YSEALI Generation: Oceans Logo

Harness passion. Make waves.

The YSEALI Oceans workshop educated and engaged 64 rising Southeast Asian leaders on current issues in marine and coastal environments. It focused on developing paths to policy, technical, and civil society solutions for the most serious problems.


By focusing on skills development, real-world applications, and action plans, the workshop equipped participants to prepare their communities and nations for the changing planet through a more collaborative approach.


There are three distinct components of this program: virtual exercises, a four-day workshop in Jakarta, and follow-on activities to implement post-workshop action plans and enhance ties between the United States and ASEAN.


  • Virtual Exercises (8 February-11 March 2016)
  • Workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia (16-20 March 2016)
  • Follow-on Activities, including the:
    - Issuance of seed grants for eligible teams to implement action plans (May-July 2016)
    - YSEALI Oceans U.S. Study Tour for top team (September 2016)

Support



With the guidance of their mentors, the participants created projects to address the serious issues facing Southeast Asia’s marine and coastal environments. Here are their crowd funding campaigns that you can support.



Sustainable Technology


Team Seaweed4US

A project to empower local farmers to install seaweed biofilter facilities at aquaculture farms, aiming to provide farmers with an alternative income. Seaweed can naturally filter through harmful excess aquaculture waste, which stifles marine ecosystems and can be harmful to humans.


Team Buoy

A project to install mooring buoys to prevent anchors from crushing coral reefs in Singapore. Boats will instead be able to attach themselves to these floating buoys without damaging the environment.


Team Coral Ranger

An initiative to fight micro-plastic pollution by planting coral in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia.


Team Think Friction

A project to rebuild the ASEAN wall against natural disasters by planting mangroves and encouraging their protection.



Online Platforms


Team Blue ASEAN

A game-based platform, Blue ASEAN, simulates a community planting mangroves as fast as we they can, as a tsunami quickly approaches. If players do not build quickly enough, the area is swallowed by tsunami waves.


Team Oceans 12

A platform, Ocean Opportunities in Southeast Asia Nations (OSEAN), to help people that are passionate about ocean issues to find volunteer opportunities, workshops, conferences, and internships in their area.


Team Fish LIP

A online database called Ocean Patrol will allow individuals to report illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. This data can then inform government intervention and litigation.


Team Fintastic

A website called Blue Hotel Rankings, which will rank hotels in Southeast Asia on plastic consumption, solid waste management, water conservation, and education initiatives.



Community Education


Team ReEcho Ethics

A multi-faceted education campaign will crowdsource infographics about marine conservation education, send them to school libraries, and mobilize youth to educate their communities.


Team AQUAN

A workshop that will educate local fisherman about destructive fishing practices. It was also provide visual handbooks of fishing laws and ordinances, translated into the fisherman’s local languages.


Team Project Blue

An online community that will organize a multi-national beach cleanup event in Indonesia and the Philippines.





*These teams were selected by the leader mentors of the workshop to participate in a study tour of the United States.


