Aye Chan is a project management professional with 12 years of working experiences in Oil and Gas and Water Industry worldwide. She is a member of the project management institute for Malaysia and Australia Chapters.
Born in Yangon but raised in several countries from Vietnam to South Africa, started her carrier with a Bachelor of Engineering, specializing in telecommunication, at Queensland University of Technology. She continued with a diploma in Project Management and then went to Singapore to gain a diploma in Engineering (Electrical, Computer and Electronics).
Her first engineering job was with Schlumberger Canada Limited as a junior field engineer, working in various countries such as Indonesia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Canada as an International Mobile. She then moved on to the water industry in Singapore as a project engineer but fastly advanced to become business development manager.
“As part of my role, I was in charge of developing business for water and wastewater treatment plants in Australia, Congo and Vietnam. But being an engineer by training, I missed the engineering life and decided to moved to Perth, Australia.”
As an regional engineer working for Water Corporation of Western Australia, she was in charge of the instrumentation and control for all the communication. Her main role was to enhance SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) with PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers) using radio telemetry. But after a while she went back to project management, building water treatment plants and dams in Western Australia.
“Working overseas has helped me understand the cultural differences and the different styles of work ethics. I learnt a lot about managing different team members, especially from different countries, growing my project team based on their skill sets, managing resources with high risks and minimum capitals. Being the only Asian and female engineer in almost all project meetings helped me shape into a confident and holistic person. I realised communication is the key for any type of conflict management and honesty and recognitions are what makes a team work.”
After moving to Malaysia, she saw the opportunity to explore more on social entrepreneurship hence she left the corporate world and started working towards her personal goals. It was time for her next achievement: become a Certified Project Management Professional. A certification she finds further supports her work, although she already had the skillsets of a qualified project manager. And after starting her MBA studies, she decided to venture into Myanmar.
Returning to Myanmar with extensive knowledge and international experiences, she met Thiri Thaw, founder and managing director of Myanmar Project Management Center, who gave her an opportunity to lecture her expertise: project management. Together with MPC, she is now developing three project management programs to be implemented in Myanmar.
“I find Myanmar, especially the people of Myanmar are truly remarkable. We are smart and eager to learn. As in every developing country, the first tier would be on opportunities of knowledge wealth. Once we can capitalize on our skill sets, pair them up with the right knowledge areas, the opportunities are limitless. That is why I would like to help out in terms of project management office implementation and the distribution of project management knowledge.”