Yasmin is a sustainability advocate and expert by profession, and an environmentalist by passion. She has more than two decades of knowledge and experiences in sustainable community development. Her areas of interest in sustainability include low carbon innovations and initiatives, quad-helix strategic partnership engagements and development and social sustainability, applied within the context of development of city and community resilience. Yasmin is also a prolific speaker with a passion in mentoring and education.
Bachelors of Science, Biology (Marine), Duke University, North Carolina, USA
Masters of Science, Biotechnology (Pharmacology and Physiology), University Malaya, Malaysia
PhD candidate, University Malaya, Malaysia
I currently lead MaGIC’s Social Entrepreneurship Development Department call Social Entrepreneurship Development. Our goal is to:
I have spoken extensively in the last decade on various national and international issues related to sustainability, women empowerment, work-life balance, NGO leadership, social entrepreneurship, and also in scientific and academic conferences and symposiums (environmental issues and NGOs). I continue to speak in events and platforms depending on availability. I am also available for bookings from corporate sectors (kindly inquire via email).
My responsibilities included consultation services to clients in areas to enhance sustainability practices in policies, business practices, employee engagement, social responsibility efforts, and build environment.
Head the R&D department in product development and global product registration of KustemVax, only intranasal pneumonia vaccine for goats and cows.
Provide public-friendly scientific narratives on WWF Malaysia’s environmental programs to the media and public. I also worked on designing and production of communication materials for various target groups of WWFM’s stakeholders.
Company Name: Sungai Bunus River of Life Community Taskforce
Dates volunteered: Sep 2015 – Present
Volunteer duration: 4 yrs 2 mos
Lead a group of partners in this group in addressing better management of Sungai Bunus and to engage community along the 9 km river to reverse their impacts on the river.
Company Name: Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)
Dates volunteered: Dec 2014 – Present
Volunteer duration: 4 yrs 11 mos
I volunteer my expertise and time to be a jury and judge for this annual effort by MBPJ to reward households that practice sustainable living. There are more than 30 criteria in which a household can participate in and they get points for making greener improvements in their homes. Read more here.
Company Name: (MaGIC) Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre
Dates volunteered: Dec 2015 – Present
Volunteer duration: 3 yrs 11 mos
I volunteer time and advice/sharing of experiences to assist the selected SEs to achieve set milestones. Read more here.
Company Name: Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
Dates volunteered: Nov 2008 – current
Volunteer duration: 10 years ++
I founded an environment-themed film festival in Malaysia called the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (www.kleff.my) and have served as the Festival’s Director, and currently volunteer and spend my time providing advise to the KLEFF Organizing team. My task as a volunteer is predominantly in fundraising, marketing, strategic communications and partnership management.
Company Name: WWF Malaysia
Dates volunteered: May 1998 – Dec 1998
Volunteer duration: 8 months
Volunteered to conduct forest medicinal plants taxonomy studies.
Company Name: Duke Alumni Association Malaysia
Dates volunteered: Dec 2000 – present
Volunteer duration: 18 yrs 11 mos
Volunteer to conduct interview with Duke prospective students and also organise or support Duke-related functions and events.
Company Name: Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
Dates volunteered: Jan 2017
Volunteer duration: 1 month
Cause: Social Services
Invited by MOHE, I was a judge for the MOHE Entrepreneurial Awards 2016.
Company Name: Alliance Bank Eco Biz Challenge – University Competition for Eco Business Ideas
Dates volunteered: Dec 2016 – Feb 2017
Volunteer duration: 3 months
Cause: Economic Empowerment
Along with four other judges, it was a privilege to be invited as a judge on Alliance Bank’s Eco Entrepreneurial Competition for university students in Malaysia. A great experience to see this generation compete to be both ecologically conscious and entrepreneurial at the same time. Here’s to hoping that more organizations would push for this more.
Awarded as one of the 30 Women Achiever & Leaders of Malaysia.
Issued by the Golden Globe Tigers
The Women Icons Summit & Awards celebrates and honours the accomplishments & contributions of women who have excelled in different spheres of life. The initiative underscores the paramount role played by women in society, while appreciating their attitudes, initiatives, will power and perseverance. The Women Icons are those who have distinguished themselves as prominent citizens, who have displayed a strong mettle and capability to perform well in any field of endeavour.
It is important that success stories of Women Icons should be publicly recognized, so that such women not only become role models for future generations but also help change societal mind-sets.
The goal is to facilitate a Thought Leadership, Recognition and Networking platform for women achievers across South & South East Asia. This will not only serve as a tribute to these women by celebrating their work, their life and their contribution to society, but will also empower younger generations to work towards their goals.
Issued by BERG Singapore
The Golden Globe Tigers awards aims to recognise “TIGERS” in marketing, branding CSR & social innovation, education & academic across leadership levels in individual and organisation that aim at believing that excellence is infinite and perfection has no limit and targets are milestones not an end of the journey.
Issued by the Golden Globe Tigers
Women of the Future is a network of accomplished role models that seeks to inspire and empower women around the world. – See more HERE
Issued by Women of the Future and British High Commission Malaysia
Issued by Harian Metro
Kuala Lumpur, September 30, 2011 – PRESTIGE Malaysia, the region’s premier luxury and lifestyle magazine, awarded the achievements of 40 outstanding young individuals together with Standard Chartered, Priority Banking at the TOP 40 UNDER 40 Shakin’ Supper celebration party that was held in Kuala Lumpur recently. I was happy to have been nominated and also won the Public Service category. Read more here.
Issued by Standard and Chartered
A national recognition by magazine, Cosmopolitan, where the award is given annually to women who personify the Cosmopolitan values and characters, and also in recognition of my contribution and effort to society.
Refer to coverage here.
Issued by Cosmopolitan Malaysia
Amylia Hilda Women’s Health
Richard Kerr, RichardKerr.com
Top Ten Malaysia
By Sadho Ram, Says
Issued by Timeout Kuala Lumpur
Issued by Top Ten Malaysia