Participants

  • Adrian Alaman
  • Adrian Alaman
    Philippines
  • Instructor,
    Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology
  • Afif Fauzan
  • Afif Fauzan
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Hasanuddin University
  • Afitri Aidah
  • Afitri Aidah
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Jendral Soedirman University
  • Ainil Mardhiah
  • Ainil Mardhiah
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Gadjah Mada University
  • Altof Naufal
  • Altof Naufal
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Himpunan Mahasiswa Oseanografi "TRITON" ITB (Oceanography Student Association)
  • Antasari Malau
  • Antasari Malau
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    University of Sumatera Utara
  • Aung Kyaw Kyaw
  • Aung "Jo Jo" Kyaw Kyaw
    Myanmar
  • Student,
    Myanmar Maritime University
  • Carm Novilla
  • Carm Novilla
    Philippines
  • Family Welfare Officer,
    Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
  • Chanbormey Im
  • Chanbormey Im
    Cambodia
  • Student,
    Royal University of Law and Economics
  • Channita Ouk
  • Channita Ouk
    Cambodia
  • Communication and Fundraising Assistant,
    Sipar NGO
  • Chanthachack Keophilavong
  • Chanthachack Keophilavong
    Laos
  • Student,
    The Lao-American College
  • Chanthavong Sirimanotham
  • Chanthavong Sirimanotham
    Laos
  • Student,
    The Lao-American College
  • Christine Thel Geollegue
  • Christine Thel Geollegue
    Philippines
  • Student,
    University of St. La Salle, College of Law
  • Crystle Wee
  • Crystle Wee
    Singapore
  • Student,
    National University of Singapore
  • Diah Sulung Syafitri
  • Diah Sulung Syafitri
    Indonesia
  • Vice President of Nusantara Young Leaders,
    Nusantara Young Leaders
  • Diza Faraskhansa
  • Diza Faraskhansa
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Universitas Indonesia
  • Eastword Manlises
  • Eastword Manlises
    Philippines
  • Writer,
    Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) of the Republic of the Philippines
  • Ecklyn Fei Mei
  • Ecklyn Fei Mei
    Malaysia
  • Student,
    University of Malaysia Terengganu
  • Eman Maso
  • Eman Maso
    Philippines
  • Engineer,
    Department of Public Works and Highways
  • Eng Phearum
  • Eng Phearum
    Cambodia
  • Assistant Manager,
    Kataly Co., Ltd
  • Evina Tami
  • Evina Tami
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Padjadjaran University
  • Fab Fabia
  • Fab Fabia
    Philippines
  • Architect,
    University of the Philippines
  • Fahrun Nida
  • Fahrun Nida
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Fariz Kukuh Harwinda
  • Fariz Kukuh Harwinda
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Student Executive Board of Fisheries and Marine Faculty, Universitas Airlangga
  • Felicia Tay
  • Felicia Tay
    Singapore
  • Student,
    Sustainable Living Lab
  • Fibrianis Puspita Anhar
  • Fibrianis Puspita Anhar
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Bogor Agricultural University
  • Firdaus Ismail
  • Firdaus Ismail
    Brunei
  • Program Manager of Environmental Education,
    Green Brunei
  • Gene Adhiyasa
  • Gene Adhiyasa
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Institut Teknologi Bandung
  • Hai Hoang Dong
  • Hai Hoang Dong
    Vietnam
  • Student,
    Thuy Loi University
  • Hai Nguyen
  • Hai Nguyen
    Vietnam
  • Student,
    Ho Chi Minh City International University-Vietnam National University
  • Halimatul Hj Nasir
  • Halimatul Hj Nasir
    Brunei
  • Student,
    Archipelago Express
  • Hasmar Kurniawan
  • Hasmar Kurniawan
    Indonesia
  • Junior Researcher,
    Technical Implementation Unit for Boundaries Mulawarman University
  • Hasriani Ayu Lestari
  • Hasriani Ayu Lestari
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Hasanuddin University
  • Imsouchivy Suos
  • Imsouchivy Suos
    Cambodia
  • M.A. Candidate,
    Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Irfan Thofiq Firdaus
  • Irfan Thofiq Firdaus
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    University of Brawijaya
  • Jose Gabriel Mejia
  • Jose Gabriel Mejia
    Philippines
  • Student,
    UP Marine Biological Society, UP Architecture Forum, School: University of the Philippines
  • Julia Las
  • Julia Las
    Philippines
  • Student,
    University of the Philippines
  • Kenneth Suarez
  • Kenneth Suarez
    Philippines
  • Chief Science Research Specialist,
    Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Project NOAH)
  • Khin Yadanaroo
  • Khin Yadanaroo
    Myanmar
  • Student,
    Kasetsart University
  • Kier Mitchel Pitogo
  • Kier Mitchel Pitogo
    Philippines
  • Student,
    University of the Philippines Open University
  • Linh Thao Nguyen Ngoc
  • Linh Thao Nguyen Ngoc
    Vietnam
  • Student,
    Ho Chi Minh City International University-Vietnam National University
  • Menche Lazarte
  • Menche Lazarte
    Philippines
  • Student,
    The Marine Science Institute University of the Philippines
  • Mia Carro Falcasantos
  • Mia Carro Falcasantos
    Philippines
  • Student,
    Ateneo de Zamboanga University
  • Muhammad Adzmin Abdul Fatta
  • Muhammad Adzmin Abdul Fatta
    Malaysia
  • Vice President,
    Green Semporna
  • Naomi Hadisumarto
  • Naomi Hadisumarto
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Tohoku University
  • Nga Dinh
  • Nga Dinh
    Vietnam
  • Student,
    Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam
  • Panupong Mapong
  • Panupong Mapong
    Thailand
  • Student,
    Assumption University of Thailand
  • Priscilla Seah
  • Priscilla Seah
    Singapore
  • Aquarist,
    Resorts World Sentosa
  • Qarri Ainaya
  • Qarri Ainaya
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Tohoku University
  • Quynh Anh Ngo
  • Quynh Anh Ngo
    Vietnam
  • Student,
    Tohoku University
  • Rachmat Muhammad Hatta
  • Rachmat Muhammad Hatta
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    National Children Forum (Indonesia)
  • Ricky Low
  • Ricky Low
    Malaysia
  • Student,
    Universiti Tenaga Nasional
  • Ridwan Fadail Arif
  • Ridwan Fadail Arif
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    University of Padjadjaran
  • Sandra Zhi Yi Teoh
  • Sandra Zhi Yi Teoh
    Malaysia
  • Student,
    The MareCet Research Organization
  • Serena Adam
  • Serena Adam
    Malaysia
  • Supporter Program and Fundraiser,
    World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-MALAYSIA)
  • Sereyrath Mech
  • Sereyrath Mech
    Cambodia
  • Student,
    Royal University of Phnom Penh
  • Sumo Iamudom
  • Sumo Iamudom
    Thailand
  • Freelancer,
    Chulalongkorn University
  • Swietenia Puspa Lestari
  • Swietenia Puspa Lestari
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Bandung Institute of Technology / #DiversCleanAction
  • Tanakrit Hansuranant
  • Tanakrit Hansuranant
    Thailand
  • Project Engineer,
    Essilor
  • Thao Pham
  • Thao Pham
    Vietnam
  • Recent Graduate,
    University of Science and Technology of Hanoi
  • Tinharit Moonvanit
  • Tinharit Moonvanit
    Thailand
  • Student,
    Matthayom Watnairong School
  • Trung Duc Nguyen
  • Trung Duc Nguyen
    Vietnam
  • Student,
    People's Police Academy
  • Yulia Rahmawati
  • Yulia Rahmawati
    Indonesia
  • Student,
    Airlangga University
  • Zarah Arwieny Hanami
  • Zarah Arwieny Hanami
    Malaysia
  • Student,
    Hasanuddin University

