Kyi Hla Han’s playing career truly began in 1980 when he was selected to represent his nation in the World Cup of Golf in Bogota Columbia alongside his idol Mya Aye. In 1982 Kyi Hla turned professional and launched his extraordinarily successful 25 year run as a competitor on the world golf stage.
In addition to his many tournament victories, in 1999 he achieved his greatest honor, The Asian Order of Merit.
The son of a Burmese diplomat, at a very young Kyi Hla gained unparalleled international experience both on the golf course and in a myriad of eastern and western cultural settings. As a seasoned world traveler and talented golfer Kyi Hla has used his gifts to make significant contributions in promoting the sport he loves throughout his homeland and all of East Asia.
Beyond his on course prowess, his business successes are legendary from being voted the Tournament Players Committee (TPC) Chairman during his playing days to Executive Chairman of the Asian Tour upon his exit from competitive golf. It is not in titles that Kyi Hla measures his successes but in relationships. His proudest achievements are in the form of the success of the Asian Tour which he led to its meteoric rise over the last decade, and his constant commitment to the development of golf programs both Junior, Amateur, and professional throughout East Asia. All of which can be attributed to the extreme trust and confidence placed in him by those many associates who have supported Kyi Hla’s efforts to help make golf in East Asia what it is today.
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As Director of Kyi Hla Han Golf Design Ms Marlene Han brings two decades of experience as one of the world pioneers in the field Sports Marketing and Operations in Asia.
The former President of Marketing Solutions for Octagon Asia, in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Ms Han oversaw the growth of the company from its Hong Kong base of operations to the establishment of offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, as well as a satellite base in Kuala Lumpur during the Commonwealth Games. Ms Han eventually moved to Singapore to take charge of the office there as well. She is admired for her expertise in creating award winning communications and PR programmes for esteemed clients like the city of Dubai, McDonald's Corporation, Heinekin, Laureus, and World Sports Awards, and executing a wide range of some of SE Asia’s most exciting events including the CNY Parade, the Standard Chartered Marathon, CLSA Gala events, Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, Festival Canada, Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Squash Open, and prestigious Johnnie Walker golf events. During her tenure at Octagon Asia, she developed her network of relationships with many of the outstanding decision makers who along with Ms Han, continue to promote many of the most renowned events in SE Asia today.
Her latest successes include her recent position as the Chairman of the Singapore Branch of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce where she guided the organization through the many complexities of the Canadian-Singaporean business community. Currently, in addition to her position as Executive Vice President for KHHGD, she is the Managing Director of Prospect Ventures, a boutique company working with entrepreneurial ventures seeking to explore and enter into the Myanmar market.
Managing Partner, HVS, Asia Pacific