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SMU Alumni inducted into inaugural SMU International Advisory Council (Myanmar)

6 Jul 2017


SMU’s embarked on its latest initiative to establish its global footprints - the launch of International Advisory Councils (IAC) in major cities in the region and internationally. The role of the Council is to involve friends of SMU and our own alumni in those locations to reach out to corporates and to grow the community of SMU friends in overseas countries. It also seeks to strengthen and deepen SMU’s collaboration and engagement with government, academic, and business communities in those countries. The Council will provide platforms for active engagements between SMU’s overseas alumni and international and exchange students, with the local business community and academia. The Council members, in their roles as ambassadors of the university, will lend support to SMU’s activities. These activities will include dialogues and panel discussions to raise awareness of SMU’s thought leadership and our areas of excellence, as well as the initiatives launched by our alumni in those cities, such as community involvement projects, industry dialogues, and networking seminars. For instance, IAC members may act as panelists for dialogues or speakers at networking sessions, or assist in identifying suitable persons. IAC members will comprise prominent and successful business leaders.

Myanmar has a very active and passionate SMU alumni community. Many have joined family businesses and contributed to their growth, started their own businesses, or climbed the corporate ladder; and are immensely successful. It was a natural location for SMU to launch the inaugural International Advisory Council Myanmar on 6th July 2017 in Yangon. Four successful SMU alumni were invited to join the Council, in additional to three prominent industrialists and corporate leaders. They are:

1) Mr Serge Pun, Founder and Chairman, Serge Pun and Associates (Chairperson)

2) Mr Jonathan Kyaw Thaung, Group CEO, KT Group

3) Ms Nang Lang Kham, Executive Director, KBZ Bank

4) Mr Naing Ye Lin*, President of SMU Alumni Chapter in Myanmar

5) Ms Meimei Chua*, Managing Director, United Beauty Palace Myanmar

6) Ms Kyi Kyi Win*, Director, Diamond Great Wall Trading Co Ltd

7) Mr Ronald Lee*, Project Director, City Mart Holding Co Ltd

* denotes SMU alumni

In conjunction with the IAC launch, an Industry Leaders Dialogue was organised. It serves as an integral part of SMU’s overall efforts to deepen understanding and collaboration with Myanmar industry leaders, academia and other stakeholders by sharing, discussing, and debating ideas and issues about Myanmar that are current and relevant. For this first dialogue, the theme was a discussion of the role of higher education and human capital development to support Myanmar’s rapid growth and transformation. More than 100 business, government and academic leaders from Myanmar, as well as SMU alumni in Myanmar, participated in the dialogue as well as witnessed the IAC lunch at Novotel Yangon Max.

SMU President Professor Arnoud De Meyer delivered the keynote address on ‘The Role of Higher Education in Emerging Economies’. In his first task as IAC Chair, Mr Serge Pun mesmerized the audience during the dialogue ‘Leading the New Economy’, moderated by Professor Tan Chin Tiong (Senior Advisor to SMU President). Mr Pun emphasized the importance of integrity and honesty when running businesses, and warned that corrupt acts may return to haunt companies without clean records. Professor Philip Charles Zerrillo (Executive Director of SMU Centre for Management Practice) shared his views about ‘Investing in a Frontier Economy’. He also moderated a panel discussion on ‘Addressing the Skills Gap in Myanmar’ helmed by panel members Dr Ko Ko Gyi (Group Managing Director of Capital Diamond Star Group Co. Ltd), and IAC members Mr Jonathan Kyaw Thaung, Ms Meimei Chua, and Mr Ronald Lee.

The industry dialogue was a huge success, with SMU Myanmar Alumni Chapter members coming out in force to support the event. Almost 50 SMU alumni took time off from work to attend the half-day event. SMU would like to express its appreciation to the following members of the organising committee who were instrumental to the success of the event:

Candy Phyu Phyu Khin (BBM 2014)                          Daniel Padang Zau Du (BBM 2011)

Ei Khine (BBM 2015)                                                  Evelyn Khin Thida Hnin (BBM 2009)

Htin Kyaw Lynn (BBM 2008)                                      Joe Kyaw Htoo Naung (BBM 2014)

Kenneth Tan (BBM & BSc(Econ) 2009)                     Khaing Kyi Oo (BBM 2010)

Kyaw Kyaw Win (BSc(Econ) 2009)                           Meimei Chua (BBM 2007)

Michael Maung (BAcc 2012)                                     Naing Ye Lin (BBM 2013)

Nann Thi Thi Tun (BBM 2012)                                   Ronald Lee (BBM 2010)

Suu Thet Htar (BBM 2012)                                        Wai Phyo Kyaw (BSc(ISM) 2011)

SMU Alumni/student volunteers who assisted in organising the Industry Seminar.

Prof Philip Charles Zerrillo, Executive Director, Centre for Management Practice,   Mr Jonathan Kyaw Thaung, Group CEO, KT Group,  Dr Ko Ko Gyi, Group Managing Director, Capital Diamond Star Group Co. Ltd; Ms Meimei Chua, Managing Director, United Beauty Palace Myanmar (SMU Alumnus), and Mr Ronald Lee, Project Director, City Mart Holding Co Ltd (SMU Alumnus)



Last updated on 17 Jul 2017 .