Speaker - Melati Wijsen - Zebra Insights
Melati Wijsen

Melati Wijsen


Climate Change
Youth Empowerment

Job Title

Co-founder | Actress | Media personality | Global thought leader


Bye Bye Plastic Bags | Youthtopia Voices


Bali, Indonesia



Speaking Topics

  • Sustainability / ESG in APAC and globally
  • Plastic Pollution and the Oceans
  • How to achieve policy change at the highest levels
  • Youth Empowerment and Activism
  • Empowering youth through education to accelerate change
  • Female Leadership
  • Women empowerment

Expert Profile

The expert is a 20-year-old Indonesian/Dutch activist and change-maker. She has founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags with her younger sister and has been leading the movement driven by youth since 2013.  She has spoken on world stages such as TED and the UN in New York, the EU parliament in Brussels, and has also been selected as FORBES top ten most inspiring women in the country.

She graduated from high school one year early at the Green School and has since been honored by TIME as part of the annual list of most influential teens in the world along with CNN Heroes Young Wonders and FORBES 30 under 30. Today, she is excited about her new youth empowerment project; YOUTHTOPIA, empowering youth through meaningful and short peer to peer programs and providing them the tools they need to be change-makers.

She founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags in 2013 at the age of 12. She also founded the people’s movement One Island One Voice in 2015 where Bali based businesses come together to say NO to single-use plastics. In 2017 Mountain Mamas was established, a social enterprise empowering women in the mountains of Bali.

Being very passionate about protecting the ocean, she is also an alumni member of the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council.