15 - 16 September 2017

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Meet our Young Societal Leaders

  • Nang Lang Kham
    Nang Lang Kham

    Executive Director
    KBZ Group of Companies
    Co-Founder and Chair
    Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation
  • Andar Nubowo
    Andar Nubowo

    President
    Muhammadiyah Philanthropy Institute
  • Angelina Ong
    Angelina Ong

    President and Managing Director of the Asia Pacific Region
    Special Olympics
  • David Pong
    David Pong

    Chief Executive Officer and
    Co-Founder
    WateROAM
Soraya Bahgat

Soraya Bahgat

Director, Elisa Sednaoui Foundation
Founder, Tahrir Bodyguard
Egypt

Ms Soraya Bahgat, 34, is a social entrepreneur and a well-known social activist in Cairo, focusing on women’s rights issues and minorities. She is also a fellow at the German Parliament, and a regular speaker in the media on women’s issues, including at the annual Oslo Freedom Forum.

Ms Bahgat shot to fame after she founded Tahrir Bodyguard during the height of Egypt’s revolution in 2011, during which she raised funds for prevention measures against sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo. She is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of the Girl Generation, an African-led movement to eradicate female genital mutilation, a key social taboo in Egypt and parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Ms Bahgat was also a participant in the United States (US) State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership for emerging women leaders worldwide in 2014. Although a Muslim, she is a member of the board of the Egypt Jewish Association, and is one of few social activists in Egypt attempting to preserve the country’s Jewish heritage and culture.

Ms Bahgat has received several honours and awards for her advocacy work and social activism. In September 2015, she was one of 22 young Arab leaders selected for the German Bundestag’s International Parliamentary Scholarship programme. In April 2015, she was chosen as one of 22 Mediterranean women leaders of the future by Sciences Po, the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and the French government. In March 2014, she was chosen as one of the mentees in the Fortune magazine and in the US State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership held in collaboration with Vital Voices.

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Somsak Boonkam

Somsak Boonkam

Chief Executive Officer
Local Alike
Thailand

Mr Somsak Boonkam, 34, is the Founder of Local Alike. Local Alike is a social enterprise that provides a platform for authentic experiences in community-based tourism (CBT) while helping to preserve local culture and generate income to local villages. Local Alike aims to address deep-seated problems within Thailand’s THB 6 billion (US$183 million) tourism industry that contributes to income inequality, social and environmental problems in Thailand. Mr Boonkam envisions Local Alike to become a ‘showcase’ for sustainable tourism in the region, while growing into a reliable long-term partner for CBT suppliers. Local Alike has served more than 53 communities and 4,000 travellers. Communities working with Local Alike have generated THB 14 million. Local Alike has also set up a community-based tourism fund in two villages.

Local Alike has won a grant of THB 11.4 million from Booking.com’s Booster Programme for start-ups in sustainable tourism in 2017 for its efforts towards addressing problems within the Thai tourism industry.

Mr Boonkam has a degree in petrochemicals and polymeric materials engineering and a master’s degree in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School, in the US.

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Farahnaz Ali Ghodsinia

Farahnaz Ali Ghodsinia

Founder
Children of Mindanao
The Philippines

Ms Farahnaz Ali Ghodsinia, 24, founded Children of Mindanao, a social-civic venture that provides educational assistance to both Muslim and Christian groups in southern Philippines. With Children of Mindanao, she wants children of Muslim and Catholic communities to learn together. In addition, Children of Mindanao provides educational assistance and materials to the region.

Ms Ghodsinia is one of the Young Leaders at the European Development Days 2017 which aims to bring the development community together to inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. She was among 16 young leaders chosen worldwide, and the only representative from Southeast Asia. Ms Ghodsinia was elected President of the 10th National Young Parliament of the Philippines, the largest parliamentary gathering of young leaders in the country. The National Youth Parliament is a platform for young leaders to craft and lobby policy recommendations that address youth issues.

In 2014, she also became a Young Fellow of the World Islamic Economic Forum’s Young Leaders Network, a global youth network established for Muslim leaders and changemakers to collaborate for the common good. In 2016, she was among 30 Learners worldwide for the 2015-2016 World Innovation Summit for Education Learners’ Voice Programme, a network aimed to bring together perspectives of young people to the challenge of rethinking education. In early 2017, she was featured in Lifestyle Asia’s “30 Young Gamechangers” with other young Filipino leaders and innovators.

