The MY World Advocacy Programme in the ASEAN region is series of comprehensive advocacy activities led by the UN SDG Action Campaign and the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub across ASEAN countries aiming to advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promote citizen engagement and data collection activities among young people in the region.
This group of 25 talented young ASEAN advocates have been selected to join the Advocacy Programme and will have the opportunity to work as MY World 2030 Advocates and become agents of change in their community, city, region and country. Their objectives are to raise awareness for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), collect citizen data and input using the ASEAN MY World 2030 survey, and advocate for citizen engagement in the implementation of the SDGs.
Nurul Hadina Haji Alias
Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei Darussalam
Dina uses her passion for life-long learning, fascination of ideas and introspection to help inspire and create positive change for individuals in the wider community. Since being back in Brunei after graduating in BA (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Warwick UK, she has been actively volunteering in various non-profit organizations that supports her personal belief in empowering youths to better equip themselves for the future.
In particular, she has contributed her skills in terms of facilitating motivational workshops as well as teaching critical thinking skills and effective communication to the public through a local organization Persatuan Kemajuan Insan whose efforts has been nationally recognized as having a significant impact on youth leadership in Brunei. In April 2018, she represented Brunei in Jakarta for the ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy after being nominated under the Young Southeast Asian Leaders’ Initiative (YSEALI). Currently, she is involved in Global Shapers Bandar Seri Begawan and WeCare whose overall aim is to shape employability and provide humanitarian aid respectively. As an Education Officer at a local Sixth Form Centre, she believes in creating a classroom culture which emphasizes the individual’s role in society and wishes to instill among the youths today, the core value of social responsibility.
Leaphea was the principal organizer of the One Billion Rising event in Cambodia, a worldwide effort to draw attention to violence against women. In 2014, Leaphea was awarded the Marissa Wesely Women in Public Service Project Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership for her inspiring dedication to civic leadership and demonstrated commitment to public service. Currently, Leaphea works as a Learning Coordinator in charge of Center for Learning and Critical Thinking Skills in a university in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh Cambodia
Veasna is one of the 3 Cambodian advocates for ASEAN My World 2030. He will work with other advocates to mobilize youths to raise awareness about and take actions on SDGs in Cambodia. He has been following up on localization process of Cambodian SDGs in relation to his current work at ASEAN Youth Leaders Association-Cambodia (AYLA-Cambodia).
Veasna founded and registered AYLA-Cambodia in late 2017. His organization is focusing on equipping young people with knowledge and skills to make positive changes in their own community. Currently, he has been leading 2 projects on Water and Sanitation and Combating Trafficking in Persons at 8 provinces. He works with international and local NGOs, governments, youths and communities. Prior to starting his own organization, he was working for a local NGO where he was coordinating projects on Non-Formal Education, WASH, Sexual Reproductive Health and Violence against Children and Women. Besides, he has been an active youth for volunteerism where he often talks at different events about youth engagement in volunteerism, water and sanitation, migration and SDGs.
Siem Reap Cambodia
Nen was born in a small country village about 30 Km from the Siem Reap and was raised in a Buddhist family. He has been becoming a Buddhist monk in Tharavada tradition for 7 years. He finished his high school in 2011, and he decided to become a monk at the same time. He is currently in year 4 at University majoring in Teaching English to the Speaker of Other Languages (TESOL).
Since he became a Buddhist monk, he has been very active in social development and related activities by cooperating with other organizations. His work is mostly focused on Education, Health, Environment and innovative ideas. More importantly, he is also volunteering to teach English to young people in his monastery. His future goal is to obtain a Master Degree from overseas and to work in the non-governmental sector, for he believes he will have more opportunities to learn, to share and to work to develop his capacity and his country.
Irvandias Sanjaya (Dias) is a Social Entrepreneur, Social Worker, and Philantrophy of Difabel, SDGs, & Youth Development issues. Dias takes his Bachelor of Psychology in Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. He is on his 5th year of academic study and was awarded as 1st Outstanding Student in Faculty of Psychology & 2nd winner of Most Outstanding Student on Liga Mahasiswa Berprestasi Universitas Gadjah Mada 2017.
