Dr Chen Pelf Nyok
Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia
Dr. Chen is a freshwater turtle researcher and conservationist. Her research interests are the biology and ecology of the river terrapins—a rare species of freshwater turtles only found in Southern Thailand, Cambodia and Peninsular Malaysia. In 2011, Pelf co-founded Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCS), a non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to freshwater turtle conservation in Malaysia. Pelf conducts numerous Turtle Education Programmes with school students as well as Turtle Discovery Trips for members of the public. She currently leads the community-based terrapin conservation project in Kemaman, and was very recently awarded the Commonwealth Points of Light from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the turtle conservation efforts. She is also a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group.
Nur Afiqah So'ot
Youth Manager, Kelab Alami
Afiqah is currently completing an Economics (Finance) degree at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, after which she will take on full-time employment with Kelab Alami.
Afiqah joined Kelab Alami at age 14, where she would diligently attend its “Environmental Education” program every weekend for 6 years. Since 2014, Kelab Alami’s objectives pivoted in response to the encroaching development activities, and focused on helping the community engage with developers on sustainable development, and to provide capacity building to prepare them for the job opportunities associated with these developments.
As Youth Manager at Kelab Alami, Afiqah has acquired leadership skills, and is responsible for research, education, human resources and administration. She aspires to groom the next generation in her footsteps, to learn and appreciate the natural environment they have inherited, so they can continue the legacy of conservation, and to keep their fishing heritage alive through generations to come.
Corporate Responsibility Lead,
In her current role, Florence develops and runs programmes for PwC’s employees, community and environment that is sustainable in the long-term, and she is constantly learning and trying to up their game. Her current focus is to achieve PwC’s ambition to be Net Zero by 2030 and to embed digital upskilling in its corporate responsibility programmes. This work has been recognised at ACCA's Malaysian Sustainability Reporting Award in 2014 and 2015 for Diversity & Inclusion Reporting and Best Workplace Practices respectively, at the Life @ Work awards 2017 for Best International Organisation, and at British Malaysia Chamber of Commerce Excellence award for Diversity in 2019.
Throughout her 17 years at PwC, she has worked to cultivate employee engagement at work through the Great Place to Work programme, a staff benefit portal; developing internal communications on engagement activities that are compelling and relevant; and most recently, through her role in the areas of corporate responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and wellbeing. She makes health and wellness a priority in her life and champions it at work too. She is interested in creating opportunities for people to experience diversity and building safe spaces to recognise, discuss and address biases.
General Manager, Reef Check Malaysia
Julian is British, but has been living overseas since 1992. He is a scientist by training, with a degree in biochemistry. He worked for several years as a management consultant, including six years in Russia managing a variety of environmental consulting programmes. He moved to Malaysia in 1998, initially managing an environmental consulting company in KL before moving to Tioman Island to pursue his dream of running his own dive centre, which he did for six years. It was during that time that he became interested in Reef Check.
In 2006 he moved back to KL to pursue other business opportunities. Having raised some seed funding, he worked with a team to establish Reef Check Malaysia (RCM) as a registered NGO in Malaysia. Since then, he has continued to raise funds for the organisation and to develop its programmes which now include a national annual coral reef survey programme, education programmes for schools, community-based projects and reef rehabilitation programmes.
2020 marked 13 years of operations for RCM. During that time the annual survey programme has grown to cover over 200 sites, and RCM has established close relationships with relevant government agencies involved in reef management. In particular, it is helping Marine Park management agencies to change their approach to managing marine protected areas, with more emphasis on community engagement and participation.