Ali Alisher


Silk Road Finance Ltd, Myanmar

KN Phone No: +951/544540, +976/70130078 (fax)

A leading private equity fund management firm, based in Hong Kong, which seeks to invest in and profit from privately held companies in countries along the Silk Road, primarily in China and Central Asia. It leverages the synergies and strengths from these countries, such as capital and product demand from the Middle East, natural resources from Central Asia, and products and market demand from China, to generate superior returns for its investors.

Personal: Master’s in International Affairs, Columbia University; MBA, Oxford University. Over 17 years of investment management, investment banking and advisory experience in emerging and frontier markets including Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Myanmar and Mozambique. Formerly: Vice-President, Auerbach Grayson & Co., a brokerage house in New York; Head, Corporate Finance, Central Asia and the Renaissance Capital, Moscow, and Credit Suisse First Boston, Zurich and London. Founder and Chairman, Silk Road Finance, an investment group focused on early frontier markets.


Aliwarga Harry Kasuma

Chief Executive Officer

UMG Myanmar, Myanmar

ID Phone No: +95 1/645 178 , +95 1/645 211 (fax)

UMG Myanmar was established in 1998 and has 2,000 employees all around the country, 22 offices and eight on-site branches. Its business is focused on distribution, mining, media and entertainment, and food industry. In 2011, the company secured top line revenues of US$ 280 million, mainly generated by the distribution of heavy machinery for mining, construction, agriculture and forestry in Myanmar. It has successfully established overseas branches in Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Personal: 1992, Industrial Engineering , ITI, Indonesia; 1994, Civil Engineering, AIT, Thailand. 1992-95 Business Development, Astra International; 1995-98 Business Development Manager, United Tractors; since 1998, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner, UMG Myanmar & Affiliates, established by distributing international branded heavy machines including excavators, dozers, articulated trucks, dump trucks, forklifts and generators.


Andrew Lee

Chief Country Representative and Market Development Director GE, Myanmar

US Phone No: +95 1/861 0571, +95 1/861 0572 (fax)

GE works on things that matter: the best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges; finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance; building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works.

Personal: BSc in Marketing, Rutgers State Univ.; advanced training in banking and investment. Over 20 years in management consultancy, sales, marketing and operations. Background in developing new markets and implementing strategic business plans. Has worked at Panasonic Company, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, B2B and Dun & Bradstreet, US and Myanmar, in Sales & Marketing, Product Management, Strategy Planning, Financial Modelling and Global Market Development. Co-founded AGM Telecom, a telephony software company. Later, Segment Manager, JP Morgan Chase (Card Services), Wilmington, Delaware, managing New Product & Market Development. Former Principal Consultant, Lee Consulting, Bear, Delaware, consulting for small-and medium-sized businesses. Currently, Chief Country Representative and Market Development Director, General Electric International, Myanmar.


Andrew Rickards

Chief Executive Officer

Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd., Myanmar

UK Phone No: +95 1/246 881 (fax)

Degree in Engineering Science, Exeter University, UK. 1988, qualified as Chartered Accountant, London. Formely: 1990, started investment banking career with Barclays de Zoete Wedd; held senior investment banking positions with Schroders, Goldman Sachs, and NM Rothschild and Sons; has worked in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Australia, responsible for raising capital and advising on M&A in many emerging Asian countries. Independent Director, Charm Communications, a NASDAQ-listed Chinese advertising company. Chairman, Bloom Association, Hong Kong, the Paris – based marine conservation charity. Keen supporter of medical and philanthropic institutions in Myanmar. 2001, Member of the Board, Yoma. Interests: active sportsman, particularly sailing, skiing and triathlon.


Aung Zaw

Director and Editor

Irrawaddy Magazine, Thailand

MM Phone No: +66 59/223 160 ext 201, +66 53/223 627 (fax)

Irrawaddy Publishing Group (IPG) is an independent, non-profit media organization providing in-depth news and information on Myanmar and South-East Asia.