Leader Mentors

  • Andi Syukri
  • Andi Syukri
    Indonesia
    Lecturer, Padang State Polytechnic

    Andi is a lecturer in civil engineering at Padang State of Polytechnic, Padang - Indonesia. He has work experience in Geo Hazard International (GHI), Center for Disaster Studies Andalas University. He is passionate about having a consistent career as an engineer and researcher in earthquake engineering (design, retrofitting and strengthening). Andi has extensive background in developing and implementing special programs for Disaster Management in Earthquake and Tsunami Evacuation Infrastructure. He is an effective communicator with excellent planning, organizational, and negotiation strengths, as well as the ability to lead, reach consensus, establish goals, and attain results. With strong international experience, he has a strong understanding of culture, volunteerism, and development. Andi previously lived in the United States of America, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, France, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, and the Philippines.
  • Aushim Merchant
  • Aushim Merchant
    Thailand
    Project Director, Mintra Foundation

    Aushim Merchant (ช้าง) is passionate about environmental sustainability and renewable energy. He completed his double Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering & Finance from the University of Adelaide, Australia. In the private sector, he is involved with design, building and operations for state-of-the-art facilities that convert post consumer non-recyclable plastic waste to quality petroleum. He was selected by ACYPL (American Council of Young Political Leaders) for the YSEALI professional fellowship on public policy and legislative governance in the United States. He was also selected by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to represent Thailand at the One Young World Summit 2015.
  • Bryan Madera
  • Bryan Madera
    Philippines
    Project Manager, Save Philippine Seas

    Bryan is a graduate student in Environmental and Natural Resources Management concentrating on Coastal Resources Management at University of the Philippines Open University. He advocates sustainable tourism, sustainable marine resources use, and empowering youth to be leaders in marine conservation for over a year now. He spend his leave/holidays from work in various marine conservation NGOs and research projects such as Coral Cay Conservation, Large Marine Vertebrate Project and Delphinid Conservation Ecology Project around Visayas region in the Philippines.
  • Chai Ming (Edmund) Lau
  • Chai Ming (Edmund) Lau
    Malaysia
    Program Manager, Reef Check Malaysia

