I am so happy to be part of the 10th Anniversary celebration of DotAsia this year. I bet you didn’t know that I am 1 year older than DotAsia! Although it has only been a short time I have been with the team, I feel so proud with all the achievements made in promoting a collaborative and sustainable Asia over the past 2 years.

Since my appointment as the Tx2 ambassdor at the 3rd Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation in India in 2016, I attended countless events to meet new friends and create partnerships along the way in raising awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Asia. We did tons of really inspiring events from promoting healthy individual well-being with Go.Asia, to learning cool moves with the Martial Arts Dance School, to charity events with Heep Hong Society, to encouraging the public to conserve our natural environment with brands such as CASS beer, and advocating an equitable society at various Internet governance meetings such as IGF Mexico and Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). We have also taught over 3000 kids and youth through our Future Friendly Education Modules around Asia, including the “Challenging Shirase” event in Japan by WeatherNews Inc., training and capacity building sessions for technical students at ICANN Hyderabad, and educational visits to city-wide centers of Chinese YMCA HK, Hong Kong Family Welfare Society, as well as many local primary schools.

Ajitora supporting CASS Beer's recycling efforts

Ajitora supporting CASS Beer’s recycling efforts

Last but not least, the Global Tiger Day (29 July) is certainly one of the highlights – my first time to be featured in international news in 2016 mobilizing Asians on the 2-thumbs-up campaign. This year, we partnered with WWF to advocate Tx2 at the “Be a Ranger Carnival” and the 1st Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival.

Looking forward to the next 5 years, we will be fighting hard to reach the Tx2 goal of doubling the wild tiger population by 2022. We believe our next generation will truly make a difference and planting the seeds now is more important than ever before. We hope to inspire more young people to contribute to the greater good of the Asian community with the new GoDream.Asia project initiated this summer and to continue our youth engagement work across Asia.