Personal: 1988, actively involved in the prodemocracy protests in Myanmar; after being briefly imprisoned during the regime’s crackdown, managed to escape to Thailand. 1993, continuing work in exile, founded The Irrawaddy, an independent English-Language magazine focused on developments in the country. 2013, Visiting Scholar, Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley. Writes for many other publications, including the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Asian Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Time, The Nation and the Bangkok Post, Yale Global and for the CNN and AI Jazeera websites. Recipient: Prince Claus Fund Award for journalism (2010).


Christopher Herink

National Director

World Vision Myanmar, Myanmar

Global Agenda Council on South-East Asia

US Phone No: +195 943/157 580

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization, operating in over 90 countries. With an annual budget over US$2.7 billion and 40,000 staff worldwide, it provides support to vulnerable families and children in critical areas such as health, education and economic development. Founded in 1950, its mission is for every child to experience life in all of its fullness. It has been working in Myanmar since 1958, with current operations in 11 of the 14 states/regions. Its programmes include education, health, agriculture and child protection.

Personal: Bachelor of Arts, Pomona College; Master’s in International Education Policy, Harvard University. Over 17 years working in humanitarian and development programmes in Asia. Co-Founder, Pakistan Education Network, which adapted Sesame Street for broadcast in Pakistan. Partnership Coordinator, American Red Cross, managing projects with a total value of US$48 million. Various positions with World Vision, incl: Programme Officer, Washington DC; Programme Director, Vietnam; and Senior Director, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia region, overseeing a portfolio of US$ 175 million across 22 countries; currently responsible for the strategy and implementation of World Vision’s work in Myanmar.


David Allan


Spectrum, Myanmar

AU Phone No: +95 1/516941

A local initiative focused on the goal of enhancing national development in Myanmar, via constructive engagement on environment, sustainable development and natural resource management matters. The initiative covers six themes: economic justice – promoting natural resource management and transparency to minimize risks of the “Natural Resource Curse”; promoting rights and helping use of “Do No Harm” approaches; avoiding communication strategies for key issues; encouraging positive engagement in Myanmar; making available relevant research and best practices.

Personal: Thirty years in resource, manufacturing and the development sector; former chemical engineer; operating, management, consulting, CSR, humanitarian and community development experience. 2007, Founder, Spectrum, Myanmar, for policy, business strategy and service delivery in sustainable development, natural resource management, transparency, social licence to operate, stakeholder engagement, conflict and risk reduction, and the environment. Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors. Regular speaker at Myanmar business and development forums.


Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD); Member of Parliament from Kawhmu Constituency, Myanmar

Studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Oxford University, United Kingdom. Research Assistant, University of London; three years’ experience at the United Nations, New York. Currently, Chairman, National League for Democracy (NLD); Member of Parliament from Kawhmu Constituency. Recipient of awards, including: Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought; 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.


Debbie Taylor


Proximity Designs, Myanmar

Social Enterpreneur

US Phone No: +95 9/4201 33022


Proximity Designs is a not-for-profit social enterprise operating solely in Myanmar since 2004. It makes and markets products and services to improve the productivity and incomes of rural families across Myanmar. Its product portfolio includes a full line of low-cost irrigation equipment, solar energy products for rural households, agricultural loans, and farm advisory services. Its national distribution network reaches 80% of Myanmar’s rural population.

Personal: Master’s in Development Economics and Public Policy, Harvard University. Lived in post-war Cambodia for four years; 1985-89, worked on national rural development, Cambodia; seven years with USAID and the Harvard Institute for International Development, Indonesia; 1995-2003, served on several UNDP and World Bank missions, evaluating programmes and assessing socio-economic conditions in Myanmar; Co-Founder, Proximity Designs.


Jim Taylor

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Proximity Designs, Myamar

Social Entrepreneur

US Phone No: +95 09/501 8244


Proximity Designs is a not-for-profit social enterprise operating solely in Myanmar since 2004. It makes and markets products and services to improve the productivity and incomes of rural families across Myanmar. Its product portfolio includes a full line of low-cost irrigation equipment, solar energy products for rural households, agricultural loans, and farm advisory services. Its national distribution network reaches 80% of Myanmar’s rural population.

