Michael Suantak

ASORCOM representative for the community networks learning grant initiative


Michael Suantak (Pum Suan Hang) is a civic-minded social innovator and entrepreneur in Myanmar. He is the founder of ASORCOM and one of the Myanmar digital Tarzans from the jungle of Chin state, located in the northwest of Myanmar close to India and Bangladesh.

His primary initiative was building a community wireless network as an alternative communication platform, connecting more than 20 jungle villages over the hills in Chin state, where there are no proper roads or internet and mobile coverage. Before that, he was one of the founding members of the Burma Information Technology (BIT) team in 2002 and organisational manager in New Delhi, India.

Since then he has worked as a digital and cybersecurity trainer and raised digital security and digital rights awareness together with local and international experts. He is one of the 200-plus DeBoer fellows and is currently working with ASORCOM as a director and chief technician.

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