The International Technical Advisory Board (ITAB) was formed in January 2013, as part of the 2014 Myanmar Census structure. It is composed of 15 experts from across the globe with knowledge in census taking, statistical activities and in ensuring efficient data use. Some of these experts led censuses and statistical programs in their respective countries, such as Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States, among others.

Their role in the 2014 Myanmar Census is to provide advice and critique on the proposed census processes, they also share their international experiences and ensure that the census follows international guidelines, is credible, and will be widely accepted. The ITAB offers advice to the Government of Myanmar and UNFPA on a range of technical, logistical and administrative issues to support the successful implementation of the census.

Members of the ITAB have stated their strong commitment to supporting Myanmar by providing their experience, and consider themselves privileged to be part of such a historical and transformative process.

Keiko Osaki, Chief of Demographic and Social Statistics Branch, the United Nations Statistics Division in New York, and member of the ITAB, stated: "The census data is at the base of almost all major planning decisions of a country. The Government of Myanmar decided to conduct a population and housing census, after three decades absence. I'm honored and delighted to be able to be a part of this milestone event, which will serve to improve the life of every person in Myanmar."

Duncan Young, Head of the Australian Census of Population and Housing, and member of ITAB: "The population and social statistics that are provided by a census are critical for good governance and effective public administration, and more specifically for the planning of hospitals, schools, roads and public transport. I am impressed with the progress of the preparations and believe that the Department of Population will have the technical capacity to organise a good census."

 

Members of the ITAB

Mr. Ronnie Andersson
Former the Director of the International Consulting Office at Statistics Sweden

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  Mr. Hyungseog Kim

Director of Population Census Division, Statistics Korea, Republic of Korea



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Dr. Paul Cheung (Previously Member of ITAB)
Professor of Analytics at the National University of Singapore and the former Director of the United Nations Statistics Division, Singapore

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  Mr. Glenn S. Ferri
Assistant Division Chief, International Programs Center for Technical Assistance, Population Division, United States Census Bureau

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Dr. Margarita Guerrero
Director of the United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (UN-SIAP), Japan

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  Dr. Werner Haug
Former Regional Director of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNFPA and former Deputy Director of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Switzerland

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Mr. Shigeru Kawasaki(Previously Member of ITAB)
President of the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) and Professor of Economic Statistics at Nihon University of Tokyo, Japan.

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  Dr. Christophe Lefranc
Technical Adviser on Population and Development (Data and Census) for UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office, Thailand

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Dr. Keiko Osaki-Tomita
Chief of Demographic and Social Statistics Branch of the United Nations Statistics Division in New York, USA

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  Prof. Nancy Stiegler
Head of the Statistics and Population Studies Department and the Deputy Dean of the Gender, Equity and Transformation Unit, Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa

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Mr. Ian White
Former Head of International Census Liaison, ONS United Kingdom, United Kingdom

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  Mr. Duncan Young
Head of the Australian Census of Population and Housing, Australia

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Dr. Giampaolo Lanzieri
Senior Statistician, Eurostat, Economic Commission, Italy

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    Mr. Dudy S. Sulaiman(Previously Member of ITAB)
the Deputy Director General of Statistics Office (BPS) of Indonesia, Indonesia

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  Mr. Nailin Feng
Director-General of the Department of Population and Employment Statistics at National Bureau of Statistics of China, China

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  Dr. Wendy Hartanto 

Deputy Chairman, National Population and Family Planning Board Republic of Indonesia



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Naohiro Ogawa
Professor Emeritus, Nihon University, Tokyo

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  Roberto Bianchini
Research Associate, Interuniversity Research Center for Sustainable Development (CIRPS)

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Dr. Eng Chuan Koh 
Deputy Chief Statistician, Singapore Department of Statistics

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  Reena Badiani-Magnusson  
Senior Poverty Economist, World Bank

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