The Asia-Pacific Youth Organisation (APYO) is a youth-led, nonpartisan, non-profit organisation that seeks to enhance youth participation in policymaking across the Asia-Pacific.

 

 

We were founded in 2010 by a group of students looking to support opportunities for young people working on the future of the region. Building upon eight years of experience delivering groundbreaking government-to-youth engagement programs, APYO has become a regional community of students & young professionals with an interest in public policy and public affairs.

 

Our vision is of an Asia-Pacific where young people have the opportunity to fully engage with the design and implementation of public policy within their communities.

In achieving this, our mission is to provide platforms within the Asia-Pacific which enable young people and governments to work together to pursue more inclusive and effective policy making.
 

WHAT DO WE DO?

APYO will be running its ground-breaking Policy Lab program by the end of 2018 in Malaysia. Drawing upon our experiences with LAP, the Policy Lab will be anchored by deep partnerships we have developed with local government agencies that can benefit from youth input.

By combining data collection and analysis, knowledge on issues like Future of Work, 4th Industrial Revolution with emerging skills like prototyping and user experience, the Policy Lab is well placed to deliver participants an career-enhancing experience that generates tangible social and policy impact. Click here to learn more about the Policy Lab.

APYO is particularly proud of having delivered multiple Lead Asia-Pacific Programs (LAP) since 2013. LAP consisted of student and young professional delegations to major government summits such as APEC, ASEAN and the Shangri-La Dialogue. LAP delegates prepared, deliberated and delivered policy proposals to senior government officials at these summits.

 

Board of Directors

APYO's Board sets the organisation's strategic direction & develops new partnerships that underpin our growth

Conrad Guimaraes

As the APYO's founder, Conrad brings a wealth of networks and experience in the delivery of regional programs. He currently works as Policy & Engagement Coordinator at Australian energy company Jemena. He has previously worked for PR agency Burson-Marsteller in Shanghai, and held a range of roles at Asialink, the China Institute for Reform and Development. In 2013, he was awarded the Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavor Award to support his studies and professional development in China. He served as the APYO's CEO between 2010 & 2015.

Kareem El-Ansary

As the APYO's CEO, Kareem is responsible for executing the organisations strategy, managing its various stakeholders and overseeing day to day operations. Prior to joining the APYO, Kareem worked with the Oaktree foundation, Australia's largest youth-run organisation where he was the National Director of the 'Live Below the Line' campaign, a digital fundraiser working to confront extreme poverty in the Asia Pacific region. Kareem currently sits on the board of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and in 2018, was named a 'Global Shaper' by the World Economic Forum. 

Huw Hutchison

Huw brings policy insights and knowledge of the region to the Board. A passionate Indonesianist, Huw previously served as APYO's CEO and CCO between 2015 and 2016. In 2017, he joined Australia's Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. At DPMC he serves as a Policy Adviser and was closely involved in the delivery of the 2018 Australia-ASEAN Summit and Indigenous Policy. Huw previously worked with Oaktree, USAID, the Eureka Consulting Group and spent 2 months in rural Kalimantan.

Anand Pillai

Hailing from Malaysia, Anand brings a strong implementation focus to the Board, drawing from his broad experience in social enterprise and policy consulting. As a Regional Director at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change,  Anand has delivered bespoke strategic and policy consulting services to government leaders around the world. He has also worked in the corporate sector as a Principal Adviser for Rio Tinto. Anand was also a successful social entrepreneur, founding and growing a social housing initiative in the US. Anand also served as an Social Impact Adviser for Ashoka in Mumbai.

 

Executive & Advisory Team

We are currently recruiting university students and young professionals to join the team delivering the 2018 Policy Lab program, please see our Get Involved page for details.