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Randy Halasan

Randy Halasan

Head Teacher, Pegalongan Elementary School
Community Leader
The Philippines

Mr Randy Halasan, 35, is the head teacher in Pegalongan Elementary School, the poorest and most isolated school in Davao City serving the Matigsalog tribe and locals from Bukidnon.

Mr Halasan was one of City Savings Bank’s Outstanding Educators in 2016 for his leadership in education. In 2014, Mr Halasan also received the Ramon Magsaysay Award (established in 1957 to honour people or groups who change communities for the better and is often described as Asia’s Nobel Prize) for Emergent Leadership for his dedication in nurturing his Matigsalog students and their community to transform their lives through quality education and sustainable livelihood. Mr Halasan was cited for going beyond the call of duty to students by serving as a bridge between the Matisalog community and government agencies.

Convinced that education is key to the Matigsalog’s survival in a changing world, Mr Halasan has convinced parents to keep their children in school, discouraged the customary practices of early and arranged marriages, and promoted values of self-help and equality in the community. He established the Sitio High School to continue the studies of the young members of the tribe. He also organised the Pegalongan Farmers Association in 2011 and the Pegalongan Matigsalog Youth Association in 2016. With Mr Halasan’s help, the Matigsalog community acquired a rice-and-corn mill, a seed bank, and horses for transporting their farm products. Its forest rehabilitation contract with the government has expanded from 22 hectares to 100 hectares in 2014 because of its successful tree replanting programme. Mr Halasan’s strong advocacy for the welfare of the community also led to the construction of roads and hanging bridges leading to Pegalongan Elementary School.

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Misouda Heuangsoukkhoun

Misouda Heuangsoukkhoun

Secretary General, Association for Autism in Laos
Manager, Lao Gallery
Laos

Ms Misouda Heuangsoukkhoun, 39, is the Secretary General for the Association for Autism in Laos and the Manager of Lao Gallery. Ms Heuangsoukkhoun’s passion for art developed when her parents opened the Lao Gallery, the first art gallery in Laos in 1985 since the country’s independence in 1975.

Having been involved in her parents’ art business since young, Ms Heuangsoukkhoun received much exposure to art-related activities in Laos. She began her curatorial work in 2006 when she participated in the Mekong Art and Culture Project as a co-curator with a team from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

She combines her strong interest in art with her passion for social work through the art exhibitions organised to raise funds for children with autism in Laos. Ms Heuangsoukkhoun was co-curator for the 2013 Singapore Biennale and a nominator of Laotian artists for the 2010 Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale in Japan as well as a nominator of Laotian artists for the 2012 and 2014 Signature Art Prize in Singapore. In 2016, she was invited by the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture to be a member of the inaugural Southeast Asia Advisory Committee to foster Art and Culture Activities Between Southeast Asia and Taiwan.

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Dee Lee

Dee Lee

Director and Founder
Inno Community Development Organisation
People’s Republic of China

Mr Dee Lee, 37, is the Director and Founder of Inno Community Development Organisation which focuses on public health, poverty alleviation and emerging issues. The organisation manages projects, that include workers’ hotlines, fair trade online, and a hepatitis B virus (HBV) advocacy campaign, to help China’s migrant workers assert their rights and build their capacity for well-being.

Mr Lee started his labour non-profit career in 2007 with Handshake Workers Hotline, the first systematic workers’ hotline, in China. Since then, Inno has installed hotlines and conducted capacity building in 350 factories involving more than one million workers. Previously, Mr Lee has focused on improving financial literacy for both migrant workers and the families they leave behind in rural towns and villages, amid evidence that a lack of financial education is threatening the livelihoods of both communities. In 2009, Mr Lee started a project in China against the discrimination of HBV patients or carriers, bringing benefits to over two million patients.

Mr Lee is a board member of World Hepatitis Alliance of West Pacific Region, a fellow of the Asia Society, a member of the Civil Society Taskforce to ‘End Tuberculosis’ of the World Health Organisation and is also a part-time speaker who advocates social change in Dhaka, Bhutan, Durban, Tokyo and other cities.