He is a Public Speaker, Motivator, and Trainer for youth organization and related Social Movement project topics. Dias has reached 6500 audience, 90 hours speaking and 35 Organizations have been trained by Dias due of his roles in several organizations & accomplishments to inspire Indonesian Young Leaders. Dias is also an international awardee of some recognitions such as: Project Winner of Social Venture Business Competition by Namaa & Ghadaam Foundation UEA, Best Student & Best Project Presentation of ASEAN Cooperative Program Thailand, and receiver of 2018 YSEALI Academic Fellowship Program in Arizona State University, USA.
Joce Timoty Pardosi
DKI Jakarta Indonesia
Joce is a Law student at the Universitas Indonesia. He was the Vice President of the Faculty of Law Students' Executive Body in 2017. Since 2015, He is the National Director of Indonesia Youth Meetings Movement (IYMM), a movement for youth participation in the implementation and contextualization of sustainable development through policies. The movement has gained momentum for youth across the nation to further localizing the global goals. In 2018 He co-founded Kolékan, a collective initiative to empower informal settlements in urban areas to gain ownership of the SDGs era, through researches, trainings, and mentorships.
Nur Hayyu Supriatin
Nur graduated from the faculty of education at University of Muhammadiyah Sorong in 2015. She is active as journalist for the daily newspaper Radar Sorong and was a member of Indonesian Journalist Association of West Papua region and Child protection community of West Papua region.
Working as journalist opened her eyes. She saw many troubles in her community, starting from environmental issues, low quality of education, children violence, poverty, inequality, forest problem, abrasion, illegal fishing and many more. Together with NGOs in my community she was able to organise a socialization on child protection and engaged in mangrove trees restoration.
In year 2017, she was recruited as a mentor and literacy trainer for the teacher to reinforcement reading and writing early grades in rural and remote areas at Kasimle village, Sorong Regency, West Papua, which supported by Unicef and DFAT. Besides training and mentoring the teachers at school, she is also writing a story book for Kasimle’s village children to increase their reading interest.
Vania is the Co-Founder of heySTARTIC, a social enterprise that provides sustainable products through the upcycling innovation. She started small as a home-waste management project when she was 13. Two years afterward she succeeded securing her first international funding of US$10,000 by winning first place of the annual environmental competition, Volvo Adventure 2007 in Sweden held by Volvo and UNEP. She has now escalated that social project into a social enterprise that empowers marginal people to not only be craftsmen, but also trainers for public.
Aside from economic empowerment, Vania intensively works on youth empowerment as Programme Facilitator of XL Future Leaders. Vania has been involved in social innovation for youth in development sector with United Nations agencies, such as being the youth speaker at Plenary Session in 2007 TUNZA International Youth Conference in Germany held by UNEP, sharing best practices at 2012 Green Jobs in Asia Regional Conference held by ILO, advising UNFPA in 2013-2015 as a Youth Advisory Panel, and judging semifinal of 2016 Asia Pacific Youth Innovation Challenge in Malaysia held by UNICEF.
Rizky Ashar Murdiono
It’s been 10 years he has been engaged in social activities, it included the time he served as youth advisory panel UNFPA, Youth Activist my body my right Amnesty International, Indonesia focal point Youth Voices Count, and Sign language interpreter at study center of disability services Brawijaya university. In addition to those experience and achievement, he was also elected an awardee of N-Peace Award because of his work to promoting women, peace, and security agenda. He is also alumni of YSEALI (Young Southeast Asia Leader Initiative Program). He has published youth issue brief and youth booklet “Inspirational Young Leader Driving Social Change” as a Co-Author.
