Zoya Phan

Campaigns Manager, The Burma Campaign UK

Zoya Phan is from the Karen ethnic group in Burma. At the age of 14, she was displaced with her family from her village and sought refuge in Thailand. She later claimed asylum in the United Kingdom. Phan joined the Burma Campaign UK as Campaigns Manager. In this role, she has become one of Europe's leading democracy activists for Burma. She also helped create the European Karen Network, and following the assassination of her father in 2008, she and other family members set up the Phan Foundation charity. In 2009, Phan became a fellow of TEDGlobal and a Rising Talent for Women's Forum 2009. In the same year, she published her autobiography, “Little Daughter: A Memoir of Survival in Burma and the West” (it was published in the US under the title, “Undaunted: My Struggle for Freedom and Survival in Burma”). Phan is a regular commentator in media, appearing on BBC, CNN and writing for The Guardian and Huffington Post.

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