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Rebekah Lin

Rebekah Lin

Co-Founder, The Social Co
Co-Founder, Chloros Solutions
Singapore

Ms Rebekah Lin, 31, is Co-Founder of The Social Co. The Social Co is the team that initiated the 50 For 50 project in September 2014 where they brought together more than 80 young people under the age of 35, and 70 corporations, to raise awareness of and funds for lesser-known causes such as mental health, suicide prevention and charities that serve those with physical and mental disabilities. Over the two phases of the 50 For 50 movement, 38 sustainable projects were created and a total of S$4.5 million was raised for 58 local charities. As they roll out a series of new initiatives, one of the campaigns that The Social Co is currently championing is Pledge It Forward, an initiative supporting 51 charities that contribute significantly to building a more inclusive and resilient community in Singapore.

Ms Lin is also the Co-Founder of Chloros Solutions, a SPRING-seeded green consultancy boutique firm that provides a complete suite of solutions for environmental sustainability design, energy consultancy and project implementation management services. She has been on the committee of the Yellow Ribbon Fund since 2011 and recently joined the Community Chest of Singapore as a main committee member.

Her corporate experiences include stints with Ogilvy & Mather, Singapore Press Holdings, Tung Lok Group, Be An Idea and Tembusu Partners. In her day job, Ms Lin works at FundedHere, an equity and debt crowdfunding platform. She graduated from Nanyang Technological University with an honors degree in business administration and has completed a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Lotfullah Najafizada

Lotfullah Najafizada

Director
TOLOnews
Afghanistan

Mr Lotfullah Najafizada, 29, is an award-winning journalist and director of TOLOnews, Afghanistan’s top 24/7 news and current affairs television channel.

At TOLOnews, Mr Najafizada oversees the largest news operation in Afghanistan with a newsroom of over 100 journalists and media professionals in Kabul and bureaus around the country, producing about 18 hours of television content per day. He occasionally conducts television interviews with many global leaders, including former British Prime Minister David Cameron, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Secretary General Jen Stoltenberg.

In 2012, Mr Najafizada was selected by the Asia Society to be part of Asia’s 21 Young Leaders Initiative. TOLOnews’s staff, having been critical of the insurgent groups that wreck carnage across Afghanistan, put their lives on the line to explain what is happening in the war-ridden country. Independent Afghan television news station, TOLOnews, picked up the Agence France-Presse (AFP) Kate Webb Prize, on 12 January 2016, for its fearless reporting in one of the world’s most dangerous countries. The prize, named after the crusading AFP reporter who died in 2007, was given to the privately-run station, which saw seven of its employees killed in a Taliban attack in January 2016. On World Press Freedom Day 2016, Reporters Without Borders awarded him with the prestigious “Press Freedom Hero” title, for his fight for free press in Afghanistan. In 2016, TIME magazine profiled him as a Next Generation Global Leader. In 2017, Forbes selected him as one of the 30 under 30 Asia Influencers in Media.

Among his previous employments in the last eight years, Mr Najafizada has worked for the NATO mission in Afghanistan where he provided strategic communications services. As a World Press Institute fellow, he conducted research on the US mid-term elections in 2010.

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Nang Lang Kham

Nang Lang Kham

Executive Director, KBZ Group of Companies
Co-Founder and Chair, Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation
Myanmar

Ms Nang Lang Kham, 28, is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Kanbawza (KBZ) Bank, Myanmar’s largest private bank with a network of more than 480 branches and 18,000 employees.

Ms Nang joined KBZ Bank in 2011 where she laid the groundwork for the bank’s future growth by modernising its information technology infrastructure. Under her leadership, KBZ Bank launched the country’s first automated teller machine (ATM) and the network has since grown to nearly 1000 ATMs across the country. She also spearheaded KBZ Bank’s introduction of various payment cards, in cooperation with international partners such as Visa, MasterCard, Union Pay International (UPI) and Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), and introduced mobile and internet banking.

Ms Nang is also Co-Founder and Chair of Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation (BFM), the social initiative arm of KBZ Bank and KBZ Group. BFM was founded in 2008 with an initial objective to help the victims of cyclone ‘Nargis’ and was expanded in 2014 with a mission to uplift the lives of the underdeveloped community members and to help alleviate poverty in the long run through social commitments. More than US$120 million has been invested through BFM in charitable giving since its inception.

