YSEALI (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative) aspires to incite new ideas and innovations in civic engagement. This year we call all aspiring leaders to support causes in their communities in the hopes of bringing new ideas to fruition.
This nine month initiative aims to empower a community of Young Leaders with opportunities and necessary skills to become influential and effective civic participants in Malaysia.
The program aims to excite the passionate souls who are ready to advocate for pressing youth-related issues in Malaysia.
We will champion their campaigns to bring true change to Malaysian communities.
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Your journey toward national and international civic engagement will be boosted with the knowledge and experience of numerous industry players. The most valuable asset you can have is learning the mistakes of your predecessors. We will connect you with the current leaders of the nation to give you a true insight into the journey on which you are about to embark! Here are the experts you can expect to meet through YSEALI 2020! Learn about them and have your questions ready!
Your journey towards national and international civic engagement will be aided with the knowledge and experience from numerous industry players.
With no money, no sponsors and no political connections, a group of young Malaysians lobbied to lower Malaysia's voting age. Today, Undi 18 is a movement that champions youth representation and pushes for democratic reforms in the electoral process.
We believe that everyone has the potential to create change, hence this session will shed light on the journey of Undi 18 and how the movement created an advocacy strategy, identify opportunities and build a network of champions to rally around the cause.
Meera Sivasothy pursued a Business degree majoring in Accounting and kicked off her professional career working in investor relations & business development.
She took a break from technology transfer projects and the like after the birth of her
daughters, spending some seven years as a stay-at-home mom to see to the growing needs of her young progeny.
In 2008, a new opportunity arose in the form of the sassy radio station BFM89.9, and without any prior experience in broadcasting, Meera kicked off her career in the media.
Starting off on the news team, she then moved on to produce the soul of the station - the Bigger Picture segment - before taking on the role as the segment's main Anchor Presenter in 2010. Through the show, Meera enjoyed a post-graduate crash course in the business of life having had to keep enthusiastic artists, activists and doctors in line on air for seven years.
Meera then moved on to a role in management as Head of Operations in 2017 before assuming the role of General Manager in 2018.
In her 12th year at the station, she continues to champion the BFM mission of ‘Building First World Malaysia’.
Mazni Ibrahim is a human rights strategist at MCCHR where she leads a civic education program called UndiMsia!. She has fourteen years experience in empowerment of indigenous communities, strategic legislative advocacy, youth engagement and human rights education. In 2017, she was elected as one of the participants in the International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) by Equitas. Mazni also led the first BCHRC-MCCHR Strategic Litigation Conference in 2015. Prior to joining MCCHR, Mazni has served as an officer at the Bar Council Secretariat. Mazni holds an bachelor's degree in legal studies and LLM from University Teknologi MARA.
Andrew Khoo graduated from King's College London in law and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in November 1991 and the Bar of the High Court of Malaya in Malaysia in May 1995. He has been in active legal practice in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for almost 25 years. He is currently serving his 11th year as an elected member of Bar Council Malaysia and is Co-Chair of the Constitutional Law Committee and Trade in Legal Services Committee. He is also Co-Deputy Chair of the Legal Profession Committee.
He was Co-Chair of the Bar Council Human Rights Committee from 2009-2018. He has represented the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM), the Malaysian Bar, the Council of Churches Malaysia, the Diocese of West Malaysia and the Bible Society of Malaysia in watching briefs before the Federal Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court in cases involving election petitions, constituency redelineation, child custody, citizenship and freedom of religion. His most recent assignment was as a member of a Special Committee established by the government of Malaysia to study alternative sentences in lieu of the mandatory death penalty.
He authored/edited the Malaysian Bar’s submission to the Universal Periodic Review in 2008, 2013 and 2018. His articles have been published in The New Straits Times, The Sun, Malaysiakini, The Nut Graph, Micah Mandate, the Wall Street journal and on the website and journal of the Malaysian Bar.
An iconic Malaysian leader, former President of the Malaysian Bar Council and former co - chair of the largest electoral reform movement in Malaysia - BERSIH
She is one of the eight recipients of the US International Women of Courage Award in 2009.
Ivy N Josiah is a trainer and facilitators. This Women’s Rights Activist is the former Executive Director of Malaysia’s first shelter for domestic violence survivors - Women’s Aid Organisation.