Aliza Napartivaumnuay announced that she has been selected as part of the inaugural cohort of Obama Foundation Leaders: Asia-Pacific, a cross section of 200 emerging civic leaders from 33 nations and territories in the region, who will convene in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from December 10-14. The 200 Leaders represent public, private, and non-profit sectors, and they work on a variety of issues, ranging from education to environment to entrepreneurship.
Aliza Napartivaumnuay is the co-founder and head of operations of the award-winning social enterprise, Socialgiver. She is revolutionising fundraising by tapping into consumer spending power with the vision of turning the world’s spare capacity into social progress. She launched Socialgiver – an innovative solution that helps consumers, businesses, and social projects to work together to create positive social impact. This giving ecosystem is based in Thailand and hopes to change the world by working together in a creative and sustainable way that promotes a better, more inclusive society. She has worked with more than 40 social projects across the region through Socialgiver and impacted more than 120,000 lives to date. The impact has been spread across multiple Sustainable Development Goals in which Socialgiver is actively been promoting with more than 300 brands that they work with to achieve this.
Combining with her mission to create a positive change to the community and the environment, she works with the philosophy that in order to create sustainable change, it must be done through public participation. Through Socialgiver, she is creating technology for change by allowing people to engage online yet produces tangible impacts offline. Through the support of the Obama Foundation Leaders: Asia Pacific community, she hopes to create opportunities for the underserved and preserve the environment through systemic changes; believing that the collective power of individuals would be one of the key to achieving the much needed help to solving these accelerating concerns.
The Leaders: Asia-Pacific gathering will serve as the kick-off event for a year-long leadership program and is designed to further inspire, empower, and connect the emerging leaders to change the world. While in Malaysia, the Leaders will be joined by prominent speakers and thought leaders who will discuss topics such as progress and opportunity in the Asia-Pacific region, values-based leadership, and the intersection of purpose and entrepreneurship during a series of plenary sessions.
In addition to President and Mrs. Obama, confirmed speakers include:
- YB Hannah Yeoh, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Women, Family, and Community Development;
- Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes, Malaysian entrepreneur and co-founder of AirAsia;
- Oyun Sanjaasuren, Director of External Affairs at the Green Climate Fund;
- Tim Brown, co-founder of Allbirds;
- Arthur Huang, Taiwanese entrepreneur and founder of Miniwiz;
- Helianti Hilman, Indonesian entrepreneur and founder of JAVARA;
- Aaron Maniam, member of the Singapore Administrative Service; and
- Pat Dwyer, Director and founder of The Purpose Business.
The five-day convening in December will also consist of skill-building workshops, leadership development training, and opportunities for Leaders to connect with one another. Leaders will have a chance to apply their skills and knowledge to various real-world scenarios while using creative, values-driven approaches to problem-solving. Additionally, to underscore the important relationship between service and leadership, Leaders will participate in a community service project.
Although the gathering is closed to the general public, the plenary sessions will be made available via livestream at obama.org.
Each Leader’s journey of growth will continue remotely for a year after the gathering, through webinars and a virtual speaker series, as well as support, amplification, and other opportunities from the Foundation.
The Asia-Pacific program follows the Obama Foundation’s inaugural international Leaders program launched in Africa in 2018 and represents the Foundation’s commitment to the region, along with the belief that these emerging leaders, through the extraordinary work they do in their own communities, have the potential to positively affect change across the globe.
Meet the inaugural Leaders: Asia-Pacific cohort and learn more about the program here.