Personal: MPA, Harvard University; MBA, University of Southern California. Over six years’ supply chain distribution experience in the private sector in the US. Mid-1980s, managed post-war development assistance following the Khmer Rouge period, Cambodia; 1990s, seven years as Resident Adviser to the Ministry of Planning, Indonesia. Co-Founder & Chief Executive, Proximity Designs, Myanmar.


Johan Adler

Managing Director

Ericsson Myanmar Company Ltd, Myanmar

SE      Phone No: +951/657225

A provider of technology and services to telecom operators including 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies. It provides support for networks with a total of over two billion subscribers, is working in 175 countries and has over 80,000 employees. It was founded in 1876, has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden and, in 2009, generated revenue of US$ 27.1 billion. It is listed on OMX Nasdaq, Stockholm and Nasdaq New York.

Personal: Seasoned telecom executive with more than 20 years of experience with Ericsson in developing business in Asia. Has started up several markets and held senior executive regional positions. President in Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and now in Myanmar. M&A experience in China and South Korea.


Jonathan Kyaw Thaung

Chief Execuitve Officer

Capital 8, Myanmar

MM Phone No: +65/6253 0110, +65/6253 0220 (fax)

A privately owned Myanmar group founded in 1957 by U Kyaw Thaung, with an initial focus on agriculture. It has diversified into the telecom, logistics and real estate sectors. C8’s wholly owned subsidiary M Tel has joined hands with Singapore Telecommunications in bidding for a telco licence in Myanmar. It is also developing a large mixed-use real estate project in Yangon. It is building state-of-the-art rice mills in Myanmar together with Charoen Pokphand Co. from Thailand.

Personal: Studies in Entrepreneurship and Business Administration, Babson College, Massachusetts, US. 2002, returned to Myanmar. Chief Executive Officer, Capital 8 Group. In response to cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar in May 2008, founded KT Care Foundation. KT Care has played a major role in the redevelopment of the delta by rebuilding schools and providing microfinance for farmers and fishermen (non-profit), scholarship programmes and operations for victims.


Ken Tun

Chief Executive Officer

Parami Energy Group of Companies, Myanmar

MM Phone No: +95 1/255 106, +95 1/ 255 109 (fax)

Parami was started in 2004 with the aim of providing high-quality services to its corporate and governmental clients in Myanmar. It has grown from an engineering service provider to the Parami Energy Group of Companies (“Parami Energy”), with core businesses in the oil and gas, power, construction, banking and insurance sectors. It is committed to planting 500,000 trees and to supporting one-third of monastery education in needy areas by 2015.

Personal: Bachelor’s in Engineering, Yangon Institute of Technology; MBA, National University of Singapore. Experience in corporate finance, steel and cement industries, oil field support service and EPC projects. Chairman and CEO, Parami Energy Group, Myanmar, which has interests in oil and gas, power, construction, banking and insurance. Initiated programmes to support one-third of monastic schools in Myanmar, and to plant 500,000 trees by 2015. Tries to convince staff of Parami  Energy to take part in the group’s disaster relief programmes and other social programmes such as providing clean water to rural villages and rural hospitals.


Kyaw Min

Deputy General Manager

Siemens Ltd,Myamar

Synonymous with an international mindset and worldwide presence for over 165 years, Siemens is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare, as well as providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for  cities and metropolitan areas. Present in some 190 countries, its 370,000 employees work at 1,640 locations worldwide, including 176 R&D facilities, delivering fast, local, tailor-made solutions addressing the needs of energy and industrial companies, cities, infrastructure and healthcare providers.

Personal: 1994, Bachelor’s in Engineering (Electornics), Rangoon Institute of Technology; 2004, MBA, Yangon Institute of Economics. 1994-95, Service Engineer for PC/LAN, ACE Data System Myanmar; 1996-98, Field Engineer in Indonesia’s oil and gas field, Schlumberger Corporation; 1999-2001, Exec. Eng. For implementing first GSM network in Myanmar, Myanmar Sky Link Telecommunication; since 2001, with Siemens Myanmar, as Business Development Manager until becoming Deputy General Manager-non-resident General Manager.


