There’s no denying that we have amazing talents here in Malaysia but it’s not everyday that our youth gets recognised by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II herself.
Since 2014, the Queen’s Young Leaders Award was first launched to celebrate and support young people from across the Commonwealth who are making big changes in their respective community and tackling global issues.
Siva Nagappan Visvesvaran, 20, and Wen Shin Chia, 26, will both be receiving the award from the Queen at the ceremony which will take place in the Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday, June 26th. They have been carefully selected among thousands of applicants, narrowed down to 240 powerful young leaders.
Born and raised in Selangor, Siva will be awarded for the work he has been doing to develop new solutions to existing environmental problems we experience in the country. On top of that, Siva is also the co-founder of a social enterprise called Project Paplet, an organisation that has set up a ‘Reuse Initiative’ where they upcycle used paper and turn them into booklets to donate to refugee schools throughout Malaysia.
Wen Shin Chia who’s also from Selangor is the founder of Greenyards, an enterprise that transforms used cooking oil into eco soap and candles. From what started as a University project turned into a full-time job for Wen after graduation.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners will take a year-long course at University of Cambridge on leadership, visit the UK for networking opportunities, meet the Commonwealth secretary-general and high commissioners and last but not least, receive the awards from the Queen at the Buckingham Palace.