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Su Wai ‘Hillary’ Yee ’14 — Myanmar

Fashion Entrepreneur

Su Wai “Hillary” Yee ’14 is making Myanmar a more fashionable place.

As CEO of MGOU Myanmar, Yee operates a master franchise of a China-based retail brand. Since opening its first Myanmar store in December 2015, MGOU has expanded to 19 stores across the country, selling fashion accessories, cosmetics, and household items.

Yee wears a second hat as CEO of Uniforms by CiCi, which sells uniforms direct to employers. It’s a spin-off of CiCi Clothing, a fashion brand she founded—currently on hold—focused on professional women’s wear.

“I knew that I wanted to do business in Myanmar,” says Yee, who majored in economics and Chinese at Swarthmore and studied abroad for a semester in Beijing. “There are more opportunities as an entrepreneur here. I feel like I have an edge because I can bring forward-thinking ideas into a market that is not as competitive.”

There are challenges, Yee notes: Support is limited. There are very few investors or venture capitalists, and access to capital is still quite low.

“But all in all,” she says, “it’s more like a blank space here, so I will have more opportunities to grow.”

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