University of Nottingham Malaysia

Alumna Jasmin Irisha now an environmental advocate


Jasmin Irisha Jim Ilham has been an active advocate for sustainability since she was a student at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science in 2016 and she also was awarded with the Vice Chancellor’s Medal award for her outstanding contribution for campus sustainability, on top of the Nottingham Advantage Award.

Her green journey flourished even more when she embarked on an environmentally driven career path at leading institutions and research centres across the country such as Universiti Sains Malaysia and the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development.

Jasmin has been blazing the trails in the field of climate change in recent years with her involvement in the Malaysian Youth Delegation, where she represented the country at the International Climate Change Negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

More than just a youth advocate, she also excelled academically, with her acceptance to Columbia University, a prestigious high-ranking Ivy League in New York City, to pursue her Masters in Climate and Society.

While pursuing her master’s, she took up part-time research positions and was attached to the Earth Institute and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, where she carried out research on the intersection of gender, food systems and climate adaptation.

She recently completed her master’s, graduating during the pandemic. Since earning her postgraduate degree, she has been actively sharing about her journey, work and effort in taking climate action.

Recently, she was invited to participate at the Kuala Lumpur Business Club’s Dialogue Session on COVID-19 Recovery and Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, where she gave an intervention on climate action and intergenerational equity.

She also shared her journey on Navigating through the Science-Policy Interface of Climate Change, at the Malaysian Research Insider session organised by the Malaysian Bioscience Scholars (MBIOS). The talk can be viewed here.

Currently, she is a Climate and Environment Consultant with UNICEF Malaysia. She works on mapping out key stakeholders of children and youth organisations involved in climate and environmental action in Malaysia.

She also contributes at a regional level in her capacity as a youth expert, working on policy guidance for promoting and protecting children's rights to a healthy environment in the ASEAN region. The document welcomes inputs from the public, and can be found here

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Posted on 21st October 2020

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