Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is responsible for steering Yoma Bank’s strategy, heading its Leadership team, and ensuring that the Bank complies with all relevant laws and regulations when conducting its business.

Our Board is also responsible for shaping Yoma Bank’s corporate culture and values. Its ultimate goal is to create long-term value that benefits its shareholders and stakeholders. Our Board Members combine various skills and professional backgrounds, and this diversity elevates the quality of our decision-making.

The Board of Directors of Yoma Bank is elected by and accountable to its shareholders. As part of the Bank’s continuing efforts to improve its corporate governance, the composition of the Board has been revised. The Board now has ten Directors, consisting of the Executive Chairman, two Executive Directors, four Non-Executive Directors, and three Independent Non-Executive Directors. The introduction of the three Independent Non-Executive Directors exceeds the requirements of prevailing Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) regulations and brings the Bank in-line with best practice standards of Corporate Governance. Moreover, it ensures that decisions of the Board are made impartially in a manner that balances the best interests of the Bank’s shareholders, stakeholders, customers and employees. The Bank has further improved its Corporate Governance framework by the formation of two new Board Sub-Committees. In addition to the Audit Committee and Risk Oversight Committee, the Bank now has a People, Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a Technology Advisory Committee.

As per the definition of the Central Bank of Myanmar, an Independent Non-Executive director of a bank is a person who holds less than 5% of the voting shares of the bank and is not a Related Party as defined in the FI Law.

Board of Directors - Yoma Bank

Board Profiles

Board of Directors - Yoma Bank
U Theim Wai @ Mr. Serge Pun : Executive Chairman
Date of last re-election : January 2021
Current directorships in other listed companies :
  • FMI (Myanmar)
  • MTSH (Myanmar)
  • Yoma Strategic Holding (Singapore)
  • Memories Group (Singapore)
Interest in the Company : Indirect, through FMI *
Biographical details
U Theim Wai @ Mr. Serge Pun is the founder and Chairman of the Serge Pun & Associates (SPA) Group. He is also the Chairman of First Myanmar Investment (FMI), one of Myanmar's leading public companies established in 1992, and Yoma Strategic Holdings (YSH), a Singapore Stock Exchange listed company since 2006. In 2016, he also led FMI to be the first company to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange. He was also instrumental in listing Memories Group on the Catalist Board of the SGX-ST in 2018.

He has over 30 years of international business and investment experience in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Western Europe, North America and Myanmar.

Mr Pun was Honorary Business Representative of International Enterprise Singapore for Myanmar between 2004 and 2006. In 2007, he was appointed as a member of Dalian’s CPPCC. He was also a selected as a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council for Transparency and Anti-Corruption during its 2014-16 term.

For more information, please refer to FMI 2019 Annual Report, page 63.


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U Tun Myat : Independent Non-Executive Director
Date of last re-election : January 2021
Current directorships in other listed companies : Nil
Interest in the Company : Indirect, through FMI (An individual shareholder of FMI with 1,460 shares)
Biographical details :
U Tun Myat was the United Nations Security Coordinator until his retirement in 2004. He also served as United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq for over two years. Prior to these assignments, both of which were at the Assistant Secretary General (ASG) level, he held senior positions at the World Food Program (WFP) in Rome, where he served for over 22 years.

Before joining the United Nations, he was the Head of the Legal and Insurance Department at Myanmar Five Star Line, where he served for 15 years. From 1974 to 1978, he was also the Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Transport and Communications and a lecturer in the Law Department at the University of Yangon.

He holds B.Com and B.L degrees from the University of Rangoon, an ACII from the Chartered Insurance Institute in London,  and an LLM from King’s College, University of London. 


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U Kyi Aye : Executive Director
Date of last re-election : January 2021
Current directorships in other listed companies : FMI (Myanmar)
Interest in the Company : Indirect, through FMI ***
Biographical details :
U Kyi Aye started his career in the banking industry in 1960 and was transferred to the Central Bank of Myanmar in 1965 after nationalization. He held many positions over 25 years in the Central Bank of Myanmar, including Chief Accountant (1987 to 1989) and Executive Director (1989 to 1991). He was appointed the Managing Director of Myanmar Economic Bank in 1991 and subsequently Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar in 1992 until 1998 when he retired from the service.

U Kyi Aye joined Yoma Bank in 2000 as the Special Counsel to the Chairman of Yoma Bank. He holds B.Com and B.L degrees from Yangon University and a Diploma in World Banking and Finance from The Economic Institute in Boulder, Colorado, USA. He is a Certified Public Accountant. 

*** For more information, please refer to FMI 2020 Annual Report, page 76.


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Mr. Melvyn Pun : Non-Executive Director
Date of last re-election : January 2021
Current directorships in other listed companies : Yoma Strategic Holdings (Singapore)
Interest in the Company : Nil
Biographical details
Mr. Melvyn Pun was the Alternate Director to Mr. Serge Pun at Yoma Strategic and the Chief Executive Officer of SPA Myanmar, an affiliate of the Group, between 2012 and 2015. He was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Yoma Strategic in 2015, driving the move to diversify the Group’s businesses along the core businesses while building its recurring income streams. He has been extensively involved in developing the Group’s relationships with key partners, including Mitsubishi Corporation, IFC, ADB, Yum! Brands, New Holland, JCB, Telenor and Pernod Ricard, amongst others.

Prior to joining SPA, Mr. Pun spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong, where he was Managing Director, Head of Asia Ex-Japan Corporate Solutions Group. In that role, he has provided financial and corporate advisory services to corporates and non-profit organisations in Asia Pacific for fund raising, investments and risk management.