Rizky continues his effort in localizing SDGs and participates in development by working professionally at Indonesia Philanthropy Association as a Partnership and Membership Officer. Filantropi Indonesia is a non-profit and independent institution intended to advance philanthropy in Indonesia in order to contribute to the achievement of social justice and sustainable development. Lastly, he has high hope that his activism will bring social justice to people, regardless of their gender, sexuality, ethnicity and disabilities.
Yin Yee Lai
Leveraging on the working experiences in museology and journalism, Yin Yee is poised to utilise her skills while contribute to plot the trajectory of the future. She believes continuous effort in communities engagement is critical, to ensure that public opinions are taken into account in the development of ASEAN MY World 2030.
She was the champion for the 'Celebrating Diversity Essay Contest' (Lincoln Category) organised by the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, and amongst the 25 teams/individuals shortlisted in the first United Kingdom & Eire Malaysian Law Students' Union (KPUM) Law Reform Competition. Being one of the three Malaysia delegates for the International Debate Education Association 'Youth in 21st Century: Debating and Producing Media Workshop' held in Manila, she was awarded the Sweetest Debater Award while her group won the Best Documentary Research and Best Feature Stories Award.
Besides affiliated with the United Nations Association of Malaysia (UNAM) Youth and the Association of Administration and Diplomatic Officers (PPTD), she was selected as the McKinsey & Company's Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) 2018 Ambassador, aiming to equip aspiring young Malaysians with skills and coaching that will enable them to become successful leaders of change.
Nadhilah Binti Muhammad Razak
Ms. Nadhilah is a Master student at the Universiti Sains Malaysia with a Bachelor of Food Science (Food Technology) at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Her research is on the production of biodegradable film packaging to replace petroleum-based plastics. Recently, she was awarded a Gold Award in the International Invention, Innovation & Design Competition and Silver Award in the International Malaysia-Indonesia-Thailand Symposium 2017.
She is the founder of a non-profit group called “i-SAHABAT” and a YSEALI Academic Fellow (2017), guided with three question, what’s going on, what action are being taken and where do her and community fit, all the cohort encourage ASEAN teammates to work on specific cases. As an anthropocene leader, she equipped herself as Student Representative Council during her undergraduate at UMT where she developed a strong leadership and involved in politics. She enhanced her business skills during Axiata Young Talent Programme in 2015.
Her advocacy and passion is really on environmental education because she enjoy teaching and imparting what she know to make people appreciate and value nature even more. She has faith in each of our capacity to make a difference in our world especially in environment. She had share few ideas that an understanding that citizenship is bigger than any one person. We should create and enhance the importance of information, sharing, networking and education to healthy citizenship. As ASEAN My World 2030 Advocate, she hopes to enhance awareness, create stronger networks and be involved especially in SDGs in making the world a better place for all.
Michelle Tzer Ping Lee
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Michelle is one of the founders of YouthBoleh, a youth-driven movement inspiring young people to take action and contributing towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Along with her work at Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur, Michelle is well familiarised with the impact ecosystem in Malaysia and aims to create a movement of youth changemakers in the region.
From 2016 till 2017, Michelle was the National Director of Youth Marketing for AIESEC in Malaysia, the world's largest youth run organisation with the vision of striving for peace and fulfilment of humankind's potential through advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. Together with her team, she spearheaded YouthSpeak Forum Malaysia 2017, curating a forum with the attendance of over 200 delegates, dedicated to inspire, engage, and create action towards the SDGs.
In 2014, Michelle led The Urban Mapper Project in partnership with United Nations Development Programme Malaysia. The project aimed to use a data collection methodology called cultural mapping to collect data and insights from communities in low-cost housing areas in Kuala Lumpur. Similarly, in 2016, Michelle volunteered as a rapporteur for UNDP Malaysia, travelling across different states in Malaysia to engage with underserved communities living below the poverty line, producing reports that would be used to influence policy making decisions in the government.
Si Thu Wai
Si Thu is currently the Campus Chapter Director at Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University, representing Myanmar Youth Empowerment Opportunities (MYEO). Besides, he is also an organiser at Universities English Speaking Contest Meiktila 2018. Last year it was held at Technological University Meiktila and reached over 1300 students and teachers.