 

Kareem El-Ansary
Chief Executive Officer

k.elansary@apyo.org

 

Conrad Guimaraes
Executive Director

c.guimaraes@apyo.org

 

Saiful Salihudin
External Affairs Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmin Johnson

Policy Adviser

Jasmin helps APYO by leveraging her deep understanding of policy implementation in Malaysia. She most recently served as Head of Strategic Initiatives as MyHSR Corporation. She worked fore nearly 4 years as a Consultant with PEMANDU (Malaysia's delivery unit), with a particular focus on education and human capital development. Her work with PEMANDU included consulting with government around the world.

 

Michelle Tan
External Affairs Adviser

Michelle helps APYO develop strong partnerships in Malaysia's policy & corporate spaces. She currently works as a Business Development Associate a fintech start-up MoneyMatch. She has previously worked at Malaysia's Economic Planning Unit under the PM's Department as a Perdana Fellow.

 

 

 

Sheral Rifat
Data Adviser

Sheral assists APYO in building its data capacity including designing the data aspect of its programs. Sheral is a Data Scientist for Australia Post where she works to analyse large volumes of organisational data and craft tactical business recommendations from derived insights. She has previously liaised with, and provided strategic advice to clients across a breadth of industries including telecommunications, aviation, retail, sport and health.

 

 

Sanggeet Mithra
Curriculum Adviser

Sanggeet brings her wealth of experience in design thinking and as a facilitator to assist APYO in delivering programs that truly add value to participants. She is currently undertaking her MPP at the Hertie School in Berlin. She previously served as Lead Trainer and Content Develop for  innovation firm Tandemic. She was previous involved in various role with United World Colleges and Teach for Malaysia.

 

 

Shafiq Shatar
External Affairs Manager

Shafiq brings his understanding and passion for public policy in Malaysia to bear to develop APYO's relationships with key government and social sector players. Shafiq was previously as Perdana Fellow with the Ministry of Housing, Urban Wellbeing & Local Govt in Malaysia. He worked closely with his Minister in a role that aligned policy and political priorities. He also served Director of Corporate Relations for MASCA. He also held roles with TalentCorp and Teach for Malaysia. Shafiq is currently completing a degree in Economics at RMIT in Melbourne.

 

David Ou Ningfei
Curriculum Adviser

David brings his years of public policy experience in Singapore's dynamic environmental management space to ensure APYO delivers programs that can lead to social impact for communities. He currently serves as a Business Development Executive (Industry & Cluster Development) under SIngapore's National Environment Agency.

The values below guide all of our initiatives and the way we approach our partnerships

 

  Inclusive in Government   We believe that government need to engage and listen to communities when designing and implementing policy.   

Inclusive in Government

We believe that government need to engage and listen to communities when designing and implementing policy.

 

  Citizen & Youth Acvitism   We believe that citizens, as end-users of policy, can and should step up and shape these policies. We particularly strive to ensure young people have platforms to communicate their view to governments.

Citizen & Youth Acvitism

We believe that citizens, as end-users of policy, can and should step up and shape these policies. We particularly strive to ensure young people have platforms to communicate their view to governments.

  Local Cooperation   We believe in developing strong and enduring partnerships with local organisations in the places it operates.

Local Cooperation

We believe in developing strong and enduring partnerships with local organisations in the places it operates.

 
  Non-partisanship   We believe that inclusivity in government entails respecting and involving all relevant players in the policymaking process, regardless of their political persuasion. Our programs focus on positive social impact for citizens rather than political goals.

Non-partisanship

We believe that inclusivity in government entails respecting and involving all relevant players in the policymaking process, regardless of their political persuasion. Our programs focus on positive social impact for citizens rather than political goals.

  Innovation   The globalization of ideas and rapid technological changes, particularly in Asia, mean that organisations need to be agile. APYO is committed to constantly innovate its programs to deliver best value for its stakeholders.

Innovation

The globalization of ideas and rapid technological changes, particularly in Asia, mean that organisations need to be agile. APYO is committed to constantly innovate its programs to deliver best value for its stakeholders.