Are you passionate about the planet?
Do you have have what it takes to be a change-maker?
Sign up for BEFF's first ever YOUTH FORUM - a platform targeted for youths aged 17-25 to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas towards creating a more sustainable future.
8.00am – 5.30pm | GC Woolley Hall, Sabah Museum
From plastics to Pangolins, we’ll be covering a range of topics of interest through exciting panel sessions, presentations, interactive games, role-playing, film screenings and other fun activities.
Open to all youths residing in Sabah.
For inquiries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adzmin Fatta is working full time with Reef Check Malaysia as Programme Manager for Cintai Mantanani Project based in Mantanani Island. The project focuses on marine resource management, improving waste management, and improving economic livelihood of the community. He is also the co-founder of local rising youth volunteers organisation known as Green Semporna that has been running environmental education and youth empowerment programs for seven years now. Green Semporna is community based organisation founded in 2012 by passionate youth leaders in Semporna that aims to diversify the participation of young people in marine conservation and being an agent of change in the community. Prior joining Reef Check he worked for almost 4 years as Assistant to Marine Biologist and went on to Assistant to Marine Conservation Officer in WWF-Malaysia. He is also part of the Hard Corals Mapping Project Award Team by Conservation Leadership Programme, Active alumni of Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, Global Youth Biodiversity Network, and Malaysia’s representative in Our Ocean Youth Ambassador 2016 in the United States.
Dr. Nicolas Pilcher
Marine Research Foundation (MRF)
Dr. Nicolas Pilcher is a British marine biologist based in Sabah (Malaysia), where he established and runs his own research and conservation agency – the Marine Research Foundation. MRF’s flagship project is introducing Turtle Excluder Devices to Malaysian trawl fisheries, and these became a legal requirement in 2017. Nick has worked extensively on conservation projects across the Indo-Pacific region,focusing his energies on saving endangered sea turtles, dugongs, and other marine species. His specialty is in developing management-oriented solutions to conservation and working on reducing bycatch of endangered species, to which he brings 30 years of experience. Nick also works extensively with major industries to design and deliver solutions to environmental challenges they face. Nick served as the Co-Chair of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group for 13 years, and is currently a Technical Advisor to the UNEP-CMS Dugong Secretariat and a member of the advisory boards of a number of international organisations.In his (copious) spare time he is a diver, a boat captain, and even a small airplane pilot,and more recently builds and flies drones to collect marine science data.
Dr. Susan Pudin
Environment Protection Department (EPD)
Dr. Susan Pudin has been working as an environmental officer with the Environment Protection Department (EPD) Sabah since 2000. She was actively involved in the establishment of the Sabah Environmental Education Network (SEEN) and the formulation of the Sabah Environmental Education Policy as well as in environmental assessment, training and various environmental education programmes. She obtained her PhD in community environmental education from the University of Waikato, New Zealand. She is now heading the Planning Sector covering environmental studies, environmental education, information management and environmental quality monitoring. When she is not working, she loves reading all types of genres (depending on her mood!), travelling, cooking and most of all, drinking coffee.
Danau Girang Field Centre
ElisaPanjang was born and raised in Sandakan, Sabah. Currently, she is doing her PhD at Cardiff University specialising in the landscape ecology and behaviour study of Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica), a critically endangered species. Her research methods involved sign survey, camera trapping, satellite telemetry and survey on local knowledge. Elisa is also the Pangolin Conservation Officer for Danau Girang Field Centre, Sabah and responsible for the pangolin conservation education program in Sabah. Elisa received her BSc (Hons.) in Conservation Biology and an MSc in Ecological Processes at Universiti Malaysia Sabah. She also holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Politeknik Kota Kinabalu. In 2014, Elisa became a member of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group where she is actively involved in coordinating strategies for pangolin globally.
Linn and Anton
Future Alam Borneo
Linn and Anton are both product design graduates with past experience in lifestyle household products as well as furniture design development. Their comprehensive knowledge encompasses product development, packaging, marketing campaigns, right the way to retail displays and trade fairs internationally. Anton also spent a short period of time tutoring design students in Singapore. They have left that industry behind, on the other side of the pond, but have translated their passion in design to the hospitality and tourism industry in Sabah. They now run hotel and F&B businesses in Sandakan. On the side of their 9-to-5 jobs, they love dabbling in varied interests; co-founding Borneo Eco Film Festival, co-founding the NGO Future Alam Borneo and its various environmental outreach platforms, kickstarting the Sandakan Food Festival, and on the sports front for Linn, fighting in muay thai competitions.