About Southeastasiawomen.org

Southeastasiawomen.org was first suggested during the YSEALI Women board meeting in Bangkok in June 2018 as a regional initiative to 1) celebrate women leaders from across the region and 2) to increase the visibility of Southeast Asian Women leading in their respective fields.

This project is co-lead by two 2018 YSEALI Women Board Members, Aimi Ramlee, Brunei Country Lead and YSEALI Women Head of Digital/Comms, as well as Lim Chooi Yen, Malaysia Country Lead. Bringing together their backgrounds in technology and social entrepreneurship, with support from Tyne Solutions sdn bhd, they worked together to establish a platform that would enable women across the region to be better represented in industry events and regional projects.

southeastasiawomen.org also aims to help women leaders connect with each other across Southeast Asia. The current list of profiles is by no means exhaustive and will continue to grow, with nomination rounds to be announced every six months. So please do consider nominating yourself or a woman leader you know in the next round!


YSEALI Women is an alumni network of women leaders who have been selected to be part of the annual US-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy. It is supported by the US Mission to ASEAN with the mission of empowering women to lead communities across Southeast Asia to tackle regional issues. The network’s vision is to create an inclusive Southeast Asia Women’s network to educate, empower, and through collaboration, create sustainable positive changes.

Our objectives are:

To be a connector to harness the diversity and network across Southeast Asia Women through collaboration (sector, industry, country, culture)

To foster capacity building and knowledge sharing across Southeast Asia Women

To provide a platform to recognize and celebrate regional collaboration among Southeast Asia Women

Who are we?

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia.

Through a variety of programs and engagements, including U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and seed funding, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community. YSEALI focuses on critical topics identified by youth in the region: civic engagement, sustainable development, education and economic growth.