Moreover, he participated as a Goodwill ambassador for Myanmar for the 44th ship for Southeast Asia and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP), an annual youth exchange program organised by the Cabinet Office of Japan and governments of Southeast Asian countries. He travelled to Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. In each country, he interacted with government representatives and explored the local culture through home-stay experiences.
Si Thu volunteered in a cooperative educational program with Oregon Health and Science University from the United States, the Tipitaka Eye Hospital in the Sagaing region and the Mandalay Eye Hospital. He served as an interpreter through discussions with patients and their families, medical care lectures, meetings with physicians, community leaders and high-ranking Buddhist monks.
Ashley is excited to come on board as an ASEAN MY World 2030 advocate to champion for the UN’s SDGs. Having held delegate and chairperson roles in the Model UN (MUN) circuit in Singapore, With a particular interest in human rights, she frequently participates in the UN’s HRC and SOCHUM committees during MUN conferences, most recently winning the Best Delegate award at NTUMUN’s SOCHUM committee.
Since 2016, Ashley has been volunteering with international organisation World Vision as a Music Advocate. Aside from writing and performing original songs with the World Vision band, Ashley has also organised charity concerts to raise funds for the organisation. A firm believer in racial equality, Ashley continues to volunteer with OnePeople.sg, the leading advocate for multiracialism in Singapore, and has been featured in MINDEF’s magazine and on Channel NewsAsia to share about her experiences. She has also worked with gender equality advocacy group AWARE as Editor of their youth blog, and contributor to a comic that the youth team produced to encourage positive body image.
Currently, Ashley is the Editor-in-Chief of The Timeless Compass, a youth movement-cum-website which publishes content combining history and current affairs written for youths, by youths. In her spare time, Ashley writes or has written for news sites including MTV, UNICEF, The Straits Times, AsiaOne, Youth.sg, Tripzilla and The Daily Escape, and hopes to channel her experience in journalism to the ASEAN MY World project. One day, she aspires to travel the world and go bungee jumping, just for the thrill of it!
Shafkat Fahmid Sifat
Shafkat is the Director of Corporate Relations of Young Sustainable Impact South-East Asia (“YSI SEA”), a non-profit in Singapore with the aim to engage South-East Asian youth with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) and to build strong and effective start-up teams that will create solutions to one or more of the SDGs. Specifically, he provides legal and strategic advice in relation to the operation of YSI SEA, the Singapore Innovation Program and the Singapore Sustainability Conference. He also manages the partnerships between YSI SEA and the different stakeholders, including local and international organizations, government agencies and the public.
Born in Bangladesh, Shafkat graduated from the National University of Singapore and is currently a practising lawyer in Singapore. He often provides pro-bono legal advice to migrant workers community in Singapore and was also the President of Migrant Workers Awareness Week 2016, one of the biggest events to raise awareness on migrant workers’ issues in Singapore. He is also one of the co-founders and subsequently, a foreign delegate of Youth's Voice, a registered NGO in Bangladesh and is currently involved in fundraising, especially in the relation to aids and assistance for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and for raising awareness on menstrual hygiene.
Aung Ko Oo
Aung Ko is born in Myanmar and currently enrolled at Bangkok University International College for the purpose of Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. As part of the ASEAN MY World Advocates Program he is planning to be active in both Thailand and Myanmar.
In his daily life, he is very passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals and that motivates him to do more every day. He believes that a day without motivation, is like someone who is walking without destination. Through his mandate as ASEAN MY World 2030 advocate he hopes to inspire and reach out to as many young people as possible, as well as his communities in “my” Myanmar and “my” Thailand.
He is a former participant of the Asia Pacific Youth Forum Thailand, he was a facilitator at Myanmar Youth and Peace Development and a former Delegate at Youth Speak Forum 2018.
