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Adrian Lasimbang

Adrian Lasimbang, originating from the Indigenous Kadazan community in Penampang, Sabah, is a prominent advocate for Indigenous Peoples’ rights. Additionally, he is a trailblazing figure in Malaysia’s renewable energy sector, actively involved in creating innovative renewable energy solutions.

Adrian Lasimbang, the former President and Founder of Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS), which serves as the umbrella organisation for Indigenous Peoples’ groups in Malaysia, has been an unwavering advocate for Indigenous rights. His tireless efforts aim to enhance their well-being and secure their rightful place in society. Adrian’s advocacy extended to the Parliament, where he served as a Senator from 2018 to 2021, steadfastly championing Indigenous rights and sustainable development.

Adrian is also the co-founder of TONIBUNG, a social enterprise in Sabah committed to improving the lives of rural communities and addressing environmental challenges. With more than two decades of experience, he has been instrumental in implementing micro-hydro and solar mini grids, thus lighting up remote Indigenous villages throughout Malaysia.

Adrian’s impactful work transcends energy solutions; he is involved in training community groups in resource management and safeguarding customary rights. Through TONIBUNG’s CREATE (Centre for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technologies) center, he empowers Indigenous youth with education and skill development opportunities.

Today, Adrian is the Executive Director of the Right Energy Partnership with Indigenous Peoples (REP), an Indigenous-led initiative. REP’s mission is to expand renewable energy systems while upholding human rights and harnessing Indigenous leadership to create sustainable energy solutions.

Making an impact means contributing positively to the well-being of individuals, communities and the world through sustains actions and initiatives. It involves creating meaningful and lasting change, addressing critical issues, and leaving a legacy that improves lives, promotes sustainability and societal progress. Ultimately, making an impact embodies the idea of leaving the world in a better state through one’s actions and influence, no matter how modest they may seem.

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