PETALING JAYA: Two Malaysian youths are making the country proud as they will be receiving the Queen’s Young Leaders Award which recognises the work that young people from across the Commonwealth are doing to transform lives in their community and beyond.
Siva Nagappan Visvesvaran, 20, and Wen Shin Chia, 26, will be receiving the award from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, on June 26, a statement from the award organisers said.
Siva, 20, from Selangor, is being recognised for the work he is doing to develop new solutions to tackle existing environmental problems in Malaysia.
Wen, 26, also from Selangor, will receive the award for the work she is doing to tackle pollution.
“I am incredibly honoured and grateful to have been chosen to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Words cannot express my feelings, nor my thanks for this opportunity to be a part of this amazing group of young leaders.
“I can’t wait to meet Her Majesty The Queen and all the young leaders from across Commonwealth countries. Winning this award has given me confidence to storm forward even harder; I am ready to embark on this journey,” said Wen.
Siva and Wen were selected following a competitive process involving thousands of applicants across the Commonwealth. Together they join a network of 240 powerful young leaders, from 53 Commonwealth countries, who are driving change to make the world a better place.
The 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders are finding solutions to global issues such as climate change, food scarcity, gender-based violence, mental health, and access to education.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners take part in a year-long leadership course run by the University of Cambridge and receive bespoke mentoring.
They will visit the UK for a programme of high-profile networking opportunities, meetings and training designed to help them develop as leaders and work with ever greater impact.
Siva and Wen will also visit 10 Downing Street, take part in masterclasses at the BBC World Service and the UK Headquarters of Facebook, the statement said.
Award winners will then meet with the Commonwealth secretary-general and high commissioners from across the Commonwealth, before receiving their awards from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
They will also attend workshops at the University of Cambridge and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.
The Queen’s Young Leaders programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, in recognition of the Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.