we are all about: action, empowerment, diversity, positivity, disruption, creativity, equality, inclusivity, critical thinking ·

we are all about: action, empowerment, diversity, positivity, disruption, creativity, equality, inclusivity, critical thinking ·

we are all about: action, empowerment, diversity, positivity, disruption, creativity, equality, inclusivity, critical thinking ·

we are all about: action, empowerment, diversity, positivity, disruption, creativity, equality, inclusivity, critical thinking ·

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A place for all young changemakers to find community and uplift each other.

Every young person can be a changemaker, but not everybody knows where to start. YOUTHTOPIA came to life with the vision of accelerating positive change through the leadership of youth.

Our founder, full-time changemaker Melati Wijsen, spoke to over 1 million students in every corner of the world over the years. And, again and again, there was always one question the students asked: “How can I do what you do ?”

That is why YOUTHTOPIA exists. To provide an answer to that question. To help harness Gen Z’s energy for change. To one day empower millions around the world to be catalysts for change.

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Our HQ officially opened doors in November 2020 in Bali.

Today, we are powered by the sun through our solar panels. We have a flourishing permaculture garden out front that welcomes lots of butterflies and bees to buzz around.

Inside our recycled shipping containers we have a team of 7 full time staff. It is a new team and a young team. We are a group of passionate and determined individuals who come from all over Indonesia.

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our team

Melati Wijsen

Founder

Driven

Inspiring

Leader

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Isabel Wijsen

Cofounder

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Kevin Handojo

Cofounder

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Lily Lim

Cofounder

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Oscar Dohr

Cofounder

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Karina Suryawinata

Second Lead

Compassion

Social

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Sabilla Tjakradjaya

Video Editor

Chill

Fierce

Adventurous

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Bryan Auriol

Community Engagement Leader

Cheerful

Passionate

Foodie

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Mentari Suharto

Bye Bye Plastic Bags Project Leader

Ambitious

Assertive

Driven

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Auberta Gabriella

Creative Lead

Straightforward

Strong

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The circle of wisdom

To achieve change, we must work together. YOUTHTOPIA believes in an intergenerational approach. Alongside our signature Circle of Youth network, we also have a Circle of Wisdom. To compliment and synergise the youthful energy with some deep wisdom.

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Shailesh Rao

Former Vice President for International Ops, Twitter Former Managing Director, Google India

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Hamish Daud

Architect, TV presenter, and actor

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Kinchem Hegedus

Strategic Review Co-coordinator, Inner Landscaping

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Ir. Sarwono Kusumaatmadja

Former State Minister of Environment, Indonesia
Head of Climate Change Initiatives of Indonesia

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Erik Solheim

Former Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
Former Minister of the Environment, Norway

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Cristina Ventura

Chief Catalyst Officer, White Star Capital
Former Market Leader Asia Pacific, Apple

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Virginia Tan

Co-founder, Lean In China
Co-founder, She Loves Tech

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Elvira Wijsen

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recognised in the press

“Part of a growing phalanx of young people determined to shape Earth’s future”

— World Economic Forum

“An ecosystem that empowers young changemakers to pursue their Why by providing the How”

— Whiteboard Journal

“Harnessing the power of this generation to fight against climate change”

— CNN

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A community

sharing education that puts

all the sdgs

in action

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