Kyaw Win


Shwe Than Lwin Co.Ltd, Myanmar

MM Phone No: +95 1/202 949, +95 1/297 088 (fax)

Shwe Than Lwin Group of Companies includes the following firms, among others: Shwe Than Lwin Trading Co; Shwe Than Lwin Constructions Co.; Global Alliance Manufacturing Co.; Shwe Than Lwin Media Co., which broadcasts Sky Net TV and Shwe FM Radio; Shwe Than Lwin Highway Road Construction; Ka Sa La Tyers Production Factory; Golden Guest Public Transportation Services; Golden Guest Hospitality Hotel Services.

Personal: 1993, BSc in Mathematics. Chairman, Shwe Than Lwin Co.


Michael Lim


Today Ogilvy & Mather, Myanmar

MM Phone No: ++95 1/538 660

WPP is the world’s largest communications services group, with billings of US$ 71.7 billion, revenues of approximately US$ 16 billion in 2011, and over 162,000 people, including associates, in 110 countries. Companies provide national, multinational and global clients with advertising, media investment management, consumer insight, public relations & public affairs, branding & identity, healthcare communications and direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing and specialist communications.

Personal: President, Myanmar Publishers and Booksellers Association. Member, Central Executive Committee, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Honorary Treasurer, Yangon Sailing Club. Honorary Member of the Board of Trustees, Myanmar Institute of Theology. Board Member, Yangon YMCA. Member, Advisory Council, World Vision Myanmar.


Min Htin Kyaw Lat

Managing Director

Nexus Solutions Co.Ltd, Myanmar

MM Phone No: +95/153 4291

Nexus Solutions is Myanmar’s first provider of free public Wi-Fi. The company sets up ad-based Wi-Fi networks in public parks and malls. It is Yangon’s only digital advertising company that allows advertisers to market their products and services on Internal platforms such as apps and websites. Nexus has set up its Wi-Fi network in three of Yangon’s public arenas and is looking to expand to more locations.

Personal: Graduate, Singapore Institute of Management (SIM); 2012, BSc in Economics and Management, University of London. While at SIM, founded and acted as President, Myanmar’s students’ association. July 2012, Business Development Executive, Ayeyarwady Bank, Myanmar’s third largest bank, mainly involved in Forex trading and international banking. December 2012, started Nexus Solutions, which provides free ad-based Wi-Fi in public spaces such as malls and parks.


Mitsuo Ido

Representative in Myanmar and General Manager, Yangon Branch

Mitsubishi Corporatioin, Myanmar

JP Phone No: +95 1/255 803, +95 1/255 801 (fax)

Mitsubishi Corporation is one of Japan’s largest global integrated business enterprises. It develops and operates businesses across virtually every industry and country in the world. It operates in approximately 90 countries, owns over 500 affiliates and employs nearly 60,000 people. Its business operations range from natural resources development to investment in retail business, infrastructure, financial products and the manufacturing of industrial products. It aims to create sustainable corporate value by helping to solve global problems through business.

Personal: Studies, Hitotsubashi University. Since 1983, with Mitsubishi Corporation, including: 2007, Assistant General Manager, Indonesia; 2012, Representative, Myanmar.


Ren Geng

Managing Director

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, Myanmar


Huawei Technologies is a leading global ICT solutions and services provider active in the carrier networks, enterprise, consumer and cloud computing fields. Its products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one-third of the world’s population.

Personal: For eight years with Huawei in overseas markets; in charge of Vietnam and Thailand. Currently, General Manager, Huawei Yangon office, in charge of all businesses in Myanmar. Sept. 2012, invited President U Thein Sein and ten ministers to visit Huawei headquarters and exchange concerns. Often interviewed by the media.


Sai Sam Tun


Loi Hein Co. Ltd, Myanmar

MM Phone No: +95 1/229 952, +95 1/229 963 (fax)

Lo Hein Co. is a food and beverage company active in manufacturing, marketing and sales and distribution.

