Khairunnisa Ashari

Country representing

Brunei Darussalam

Languages

English
Malay

Education

  • Universiti Brunei Darussalam, University of Kent, King's College London
  • MA (Environment, Politics and Globalisation)
  • Human Rights, Green Growth

Current organisation

Green Brunei

Current role

Co-Founder/Community Engagement Director

Skills and Expertise

Community management
Project management
Public policy
Social entrepreneurship
Social media

Areas of interest

Education
Environment
Leadership
Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

I am passionate about youth development and sustainable development. Growing up next to a river and forest, I learn to appreciate the value of our natural environment and feel saddened to see how polluted the river has become and empty the land is with the deforestation near my area. I felt helpless as an individual, but know as a young person I still have the ability to create positive change. Though I have limited knowledge on environmental sciences, I believe that passion and commitment are key and this led to the creation of a platform to bring in similar minded individuals on a journey to create a more environmentally-sustainable society.

Actions

I co-founded Green Brunei in 2012, a youth-led social enterprise that promotes environmental sustainability through education, conservation and advocacy. Since its establishment we have organised numerous activities including seminars, camps, field trips, tree planting, beach clean ups, recycling campaigns, green race and school outreach programmes. Part of our success comes from the networking and collaboration we have done with government agencies, private sector, media, non-governmental organisations, schools and the community. I am also the Green Xchange Director under the Society for Community Outreach and Training. The Green Xchange programme has received the ‘Outstanding Project for Youth Association Award' from His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam in conjunction with the National Youth Day in 2016. I have also co-managed the ASEAN Young Professionals Volunteer Corps programme and led volunteer expeditions to Indonesia, The Philippines and Vietnam between 2013 - 2014 on various areas including education, entrepreneurship, environment and special needs training. In addition, I was also a recipient of the Queen's Young Leaders Award (2016) presented by Her Majesty the Queen, as well as the recipient of the Youth Service Award (2013) and Excellence Service Medal (2016) presented by His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam. In 2017, I was appointed as the youngest member of the Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam, continuing to advocate for better youth services and sustainable development at a higher level.