In 2015, she was awarded the State Excellence Award by the President of Myanmar in recognition of her involvement in community development. For her contribution to the banking sector in Myanmar, she was recently named “The Promising Young Banker Award, Myanmar 2017” by the Asian Banker, and in 2016, she was on the “Forbes Asia: Women to Watch 2016” list.

Ms Nang is an active member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, and a member of the Young Presidents Organisation.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, and a Master of Management from the University of Sydney.

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Andar Nubowo

Andar Nubowo

President
Muhammadiyah Philanthropy Institute
Indonesia

Mr Andar Nubowo, 37, is the President of Muhammadiyah Philanthropy Institute (LAZISMU), the biggest Islamic philanthropic organisation in Indonesia, affiliated to Muhammadiyah, which is the oldest Islamic non-governmental organisation in Indonesia.

LAZISMU has funded many social, economic, education and health projects in various regions and countries, such as Klinik Apung Said Tuhuleley, a floating clinic dedicated to the Maluku people, an electrification project for 1,000 unelectrified houses in Nusa Tenggara Timur, in cooperation with The National Team of the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction of the Republic of Indonesia, and also international humanity actions in Nepal, Myanmar and Philippines.

Graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Paris in France, he is also a lecturer at the International Relations Department in the Faculty of Social and Political Science at the State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta in Indonesia. He is a doctorate student at EHESS and is writing his dissertation on “International Networks of Indonesian Moderate Islam: A History of the Informal Diplomacy of Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama (1970-2015)”. He is currently a visiting research fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Angelina Ong

Angelina Ong

President and Managing Director of the Asia Pacific Region
Special Olympics
Singapore

Ms Angelina Ong, 38, joined the Special Olympics as President and Managing Director of the Asia Pacific region on January 2017.

As part of the Special Olympics, Ms Ong is responsible for advancing the movement’s mission of building inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities through sports, health and education in Asia Pacific. She oversees the region’s operations, which serves more than 1.6 million Special Olympics athletes across 28 countries.

With over two decades of general management, in both consultancy and corporate leadership roles, she has a proven track record as a strategist and storyteller across the entire integrated marketing and communications spectrum. Ms Ong has more than 20 years of international leadership experience including 11 years in China, nine years in Singapore and assignments in Indonesia, New York, London and Dubai.

Ms Ong is passionate about advocating business ‘glocalisation’ in the Asia Pacific region and has served as a senior advisor to Chief Executive Officers of Fortune 500 companies specialising in strategic communications, corporate social responsibility platforms, issues management, brand positioning, stakeholder engagement, digital strategy and talent management. Her previous executive leadership positions include APAC President at Cohn & Wolfe; Regional Managing Director, APAC, at Burson-Marsteller; General Manager of Marketing at Edelman China; and Director and Head of B2C Marketing, APAC, at Yahoo!. In 2016, she was recognised as one of “Asia’s 50 Women Leaders” at the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Awards presented by marketing industry body CMO Asia. She also received various industry awards at PRWeek Awards Asia, APAC SABRE Awards and Marketing Asia.

Ms Ong was a key member of the global media relations team at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. She is also an active volunteer in the local community serving various causes for the past twenty years. These included Lions Befrienders, Animals Asia Foundation and Cat Welfare Society. She currently sits on the executive committee of Breast Cancer Foundation Singapore.

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David Pong

David Pong

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
WateROAM
Singapore

Mr David Pong, 28, is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of WateROAM, a water innovation enterprise that develops highly portable water filtration systems to provide communities in rural and disaster-hit regions with rapid access to clean and affordable drinking water.

WateROAM aims to enable global access to clean water by providing portable and affordable water filtration solutions through continuous innovation and cross-cultural understanding. They have provided more than 25,000 beneficiaries with better access to clean water and deployed water filters in various situations. These systems are built to be deployable through simplified setup procedures, and are distributed in a manner to help promote social change.

