Melati Wijsen is an Indonesian/Dutch activist and change maker. In 2013, when she was just 12 years old, Melati has founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags with her younger sister and has since been leading the movement driven by youth. They have successfully banned plastic bags, straws and styrofoam on their home island Bali as of 2019.
Melati has also started the people movement One Island One Voice and the social enterprise, Mountain Mama's. She has spoken on world stages such as TED and the UN and has also been selected as FORBES top ten most inspiring women in the country.
Being very passionate to protect the ocean; Melati is also an alumni member of the World’s Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council of the United Nations. She graduated from high school one year early at the Green School and has since been honoured by TIME as part of the annual list of most influential teens in the world along with CNN Heroes Young Wonders.
Today, Melati is excited about her new Youth empowerment project; YOUTHTOPIA; empowering youth through education and providing them the tools they need to be change makers.