a EU funded development program on the Indian dairy sector. Passionate about international affairs and rural development, he is interested in exploring innovative and sustainable ways of developing food industry and ensure food security in South-East Asian, using cooperative models. He worked and volunteered in Vietnam, India and Romania in topics ranging from private sector development to human rights. Before joining Synergia, he gained experience in international development, managing European projects related to agriculture and environment. Tommaso is Italian mother tongue, fluent in English and with good knowledge of French and Portuguese, acquired during his international academic experiences.

Ms. Denise Lääveri

Ms. Denise Lääveri has a background working with vulnerable people as a social worker and more recently conducting research in Myanmar on political and economic issues. A skilled researcher, Denise has experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodology as well as a strong ability to design and implement projects. Since joining Synergia, Denise has taken the lead on socio-economic research projects and worked with a range of donors namely the EU, ILO and Danida. Denise holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights from Stockholm’s School of Theology and is trilingual; fluent in English, Swedish and Thai.

Ms Mie Mie Saw

Ms Mie Mie Saw is a Management Assistant at Synergia, with extensive experience of providing support on administration, coordination and translation matters. She has been involved in work on several donors’ funded projects, being responsible for logistics, recruitment and financial management. Mie Mie is also a focal point for Synergia training services. Before joining Synergia, Mie Mie has worked with reputable multinational companies. After graduated from high school in Singapore, she gained more than 6 years of working experience as customer services and executive assistant role.  

Mr. Thi Ha

Mr. Thi Ha was born in North Okkalapa Township in Yangon, Myanmar. After graduating from Yangon University with a Bachelor in psychology he gained several years of working experience in the private sector. Among others he worked at various distribution firms as well as marketing and social research companies, where he mostly worked on providing translating and training. Thi Ha has acquired good communication skills and learned about Myanmar and international business culture. He has travelled to various places around Myanmar for both work and leisure and has a very good command of the English language. At Synergia, he is responsible for project coordination, as well as marketing and sales.

TRAINERS:

Ms. Ania Muchnicka

Ms. Ania Muchnicka, Trainer with over five years of experience teaching in South East Asia. Before, she was working for eight years as a public servant at the European Union Institutions. In Myanmar, she gives trainings at Chambers of Commerce, private sector companies, and previously was a lecturer for the Master of Business Administration. She graduated in Communications and European Affairs in Belgium and France and has a Modern Languages Master of Arts degree. She speaks fluently five languages and is a court certified translator and interpreter. She is passionate about human potential, cross-cultural differences and interpersonal communication skills. Her trainings in Business Administration, Public Speaking, European Relations, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Management and Cross-cultural Communication in business are specifically designed and adapted to Myanmar employees.

Kaung Myat Htun

Kaung Myat Htun, Trainer graduated from Middlesex University, UK in 2004 with a specialization in Business Information Systems. After working for the Myanmar government, he became a professional lecturer/trainer for private institutions. Currently, Kaung Myat is pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration from Victoria University, Switzerland, where he conducts research in the field of social media and SMEs. Kaung Myat is the publisher of several IT-related books and is a contributor to the Myanmar local monthly magazine B2B Management Magazine.

ASSOCIATES:

Dr. Luc V. Zwaenepoel

Dr. Luc V. Zwaenepoel is an international development programming and results management specialist with over 30 years of international experience for the WB, EU and the UN, acquired in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and South East Asia. His main areas of expertise include private sector development, structural reform, agriculture and rural development. As an evaluation specialist, he gained profound knowledge of the EU procedures. He set up Monitoring & Evaluations systems, introducing improved methods to better measure and manage for development results. He has contributed to the development of guidelines to evaluate sector programmes. He is a certified trainer in Project Cycle Management, evidence-based management as well as on the organisation of systemic changes in public administration institutions. 

Daw Aye Aye Khaing

Daw Aye Aye Khaing is a senior Myanmar national consultant with extensive experience in conducting situational assessments and developing national strategies, and agriculture and livelihood development programmes for a wide range of donors. Mrs. Khaing worked on several gender-focused assignments including Rapid Gender Assessments (RGA) in agriculture, training trainers in view of understanding gender in development, improving awareness and skills to manage gender-sensitive issues, introducing and promoting gender analysis, and developing recommendations and strategies on gender in development. Furthermore, she possesses strong expertise on conducting and developing baseline studies, market assessments, and strategies for strengthening agribusiness value chains. Throughout her career, she worked and consulted for ADB, ITC, World Bank, MIID, IID Australia, CARE, and others.

U Kyaw Kyaw Thwin

U Kyaw Kyaw Thwin is the CEO of Group of Development Research & Index (GDRI) and has over 30 years of experience in management, consulting, training, and community development in Myanmar, and was involved in a number of projects in the agriculture sector.

Over the years, U Kyaw Kyaw Thwin has consulted and worked for numerous development organizations like USAID/IFDC, IFAD-LBVD, GEI, IFAD, ADB, FAO, DFID, Sida/ Pyoepin, CARE Myanmar, German Agro Action, Action Contre La Faim, various other UN Agencies, and INGOs, LNGOs and the Myanmar Agriculture Service. He has been involved in the Organizational Development Programmes, through the Farmer Field Schools (FFS), in particular, his interpersonal skills, management, way of approaching to the farmers/trainees, and technical skills have been fully demonstrated in the success of various trainings with tangible outcomes.

Dr. Nick J. Freeman

Dr. Nick J. Freeman has over 15 years of experience as a development consultant in Southeast Asia, specialising on private sector development, SME development, fund management and financial sector reform in less developed, developing and transitional economies. He is currently resident in Yangon, having previously spent 12 years living and working in Vietnam. Nick has also worked in Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore and Thailand. Previous clients have included a wide range of multilateral and bilateral development partner agencies, as well as DFIs, foundations and NGOs, as well as various private sector clients involved in fund management, FDI, risk analyses and business intelligence. Prior to entering development full-time, Nick was a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. He was also previously Head of Indochina Research for ING Barings, as well Baring Securities’ first Vietnam Analyst and Baring plc’s appointed agent in Vietnam. Nick holds a BA in Peace Studies, an MA in Southeast Asia area studies, and a PhD in International Business.

Mr. Felix Haas

Mr. Felix Haas is an independent consultant based in Myanmar since 2013, where he predominantly supported economic policy reform efforts in the areas of industrial development, SME development, the rural economy as well as the promotion of trade and investment. Projects were at the interface between public and private sector, therefore Felix has sought to assist in “practical economic development” – providing hands-on perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of SME entrepreneurs to policy makers. In addition to work with public sector clients such as the World Bank Group, UNIDO, GIZ, the Netherlands Government and various NGOs, Felix Haas offers consultancy services to local and international companies in the areas of development consulting, SME internationalization (EU Myanmar Centre), real estate development (Myanmar Property Solutions), technology transfer (CoStruct.co) and market launch services (e.g. Myanmar Business Answers). He has supported different CSOs, entrepreneurs and initiatives in agricultural market system in particular in the conflict-affected border areas of Myanmar for inclusive economic growth.