In the ever-evolving landscape of global property development and investment, Dr. Yasmin Rasyid is a sustainability beacon. Holding the role of Sustainability Director at Lendlease Malaysia, a prominent player in the real estate industry, she has dedicated her life’s work to advancing sustainable development and inspiring youth for climate action. Dr. Rasyid is renowned as the co-founder of EcoKnights, a non-governmental organization committed to fostering sustainable practices in Malaysia.
Born in Kuala Lumpur in 1979, Dr. Yasmin Rasyid’s formative years were marked by a commitment to academic excellence. She received her early education at Convent Bukit Nanas, an institution known for shaping young minds. Yet, her journey took an unconventional turn when she pursued a degree in marine biology at Duke University in the United States.
After successfully earning her degree at Duke, Dr. Rasyid furthered her academic pursuits by obtaining a master’s degree in biotechnology and a Ph.D. in sustainability science from the University of Malaya. Her educational journey laid the foundation for her future endeavours and her unwavering commitment to Sustainability.
Dr. Rasyid’s early career unfolded in marine biology, where she contributed to research projects related to coral reef conservation and sustainable fisheries management. However, her path soon diverged towards Sustainability, a field she has since championed.
Transitioning into Sustainability, she embarked on diverse projects, spanning environmental management, social responsibility, and sustainable development. Her multifaceted background in marine biology and sustainability science uniquely positioned her as a leader capable of bridging the gap between science and real-world applications.
In 2016, Dr. Yasmin Rasyid took on the pivotal role of Sustainability Director at Lendlease Malaysia. Her mandate was clear: develop and implement Lendlease Malaysia’s sustainability strategy. In this capacity, she collaborates closely with Lendlease’s global sustainability team, ensuring its sustainability initiatives align seamlessly with its global goals.
Dr. Rasyid’s vision is transformational. She stated, “Sustainability is not merely an option; it’s the path forward. We have set ambitious targets to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2025 and absolute zero carbon by 2040.”
Beyond her corporate responsibilities, Dr. Rasyid is deeply involved in advocacy and community engagement. Her commitment to environmental Sustainability led her to co-found EcoKnights, a non-governmental organization that collaborates with various stakeholders to foster and facilitate sustainable actions for a greener planet. Through EcoKnights, she has been instrumental in driving numerous initiatives to raise environmental awareness and inspire sustainable practices in Malaysia.
Dr. Yasmin Rasyid’s tenure at Lendlease Malaysia has been marked by groundbreaking projects that embody the principles of Sustainability. Notable among them are:
- The Exchange TRX: A mixed-use development located in Tun Razak Exchange, Kuala Lumpur, designed to be one of Malaysia’s most sustainable developments.
- KL Eco City: A green township in Kuala Lumpur, meticulously planned to be both sustainable and livable.
- Lendlease Asia Design Studio: An innovative design studio dedicated to developing sustainable design solutions for Lendlease’s projects in Asia.
Dr. Rasyid draws inspiration from her mother, who instilled in her the values of hard work, dedication, and compassion. Additionally, she is inspired by environmental activists and scientists who tirelessly work to protect our planet.
However, the challenges she faces in her journey are substantial. The construction industry, one of the world’s most polluting sectors, poses a formidable obstacle. Dr. Rasyid is determined to challenge the status quo and usher in a more sustainable era for the industry. Moreover, promoting sustainable development in Malaysia and rallying others to take action on climate change presents ongoing challenges. Despite these hurdles, she remains steadfast in her commitment to creating a more sustainable future.
Dr Yasmin Rasyid’s journey from marine biologist to Sustainability Director and co-founder of a prominent NGO is a testament to her unwavering dedication to Sustainability and environmental advocacy. She exemplifies what can be achieved through hard work, perseverance, and an unyielding commitment to a sustainable future.
In a world where the imperative for Sustainability grows stronger by the day, Dr. Rasyid stands as a guiding light—a visionary leader steering her organization and inspiring the next generation to drive meaningful change. Her story is not just one of professional success; it’s a narrative of environmental stewardship, hope, and a greener, more sustainable world.
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