Ma Thida is a Burmese surgeon, writer, human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience. In Myanmar, she is best known as a leading intellectual whose books deal with the country’s political situation. She was elected recently chair of the Writer in Prison committee of PEN International. She was the president of PEN Myanmar and a board member of PEN International. She was a visiting research associate at Yale University’s Southeast Asia Studies programme. She is currently a fellow at the Martin-Roth Initiative in Berlin.