Founder and Chairman
Dr Thant Myint-U is an award-winning writer, historian, conservationist, and public servant. He was educated at Harvard and Cambridge Universities and taught history for several years as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has also served on three United Nations peacekeeping operations and as the Chief of Policy Planning in the UN’s Department of Political Affairs. He is a former member of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council, a former Special Advisor to the Myanmar government on peacemaking, and the author of four books including The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century. Dr Thant Myint-U is currently the chairman of U Thant House and a founding partner of the Ava Advisory Group.
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.
Born and educated with an engineering degree from London, U Moe Kyaw returned to Myanmar in 1990 to start his entrepreneur career. His major business is in directories and research, employing over 700 staff in 8 offices in Myanmar. He is acknowledged as one of the pioneers of marketing in Myanmar with his extensive experience in managing the advertising and research services needed by nearly all the major consumer brands and non-government institutions. As such he is the joint venture partner for Nielsen, the world’s largest market research agency.
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.
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.
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.
Program Officer – Conservation Management
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.
Program Officer – Building Project
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.
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.
Digital Communications Assistant
Nyein Zar Thwe joined YHT because of her strong interest in Yangon’s unique heritage. With her prior experience in Public Relations & Communications, she works enthusiastically as a Digital Communications Assistant. Nyein considers it an honour to work at YHT as she could play a part in making Yangon into one of Asia’s most liveable & vibrant cities.
Thet Thinzar graduated with a master’s degree in architecture from Yangon Technological University. She decided to join Yangon Heritage Trust because she has a strong interest in urban planning and wants to participate in shaping Yangon as a more liveable city.
Soe Soe Nwe is a Licensed Architect and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from West Yangon Technological University. She studied landscape design from Sunbird-LEO Landscaping & Design and has the over 3 years of experience in architectural field. She joined YHT as a program assistant as she believes that YHT plays an important role in making Yangon into a more liveable and smart city.
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.
Junior Program Assistant
Htoo Ye Kyaw is an architectural graduate from West Yangon Technological University. He has been working in measuring and urban planning related projects before graduating. He believes that old things told a story that can only be felt with heart and every building has their own story waiting to be discovered. He joined YHT to help conserve heritage buildings and keeping Yangon alive gracefully.
Junior Program Assistant
Zwe Thiha Htut assists with heritage inventory development at Yangon Heritage Trust as a Junior Program Assistant. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from West Yangon Technological University and joins YHT due to his interest in preservation and restoration of heritage buildings within an urban context.
Min Zaw Oo assists with photograph and date collection at Yangon Heritage Trust as an Inventory Technician. He graduated with a Masters degree in Geology from Pyay University and is pleased to be a member of the YHT workforce contributing to the heritage conservation effort.
Moe Ei San graduated with a degree in Physics from Kalay University in 2018. Previously a part-time librarian, she joined YHT to assist in day-to-day operations of the office and to learn more about heritage conservation.
Junior Inventory Technician
Pyae Sone Thu assists with heritage inventory development at Yangon Heritage Trust as a Junior Inventory Technician. He graduated with a degree in Geology from Pyay University. He joined YHT for his interest in doing research and restoring heritage structures.
With a background in tourism, Yu Myat Noe joined YHT to take an active role in the preservation and promoting of his city. With a great enthusiasm and humor, he likes to share stories and anecdotes of Yangon’s past history. Seeing his city transforming day by day, he is also concerned to raise awareness to include Yangon’s rich heritage in the current process of modern urbanization.
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.
Myint Myint Than decided to join YHT as a part time heritage tour guide. She has been working in tourism industry over 20 years. She is well-travelled as an outbound tour leader and have experience with different heritage destinations. She is eager to assist YHT in raising awareness in conservation and heritage protection to residents of Yangon and travellers alike.
Kyaw Thet Naing graduated with a degree in Electronic Communications from University of Kyaukse in 2017. He has been working as a part time tourist guide since late 2016. Inspired by YHT’s vision and mission, he joined YHT to learn more about the history and conservation and to share what he has learned to others.
Heritage Guide (Local Tour)
Aye Thiri Moe is a master’s student at the University of Yangon. Being a ardent supporter of Yangon Heritage Trust, she joined the team to share the knowledge on the city’s history, its heritage and YHT’s conservation efforts to the local residents.
Visiting Heritage Architect
Zaw Lin Myat is trained as an architect and preservationist in the United States. Upon graduation, he returned to Yangon in June 2016 to work as an architect. His historic preservation thesis at the Columbia University titled “Heritage in the Myanmar Frontier: Shan State, Haws and Conditions for Public Participation” explored public participation process for the conservation of ethnic heritage in Myanmar. Zaw Lin Myat has been supporting Yangon Heritage Trust since 2013 when he worked as a summer preservation intern. He is a staunch supporter of conservation effort for Yangon where he grew up. He is contributing his knowledge and expertise on a part-time basis at YHT.