Since 2014, WateROAM has delivered clean water through partner non-government organisations to more than 30,000 people across Asia for disaster-hit communities in the Philippines (2016), Myanmar (2015), Nepal (2015), Vanuatu (2015) and east Malaysia (2015). Their water systems have also been used as part of rural development efforts, providing clean water from nearby sources that villagers did not or could not have access to. They have done so in Indonesia (2014 and 2016), Cambodia (2014 and 2016), Malaysia (2015) and the Philippines (2016).

In 2016, the social enterprise was recognised by the United Nations as the Global Young Leader representative for Sustainable Development Goal 6 – Water & Sanitation.

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Aditi Prasad

Aditi Prasad

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder
Robotix
India

In 2009, Ms Aditi Prasad, 31, co-founded Robotix Learning Solutions, a company with a mission to inspire the next generation of innovators and creators, with her sister. Under the aegis of Robotix, they laid the groundwork for the Indian Girls Code initiative, a free, hands-on coding and robotics education programme for underprivileged girls. The Indian Girls Code initiative works to inspire and educate young girls to learn to code and develop real-world programmes for real-world applications.

In 2013, Robotix, in collaboration with Meritus Learning Solutions, created the Indian Robotix League, an annual robotics training and competition for those from eight to 22 years of age to inspire tomorrow’s innovators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In 2016, Robotix launched its complete “Make in India” robotic educational product called Phiro. It is currently working with schools all over India to include robotics as part of the school curriculum to inspire kids to be innovators and creators by using hands-on practical methods of teaching.

Ms Prasad, as the Chief Operating Officer of Robotix, leads the operations of the robotics education programmes, events, social initiatives, product strategy and vision. Previously, Ms Prasad was Project Associate at the China Studies Centre at Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. She was part of the executive education team at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) at the National University of Singapore. She has a Master in Public Policy from the LKYSPP and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Indian Law Society’s Law College in Pune, India.

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Vania Santoso

Vania Santoso

Co-Founder
heySTARTIC
Indonesia

Ms Vania Santoso, 25, is the Co-Founder of heySTARTIC which aims to raise awareness on climate action by providing access to exotic yet ethical fashion apparels through upcycling innovations.

heySTARTIC and the initiatives of the social enterprise has brought Ms Santoso the opportunity to be one of 150 participants recognised as the most dynamic global women and youth entrepreneurs, and to participate in the Seventh Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley in 2016, fully funded by the US State Department. Ms Santoso has also received other accolades including the 2014 Young Leaders for Indonesia Award from McKinsey & Company, 2015 Young Social Entrepreneur from Singapore International Foundation, and 2016 Indonesia Champion for Global Student Entrepreneur Award from Entrepreneurs’ Organisation.

Ms Santoso has had 12 years of experience in youth leadership and community empowerment. Having begun social activism at a very young age, her community empowerment was acknowledged through Satyalencana Wirakarya, a medal bestowed by the Indonesian President when she was 19.

Ms Santoso secured her first international funding of US$10,000 in 2007 by winning the first place in the Volvo and United Nations Environment Programme in Sweden. She was one of the 2009 Ashoka Young Changemakers and was awarded the 2010 Climate Champion by the British Council. Ms Santoso has dealt with United Nations agencies, including being the speaker for Green Jobs in Asia Regional Conference held by International Labour Organisation in 2012, advising the United Nations Population Fund between 2013 to 2015 as a part of the Youth Advisory Panel, serving the United Nations Children’s Fund as the Innovations Youth Engagement Officer from 2015 to 2016.

The story of Ms Santoso’s journey was filmed in the Asians of the Year television programme broadcast by Channel NewsAsia.

Ms Santoso is a valedictorian graduate from the Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia, with a Bachelor of Management.

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Veerappan Swaminathan

Veerappan Swaminathan

Founder and Director, Sustainable Living Lab
Founding Director, Singapore Makers Association
Singapore

Mr Veerappan Swaminathan, 30, is a social innovator from Singapore who works in the space between sustainability and the maker movement. He is among the pioneers of the maker movement in Singapore, having started the first local makerspace in 2011 and going on to develop the ecosystem around the maker movement in Southeast Asia. A firm believer in making that is purposeful, he has co-founded four maker organisations, which are working to advance sustainable development goals, address youth unemployment, develop new businesses and seed networks for makers in Southeast Asia.

