Ye Pyae Thu
A social entrepreneur by choice, and an educator by heart
About the Founder
About Ye Pyae Thu
Born in Yangon, Myanmar (formally known as Burma), to a father from Shan State and a mother from Yangon State, Ye Pyae spent much of his childhood years in Mandalay, Myanmar. After finishing high school in Mandalay, Ye Pyae moved to Yangon where he was exposed to several startups and organizations that ignited his entrepreneurial spirit.
Before he began his college in Myanmar, he started out as the Founder of a non-profit foundation, called Youth Social Force Foundation. It was the start of many-core understandings and playing a key role in his leadership journey. Ever since he was young, Ye Pyae has always wanted Myanmar youth to be more professionally development and internationally educated.
Working his way through the university in the United States, with the help of seven scholarships and fellowships, Ye Pyae returned to Myanmar, almost twice a year, where he worked tirelessly by educating and empowering thousands of university students at about 90 public universities in Myanmar. That experience honed his belief in the power of educating students and youth about leadership and personal development to bring positive impacts in their communities.
Starting a career into the social entrepreneurship field, a path which he created for himself, is based on one question which he always finds him asking, "How can he prepare the future leaders of his country?". That was the question that started the passion which he called his career.
Ye Pyae is the candidate for Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education offered by the University of North Dakota, in the United States. He holds an M.Sc. in Strategic Management with an emphasis in Consultancy from the Universiteit van Tilburg, in the Netherlands, and a Master of International Business from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in PR China. He completed his B.S. in Business Administration graduating Summa Cum Laude and University Honor, a Diploma in Social Entrepreneurship, and a Diploma in Civic Engagement, from Northern Illinois University, in the United States.
Currently, he is working as the Founder and Executive Director of the Taxila Institute, Founder and Executive Director of the Taxila Foundation, Founder of Youth Social Force Foundation, and Founder of Hexagon Social Enterprise Co.,Ltd. Aside from his organizations, Ye Pyae has served as one of the advisory board members of the Plan International in Myanmar, one of the world's largest international NGOs working in 71 countries for children rights, education, youth economic empowerment and etc. He has also worked as the project advisor of the Tonkar Learning, a U.S. Department of State's funded innovative e-learning program based in Laso PDR.