    Conservation, research and inspiration are the three key masts that hoist Chai Ming’s sails on a lifetime voyage towards achieving marine conservation. He set sailed from University of Malaya with a BSc. and followed with a MSc. (Marine Ecology & Biodiversity). Currently, he is a programme manager at Reef Check Malaysia. He is passionately committed to coral reef conservation by involving local stakeholders and converting science into actions. Through YSEALI Generation: OCEANS, he hopes to inspire a generation to embark on a similar voyage to achieve his dream of an educated society influenced by sound research that will manage ecosystems sustainably.
  • Emi Koch
  • Emi Koch
    United States
    Co-Founder, Coast 2 Coast
    Coast 2 Coast, Beyond the Surface International, and Billabong Womens

    Emi Koch is a surf ambassador with Billabong Womens, co-founder of Coast 2 Coast, and the founder of Beyond the Surface International, a global network of local organizations applying surfing as a tool for youth empowerment and community development. After co-producing a documentary film inspired by her non-profit with local youth and community partners in India, Emi realized the positive transformational power of storytelling as a dynamic tool for positive social change. She would later, with Nicolas Landa, create their own project, Coast 2 Coast, celebrating coastal culture where local people are the storytellers and filmmakers are simply helping to facilitate their process with encouragement and technical support. She is a Georgetown University graduate with a degree in Psychology and dual concentrations in Anthropology and Justice & Peace studies.
  • Gabriella Alodia
  • Gabriella Alodia
    Indonesia
    Assistant to Associate Expert, PT Bhumi Warih Geohydromatics

    Gabriella Alodia received her BSc. from the Geodesy and Geomatics Department at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in 2012. During the first year of her Master's program, she had a chance to do an internship in Fugro Survey, B.V., a hydrographic survey company based in the Netherlands. She validated her MSc. in Brest, France, both in Hydrography (ENSTA Bretagne) and in Marine Geophysics (IUEM-UBO) in 2015. Her Master’s thesis discussed the sub-surface activities in the South Atlantic Ocean. She is currently back in Bandung, Indonesia to work for a meteorological and oceanographic services company, and as a lecturer assistant at ITB.
  • Hendriyadi Bahtiar
  • Hendriyadi Bahtiar
    Indonesia
    Program Manager, Econatural Society Foundation

    Hendriyadi is passionate in women economic empowerment and education development in coastal area. He has more than 5 years of experience working for educational access in rural and coastal communities with Canada World Youth, and Youth and Sport Ministry of Indonesia, Sahabat Pulau Indonesia. Hendriyadi also had the chance to improve capacity in social entrepreneurship with Jolkona Project Catalyst in Seattle, USA and attended MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Boston to present Abon Sehat (Healthy Shredded Fish) from Selayar Island. His international experience in USA, Canada, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Nepal and Singapore allows him to discuss a variety of issues.
  • Johnelle Causwell
  • Johnelle Causwell
    United States
    Program Director, International House of Charlotte

    Johnelle Causwell is currently the Citizen Diplomacy Program Director at International House in Charlotte. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, she graduated from Warren Wilson College with a major in Economics and a minor in Political Science. She started working with local environmental NGOs in her early teens, and she remains a passionate advocate for sustainable development. After almost a decade in advertising, Johnelle transitioned her career as an agency Creative Director to International Relations. She currently works on a local level to administer the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program along with other international professional and youth exchange programs.
  • Justin Henceroth
  • Justin Henceroth
    United States
    Master's in Design Studies, Risk and Resilience, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

    Justin Henceroth is a Master of Design Studies candidate concentrating in Risk and Resilience at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). Prior to joining GSD, Justin designed and facilitated collaborative processes to address complex and controversial social and political issues. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, Justin worked with cities throughout Southeast Asia to build climate resilience and to look at the effects of large-scale transformative processes including urbanization and regional integration. Before that, Justin was a fellow at the Meridian Institute in Colorado where he facilitate the development of a community-based system for building resilience that was later piloted throughout the U.S. He also worked on issues including technology, security, forestry, water resources, agriculture, and energy. For his work developing new U.S. Forest Service Planning Regulations, he was awarded the 2012 National Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Award. Justin has a degree in Biology, with Distinctions, from The Colorado College. He is a Henry Luce Scholar and a Boettcher Scholar, and he speaks English, Thai, and Spanish.
  • Lyca Castro
  • Lyca Castro
    Philippines
    Instructor, Western Philippines University