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Mr. Dean Cleland : Executive Director
Date of last re-election : January 2021
Current directorships in other listed companies : Nil
Interest in the Company : Nil
Biographical details
Mr. Dean Cleland, a highly proficient international banker, has worked for over 20 years of experience in the Asia Pacific region. He possesses extensive experience in Financial Services in the areas of Banking, Operations, Technology, Digital, Property & Enterprise Services and Major Transformation. Working as an Executive General Manager at National Australia Bank (NAB), he has spent the past seven years working in Singapore and Australia. He led the development, execution and implementation of the NAB Business Bank strategy by redefining Relationship Banking at Australia’s largest business bank, delivering an end-to-end operating model to enhance and grow the customer value proposition. Prior to NAB, he worked at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) for 30 years in various roles, including as founding CEO of ANZ Royal in Cambodia. With more than 35 years of banking experience, he brings unique international banking expertise and leadership to Yoma Bank.


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Dr. Holger Dirk Michaelis : Non-Executive Director
Date of last re-election : January 2021
Current directorships in other listed companies : Nil
Interest in the Company : Nil
Biographical details
Dr. Holger Dirk Michaelis is a Senior Vice President of GIC Private Limited where he serves as Head, Financial Services as well as Head, Strategy & Risk for the Private Equity Group. He has extensive experience in private equity and as a strategic advisor to financial services companies. He serves on the boards of several banks in GIC's global PE portfolio. Prior to joining GIC, he was a Partner and Managing Director of the Boston Consulting Group based in Beijing, China and previously in Frankfurt, Germany. 

He holds an MBA from UT Austin as well as a doctorate degree in Economics and a German graduate degree in business from WHU Koblenz, Germany.


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Ms. Fay Chetnakarnkul : Non-Executive Director
Date of last re-election : January 2021
Current directorships in other listed companies : Nil
Interest in the Company : Nil
Biographical details
Ms. Fay Chetnakarnkul is an Investment Director and the Head of Asia for Norfund. She is responsible for managing and leading Norfund's Asia portfolio. Prior to joining Norfund, she worked at the International Finance Corporation and The World Bank Group. She has experience within the field of development finance from transactions in Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Fay is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.


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Ms. Iris Fang : Non-Executive Director
Date of last re-election : January 2021
Current directorships in other listed companies : Nil
Interest in the Company : Nil
Biographical details
Ms. Iris Fang, who is an International Finance Corporation (IFC) Nominated Board Director, has 44 years of experience working for international financial institutions in the U.S and Asia: American Express, Bank of America, Chase Manhattan Bank, Standard Chartered Bank; and was a Board Director of Vietnam Holding Asset Management. She has been on ABBANK’s Board since 2016. A specialist in Structured Finance, Corporate Finance in the US; Strategic Development of Asian banks, including Vietnam. In addition, to being a trainer at Banking Academy of Vietnam, she has been a visiting lecturer at RMIT University Vietnam Executive MBA Program, a consultant for projects of IFC, SECO, AFD; and Advisor to a Private Equity and EduTech company. She holds MBA and Bachelor of Business from University of Georgia, U.S. 


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Mr. Chintaman Mahadeo Dixit alias Dilip : Independent Non-Executive Director
Date of last re-election : January 2021
Current directorships in other listed companies : Nil
Interest in the Company : Nil
Biographical details :
Mr. Dilip Dixit is a Commerce Graduate and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is a Managing Partner in the most reputed and one of the oldest firm of Chartered Accountants Viz. G.D.Apte & Co. He is in practice for almost 5 decades. Besides other sectors he is specialized in the field of Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) as the Auditor and Consultant. He is associated with leading Banks in India such as Union Bank of India, IDBI Ltd., Bank of India, State Bank of India as their Statutory Auditors. He has handled take overs and mergers of Banks and the first case of Take Over of a Co-Operative Bank by a Public Sector Bank is his brainchild.  He was also the Auditor of Life Insurance Corporation of India from time to time. He was a member of a study Group formed by Reserve Bank of India to examine the problems of Nostro Accounts. He was also a Co-opted Member of the various technical committees of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He was an Independent Director of Dena Bank (Since Merged), Indian Bank, Bandhan Bank Ltd, Stock Holding Corporation Ltd. He was also appointed as an Independent Director by Central Govt. of India on the Board of Konkan Railways Ltd.


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Mr. John Alan Staley : Independent Non-Executive Director
Date of last re-election : January 2021
Current directorships in other listed companies : Nil
Interest in the Company : Nil
Biographical details :
Mr. John Staley has a wide range of experience in both Finance and ICT and has worked in South Africa, UK and Kenya. He is currently doing consulting on various financial inclusion related projects which is his passion. Prior to this, he worked as Consultant of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd/ Fairfax Africa Holding until January 2019. He was with Equity Bank, in 2003/ 2004 as Chief Operations Officer and again from 2009 to 2018, where his last position was Chief Officer – Finance, Innovation and Technology. From 1999-2003, he joined Credit Indemnity (Pty) Ltd (a subsidiary of African Bank Investment Limited), one of the largest un-secured micro-lending companies in South Africa, as Chief Executive Officer. He has been involved in Mobile Financial Service since 1999 and was the driving force behind Equity Banks movement into this space since 2003, when Equity first considered using 3rd parties to provide cash in/ cash out services via agents using mobile phone. He holds BSc in Physics from University of Natal, MSc in Applied & Computational Mathematics from University of Witwatersrand and obtains a BCompt (Honours) from University of South Africa before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 1996.