Nuttapat currently study in Communication Arts, Bangkok University International, Thailand. He is looking for an opportunity to make this world a better place through his passions of photography and story-telling; he is inspired by his lifestyle of reading magazines and photography blogs. He believes that a good storytelling can convey feeling and emotions to readers that may help them developing good mindset. He is very new to advocacy programs; right now he's planning to connect with people in the campus to assist an sustainable environment related workshop.
Before he take part in the ASEAN My World 2030 project, Nuttapat has participated in Asia Pacific Youth Exchange (APYE) Thailand 2017, learning about social enterprise building to help people in local area during local immersion. In earlier of 2018, he participated in (AYREPSE 2018) ASEAN Youth representatives Experiencing in Philosophy of Sustainable Economic experiencing Sufficiency Economy Philosophy applied in local area throughout Thailand and understand the how local traditional know-how and co-exist with the philosophy, developing their living not only financially, it also improve local people mental mindset to become aware of their living-knowledge-environment. Recently, he took part in ASEAN Youth Camp 2018 as Youth Representatives to learn an insights of environmental managing in eastern part of Thailand both in community and industrial scale.
Iligan City The Philippines
Jessica is one of the trained Climate Reality Leaders in the Philippines by former US Vice President Al Gore. As a climate leader, she uses the platform to create awareness through presentations regarding climate change in the Philippine context. Her usual audience comes from different institutions, such as private companies and the academe. She was also one of the Philippine Youth delegate for the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marakesh, Morocco.
She is one of two Philippine Youth Ambassador in Asia-Pacific for Sustainable Consumption and Production for the United Nations Environment Program and Switch-Asia Project campaign for the SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. In 2016, she was trained on SCP and how it is involved in our lifestyles in the UNEP office in Bangkok, Thailand. She went back to the Philippines and headed straight to the mountain region to conduct interviews with the indigenous people. Now, she conducts presentations and trainings in her community that gear towards SCP and how we can mitigate the post consumption waste through simple methods. She was also chosen to represent the youth sector during the Asia Pacific Roundtable for SCP in Siem Reap on the same year.
Baguio City The Philippines
Janelle is a registered nurse by profession. In the present, taking her Masters in Management at the University of the Philippines. She found her true calling in social impact and has pursued a variety of entrepreneurial and education initiatives. She is the founder of Plot and Play Ventures, a social enterprise that aims to create educational toolkits for Disaster Risk Reduction Management, Climate Change, Financial Management, Indigenous Peoples Movement and Female Empowerment/ Leadership Initiatives. In addition, the organization educates the community into adopting a culture of innovation by designing and building a solution in parallel with the intended users and communities, while preserving their cultural roots. On her free time, she writes articles on grassroots social impact organizations in order to scale up the social impacts.
Formerly, Janelle was a Philippine Youth Representative to the 43rd Ship for the Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program. In the said program, she focused on Food and Nutrition Discussion Program to deepen her understanding of Food and Nutrition issues in each ASEAN country.
Julliano Fernando A. Guiang
Quezon City The Philippines
Jules Guiang is a 27-year old TV Host and Youth Leader in the Philippines. He has been hosting a daily morning show and a weekly debate show on the Philippines' government media network. Despite being connected to the government, Jules has remained vocal on calling out ill-mannered practices inside the system. As a youth leader, Jules has founded and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the National Alliance of Youth Leaders Inc. which advocates for youth empowerment, education as a right, and social justice.
In the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Jules is among the Co-Founders of the 2030 Youth Force in the Asia-Pacific - a youth network that advocates for the Global Goals in several countries in the region. He also founded and serves as National Convenor of the 2030 Youth Force in the Philippines Inc. (YFPH), a registered NGO in the Philippines with over 1,500 Member-Advocates.
Jules believes in the importance of involving everyone in the equation, particularly the youth sector that will serve as key players of society by 2030. Since the founding of YFPH, Jules led the formation by creating an efficient and effective structure which will empower the grassroots to lead the SDG campaign in their communities.
