Z Nang Raw has over 20 years of experience as a mediator/facilitator and active civil society leader in Myanmar. She is a Visiting Senior Expert for the Burma Program of the United States Institute of Peace, linking research, policy, training, analysis and direct action to support those who are working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world. She is also a member of the National Unity Consultative Council, a body known as one of the most inclusive political dialogue platforms in Myanmar’s history, where she represents the Women Advocacy Coalition-Myanmar.

From 2012 to 2018, Nang Raw supported the Myanmar peace process as a technical advisor and lead documenter for the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team of 16 Ethnic Armed Organizations during negotiations for the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. She also served as a lead facilitator in security thematic sessions of the Union Peace Conference of Myanmar Peace Process. She was with Nyein (Shalom) Foundation for over 20 years and recently served as the Director, where she was in charge of the organization’s program strategy and high-level coordination with Union and State level governments, parliaments, ethnic resistance organizations, and religious institutions aiming to build sustainable peace in Myanmar.

Nang Raw co-founded the Civil Society Forum for Peace and the Alliance for Gender Inclusion in Peace Process in 2012 and 2014 respectively, which are active platforms of local civil society organizations for peacebuilding in Myanmar. She is also serving as the Kachin Women Peace Network’s Chairwoman of the Advisory Board. She holds a Graduate Certificate in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an MA in International Development Policy (Peace and conflict resolution concentration) from Duke University.