    Lyca Castro is an Aquatic Biologist teaching at the College of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences of Western Philippines University for almost 10 years. She engages in research and extension activities especially on topics related to mammals, marine and freshwater turtles, aquatic invertebrates, freshwater, mangroves, seagrass, and coral reef ecosystems. She has attended the Bornean Carnivore Symposium in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia in 2011 and a Mangrove Training in Tamil Nadu, India in 2014. She has also been to Singapore and met other otter specialists. She has visited Kual Lumpur, Malaysia, Hongkong, and Macau for learning experiences on culture and biodiversity.
  • Michael Philip Lazaro
  • Michael Philip Lazaro
    Philippines
    Political Affairs Officer, Philippine House of Representatives, Office of the Hon. Ferdinand L. Hernandez

    Mike Lazaro received a Bachelor's degree in Economics at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila and a Master's in Maritime Affairs specializing in Port Management from the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden. He has been a civil servant since 2004, starting his career at the Port of Subic Bay, and currently works for the Philippine House of Representatives. He is active in doing policy research specific on community development, environmental protection and maritime-related issues.
  • Phalla Leng
  • Phalla Leng
    Cambodia
    Project Coordinator, Research and Awareness, Fauna & Flora Organization

    Phalla was a Master's student on Biodiversity Conservation at Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). She has published writing on seagrass density in the Koh Rong Archipelago. She used to do the General Social Survey for NORC at the University of Chicago. She also joined the Student Conference on Conservation Science, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation conferences in China and Cambodia, and took coursework in the United Kingdom. She has worked with Cambodia Marine Coastal Project at Fauna & Flora International Cambodia for five years. She also helped student from the U.K. do a sea turtle management plan for her thesis and RUPP students do research on sea turtles threatened by fishing gear in Cambodia.
  • Poh Leem Choo
  • Poh Leem Choo
    Malaysia
    Senior Conservation Officer, WWF-Malaysia

    Poh Leem started working with World Wildlife Fund-Malaysia after graduating from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia with a Master's in Applied Science in Tropical Marine Biology and Fisheries Management. For five years, she has actively worked in youth empowerment, stakeholder engagement, partnership development for conservation planning and implementations. She was awarded the Future Conservationist Award winner from the Conservation Leadership Programme, a partnership of three international NGOs, namely Birdlife International, Flora and Fauna International and Wildlife Conservation Society. She is also an active coach in Conservation Coach Networks. Recently, she was recognized as the EDGE Fellows 2016 by Zoological Society of London.
  • Rea Celine Villa
  • Rea Celine Villa
    Philippines
    Head of Athletics and Leadership Programs, Southville International School and Colleges

    Rea Celine Villa is Head of Athletics and Leadership Programs at Southville International School and Colleges. She advocates sports tourism, the environment, youth leadership and empowerment. Her work experiences as a Secretary General of Beach Football Philippines, Deputy Country Director of Global Dignity Philippines, Program Head of NGOs, Global Mentors for Change and Asian Federation of Student Leaders has contributed to her knowledge and competencies in alliance building, networking and resource mobilization. These experiences paved the way for participation in international events such as the Asian World Cup Beach Soccer Qualifiers in Qatar and World Without Borders Conference in Singapore.
  • Isma Rosyida
  • Isma Rosyida
    Indonesia
    PhD Candidate in Environmental Sociology, Hokkaido University

    Isma Rosyida has worked as a social scientist helping marginalized communities, raising their standard of living by creating sustainable relationships between people and their environment. She received her Bachelor’s in Communication and Community Development Science from Bogor Agricultural University. She is PhD student in the laboratory of regional science, Hokkkaido University and is currently conducting an environmental sociological and political ecological study which focuses on destructive coastal tin mining activities and how it affects the community`s livelihood in Bangka Belitung, Indonesia.
  • Tymon Emch
  • Tymon Emch
    United States
    Educational Director, Cada Casa

    Tymon Emch (M.Ed) is a Dual-Language Physics, Chemistry, and Biology teacher in Portland, OR, USA. His teaching philosophies revolve around sustainability, use of technology, equity and bilingualism. Tymon is also the Founder and Educational Director of the non-profit, Cada Casa which provides alternative education programs to teens in the Pacific Northwest. Tymon studied tropical ecology in Costa Rica while receiving his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry, worked in Cusco, Peru and has conducted art workshops on behalf of the U.S. Embassy of Tunisia. Outside of education, Tymon plays futsal (soccer), coaches snowboarding, and teaches social commentary through art.

