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Co-founder of the Rangoon Tea House named on list of future leaders

City alumni featured on the inaugural Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list

by Nicola Ranson (Senior Communications Officer - Staff and Stakeholders)

City alumnus Htet Myet Oo (Economics, 2012) has been named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. The inaugural list features 300 young leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in 10 different categories. Htet was listed in The Arts category that incorporates art, style, food and drink.

After graduating from City, Htet returned to Myanmar, the country in which he was born, where he became a restauranteur. Inspired by traditional tea shops, Htet co-founded the Rangoon Tea House in Yangon, with the aim to “excite, inspire and challenge perceptions of Burmese food.”

Htet cites attending City and living in London as his “most defining years.” He said: “Those years are what taught me to address my strengths and weaknesses. Having studied Economics, the biggest lesson I took back was to always be quick and decisive with your actions.”

Talking of the Rangoon Tea House, Htet said:

“I’m extremely honoured to be a part of something so big. It feels great, partly because of the immense amount of work that our entire team have had to go through, given the lack of resources in Myanmar. It feels even better because of what it is that we are representing. The entire world is looking at Myanmar right now and any time a Burmese person is in the spotlight, their actions represent the entire country.”

Alan Griffin, Forbes Media’s Managing Director for Digital Asia said: “The Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list is the first time ever that a company has put together such a comprehensive list to highlight and celebrate the work of young entrepreneurs and social leaders across Asia.”

Before founding the Rangoon Tea House, Htet worked as a Public Relations Officer for the Yangon Heritage Trust.

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