Mi Hla Chaw (Vijayar) is the founder and chief executive of the Jamoi (Hope) Foundation, an organization that assists students in Mon State in Burma with study abroad opportunities. Although her remote village in Southern Burma discouraged young people from pursuing an education, Mi Hla Chaw determinedly fights for opportunities for young people today.
As a George W. Bush Institute Liberty and Leadership Program scholar, Mi Hla Chaw seeks to create an internship program which brings ethnic nationalities together to promote unity among ethnic groups by learning about different cultures, political backgrounds, and traditions. She received a master’s degree in International Relations from the Central European University in Hungary. In 2006, she was an intern with the United Nationalities Federal Council.