Hla Hpone “Jack” Myint serves as Deputy Director for Mainland Southeast Asia and as Director for Myanmar; Cambodia; Laos PDR; Aerospace, Defense and Security; and Public Relations at the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) headquarters based in Washington, DC. He also serves as Founding Director of the USABC Institute’s Myanmar Scholarship Fund, which is raising US$6 million between 2022-24 to support disenfranchised Myanmar students studying in the United States.
Previously, Jack was a Research Analyst at Inle Advisory Group, a Washington-based advisory firm focused on investment opportunities in Myanmar, where he advised clients on political developments in Myanmar as well as evaluating potential exposure to OFAC’s list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List).
Prior to Inle, he served as Energy Policy fellow for the Center for Energy Policy and Management, funded by Consol Energy in Southwestern Pennsylvania. In this role, he was a member of the Center’s state government relations team, where he supported research and advocacy on sustainable shale gas production.
Jack has interned for the Council during the summers of 2013 and 2014 and for the International Republican Institute’s Asia Division. He has also worked for a member of parliament at the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House of Parliament) in Nay Pyi Taw.
Jack’s op-eds and commentary have appeared in Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, The Diplomat Magazine, Eurasia Review, Voice of America (VOA), BBC News Radio, Radio Free Asia (RFA), Frontier Myanmar, and Stimson Center. Jack is a Prospect Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi Nobel Peace Prize Fund Scholar, an Open Society Foundation Scholar, and a U.S Department of State International Exchange Alumnus.
Jack holds a B.A in Political Science and Conflict Resolution Studies (CRS) from Washington & Jefferson College, where he graduated top of his class in the CRS concentration. He is fluent in English and Burmese, and studied German.