Youth Support Corps

  • Alicia Tan
  • Alicia Tan
    Malaysia
    Finance Management Associate, Astro Malaysia Holdings

    Alicia Tan Yen Fern is an entrepreneur with a strong background in accounting, finance, and fostering positive social change. From Selangor, Malaysia, she earned her Bachelor of Business and Commerce from Monash University and has studied abroad in the United States, Hong Kong, and the Czech Republic. Having interned at Procter & Gamble and the Central Bank of Malaysia, she currently serves as the Finance Management Associate for Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad. She is also the founder of two initiatives, UpSkill Malaysia and Engage Communities’ Honest Opinion (ECHO) on Ecotourism, which work to connect Malaysian students with opportunities to hone soft skills and provide a platform for tour operators and guests to assess their sustainability, respectively. No stranger to YSEALI, Alicia represented her country at the YSEALI: Generation Earth Workshop in Cambodia, the YSEALI Academic Fellows on Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, and the YSEALI Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November 2015.
  • Jori Bonadurer
  • Jori Bonadurer
    United States
    Student, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

    Jori Bonadurer is an undergraduate student with a passion for learning and travel and is currently pursuing a degree in Secondary English Education at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is enthusiastic about making a positive impact on people and our environment while teaching both in and outside the United States. Jori studied sustainability in Malaysia and Singapore through the American Youth Leadership program (AYLP) in 2014. She later drew from her AYLP experience to create and teach a program that educates U.S. students about water usage, oceans, and Malaysian and Singaporean culture. Her extensive experience includes helping to contain the spread of invasive species at the Forest Preserves of Cook County, testing methods for more efficient collection of solar energy at Columbia College Chicago, participating in her college’s Women’s Civic Institute, and honing her leadership and team-building skills as Assistant Director at the Munroe Park Theater Guild.
  • Julianne Goodman
  • Julianne Goodman
    United States
    Student, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

    Julianne Goodman currently studies at the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Working towards a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a concentration in finance and sustainability, she has interned at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she worked on a sustainability project to compost shredded bills to improve bank environmental efficiency by 3.7%. She has also interned at the Center for Financial Stability and ClimateMama. She is a former Global Youth Ambassador for the United States Department of State and AYLP alumna to Singapore and Malaysia. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Penn Sustainability Review.
  • Kurt John Eliezer Cabillon
  • Kurt John Eliezer Cabillon
    Philippines
    MA Candidate in Environmental Engineering, University of St. La Salle

    Kurt John Eliezer Cabillon is a native of the Philippines with an extensive professional background in environmental engineering, pollution control and related engineering applications. Having graduated from the University of St. La Salle with a Master's in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, he has a passion for community development and environmentalism. In 2012, he earned the Best Thesis Award for his paper on building a prototype microbial fuel cell from yeast. He was a Regional Fellow to the 2014 YSEALI Generation: Earth Workshop in Cambodia and a delegate to the 2015 YSEALI Summit in Malaysia. Kurt has previously worked at SGS Philippines Inc. and the Aldrtz Corporation.
  • Roy Joseph Roberto
  • Roy Joseph Roberto
    Philippines
    Electronics Engineer and Technician, 24/7 International

    Roy Joseph Roberto is a young electronics engineer and technician from the Philippines. He is passionate about working with rising international leaders from around the world to stop climate change. He participated in the 2014 YSEALI Generation: EARTH workshop, served as the Philippine Ambassador of Goodwill at the 2015 Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP), presented a paper on women’s empowerment at the 2014 United Nations’ World Congress for Global Partnership in South Korea, and facilitated a forum on disaster risk reduction and management through the Japan East-Asia Network Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS). In 2015, Roy co-founded Greenovators, a collaboration of youth leaders from the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Indonesia, which aims to address ASEAN’s most pressing environmental issues. He has trained at Huawei Technologies, Accenture Philippines, and the Philippine Long Distance Phone Company. He currently works at 24/7 International.
  • Satra Binti Nur Izman
  • Satra Binti Nur Izman
    Malaysia
    Alumni Representative for East Malaysia, Malaysia-American Alumni Partnership Executive Committee

