Thant Myint-U is the author of four books on Burmese and Asian history, most recently The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century. Educated at Harvard and Cambridge University, he taught British imperial history from 1995-2000 as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has also served on three United Nations peacekeeping operations. Since 2007, he has been involved in numerous reforms efforts in Myanmar, including as a member of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council, a special adviser to the government on the peace process, the founder and chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust and the chairman of U Thant House. He is the recipient of several honours, including the Padma Shri from the Government of India in 2018.