Ko Ko Gyi is the Group Managing Director of Capital Diamond Star Group Co. Ltd., (“CDSG”).
Born in Mandalay, Myanmar, he entered the family business in 1993 as the Managing Director of Diamond Star Co. Ltd., a flour-milling business started by his parents. Under his leadership, the business grew into a successful multifaceted group of companies under CDSG. CDSG has businesses across the Food value chain, Retail, Real Estate, Construction, Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals, Financial Services and others.
Ko Ko Gyi is currently the Chairman of the Myanmar-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (Upper Myanmar) (“MCCI”).
He is the Chairman of the Capital Diamond Star Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to serving the people of Myanmar. He is also one of the founding patrons of the People’s Health Foundation, which provides access to primary healthcare in under-developed areas of Myanmar.
Ko Ko Gyi was a member of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council (NESAC), which advised the former president of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, U Thein Sein.
Between 1999 and 2005, Ko Ko Gyi served as a Central Executive Committee member of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (“UMFCCI”). He was a founding member of ASEAN Business Advisory Council between 2002 and 2004.
There are 3 phases to CDSG:
From the 1960s to the 1990s, it grew from being a Mandalay trading company to expand through much of the country; from the mid-1990s - when U Ko Ko Gyi joined the firm - to about 2010, it branched out into industries like agrochemicals, wheat flour and pharmaceutical trading; and from about 2010 to the present, it has again expanded, but this time with more cooperation from international companies as Myanmar opened up.