Thin Thin Lay is a Research Assistant supporting the Security Dialogue program at MIPS. She is a Mon ethnic but left Myanmar for the Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand at age 13. Thin Thin Lay has worked at several NGOs operating in Mae Sot and other locations along the Thai-Burma border. She is currently enrolled at Rangsit University in Bangkok, and expects to receive a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Development in 2019.