Aung Myat Khaing is Deputy Director of the Yangon Heritage Trust. He has more than 14 years of working experience in local and international professional with a diverse background encompassing strategic planning and implementation, civil society and business sector development through Organizational Development and Facilitating Monitoring & Evaluation System Development through system Analysis and Design for the long-range strategic planning. A results driven, self-motivate and resourceful director with a proven ability to develop and strengthen management teams in order to maximize organizations fund raising and efficiency. He has International Executive Master Degree in Development Studies, Graduate Institute, Geneva University, Switzerland, a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies from Yangon Institute of Economics, a Bachelor degree in Mathematics from Yangon University. At YHT, he works closely with Chairman, Director and Board, to develop and enhance long range strategic plan (LRSP), technical support to different level of government official, private sectors and non-profit organizations. He covers for overseeing operations, finance and HR functions as well as enhancing internal processes that will allow YHT to continue to grow and fulfill its mission.
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
Theingi Lynn holds a degree in Mass Media and Communications and two years’ experience of work in journalism. With great interest in culture and history, her job mainly focuses on writing press releases on what’s new of YHT, managing media inquiries and handling social media outlets. Media officer position suits her dreams of contributing to society, getting involved with preserving her hometown, Yangon, as a liveable city and keeping updated in media industry.
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.
Khine Zar Maw has an architectural background and received a Ph.D in Architecture from the Yangon Technological University. As she works as a Program Officer at YHT, she focuses on inventory project of YHT as well as other heritage conservation related works in Yangon. She loves to promote the uniqueness of Yangon’s heritage and wants to raise awareness of heritage conservation as conserving heritage is one of the most effective economic development tools for Myanmar.
Zin Mar Htun is an exchange staff from another non-government organization. For the time being, she is working as Finance Assistant in Finance Unit of Yangon Heritage Trust. She has many years of experience in financial procedures. Her main responsibilities are assisting to Finance/HR Manager and working closely with Office Coordinator. She is very keen on finance department, and in addition she prefer non-governmental organization and in future, she would like to found one. She provides financial services which are related with Yangon Heritage Trust’s activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Community Liaison Officer
Thi Thi Kyaw ‘s jobs mainly focus on community engagement what they said of their environment. She works closely with the community. Her duties and responsibilities are participating in the development of YHT questionnaires and providing timely and adequate feedback on the main issue of residence in their engagement with the consultation process. She joined YHT to meet new experience and be active in her work. She wants to know why heritage is important. She thinks the past is all around us. Everyone lives their lives against a rich backdrop formed by historic buildings, landscapes and other physical survivals of their past.
With a background in tourism, Yu Myat Noe joined YHT to take an active role in the preservation and promotion of his city. With great enthusiasm and humor, he likes to share stories and anecdotes of Yangon’s past history. Seeing his city transforming day by day, Yu Myat Noe 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.