Meet the ISY Board

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


Brett Joyal


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).

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.

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.

Goran Simic


Goran Simic has a long history at ISY having graduated from ISY in 1999 and having 3 brothers go through the school as well. Goran has a daughter, Natalija, at ISY in the High School who started ISY in the 2021-22 year in 9th Grade. Goran is from Serbia but has spent time in Yangon working in the field of industrial production and international business in general. He is currently working as an Economic Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Yangon. Not only is Goran fluent in Serbian and English, he also speaks fluent Myanmar.



Phyoe Min Kyaw was born and raised in Yangon. He spent 5 years in the United States studying Finance at Arizona State University. He then returned to Myanmar to start his career in the Consumer Product Distribution sector as the Managing Director of Pahtama Group where he worked for 10 years. He is currently working in the Retail sector as the COO of City Mart Holding Company. Phyoe Min Kyaw is married with a son at ISY in the Elementary School.