Born in Mandalay, Zaw moved to London, in the UK, in 1993. There he studied at St James Independent School, in Middlesex, before attending the University of Warwick. Zaw is a chartered accountant, and an active member of the Institute of Charted accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He worked for BDO in the UK, before moving back to Myanmar in 2016, to help establish BDO in Yangon. In 2018 he moved to the City Mart group (CMHL), where he is currently the Financial Controller for a number of business units, including its shopping center construction and management arm, City Properties.