Meet the ISY Board

ISY is a non-profit Association that is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees of up to eleven members.


Alison Harley


Alison was elected to the Board in May 2017 and served as the Chair of the Governance Committee.  Alison was appointed as chair of the Board of Trustees for the 2019 – 2020 academic year and serves in that role now. Alison is a British national with a child in grade 6 at ISY. Alison is a communications and advocacy specialist and has worked for NGO, government and media organizations in UK, China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Her current role is Communicators Director for WWF-Myanmar. Alison is a qualified barrister and former trustee of the Alder Hey Family Trust.

Andrew Kirkwood

Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair

Andrew was appointed to the Board in December 2015. Andrew has served as Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee since August 2016, and is also a member of the Facilities Committee. Andrew is a Canadian national whose eldest child graduated ISY in 2020. Andrew has university degrees in engineering and planning and 25 years of experience in project and program management. He has lived in Yangon since 2004. He is currently the Director and Representative of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

Andrea Austin


Andrea was elected to the Board in May 2018. She was elected as Board Secretary in September 2018 and named to the Governance and Finance Committees. Andrea is an American national with two children at ISY, in grades 9 and 11. She holds a bachelor’s degree in European Studies and a master’s degree in Humanities, both from Brigham Young University. She lived and worked in Guatemala, Peru, Rwanda and Mozambique before coming to Myanmar in 2017.

Kyaw Moe Naing


Kyaw was elected to the Board in May 2015 and reelected in May 2017. He served as Board Treasurer for the 2015-2016 school year. He currently serves on both the Finance and Facilities Committee and previously served on the Finance Committee and the 2015 Director Search Committee. Kyaw is a Myanmar national with three children at ISY, in grades 2, 9 and 10. Kyaw has a BS in Chemistry and a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. He is one of Myanmar’s leading entrepreneurs and serves as Managing Director of Lighting Specialist Co. Ltd. and Myanmar Ease Net Co., Ltd. He is an active member in a number of industry associations and social activities.

Harold Nordgaard

Audit Committee Chair

Harold was elected to the Board in June 2018 – and elected Audit Committee Chair in September 2018. Harold has four children of which three attend ISY – grades 4, 9 and 11. Harold works at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Yangon. His previous diplomatic postings were Moscow, Singapore and Beijing. He has an Army background with international peacekeeping service from the Balkans. Harold holds two Master degrees – MSc in Strategic Studies (Singapore) and MEcon in Economics (Beijing).

Sao Thanda Noi


Sao was appointed to the Board of Trustees in June 2019. She is a Myanmar National with 1 daughter in grade 6. Before being appointed to the Board of Trustees Sao worked with the Parent Association Board most recently as the Class Parents Coordinator. Sao has worked in the Travel Industry for many years.

Paul Pleva

US Ambassador’s Representative

Paul was appointed to the Board in June 2019. Paul is a U.S. national with a daughter at ISY in grade 2. Paul has university degrees in Economics and International Studies. He has lived in Yangon since 2017. He is currently Director of the Economic Growth Office, USAID/Burma.

Michael Little


Michael was elected to the Board in May 2019. He is a British national with children in grades 1, 4 and 7 at ISY, but has lived overseas with his wife and family for over 20 years. Michael has worked in cultural relations and education in Myanmar (2001-5 and Aug ’18 to present) , Vietnam, Indonesia, Turkey, Spain , Morocco, and Italy. He specializes in English in education, teacher education & development, and English language learning and assessment. He is currently Director English for the British Council, Myanmar.

Brett Joyal


Brett was elected to the Board in May 2019. An American national with a son in grade 1 at ISY, he has lived in Myanmar for 3 years and in Asia since 2013. Brett is the Founder and Managing Director of mom&pop, a Myanmar based marketing and sales agency. Prior to that he held strategy and operations positions in the US, EU, and multiple countries in Asia. Brett holds two Master degrees, M.S. in Economics (United States) and M.B.A. (United Kingdom).