YSEALI Ocean Jobs for Sustainable Futures Workshop 2021

June 7-14, 2021



The 2021 YSEALI Ocean Jobs for Sustainable Futures Workshop is for students, entrepreneurs, and young professionals ages 23-35 from across ASEAN.

Supported by the U.S. Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste, and organized by The Asia Foundation, it will be held June 6 to June 13, 2021. The Workshop will be hosted in-person in Timor-Leste and virtually across ASEAN

The virtual workshop will connect 36 participants from across ASEAN and Timor-Leste to build theoretical and practical knowledge about aquatic issues and sustainable economic development of ocean and river resources; expose participants to examples of viable business models for sustainable water resource, aquaculture and fisheries management, particularly socially-responsible SMEs; develop leadership skills; and challenge participants to develop innovative models for simple, cost-effective initiatives that they may implement in their own communities; and strengthen the transnational network of young leaders across Southeast Asia.

The virtual workshop will include a series of online skills-building sessions; activities; speakers; collaborative group projects; virtual tours of inland aquaculture, river and ocean jobs projects and ecotourism initiatives; as well as mentoring and networking opportunities with leaders from the region and the United States. The schedule will include four hours of commitment each day during the week through a combination of interactive and self-directed work, and six hours of commitment on the weekend of the program.



Participants will gain an understanding of sustainable economic development of coastal/marine resources, environmental conservation and resource protection; sustainable and eco-friendly tourism, other livelihood development; renewable energy and socially responsible business practices; maritime law enforcement issues; leadership development and entrepreneurship; receive mentorship; develop marine sustainability initiatives to implement in their home communities and explore opportunities to expand their work; exchange ideas on how to foster economic growth in their communities; and discover avenues for stronger regional cooperation and cooperation between the U.S. and ASEAN. Participants will learn from experts, and network with other young leaders from across Southeast Asia.


Speakers and panelists to be announced soon.


Schedule at a glance

Virtual Program June 6-13 - Full Agenda Details Forthcoming


June 6: virtual program, full day

June 7-11: virtual program, 4 hours per day (alternating self-directed and collaborative sessions)

June 12-13: virtual program, full day

The Workshop is designed so that participants may take only minimal time away from their jobs during the week. 


Get to know your fellow participants, sign up for the workshop's online platform, find information on logistics and links for pre-workshop reading on the digital orientation page. Use the password provided to you to enter below:


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