Personal: 1971, graduate, Medical of Institute Yangon: 1986, MBA Washington International University, USA. 1972-86, Medical Doctor, Government of Myanmar. Since 1992, Founder and President, Loi Hein Group Company; has developed international partner’s brands as well as own brands into category leaders in consumer goods manufacturing, distribution and marketing, including for water and energy drinks.


Serge Pun


Serge Pun & Associates (Myanmar) Ltd, Myanmar

MM Phone No: +95 1/240 363, +95 1/246 882 (fax)

Serge Pun & Associates (Myanmar) is a diversified conglomerate with interests in commercial banking, real estate development, manufacturing, trading and services, automobile, tourism, retail and agriculture businesses. Founded in 1991, it has had dynamic growth and an impressive track record of building successful businesses in Myanmar over the years. The group includes its flagship First Myanmar Investment Co., a Myanmar public company, and its affiliate Yoma Strategic Holdings, a Singapore mainboard listed company.

Personal: Chairman, Yoma Strategic Holdings. Founder and Chairman, SPA Group. 1983, founded Serge Pun & Associates, Hong Kong. 1991, Founder, SPA Myanmar. 2006, led Yoma Strategic Holdings to a successful listing on the Singapore Stock Exchange. 2004-06, Honorary Business Representative for Myanmar, Int’l Enterprise Singapore. 2007, Member, Dalian Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Involved with social projects in Myanmar including: Myanmar Business Coalition Against Aids; The Cape Nargais Relief and Recovery Committee in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargais; Yangon Heritage Trust. Honorary Doctorate, Southern California University of Professional Studies.


Soe Myint

Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director

Mizzima Media Co. Ltd, Myanmar

MM Phone No: +95 1/558675


Mizzima, derived from the Pali word for middle or moderate and chosen for its inference of an unbiased and independent media, was established in 1998 in New Delhi, India, by three veterans of Myanmar’s 1988 prodemocracy uprising. It aims to provide high-quality news relating to Myanmar, contributing to freedom of expression and the free flow of information in the public interest. Until recently, Mizzima operated as an exile-based media organization. Today, it is a publicly registered Myanmar company with its headquarters in Yangon.

Personal: 1998, founded Mizzima, which is specialized in Myanmar-related news and multimedia. Mizzima was the first exile media to move back to Myanmar in January 2012, after the country opened up for democratic changes. Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Mizzima Media Co., which has media outlets such as the weekly magazine M-ZLNE+, weekly television business news and daily updated websites, and


Steven Aung

Country Representative

BNP Paribas, Myanmar

BNP Paribas is a European leader in banking and financial services, with broad international coverage and a strong presence in all the major financial capitals in the world. It is present in over 80 countries with more than 200,000 staff worldwide, and has been recognized as one of the six strongest banks in the world, according to Standard & Poor’s. It ranks highly in its three core activities of corporate and investment banking, investment solutions and retail banking.

Personal: 2000, BA in Accounting and Finance, Middlesex University, London. Qualified accountant. Formerly with Metroline as Corporate Finance Manager and Waterman Group as international Finance Manager. 2012, returned to Myanmar. Currently, Director, Annam Myanmar; Country Representative, BNP Paribas.


Su Swezin Aung

Managing Director

Medium Myanmar Co.Ltd, Myanmar

MM Phone No: +95 94/320 2043

Twitter: @sweetoria

Medium Myanmar is a platform for people who want to get life and business experience in Australia or Myanmar. It is growing internationally and provides business consulting services for people who want to run a business in Myanmar. Consulting services in academic, employment and business project management.

Personal: 2009, Bachelor’s in Business, major in Human Resource Management, University of Technology, Sydney; 2013, Certificate of caring for infants and children with acute malnutrition, University of Southampton. Qualified organization  and method analyst,         VETACCESS AUSTRALIA, based on academic qualifications and working experience. Member: Women’s Development Association, WinGabar, Yangon, Myanmar; Australian Human Resources Institute, Sydney, Australia. Interests: business, arts and culture, education, social services.


