U Win Thein, Chairman of the Union Civil Service Board, was born on 11 August 1948 in Yangon. He is the son of Toe Tet Yay U Thein (Order of the Star of the Revolution 1st Class) and Daw Ma Ma Lay(Order of the Star of the Revolution 3rd Class). In 1965, after completion of the matriculation of his high school education at St.Paul’s High School, he was selected as Officer Cadet and underwent training at Defense Services Academy. In 1969, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (DSA) and was appointed as Gazetted Officer in the Navy. He obtained the diploma of Higher Grade Pleadership (H.G.P) in 1976, and attended the training of Oceanography in Japan from 1978 to 1979 and computer programming courses conducted at the Computer Department of Universities in 1979. After he served in ranks in the Navy, he was transferred to serve at the Ministry of Transport in 1984.
He was elevated up to the rank of Deputy Director General at the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems under the Ministry of Transport. And then, he was promoted as the Principal of Myanmar Mercantile Marine College. In 1994, he completed diploma of Advanced Computer Management conducted at the Central Statistical Organization in 1994, Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law in 2002, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Law in 2003, Post Graduate Diploma in International Law in 2004, M.A (Business Law) (1st Year) from Yangon University respectively. After that, he became a member of International WHO’s WHO of Professionals of United States of America in 2009. Furthermore, he was conferred Ph.D Honoris Causa in Educational Leadership from Akamai University, Hawaii, USA in 2014. He just completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from London College of Business Sciences in 2015.
In 1995-1996, being appointed as the National Consultant to draft “Myanmar Agenda 21” by the Head Office of United Nations Environment Programme (UNDP) (Nairobi, Kenya), through National Commission for Environmental Affairs, Myanmar. Along with his career, he also compiled about fifty research papers related with environmental conservation, education, training and contributed them through international conferences. In 2012, he was assigned as a member of the Assessment Commission on Legal Affairs and Special Issues at Pyithu Hluttaw (Union Parliament).