Founder and Chairman
Dr. Thant Myint-U is a historian and author of multiple books on Myanmar. Educated at Harvard and Cambridge Universities, he taught history for several years as Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He served on three United Nations peacekeeping operations and with the United Nations Secretariat in New York, including as the Chief of Policy Planning in the Department of Political Affairs. In addition to his work with the Yangon Heritage Trust, he is also a Special Advisor to the Myanmar Peace Centre, and a member of the (Myanmar) National Economic and Social Advisory Board.
Director and Vice Chairman
Daw Moe Moe Lwin was trained in architecture and settlement planning and design at the Rangoon Institute of Technology and received an M.Sc in Urban Planning from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. She practiced as an architect for 22 years, and as of 2001 served as a Partner at Living Design Architects and Planners. She also manages Sar-Oke-Zay Publishing House and has published a variety of books, including the art and architecture magazine Ywet-Nu-Wai. Since 2009, she has served as the General Secretary of the Association of Myanmar Architects and the Secretary of the Board of Architects.
Rupert Mann is a built and cultural heritage specialist in urban contexts with a background in community-led advocacy and the assessment, identification and designation of heritage assets along with developing policies to manage development pressures. His Master’s in cultural heritage management focused on World Heritage in Asia. Rupert has experience across several contexts, having worked with traditional communities in Papua New Guinea and Australia, with former inmates of historic prisons, Bronze-Age tombs in Cyprus and on driving statutory reform for Melbourne’s heritage. At YHT since 2012, he assists in creating Yangon’s first comprehensive heritage designations and management systems within a broader urban planning effort, capacity building and physical conservation project management. Rupert considers it a real privilege to be working with YHT at this key moment
Aye Ei Ei Aung shifted from the private sector to work at YHT in order further assist her country on one of its most pressing issues. She finds that YHT allows her to utilize her skills in order to save the buildings which are home to so many Yangon people. She enjoys working with the close-knit team and gets much satisfaction when applying her knowledge and experiences to supporting the future growth and development of Yangon.
Program Officer – Research & Outreach
Thurein Aung was a language teacher and a qualified tour guide who takes an interest in diverse subjects such as anthropology, sociology and history. Born and raised in Yangon, he is inspired by the rich history and heritage of the city. He joined YHT to play a part in ushering in a modern city which keeps its heritage and character intact.