In his capacity as Founder and Director at Sustainable Living Lab (SL2), he led the organisation to be awarded the President’s Challenge Youth Social Enterprise of the Year Award and the ASEAN+3 Young Entrepreneurs Towards Sustainable Development Award in 2015.

Listed on five patents for biomedical devices, he is trained as a mechanical engineer and holds a Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property from the National University of Singapore. In 2016, he was awarded the EcoFriend Award by the National Environment Agency for his work with Repair Kopitiam (an initiative to tackle the buy-and-throw-away culture in Singapore) and is both an INK Fellow and a Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative Fellow. He has also been appointed as a Ministry of Education Pathfinder in the business and entrepreneurship track, sits on the Lotus-National University of Singapore Fund approving panel for social enterprises, and mentors several local start-ups.

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Belinda Tanoto

Belinda Tanoto

Trustee
Tanoto Foundation
Indonesia

Ms Belinda Tanoto, 31, is a member of the board of trustees at Tanoto Foundation.

As a trustee, Ms Tanoto shapes and approves the Tanoto Foundation’s strategies, reviews results and sets the overall direction of the organisation. Through her experiences at the Foundation, Ms Tanoto recognised education as one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty and improve the lives of children and families in developing countries. She has been spearheading the foundation’s investments in rural schools in Indonesia ever since 2009, specifically in education leadership, teacher training and literacy.

The Foundation seeks to alleviate poverty through education, empowerment and enhancement of lives. To date, it has provided over 20,000 scholarships, built schools that produced 27,000 graduates, developed 60,000 hectares of Community Livelihood Plantations and created more than 1,800 jobs in local communities through small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) programmes. Under Ms Tanoto’s and her family’s leadership, the Foundation continues to make headway in addressing the root causes of poverty, especially in Indonesia.

She received a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in finance and political science from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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M Alfatih Timur

M Alfatih Timur

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Kitabisa.com
Indonesia

Mr M Alfatih Timur, 25, is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Kitabisa.com (“We Can”), a start-up established in 2013. It has been called “Indonesia’s Kickstarter for social causes” by TechinAsia.com.

Kitabisa.com, having started out as an informal movement in 2013, is transforming into Indonesia’s first, and currently claiming to be its largest, crowd-funding platform. Kitabisa.com facilitates multiple causes ranging from medical fundraising, disaster relief, infrastructure, education, environment and the creative industry.

Kitabisa.com has reportedly facilitated more than US$10 million worth of donations, from over 300,000 contributors, for more than 6,000 social campaigns. Mr M Alfatih Timur has a long-standing interest in social issues, having previously worked as a researcher for the Indonesia Social Entrepreneurship Association and been involved in the social enterprise called Rumah Perubahan (House of Change). He was among the University of Indonesia’s Economics Faculty’s “Most Outstanding Graduates” in 2012. He has participated in the 2015 DBS Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, and was featured in Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30 Asia” list for 2016 in the social entrepreneur category.

Prior to Kitabisa.com, Mr M Alfatih Timur had also worked for Professor Rhenald Kasali at Rumah Perubahan where he handled various projects pertaining to corporate training, management consulting and writing.

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Zhang Tingjun

Zhang Tingjun

Executive Director
Mercy Relief
Singapore

Ms Zhang Tingjun, 35, is the Executive Director of Mercy Relief (MR), Singapore’s leading independent disaster relief agency, established in 2003 to respond to human tragedies and disasters in Asia Pacific.

The first woman to helm MR in its thirteen-year history, Ms Zhang was formerly the Co-Founder and Director of The Chain Reaction Project (TCRP), a non-profit organisation recognised by the President’s Office as one of Singapore’s leading social enterprises.

In addition, Ms Zhang serves as a council member at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, engaging policymakers, academics and government leaders in dialogue on issues related to humanitarian work, youth engagement and cross-sector collaboration.

Ms Zhang is regularly invited to share her perspectives at forums and speaking opportunities such as TEDx, Women in Leadership Summit and the Responsible Business Forum.

Ms Zhang is the 2016 Singapore National Cross-Country Mountain Bike Champion (Women’s Elite). She is also a former national netball player for Singapore, having represented the nation on the international stage for almost a decade.

She was trained as a broadcast journalist and news producer with Channel NewsAsia, a leading cable news network in Southeast Asia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

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