Our country has a crying need for good leaders. I have long waited for Myanmar Leadership Institute to begin to form leaders who will help to shape a principled, honourable Myanmar society. We cannot lose more time in preparing ethical, discerning leaders whose decisions are based on sound principles and values. Whether in business, government, education, health care, religious associations or civil society, reliable leaders will rebuild Myanmar after our decades of isolation and darkness.
Jesuit Father Mark Raper, who has long experience of living in Asia, has recently been re-assigned as the Superior of the Jesuits in Myanmar. Fr Raper spent over twenty years in the foundational period of Jesuit Refugee Service, first as the Regional Director for Asia Pacific, based in Bangkok, and then as the International Director, from a Rome base. He was the Australian Provincial and recently for almost ten years has served as the President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. For seven years, he was contemporaneously the Superior for Jesuit missions in both Timor Leste and Myanmar.