    Satra Binti Nur Izman is a youth environmental activist from Sabah, Malaysia. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Social Science major in History at Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia in 2014. After which she joined an internship programme funded by Prime Minister’s Department (Mahasiswa Turun Parlimen IV – MANTAP IV). In the course of her internship, she was awarded Best Thinkers MANTAP IV presented by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. In April 2015, she participated in the YSEALI Generation: Earth Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia and showed herself to be a bridge maker and inspiration between people. Subsequently, she participated in the YSEALI Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November 2015 and now serves as an Alumni Representative for East Malaysia on the Malaysian-American Alumni Partnership Executive Committee.
  • Sean McKnight
  • Sean McKnight
    United States
    Student, University of Florida

    Sean McKnight is an aspiring conservationist and undergraduate student at the University of Florida, specializing in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. His extensive experience in the field includes serving as a wildlife technician at the U.S. Geological Survey at the Everglades National Park, lab assistant at the U.S. Geological Survey Southeast Ecological Science Center’s Conservation Genetics Lab, and volunteer at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Division of Reptile and Amphibian Research. Sean has studied gopher frogs, Burmese pythons, and Argentine black and white tegus and currently organizes presentations of live alligators and snakes for audiences of all ages. In 2011, he enhanced his knowledge of watershed management and Japanese culture through the American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP): Japan-America Watershed Stewardship Project.
  • Yousef Abdel Rahman
  • Yousef Abdel Rahman
    United States
    Student, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    Yousef Abdel Rahman is a Levine Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he is studying for his Bachelor’s in Science in Civil Engineering. In 2014, he gained a deeper understanding of environmental and climate change issues, food security, and the role of the media in Singapore and Malaysia through the AYLP program. Yousef is an Eagle Scout, Student Chairman of his college’s Undergraduate Research Conference, and a citizen of Canada, Egypt, and the United States.

Staff

  • Aaron Eisenberg
  • Aaron Eisenberg
    United States
    Program Manager, Cultural Vistas

    Aaron Eisenberg serves as the Project Manager for the YSEALI Generation OCEANS Workshop. Previously, he managed the programming for the YSEALI Generation EARTH Workshop, and also worked to implement the American Youth Leadership Programs 2014 to Singapore and Malaysia. He also has led programs supported by grants from U.S. Embassies (Update America: Student Journalists and Muslim Student Union Leaders).
  • Abyan Rai Fauzan
  • Abyan Rai Fauzan
    Indonesia

    Abyan Rai is an Indonesian alum of the YSEALI Generation EARTH Workshop. He is the lead representative of the Indonesian Student Association for International Studies (ISAFIS). He is currently a student at Bogor Agricultural University.
  • Bryan Yannantuono
  • Bryan Yannantuono
    United States
    Assistant Program Officer, Cultural Vistas

    Bryan Yannantuono serves as the Assistant Program Officer in the Program Development department. In this role, he supports staff in pursuing U.S. State Department grants, designing and implementing short-term study tours for the U.S. embassies and consulates abroad, and organizing travel logistics for both inbound and outbound delegations. Prior to joining Cultural Vistas, Yannantuono worked at the Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation, where he managed recruitment for the Sino-American Youth Ambassadors (SAYA) and Ameson Chinese Elite (ACE) programs, developed programming for high-level Chinese delegations, and led the social media and fundraising teams in the Washington, D.C. office.
  • Dan Ewert
  • Dan Ewert
    United States
    Project Director, Cultural Vistas

    Dan Ewert has 25 years of experience with work-based learning, teaching experience. He lived in Singapore as a child, and concentrated his academic studies on international studies in Southeast Asia. He has developed and implemented international programs (including viral components) for American and international participants for more than ten years, including, for example: YSEALI Generation EARTH Workshop (Siem Reap, Cambodia), Emerging Young Leaders Program in China for water resource professionals, American Youth Leadership Programs to Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, Toward Building a Japan Area Studies Curriculum, TOMODACHI MetLife Women's Leadership Program, and UK Climate and Clean Energy Leaders. And, he has been a Responsible Officer for Exchange Visitor Programs for 20 years.
  • John Rapaglia
  • John Rapaglia
    United States
    Academic Content Facilitator

    Dr. John Rapaglia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the Sacred Heart University (Connecticut) and is supporting the development of a new graduate degree program in Environmental Systems Analysis and Management. His academic record and post-doctoral research efforts have focused on marine and atmospheric sciences.
  • Jules Guiang
  • Jules Guiang
    Philippines

