Community Partners International (CPI)’s Executive Director, Dr. Si Thura, has been selected to join the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Network, the Asia-Pacific’s foremost network of diverse change-makers under the age of 40.
The Class of 2022 features a diverse mix of leaders representing 26 countries and includes journalists, human rights advocates, entrepreneurs, fiction writers, politicians, and more.
“Drawing on their personal expertise and leveraging the collective power of the Asia 21 network, the class of 2022 will actively contribute in shaping a more peaceful, prosperous, and secure future for all,” said Asia Society President and CEO Kevin Rudd. “We are delighted to play our part in connecting individuals who share common values and desire to make this world a better place.”
Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Si Thura said, “I am delighted to be a part of the Asia 21 Young Leaders Network. I look forward to working with network members to forge a more just and equitable future for the people of Asia.”
Asia Society press release: https://asiasociety.org/asia-21-young-leaders-meet-class-2022
About Dr. Si Thura
Shortly after graduating from medical school in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) in 2008, Dr. Si Thura joined relief and recovery efforts in the Ayeyarwady Delta after the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis, the worst natural disaster in Myanmar’s recorded history. The experience convinced him that the key to the future was to strengthen resilience and support the development of community-led services to provide for essential needs such as health care and education. Dr. Si Thura joined Community Partners International (CPI) in 2009 as the organization’s first Myanmar-based staff member.
Starting from a small office in Yangon, Dr. Si Thura has played an instrumental role in bringing CPI from its roots on the eastern border to the forefront of health systems in Myanmar, especially for health reforms. Under his stewardship, CPI supports a network of community-based partners in Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh and other South Asian countries, delivering lifesaving health, humanitarian and development services to hundreds of thousands of people in conflict-affected, remote rural and urban poor communities.
Dr. Si Thura received the 2013 Australian Leadership Award and 2016 InsideNGO’s Emerging Leader Award. He is also a co-founder and Joint Secretary of the Liver Foundation (Myanmar).