Meet the ISY Board

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

Governance

Brett Joyal

Chair

Brett was elected to the Board in May 2019. An American national with a son, Quinn (Class of 2032) at ISY, he has lived in Myanmar since 2016 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).

Kyaw Moe Naing

 

Kyaw was elected to the Board in May 2015 and reelected in May 2017.  He currently serves on both the Finance and Facilities Committee. Kyaw is a Myanmar national with three children at ISY, (Classes of 2023, 2024 and 2031). 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.

Sao Thanda Noi

 

Sao was appointed to the Board of Trustees in June 2019. She is a Myanmar National with 1 daughter; Zarah (Class of 2027). 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.

Han Thein Lwin

 

Han Thein Lwin was elected to the Board in October of 2020. He has previously served on the Board between 2015 and 2018. He has two children at ISY in Grades 1 and 7. Han Thein Lwin is a Myanmar national and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Shwe Taung Engineering & Construction. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Power) from Yangon Technological University.

Jason Meikle

 

Jason was appointed to the Board in September 2021. He is a US citizen and the Deputy Director of Pact Global Microfinance Fund. Jason arrived in Yangon in 2013 and has two children at ISY (Aziz, Class of 2027, Milun, Class of 2025). For the past 25 years Jason has lived and worked internationally, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and later as a microfinance specialist. He holds a degree in Economics and Anthropology from Brown University.

Kalpana Solanki

 

Kalpana was elected to the board in October 2021. She is an Indian citizen with two children at ISY: Anaaya (Class of 2033) and Devyani (Class of 2027). Kalpana arrived in Yangon with her husband Sid in September of 2017 and has a background in design. She holds a bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a postgraduate degree in Fashion Technology and has worked as a designer previously. Kapana has very much an international background having spent time in Papua New Guinea growing up and more recently in Seoul, South Korea.

Mahesh Krithivasan

 

Mahesh was elected to the board in October 2021. He is an Indian citizen and the country manager for Sun Pharma. Mahesh arrived in Yangon with his wife, Jayanthi, in June 2015 and has a daughter at ISY, Iyer Kalika (Class of 2022). Prior to his time in Myanmar, Mahesh worked for 14 years in Russia and previously 9 years in India all for the same company he works for now. Mahesh holds a Masters in Mathematics from Bharathiyar University in India and is currently working on a Masters in Business Administration from Cumbria University in England.

Ekayi Maw Koo

 

Ekayi is Burmese-Australian being born in Myanmar but being educated in Australia. She has also lived in Singapore.  Ekayi has two children at ISY (Class of 2024 and Class 2027).  Ekayi has a business background having mainly worked in the finance sector and currently works at AustCham.  Ekayi holds two bachelor degrees, Bachelor of Commerce (first class honours) and Bachelor of Asian Studies, both studied at the Australian National University.

Xiao Wei Song

 

Wei Song was born in Myanmar but is a citizen of Taiwan.  After living in a number of different places including the US, Shanghai, Taipei and Singapore, Wei Song moved back to Myanmar in 2014.  She runs Gymboree Play and Music in Yangon and Mandalay which is an international franchise focusing on a development program for early childhood.  Wei has one son at ISY. (Class of 2029).  Wei holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Connecticut State University.

Ila Jurisson

 

Ila was appointed to the board in November 2021 and is currently serving as the Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy. Her previous overseas posts include Havana, Cuba; Tallinn, Estonia; Erbil, Iraq; Suva, Fiji; La Paz, Bolivia, and Guadalajara, Mexico.  Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Jurisson worked for the Peace Corps in a number of different places and prior to that was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Ila has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public History and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Resource Strategy.