    Jules Guiang is a TV Host and a youth leader in the Philippines. Current, he hosts a morning show "Good Morning Boss" and a youth debate show "Iskoolmates" on a state-operated television network - People's Television (PTV-4) in the Philippines. Aside from his job, actively handles his initiatives for the youth. He founded the National Alliance of Youth Leaders (NAYL) in 2014. NAYL advocates for everyone's rights to education, voter education, climate justice, and the ASEAN integration. Jules became a member of the YSEALI in 2015 when he was selected by Cultural Vistas to be a participant in the YSEALI Generation Earth Workshop in Cambodia. There he was selected among 80 participants to represent the Southeast Asia region for a 2-month internship in Washington, D.C.
  • Lauren Aitken
  • Lauren Aitken
    United States
    Communications Officer, Cultural Vistas

    Lauren Aitken, the Communications Officer for Cultural Vistas, will be in charge of implementing the social media strategy for the YSEALI Generation OCEANS Workshop. She joined Cultural Vistas in 2015 after nearly three years of working on various social media projects for international exchange programs for Meridian International Center, and was previously a public affairs intern for the U.S. Department of State (working in Vienna, Austria).
  • Lismawati Lapasi
  • Lismawati Lapasi
    Indonesia

    Lismawati Lapasi, Indonesian alumnae of the YSEALI Generation EARTH Workshop, will coordinate with Mr. Cosby and Dr. Rapaglia to organize site visits that offer practical examples of the information covered during the workshop. A former resident of Gorontalo, Ms. Lapasi has relocated to Jakarta.
  • Matthew Cosby
  • Matthew Cosby
    United States
    Academic Content Facilitator

    Matthew Cosby, previously a "leader mentor" in the YSEALI Generation EARTH Workshop, has a variety of experiences in biology, environmental remediation and project management with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer. After six years of experience working on the St. Louis Riverfront - Meramec and Big River Ecosystems Restoration Study and the Big River Pilot Project, he will transfer to New York City to work on coastal projects for the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers. Cosby is also an Urban Waters Ambassador in the Urban Waters Federal Parternship, a collaboration between 15 federal agencies and 29 NGOs that focuses on improving water quality, restoring the environment, increasing public health and increasing community stewardship.
  • Poll Bravo
  • Poll Bravo
    United States
    Videographer

    Poll Bravo is an independent filmmaker located in the city of Baltimore and also a Towson University graduate with a major on Digital Video and Film. His main focus is to produce powerful documentaries on issues that affect our society as well as to serve as a medium for local artists who want their voices to be heard. Mr. Bravo has collaborated with non-profit organizations in Baltimore and schools in DC such as American University and George Washington to produce fundraising videos.
  • Viet Tran
  • Viet Tran
    United States
    Digital Media Assistant, Cultural Vistas

    Viet Tran is the Digital Media Assistant for the YSEALI Generation OCEANS Workshop. He will assist the communications officer with implementing the social media strategy to raise awareness in real-time to online audiences about ocean resources and coastal development issues within ASEAN and examples of the 'eco-political' relationship between ASEAN and the United States. With a longstanding interest in Southeast Asia, Tran is committed to promoting positive social change in the region.

About YSEALI

What

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community of leaders who work across borders to solve common issues. The YSEALI Oceans Workshop will be one of several workshops that have taken place in the region centered on one of the four YSEALI themes – environment and natural resources management, economic development, civic engagement, and education.


Why

Approximately 65% of people in the ASEAN region are under the age of 35. YSEALI is an effort to harness the extraordinary potential of youth in the region to address critical challenges and expand opportunities.


Who

The YSEALI community consists of bright young leaders, 18–35 years old, from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam who are making a difference in their communities, countries, and the region. Learn more about the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative at yseali.state.gov and join the official YSEALI social media communities on Facebook and Twitter.


#YSEALIoceans

The YSEALI Oceans Workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is funded through a cooperative agreement award from the Embassy of the United States in Jakarta, Indonesia. Cultural Vistas will administer the workshop and follow-on activities which are set to continue through fall 2016.





Contact Us

For more information, please contact us at yseali@culturalvistas.org.

About Cultural Vistas

Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions. We develop international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens. Our programs empower people to drive positive change in themselves, their organizations, and society.