Marikris de Guzman
Manila The Philippines
Marikris is an advocate of good governance and disaster risk reduction from the Philippines. She is a young public servant who has worked in various capacities under a state university, a city government, and national government agencies serving functions related to policy research, legislative consultancy, and program implementation.
As a good governance advocate, she co-founded the Good Governance Initiative in 2012, an NGO which aims to train young people to become good governance advocates by helping address local challenges and to bridge the gap between academe and local government units.
As a DRR advocate, she presented an environment and DRR-related project together with a team in the UNESCO Looking Beyond Disasters 2013 forum and implemented the project through the funding of the ASEAN Youth Volunteers Program. While working at the Department of Social Welfare and Development, she participated in the Philippine government’s humanitarian response when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013 through helping in the logistics of relief distribution. In 2015, she served as Climate Action and DRR Coordinator for the National Youth Commission coordinating programs on DRR and Climate Change Advocacy.
As a researcher, she contributed to research projects on poverty assessment, agriculture, labor unions, and social impact bonds. She concurrently serves as Associate Director of the Social Impact Bond Lab under the Zuellig School of Development Management- Asian Institute of Management and as Regional Focal Person for Asia-DRR Working Group of the UN MGCY.
Jose Mateo Dela Cruz
Currently, he is serving advisory functions and advocacy support roles on youth civic engagement under the UNESCO Regional Unit for Social & Human Sciences in Asia-Pacific, the Global Partnership for Education (hosted by the World Bank Group), the UN Major Group on Children and Youth, Family Planning 2020 Experts Advisory Community (hosted by the UN Foundation), and the Canadian International Education Policy Working Group Youth Advisory Council.
He has been selected as ASEAN Youth Eco-Leader in 2013 and as Mentor to the ASEAN Youth Heritage Leaders in 2014 under the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme of the National University of Malaysia, supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Malaysia, Ministry of Education of Malaysia, USAID and the ASEAN Secretariat. During the 2014 World Conference on Youth in Sri Lanka, he is one of delegates representing the Republic of the Philippines during the intergovernmental negotiation for crafting the Colombo Declaration on Youth, an outcome document that served as one of the inputs to the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Hanoi Viet Nam
Mai Mai is a teacher of English at Faculty of International Studies, Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities. She also works for the Vietnam Program for Internet & Society as a secretary. Having a few years of experiencing in the education field in not only private and public sector but also the NGOs’ one, she considers education a root of sustainable development.
Studying International Studies at university allows Mai to understand more about world’s news and current affairs, thus, fosters a dream of making this world a better place in her. Bearing in mind that stepping out of the comfort zone and learning from the world can assist her in her learning path, she has applied for several scholarships and won six exchange programs. The two latest programs that she joined were ‘The ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program – SSEAYP 2017’ and ‘ASEAN Youth Representatives Experiencing in the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy 2018’. Through that, she could practice what she has learned and represented Vietnam to discuss various topics such as ASEAN, its vision and functions; SDGs and the ways they are applied in different countries. These chances also brought her different tools and techniques to facilitate workshops or seminars, or ways of approaching varying target audience. Hence, she wants to conduct these skills to her work as an ASEAN My World 2030 Advocate.
Dang Dao Nguyen
Hanoi Viet Nam
Dang Dao is responsible for building marketing campaigns and execution plans to raise awareness, call to action and create impactful solutions to the sustainability challenges of the 21st century. To be specific, Dao takes lead in managing social media marketing and creating content and successfully attracts 800 applications for the first event in Singapore. Moreover, he also promotes the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Singapore Sustainability Conference 2018 in Vietnam and other Southeast Asia countries.
Previously, Dao worked at the Human Resources Department, United Nations Development Program. During his working term, he organized recruitment processes including drafting job description to a provision of input to job classification process, vacancy announcement, screening of candidates. Dao also took charge of organizing internal events to promote 17 SDGs of UN in the workplace.
As for the academic background, Dao graduates from Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, majoring in International Relations. He also finishes the SDGs Entrepreneurship Training for Youth course, which is fully-funded by Yonsei University and WFUNA.