Sean Turnell

Senior Economic Advisor/ Director of Research
Myanmar Government/ Myanmar Development Institute

Sean Turnell has been a researcher of Myanmar’s economy for over twenty years. Formerly at the Reserve Bank of Australia and a Professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, Sean is currently Senior Economic Advisor to the Myanmar Government. Sean has written widely on Myanmar’s economy, and has been a regular commentator on the country in the international press. He has been an advisor on Myanmar to the US State Department and other agencies, to USAID, to Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to the World Bank, and many other international bodies.

In 2009 the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies published Sean’s book on the history of the financial sector in Myanmar, Fiery Dragons: Banks, Moneylenders and Microfinance in Burma.  Sean has been a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, the Southeast Asia Programme, Cornell University, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.  In addition to his advisory role, he is also currently the Director of Research at the Myanmar Development Institute (MDI) in Naypyitaw.