En Ning Hwa graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA (Hons) in International Relations with French, where she was awarded the Tomlinson prize for her dissertation examining the foreign policy behavior of modern-day Myanmar.
Before attending Yale, she lived in Kuala Lumpur and spent a few years working for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, managing grants and partnerships for development programming and humanitarian relief in the Asia Pacific region with a focus on East and Southeast Asia. Prior to that, she gained policy experience while interning at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia and working as a research assistant at Crops For the Future. Most recently, she spent the past summer conducting political, conflict and peacekeeping analysis in the office of the Secretary-General at the United Nations in New York. 
En Ning speaks English, Mandarin, Malay and some French. At Yale, she focuses on the area of state-building together with quantitative methods to help inform and evaluate policy.