19 Nov 2019

Q&A with Daniel Nay Min Tun

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Meeting up in his office in Yangon, Pulse got a chance to talk with Daniel Nay Min Tun, Deputy Managing Director of Myanmar Carlsberg Co., Ltd and get an insight into who he is and what drives him

Danielgraduated from University of Southern California (USC) with a degree in Real Estate Development and Business Finance from the United States.

Having studied abroad his global experiences have become highly applicable in the transformative period of Myanmar towards a democratic country.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Knowing that I can make an impact to those in need. 

What businesses and projects are you involved in?

  • Building a 300 room mixed used-development in Central Yangon
  • Establishing a digital marketing startup
  • board member/Director of Lotte-MGS to grow Pepsi’ and related brands in the Myanmar market
  • board member/Director of Myanmar Carlsberg Company Limited to strengthen (Carlsberg/Tuborg/Yoma) brands in Myanmar market

What has been your biggest accomplishment—personal and professional—to date?

Personally my biggest accomplishment would be commissioning as an officer from the Singapore Armed Forces. Professionally would be sharing ideas to the next generation of Myanmar leaders.

What have your biggest professional challenges been?

Shifting perspectives and changing mindsets for the locals and expats alike.

What are your experiences working with the country’s transition to democracy? What advices would you give people in the education field and future generations?

I have worked in sales at Bata Myanmar retail outlets and also as an intern in Myanmar Carlsberg Company. Main challenges that I have faced are when old habits and complacent mindsets barricade future personal growth. On the other hand, there is a lot of optimism and effort that the younger generation has put towards learning from the online space which I think will prove beneficial in the long-run. I would tell the future generations of Myanmar youths to focus on learning from the online space and sharpening their skills to cater to the world-wide web. Coding and software development will be the alphabets of tomorrow, and such skills I believe should be adopted and practiced at an early age.

Tell us about your daily routine. Any habits or important rituals?

  • Wake up at 5:00am
  • Brush teeth/ Wash face – 5:00-5:30am
  • Meditation 5:30-6:00am
  • Play/singing (guitar) – 6:00-6:30am
  • Breakfast – 6:30 – 7:00am
  • Read News -7:30-8:30am
  • Office – 8:30am- 6:00pm
  • Exercise – 6:00-8:00pm
  • Dinner – 8:30-9:00pm
  • Read books – 9:00-10:30pm

Important ritual that has helped me stay focused and achieve better self-awareness is meditating every day in the morning. Routines like playing the guitar have helped me start my day positively.

What’s your mantra or motto?

Don’t be a product of society; let the society be a product of you.

What hobby could you never give up?

Playing the guitar.

The most adventurous thing you have ever done (in your whole life)?

Surviving in the Temburong Jungles in Brunei for 9 days as part of my Jungle Confidence Course at the Officer Cadet School in Singapore.

Tell me something that you are convinced is true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

Aliens are living amongst us.

Plans for the future?

Develop eco-tourism on islands off the coast of Southern Myanmar.

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