U Nyan Lin
Myanmar Restaurant Entrepreneur
Lin was born in 1957 in Yangon. Lin enjoyed sports since young and possessed strong sportsmanship which he carried throughout his life. Lin was one of the youngest swimmers to complete the Inya Crosslake Event in 1965; and he was an active member of Yangon Sailing ClubNot only was he a tenacious, determined and persistent man, he was also fair and just.
In the uncertain years of 1980s with careers unpredictable, Lin decided to start his own business. Together with his in-laws, they decided to sell Kyay Oh at his father-in-law’s garage in Yankin in 1988. This was how YKKO began.
Since day one, Lin procured ingredients himself every morning and worked tirelessly to make sure that the quality of each bowl of Kyay Oh was never compromised. To this day, it is this dedication to quality that what sets aside YKKO from others – a sincere meal that is always served in a hearty portion, living up to our motto of serving with our hearts.
He was a born leader and had a unique ability to unite people from different backgrounds to work together towards a common goal. With his leadership and determination, YKKO achieved a leading position in the food service industry and became the largest restaurant chain in Myanmar. YKKO continues to pursue its vision of becoming a strong Myanmar brand that will last for generations to come.
Lin was the founding Chairman of Myanmar Restaurants Association (MRA) in 2012, and led many of MRA’s initiatives and activities, including the catering contract of 2013 South East Asian (SEA) Games in Nay Pyi Taw.
He was also the Vice Chairman of Myanmar Equestrian Federation, from 2012-14, and played a major part in hosting the Equestrian competitions at 2013 SEA Games.
Lin passed away at age (58) in 2015 at his farm in Mhawbi. He legacy lives on in the company he has built, to continue on the values he has instilled for YKKO.