Thant Myint-U


Yangon Heritage Trust, Myanmar

Global Agenda Council on South-East Asia

MM Phone No: +66 81/480 9968

1987, BA, Harvard University; 1996, PhD, Cambridge University. 1994-99, Fellow, Trinity College Cambridge. Served on three United Nations peacekeeping operations (1992-93, Cambodia and 1994-95 and 1996, the former Yugoslavia). 2000-06, also served in UN Secretariat, New York, including as Chief of Policy Planning, Department of Political Affairs. Currently, Chairman, Yangon Heritage Trust. Member, (Myanmar) National Economic and Social Advisory Council. Special Adviser, Myanmar Peace Centre. Author; The River of Lost Footsteps: A  Personal History of Burma; Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crosssroads of Asia.

Spouse’s Name: Sofia Busch


Thaung Su Nyein


7 Day News Journal, Myanmar

Information Matrix Co. is an IT, media and services company based in Yangon, Myanmar. It is a pioneer IT solutions provider for ministries, large and small enterprises and educational institutions. It provides a comprehensive array of Internet-based  services and solutions, including design, development and hosting of websites, e-commerce strategies and related consulting services. It prints some of the highest selling publications in Myanmar, such as 7Day Daily Newspaper, 7Day News Journal, Internet Journal and Myanmar People Magazine.

Personal: Studies in Computer Science, City College, New York. Technology, media and social entrepreneur in Myanmar. Formerly, office administrator, webmaster, webmaster and Web developer (Cold Fusion programmer), New York. 2000, Founder and Head, Maze Media Co., later Inforithm-Maze, currently Informaiton Matrix Co. Concurrently, editor-in-chief, seven publications (printed media) published by Information Matrix. Vice-President, Myanmar Young Entrepreneurs Association. Secretary, Myanmar Computer Professionals Association. Member (interim), Myanmar Press Council. Executive Committee Member, Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries.


Tina  Singhsacha

Chief Executive Officer

Standard Chartered, Myanmar

TH Phone No: +95 94/2531 9971

Standard Chartered, a leading international bank, is listed on the London, Hong Kong and Mumbai stock exchanges. Headquartered in London, it has operated for over 150 years in some of the world’s most dynamic markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity.

Personal: Bachelor’s in Commerce, Sydney; MBA, Sasin Graduate International Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok,. 1995, Management Trainee, HSBC. 1999, Management Consultant, Bain & Company, Singapore. 2001, with True Corporation: with Strategic Planning Department; Head, Marketing. Since 2007, with Standard Chartered Bank: 2008, Corporate Affairs, Regional CEO South East Asia office; 2011, Chief of Staff CEO, Singapore & South East Asia, responsible for running of CEO office, Government and Regulatory Relations, and Legal and Corporate Real Estate Services, Singapore; currently, Chief Representative, Yangon.


Tun Thura Thet

Chief Executive Officer

Myanmar Information Technology, Myanmar

MM Phone No: +95 1/652 302, +95 1/652 265 (fax)

Myanmar Information Technology (MIT) was founded in 1997 with the objective of promoting the ICT industry in Myanmar. MIT has become a leading software house in the country by providing reliable strategic ICT solutions and services through innovative technologies. It has a leading market share in Myanmar, especially in the banking, retail, enterprise systems as well as government sectors. MIT provides end-to-end and IT solutions by leveraging its domain and business expertise and strategic partnerships with leading technology providers.

Personal: 1995, BCom in Information Technology, Curtin University of Technology; 2001, MBA; 2005, MSc in information Studies, specialized in Information Systems, and 2012, PhD, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore. 1997, established Myanmar Information Technology. 2002-05, Visiting Lecturer, MBA programme, Yangon Institute of Economics. Taught Change Management and E-Business. 2006, Lecturer in Mobile Computing, Republic Polytechnic University, Singapore. Compiled international conference papers, journals and a book chapter. Currently, Chief Executive Officer, Myanmar Information Technology.


