Conservation International Singapore is proud to present the 10 for Zero Awards, a celebration of Singapore’s environmental youth leaders. The award recognizes the efforts of 10 capable and creative young individuals, aged 18 to 35 years old, advocating for a future of zero waste and net zero carbon emissions.
10 award winners will join an exclusive youth network:
Nature is nearing a point of no return.
Our actions to prevent climate change during this decade will dictate the future for humanity for the next century. During this critical moment of change and opportunity, Conservation International invites Singapore’s committed young changemakers to join us in making a difference for people and nature.
Are you a motivated young environmentalist that is passionate about our natural world, sustainable development and climate action?
We can each make a difference for nature in our own unique way. Perhaps you are a marine conservationist or a nature guide dedicated to showing people the remarkable biodiversity of our oceans. You might run beach cleanups, work to restore mangrove forests or promote responsible sea sports in your communities.
You could be a forest lover, working to keep our trees standing tall. Or maybe you’re leading a startup inventing new plant-based foods or combating food wastage to reduce emissions, overfishing and deforestation. You could even be an advocate, breaking down complex environmental policies into bite-size content that is easy to understand.
From conserving coral reefs to creating a circular economy through carbon credits, all the work we do is interconnected. Wherever your passion takes you, we want to hear about your unique project to help people and nature thrive, together.
Benefits for Award Winners
Award winners will receive membership to an exclusive youth network, which includes:
- Opportunities to attend a climate summit or visit a field program overseas
- Funding for their project, subject to donor approvals
- Workshop sessions on project development and communications
- Mentorship from Conservation International scientists and experts
- Networking opportunities with global experts, scientists and industry leaders
- Publicity opportunities with media and at regional conservation events
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email
First video interview
20 finalists will be notified via email
Prepare a five-minute presentation
Final in-person interview
With a judging panel in Singapore
Who is Eligible
- The competition is open to all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, aged 18 to 35 years old as of 2 April, 2023.
- Participants must demonstrate a passion, tangible achievements and impactful work in ocean and freshwater conservation, natural climate solutions or sustainable development. Read more about Conservation International’s priorities.
- Participants’ work must demonstrate positive environmental impact, social benefits, and strong leadership in their community circles. Positive outcomes made through online communities will be considered. Strong communication skills will be an advantage.
- Current employees (including interns and contract staff) and immediate family members of Conservation International and Marina Bay Sands employees are not eligible to participate in this competition.
Requirements of Award Winners
- The award winners will be expected to participate in the various events, experiences and benefits offered.
- The award winners will be expected to contribute to at least one Conservation International Singapore related event within the year.
- The award winners will be empowered to create and share content (eg. social media videos, written blog post) about their experiences with their communities. Please include #10forZero and tag @conservationasiapacific.
- Each award winner’s story will be filmed and broadcast on Conservation International Singapore’s social media platforms.
- Read the Terms and Conditions for more information.
BE A 10 FOR ZERO LEADER
From conservation leaders to researchers, to community leaders and sustainable business-owners — our diverse, passionate, and well-rounded panel of judges will be assessing all nominations.
Kathlyn Tan is the Director of family office Rumah Group and its philanthropic arm, Rumah Foundation, where she leads the family's environmental portfolio. Through years of scuba diving and freediving, she has developed a deep love and respect for marine life.
Passionate about business sustainability and ocean protection, she serves as a Board Trustee of Conservation International Singapore, Board Director of The Good Food Institute Singapore, member of the Technical Advisory Panel for Sustainable Finance Institute Asia, member of the Leadership Council for the Regenerative Fund for Nature, and Co-Founder of Coastal Natives.
Dr. Richard Jeo
Dr. Richard Jeo directs Conservation International’s work in the Asia-Pacific region, overseeing strategies and outcomes in 13 countries. He guides the organization’s role in international and regional networks, as well as partnerships with both the private and public sectors.
Prior to joining Conservation International, he served as the Montana state director for The Nature Conservancy, where he led programs that permanently protected more than 250,000 acres of critically important private lands and played a leadership role in some of the largest successful conservation deals ever completed.
Dian Anderson is the Associate Director of EB Impact, a local non-profit dedicated to delivering training and programmes that advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She is committed to discovering and supporting social innovations in the South-East Asian region.
Dian is passionate about issues regarding youth, female and minority representation in sustainability conversations, and has worked with philanthropic circles and social entrepreneurs to spearhead related initiatives.
Meridith Beaujean is the Executive Director of Sustainability at Marina Bay Sands. She leads the Sustainability department and supports the implementation of strategic initiatives across the integrated resort, ranging from Energy Efficiency, Waste & Circularity, Sustainable Procurement to Sustainable Events.
Prior to her role at Marina Bay Sands, Meridith spent 16 years with Sands China Ltd. where she led and managed Sands China’s sustainability efforts in support of Las Vegas Sands’ global sustainability programme – Sands ECO360. In that role, Meridith was responsible for developing and implementing sustainability programmes and initiatives to effectively integrate sustainability into the resort’s practices, procedures, and culture.
Dr. Karenne Tun
Dr. Karenne Tun is the Director of the Coastal and Marine Environment Branch at the National Biodiversity Centre, National Parks Board (NParks). Karenne’s current work at NParks covers the management and conservation of Singapore’s coastal and marine environment (CME) and its biodiversity.
Her team is responsible for managing Singapore’s first Marine Park - the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park, and works closely with the wider community to encourage responsible stewardship and sustainable use of the Marine Park to achieve the overarching objectives of conservation, outreach, education and research.
Prof. Roman Carrasco
Professor Roman Carrasco’s main research aims to create sustainable solutions related to biodiversity conservation, food security and economic development in the tropics.
He deals with the complex interactions occurring in tropical socio-ecological systems, and some areas of interest include tropical forests conservation, trade-offs between agriculture and ecosystem services and benefits to humans from nature.
Dr. Sandhya Sriram
Dr. Sandhya Sriram is the Group CEO and co-founder of Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd, the first cultivated seafood & meat company in Southeast Asia and the first cultivated Crustacean company globally. With her at the helm, Shiok Meats has raised US$30m in funding since its inception in 2018.
As a stem cell biologist, scientist by training and education, and serial entrepreneur, Sandhya was recently named as part of the 2021 class of Bloomberg New Economy Catalysts and one of Forbes Women in Tech.
Woo Qiyun is a local sustainability consultant, environmentalist, sustainability content creator and illustrator packed in one. Through her artwork and professional work, she passionately communicates her learnings on innovative solutions and climate science to inspire climate action and empower communities.
She founded The Weird and Wild, a sustainability communications Instagram page where she uses her technical expertise in Environmental Studies and illustration skills to dissect nuanced climate issues and communicate impact.