A GROUP of five young Bruneians are taking part in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Generation: Power of Human Capital Workshop in Singapore from December 3 to 7.
The workshop brings together 60 young leaders from the 10 Asean member states who want to deepen their understanding and application of skills that employers seek while laying the foundation for meaningful and rewarding careers.
The participants from Brunei Darussalam who were selected by the US Embassy in Brunei Darussalam are Abdul Malik Omar (Student at University of Essex and Freelance Tutor), Iswandy Ahmad (Youth and Sports Officer from Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports), Marliana Ramli (Assistant Manager at Brunei Economic Development Board), Mohammad Shavez Cheema (Student at Universiti Brunei Darussalam), and Norizzanti Samsi (Nurse from the Ministry of Health).
The US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Daniel Shields, met with the participants and congratulated them recently at the US Embassy. “The embassy is delighted that this group of young professionals will have the opportunity to interact with other youth from the Asean region and explore the ‘soft skills’ and workforce competencies that are crucial for talented young professionals to succeed in their careers. President Barack Obama launched YSEALI in 2013 as a way to help the young people of the Asean region to contribute their ideas and energy to improving not only their own lives, but the lives of others in their communities,” he said.
One of the Brunei YSEALI representatives, Abdul Malik Omar, said that “being selected to the YSEALI programme gives me the chance to represent the country and help forge ties with our Asean counterparts, albeit at the youth level. My heartfelt thanks to the US Embassy for this wonderful opportunity.”
Meanwhile, Iswandy Ahmad said, “I aspire to be a youth leader to inspire my peers and those younger in areas of leadership and self-development. I also firmly believe the relationship between youth in various nations is vital towards global peace and sustainable development processes.”
Another representative, Marliana Ramli, said, “This workshop will help to improve my capabilities, especially in my approach to young entrepreneurs and students who want to be entrepreneurs, to improve their soft skills in many areas. I also look forward to networking and meeting new people and sharing my work experience with other Asean young leaders.”