Dr. Tin Htut was born in 1958 and graduated from Yezin Agricultural University in 1980. He obtained his Master of Science in Plant Breeding from the University of North Carolina, United States of America in 1991. As an International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Ph.D. scholar, he studied plant breeding at the University of the Philippines Los Baños from 1996 to 2000. While he was working in the Department of Agricultural Research, he continued collaborative work with IRRI in breeding rice varieties resistant to bacterial blight disease. In 2003, he was invited as a research fellow in the IRRI to assist in the genetic analysis of iron-dense grains. Dr. Tin Htut was recognized in 2010 as one of IRRI’s outstanding alumni in the field of rice research management.
Dr. Tin Htut was also a Rector of Yezin Agricultural University and the Director General of Department of Planning from 2011 to 2015. He was appointed as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MoAI) on 1st September 2015. As a Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI), Dr. Tin Htut will be coordinating the seven departments under the ministry, and serves as a secretariat for the minister and assists him in managing MoALI. He is currently taking the responsibilities of Senior Official Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (SOM-AMAF) Leader.