Cherlanne is a 24-year-old KadazanDusun born and raised in Penampang, Sabah. Upon graduating from Universiti Utara Malaysia with a BSc in International Affairs Management, Cherlanne’s passion for community work with rural and indigenous communities led her to an internship with Forever Sabah. She is currenctly working as a Program Coordinator for Rural Community Development with the Good Shepherd Services. Cherlanne is also an active volunteer with several NGOs including PACOS Trust, Koinonia Asia and Malaysian Care.
Chen Nuo Geng
Nuo Geng, or Norgen, found his calling in marine science and is now in his final year pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). When he’s not diving the deep blue, Norgen spends his time reading up on environmental issues, spurring him to take action through YL4S. Norgen was also one of four Malaysians selected for the YSEALI SEA Camp-Bohol in the Philippines in early 2018.
“YL4S has exposed me to various environmental issues and now through the Action Agenda project, I have the opportunity to raise awareness on these issues amongst secondary school students in Sabah – I’m excited to be able to share the knowledge.” – Norgen
Dulcie J David
Dulcie is a graduate of UMS Labuan International Campus with a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Technology, who decided to step away from the computer and explore great outdoors.
“I have been very keen to learn more about marine life since tuning in to the National Geographic channel at a very young age. My wish came true when I got the chance to intern with Scubazoo, an award-winning underwater photography & filming company in Sabah.” Dulcie has since been involved in various voluntary work with several NGOs, focusing on wildlife conservation.
“YL4S is like one big family. I’ve had the chance to meet amazing people along the way who share the vision for a better future for the environment. Mother Nature has given us so much – it’s time we gave something back.” – Dulcie
Imelda holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and is currently undertaking post-graduate studies in Molecular Biology at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). Self-motivated, determined and passionate about the planet, Imelda is the President of UMS’ Foundation in Environmental Education (FEE), a member of the Student Council as well as Power Shift Malaysia. “I believe that plastic pollution urgently needs to be addressed and is one of the greatest threats to ocean health.”
“Small movements bring big change!” – Imelda
Daniella, or Oniel as friends call her, is a final year Marine Science undergraduate at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). More at home underwater than on dry land, Oniel credits her mother for being the driving force behind her interest in conservation and volunteering. “One thing I learn with people is that we are hardwired to protect what we love and growing up, I discovered my aptitude for bringing people together. Thus, I decided to join the YL4S to meet and work with people who share the same burning passion as mine in protecting the environment (particularly the ocean)!”
Tang Chung Ngo
Chung Ngo hails from Sarawak and wants to rid the ocean of plastic. A Marine Science undergraduate at Universiti Sabah Malaysia (UMS), Chung Ngo has started taking more steps towards a plastic-free life, replacing her plastic straws with metal ones and bringing her own reusable shopping bag. Her biggest concern is plastic pollution and its impact on marine life. Together with other Young Leaders, Chung Ngo is part of the Pulau Gaya Waste Management Action Agenda project. “I joined YL4S in May 2018 through a friend’s invitation – this has been a great platform for me to learn, grow and share.”
Kristy Muinis Miji
Kristy hails from Penampang, Sabah. She is a Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) BSc graduate in Environmental Science. She is currently a facilitator at Petrosains Playsmart Kota Kinabalu and a member of YL4S. She enjoys assisting and collaborating with others who work towards any environmental sustainability projects. Kristy is an amateur photographer and dabbles in photography and videography related projects. She strongly believes that there is a pressing need for a balance between rapid progress of modernization with conserving the environment for a sustainable future.
Isabella Check Ying Chen
Isabella is currently pursuing her marine science degree at Universitii Malaysia Sabah. A passionate environmentalist, her main concern is to address the issue of marine debris iand believe through YL4S, she is able to tackle more environmental issues and promote public awareness a more organised and efficient method.
Shin Wai Yan
Wai Yan is a second year Marine Science student currently pursuing her studies in UMS. Her involvement in YL4S was spurred when she began to notice the growing threat of plastic pollution to the ocean and its marine life. She hopes more people will realize the side effects of single-use plastics, leading to the reduction of plastic pollution both on land and in sea.
Bronwyn is a 19-year-old student of University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF), currently pursuing a diploma in Business Management. She proudly calls Kota Kinabalu home and wants a cleaner KK for future generations to enjoy. Her main issue of concern is ocean pollution. Bronwyn wants to be a voice to spread awareness and share innovative ideas in cleaning up the ocean through YL4S. “Being a Young Leader in Sustainability has given me more courage to step up in sharing my ideas when it comes to sustainable solutions.”