She was previously Parliamentary Officer for Burma Campaign UK, and in this capacity has addressed MPs in the House of Commons, and received standing ovations after speaking at the National Conference of the main opposition party in the UK, the Conservative Party, for two years in a row.
Zoya is one of the leading Burmese democracy activists in Europe. She has met with the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, several senior government ministers, the leader of the opposition party, and is regularly interviewed by national and international media including BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera.
Zoya is from the Karen ethnic group in Burma. When she was 14 Burmese army soldiers attacked her village, and she and her family were forced to flee. They hid in the jungle for weeks before finding their way to a refugee camp in Thailand. She is now a refugee living in London.
At recent campaign led by Zoya Phan persuaded the British government to double aid to Burma.
Zoya Phan is also Secretary of the Karen Community Association UK, director of the Phan Foundation, and serves on the board of Austria Burma center. Her autobiography, Little Daughter, will be published on 20th April.