Board of Directors
Dr. Lay K. Kay established and funded the B.K. Kee Foundation in December 2005 because of her desire to help the people of Myanmar and to honor the memory of her mother. Dr. Kay felt that the humanitarian needs of the people of Myanmar were not widely recognized in the West and had not been adequately addressed by the international community. Through the B.K. Kee Foundation, she hopes to bring greater recognition in the West of the plight of the people of Myanmar while addressing some of the people’s greatest needs.
Dr. Kay spent her formative years in Myanmar and immigrated to the United States in 1974. Over the years, Dr. Kay has visited Myanmar several times and continues to remain active in the Myanmar community in the United States. Because of her deep, personal connection to Myanmar and its people, Dr. Kay is passionately committed to the Foundation’s mission to serve the people of Myanmar.
Dr. Kay co-founded one of the nation's leading provider of disability evaluation services, and in 2004, the United States Congress formally recognized Dr. Kay for her leadership and enduring contributions to the nation’s disability examination industry. Dr. Kay holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Institute of Medicine II in Myanmar.
Stan Sze is the President and Director of the B.K. Kee Foundation. He oversees all operations of the Foundation, including its grants and its endowment. Mr. Sze also serves on the Board of Directors of Community Partners International, the largest independently supported U.S. nonprofit dedicated to the health of the people of Burma/Myanmar. In both capacities, Mr. Sze works with local community-based organizations in and around Burma/Myanmar to address health and education issues in the region. Mr. Sze was born in Yangon, Myanmar.
Before focusing on development issues in Burma/Myanmar, Mr. Sze practiced law for over a decade specializing in mergers and acquisitions, securities laws and venture capital financings. In private practice with an international law firm, Mr. Sze represented companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies in complex corporate restructurings, debt and equity public offerings and regulatory and governance matters. His representative clients included the Intel Corporation, the General Electric Company and Hewlett Packard Company. After private practice, Mr. Sze served as an officer of a Fortune 500 retail company.
Mr. Sze now serves on the Board of Directors of The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation. He is also the Managing Director of Rivermark Management, LLC, an investment and advisory firm.
Mr. Sze holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Political Science from Stanford University. Mr. Sze also earned a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated with honors. Mr. Sze is an avid runner, having completed over 10 marathons. Mr. Sze lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three children.
Dr. Hnin Nandar Htut is the Country Coordinator of the B.K. Kee Foundation in Myanmar. Dr. Nandar leads the implementation of the Foundation’s projects in Myanmar, including managing and operating the B.K. Kee Clinic, a community-based health clinic in South Dagon, Yangon. Dr. Nandar also manages and oversees grants to our partners in the region, and she currently is leading our effort to register with the Ministry of Health of Myanmar.
Prior to joining the B.K. Kee Foundation, Dr. Nandar was a Project Manager for Sympathetic Doctors Group, a community based health care organization based in Yangon. At SDG, Dr. Nandar coordinated the SDG health clinics and led the fundraising to support those initiatives.
Dr. Nandar worked at the Myanmar Medical Association as a trainer of reproductive health issues and a mobile medical physician.
Dr. Nandar received her M.B.B.S. from the University of Medicine (1), Yangon. She also earned a post graduate diploma in Development Studies from the Yangon Institute of Economics and a post graduate diploma in Social Work from Yangon University.
Dr. Nandar resides in Yangon with her husband and her son.
Dr. Htun Aung Shein is the Program Manager of B.K.Kee Foundation (Myanmar). He is mainly responsible for managing and overseeing the B.K.Kee Foundation’s programs. He received his M.B.B.S degree from the University of Medicine (2) Yangon, a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies (Dip: D.S) from the Yangon Institute of Economics and Diploma in Business Administration from NCC Education.
He has five years working experience as a trainer in providing reproductive health trainings and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMCT) trainings with Myanmar Medical Association (MMA). Moreover, he also worked with Sympathetic Doctors Group (SDG) as Project coordinator (Reproductive Health Project from 2011 to 2012) and Project Manager (from 2012 to 2014). Additionally he worked for five years in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Dental Medicine Yangon (from 2007 to 2012).
Win Myint Than is a consultant advisor for the B.K. Kee Foundation. Dr. Win is a physician with over 40 years of experience. She worked in different remote regions of Myanmar (1973 to 1988) and left for Thailand in 1988. In Thailand, she worked with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an international NGO, based in New York developing their health programs, serving refugees from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. As a medical coordinator for IRC, she initiated the health programs in Karenni refugees’ camp in Mae Hong Son, Thailand.
In 1994, Dr. Win and her daughters migrated to Canada. In Canada, she worked for the Vancouver Costal Health Department (Provincial Health Department) Communicable Disease Control (CDC) TB Control as a Health Consultant.
Dr. Win returned to IRC Thailand in 1999, to work with Burmese refugees and migrant workers. In her capacity as the health training program coordinator, Win trained health assistants and medics at two training sites: a Karenni refugee camp and the Mae Tao Clinic. Her work and commitment to refugees earned her a "Voice of Courage" in 2004, presented by the Women Commission for Refugee Women and Children.
After her more than a decade long stint with IRC, she worked at the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand with John Hopkins University and Columbia University to train backpack health workers and medics from the Mae Tao Clinic in emergency obstetrics from 2006 to 2007.
Win is also an advisor of Burma Medical Association (BMA) and Social Action for Women (SAW).