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We are proud to announce the appointment of Mr Gum Sha Awng as the new Executive Director of Metta Development Foundation (Metta), effective from 16 September 2019. He took over the position from Sai Sam Kham, whose second term has come to an end on 15 September 2019 and after his services of 8 years as Executive Director. The Board has granted him sabbatical leave for his further studies. Gum Sha Awng has replaced him in the role of the Executive Director and he will head our foundation being responsible for leading the Senior Management Team (SMT) from 16 September 2019.

Since 2000, Gum Sha Awng has worked in various senior positions in the foundation and he become SMT member in 2008. From 16 September 2011 until 15 September 2019, he worked as National Programme Coordinator overseeing every aspect of programme planning, implementation and management for both Development and Humanitarian actions.

Gum Sha Awng (43), was born in the Kutkhai, Northern Shan State. He graduated in 2002 from University of Mandalay with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A). He holds a Master of Arts (M.A) in Development Studies at the Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Dublin, Ireland in 2008. Together with his wife Roi Awng, he has three children.

This leadership transition is another milestone in the organisational history characterized by continual learning, growing and reflection. Gum Sha Awng is the right person to drive – and lead the further development of our foundation. We are confident that Gum Sha Awng will lead us into a new era and building ever more equitable and powerful partnerships with visionary leaders and organisations.

Thus begins a new and compelling chapter for Metta. Having a new Executive Director comes at the perfect time as we celebrate 20 years of being one of the leading National organisation supporting the field of community development and humanitarian actions. We have no doubt that the next 25 years are going to bring new and exciting challenges and successes and we look forward to each and every one of you being a part of it. But for now, it’s time to celebrate!

Please join us as we welcome Gum Sha Awng to the new hope in our foundation and you will have the opportunity to meet him in near future.

We also would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our former Executive Director, Sai Sam Kham for his excellent work throughout the years and we would like to wish him all possible success for his future career.

Please join us in welcoming our new Executive Director – Gum Sha Awng to New Hope!