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 in Myanmar’s social and political history.
Senior Program Officer
Kyan Dyne Aung has a background in civil engineering and environmental engineering management. He transitioned into the field of heritage protection in order to partake in the crucial contributions that YHT is making towards Yangon to becoming a more liveable and vibrant city.
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.
Development and External Relations Officer
May Thway Ko is the Development and External Relations Officer at the Yangon Heritage Trust. She is responsible for designing and executing fundraising strategies, and building and maintaining strong relations with external partners. She works closely with the Chairman, Director and the Board, to design and implement comprehensive initiatives that will raise the level of individual, corporate and organization giving. May Thway gave a talk on “Living Bricks: How Heritage Buildings Enhance Social Fabric” at the first Myanmar TEDx in March 2016. Her passion is to listen to various stories behind heritage building.
Media and Communications Officer
Noe Noe Aung is responsible for media relations, interacting with general public and handling the Trust’s publicity on social media platform. Originally came from journalism background, she proudly joined Yangon Heritage Trust after she had experienced six years in Myanmar’s media industry, witnessing ups and downs of Yangon and how heritage areas are in need of protection and preservation for the future of the country. She is eager to raise public awareness in the importance of urban planning in Yangon. As a media and communications officer, she keens to encourage general public to participate in making Yangon as a more livable and vibrant city.
Historical Researcher and Project Manager
Thurein Aung is 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.
Thet Hnin Kyi Phyu works creatively at Yangon Heritage Trust as a Program Officer. She completed her doctoral in architecture at Yangon Technological University. Her specific areas of expertise include restoration and renovation of heritage buildings and conservation of urban heritage areas. She joined YHT to contribute to the conservation and preservation of Yangon’s cultural, historical and built heritage.
Heritage Architectural Assistant
War War Lwin is a Licensed Architect and a member of Myanmar Engineering Society. She practiced as an assistant architect and a project architect for 9 years at her former architects firm. She also manages and coordinates various types of building projects from design development through construction. She is very interested in heritage conservation and joined to YHT to assist the organization about architectural heritage in Yangon.
Special Assistant & Government Relations
Jewel Kyay Hmone decided to join YHT as a position of Special Assistant & Government Relations since she has great interest in history and culture of heritage buildings. She is responsible for providing executive and administrative support to both Chairman and director, act as liaison between governmental agencies and YHT, acts as secretary to the board and to undertake a range of assignments related to community relations. Jewel hopes that working at YHT would fulfil her desire to be part of the organization which have excellence working to promote and integrate Yangon’s unique urban heritage into a 21st century vision of Yangon as one of Asia’s most livable cities.
Senior Program Assistant
Hay Mar Lwin joined YHT because of her interest in conservation, preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of urban heritage. She works drawing maps, 3D drawing of buildings, and developing the inventory of Yangon’s built heritage.
Senior Program Assistant
Khin Myat Thu is responsible for developing YHT’s building inventory for the downtown area and securing measurements for any listed dangerous buildings. She is proud that Myanmar has retained these beautiful buildings and religious structures and enjoys working for an organization that is trying to continue to preserve the built heritage of the city.
Tial Thin Tlem worked as Program Manager and Cashier of STI Myanmar University from 2007 to 2014. She is satisfied for joining YHT since she realizes that participating in preservation of the city is not only what she obliged to but also what she desires to. She is proud of the country for its heritage and value them at the same time.
Kaung Sett Lin @ Sid is a creative individual with a background of art history and design. His great interest and understanding of art history is the major inspiration of why he had joined YHT. Although he started at YHT as a volunteer, he is driven by the exquisite heritage buildings of Yangon and decided to join YHT permanently. He is tasked to assist directly to the Senior Program Officer and the Program Manager. Furthermore, he also supports the Communications Officer in building YHT’s visibility by designing several works of YHT. The beauty of the busy city and its livability is considered ‘motivation’ for him to keep working in YHT as well.
Junior Program Assistant
Wutt Yee Myo Myint is graduated with a bachelor of architecture from West Yangon Technological University. She has assisted with developing the inventory of Yangon’s built heritage. She joins YHT because of her interested in heritage buildings and conservation of urban heritage areas.
Kay Thwe Lin has more than six years of experience in trading finance. With great interest in accounting since college, she joins YHT as Junior Accountant to help the Finance Manager and Finance Executive for a better financial system in the organization.
Aung Aung has recently graduated with a degree in Geology and he decided to work at YHT because he wants to contribute for a better Yangon. As an inventory technician, his tasks mainly focus on photographing heritage assets in Yangon, collecting data and putting collected data on maps. He enjoys visiting heritage sites and learning more about Yangon.
Aung Htay Myint works as an inventory technician at Yangon Heritage Trust where he is responsible for photographing heritage buildings, collecting data and drawing maps. He holds a degree in Geology as well. He joined YHT as he would like to learn about heritage buildings.
Aung Pyae Sone Oo is a law student who is greatly interested in History. He also volunteers as an English teacher and a licensed tourist guide. Furthermore, he is fascinated by the Yangon Heritage Trust’s vision to restore Yangon as a liveable city and now he is working as a part-time Heritage Guide at the Trust to support its vision.
Su Hlaing Win is a College Student specialized in English Major as well as a certified tour guide. She is a big supporter of the missions of Yangon Heritage Trust and eagers to explore the almost vanishing Yangon’s unique features. With that in mind, she now works at YHT as part-time tour guide.