U Ko Ko


Yangon Media Group Ltd,Myanmar

MM Phone No: ++95/550 0887

Yangon Media Group was founded in 2004; It currently publishes The Yangon Times Daily and The Flower News weekly.

Personal: 1984, graduate, Rangoon Institute of Technology. Chairman, Yangon Media Group. Member, Myanmar Press Council; Vice-President, Myanmar Journalists Association.


U Thura Ko

Managing Director

YGA Capital Limited, Myanmar

Young Global Leader                    MM              Phone No: +95 94/307 3533

YGA Capital is an investment advisory services company that is associated with leading global and regional private equity funds. The team is focused on sectors where the broader group has inherent investment experience – banking and finance, telecommunications and consumer products.

Personal: 1995, BSc in Economics, London School of Economics. Early career in investment banking, including 12 years in the Far East, based in Hong Kong, with a particular focus on South-East Asia. Firms have included Goldman Sachs and N.M. Rothschild. Former Vice-President, Providence Equity, the global telecom and media fund, Hong Kong. Summer 2010, returned to Myanmar to explore opportunities in both for-profit and non-profit situations, resulting in the formation of YGA Capital


Win Win Tint

Managing Director

City Mart Holdings Co Ltd, Myanmar

MM Phone No: ++95 1/253 022, ++95 1/253 065 (fax)

Young Global Leader

City Mart Holdings is a leader in modern retail in Myanmar. It operates multiple retail outlets across many retail formats, including supermarkets, hypermarkets, bakerys & cafes, pharmacies and baby stores.

Personal: Founder, City Mart Holdings which is now a leader in modern retail in Myanmar. City Mart Holdings operates multiple retail outlets across many retail formats, including supermarkets, hypermarkets, bakeries & cafes, pharmacies, baby stores, etc. 1997, Founder, Pahtama Group, the leading and fastest growing distributor for consumer products in Myanmar; it is the exclusive distributor for many multinational companies in Myanmar; its wide and reliable distribution network enables it to deliver quality products nationwide and improve the living standards of people in Myanmar.


Zaw Oo

Executive Director

Myanmar Development Resource Institute, Myanmar

MM Phone No: +95 1/654 770, +95 1/654 771 (fax)

Myanmar Development Resource Institute is an independent think-tank dedicated to inclusive growth in Myanmar. The Centre for Economic and Social Development is one of three functional centres of the institute and specializes in economic and development policies, supporting policy-makers in implementing comprehensive reforms as well as promoting good governance in Myanmar.

Personal: Graduate in International Development, Finance and Banking, and Political Economy, Columbia University and American University. Former Lecturer, Chiang Mai University; 2011, returned to Myanmar to help the transition to democracy. Executive Director, Centre for Economic and Social Development, Myanmar Development Resource Institute. National Coordinator, Myanmar Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative; principal adviser to tax reforms, SME development, civil service reform and decentralization. Member: National Economic and Social Advisory Council of the Office of the President; Task Force on Public Service Performance Appraisal. Contributed to Myanmar’s successful conclusion of Paris Club agreement in January 2013.


Zeya Thu

Deputy Editor-in-Chief

The Voice, Myanmar

MM Phone No: +95 9/550 1894

The Voice Daily is a leading nationwide daily private newspaper with an emphasis on the politics and economy of Myanmar.

Personal: Master’s in International Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Journalist and academic. Partner and Deputy Chief Editor, The Voice Daily. Since 2007, has taught mass communication, development and leadership at local NGOs including Myanmar Egress. Co-Founder and Director, Myanmar Development Partners, a consultancy and research company. Has published three books and numerous articles on nation-building, development and leadership.


Zin Mar Aung

Activist and Co-Founder Rainfall, Myanmar

RAINFALL Gender Studies Group- Resocialization and Increasing Non-discrimination For ALL.

Personal: University degree. Imprisoned for 11 years; relesased in 2009. Political activist, promoting democracy and political education. Co-Founder, YSPS – Yangon School of Political Science; Co-Founder, RAINFALL.


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