We are garnering a number of talented individuals from various locations around the ASEAN region to be our Chapter Leaders.
The Young SEAkers Chapter Leaders bring to the table strategic leadership in the development and stewardship of the local chapter. They play a vital role in our mission to move and create a new generation of ASEAN-China savvy youth leaders in their home country.
Aung Zin Phyo Thein
Aung Zin currently works as a Practice Lead for Reputation and Strategic Communications at ERA Myanmar, the country’s largest communications agency, and serves as a Nonresident Fellow at the Pacific Forum, a US think tank. He has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Durham University, and undertook graduate studies in public policy at the University of Nottingham.
"With the Young SEAkers, I aim at being a driver to deepen a greater understanding of ASEAN-China relations for youths in Myanmar to take advantage of changing geopolitical landscape."
Lim Chhay earned his bachelor in International Studies with Honour from Royal University of Phnom Penh. In his academic life, Lim Chhay had served as an interpreter and assistant to Royal Government Spokesperson of Cambodia from 2018 to 2019. Lim Chhay was also the National Intern for the United Nations Development Programme in charge of Communications and Knowledge Management. Chhay is passionate about research on ASEAN-China affairs by joining with the Cambodia-based youth think-tank as a research fellow.
"The Young SEAKers will be a creative platform to promote ASEAN-China Relations in the grassroot level. I am ready for being a young leader in Cambodia and unlock the potentials of youth for promoting the positive relations between ASEAN and China."
Li Khedy graduated from B.A. in International Studies and Law in Cambodia. Khedy believed in the power of youths to influence the world, thus she applied for and was selected to be a part of many international workshops including the ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting and the Futures Thinking and Scenario Planning Workshop for Youths in Singapore to discuss on practical policies for the region.
"By joining with the Young SEAKers, I hope to bring about the importance of ASEAN-China relations among Cambodian youth. Let’s thrive together!"
Bryan Michael Chiew
Bryan Michael Chiew (赵森) is a former national swimmer with 7 years of experience studying and living in Beijing, China. He was the 29th President and current Advisor (to the President) of the Students' Union at Nanyang Technological University. He is in his penultimate year pursuing a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) with a Major in Public Policy and Global Affairs. As a country delegate in the Inaugural Singapore-Fujian Youth Leaders Exchange and 7th AUN ASEAN Student Leaders Forum, Bryan finds passion in building meaningful bridges across cultures.
"With The Young SEAkers, I aim to create a platform of collaboration and intercultural understanding between ASEAN and China, because together, there are no boundaries for success!"
Ezra Valentino Purba
Driven by his vision to empower and maximise youths’ potential, Ezra has served as the president in one of the most reputable student-led incubator in Indonesia, StudentCatalyst.
As a person who holds the principle of “collaboration over competition”, his mission in The Young SEAkers is to build a strong collaborative ecosystem between youth in ASEAN and China to empower the region.
“Going forward, I believe that there will be a solid integration between youth across ASEAN. Tied by cross-border competencies and regional mindset, I believe The Young SEAkers will become a complete ecosystem for ASEAN youth to share knowledge, collaborate, and grow together."
Yeo Yan Yin @ Amanda
Yeo Yan Yin @ Amanda is a Research Analyst at EMIR Research, Malaysia. Prior researching socio-economic issues in Malaysia, she served as Private Secretary to both Minister of Youth and Sports of Sabah and Minister of Health and People's Well-Being of Sabah.
Amanda earned her MSc (International Relations) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
By joining The Young SEAkers, I would be able to enhance my interest in infrastructure development as well as integrating Malaysia and ASEAN into China interactions. It's crucial to build back my own country and region better by incorporating China's insight in terms of governance, poverty eradication and technology enhancement. By working closely with China, Malaysia and ASEAN would be able to enjoy economic progress.