Brian is the Founder and Chief Community Strategist of Lariche Community, a corporate social responsibility advisory and community development consultancy company. Brian has a global experience in community development. He was Project Adviser for the UNDP in HIV, focusing on leadership and capacity identification and development in Malaysia and in West Africa. He is also a trainer facilitator for numerous local and international youth and community leadership engagement programs.
He is currently the CEO of the Make It Right Movement (MIRM) powered by Brickfields Asia College in Malaysia, where he manages and advises over 250 community programmes and social enterprises.
As Asia board member of Aflatoun International, Brian supports our partners in the region in capacity building and development via various training programmes. He also works closely with Asia Programme Manager of Aflatoun in strategising the development and advancement of financial literacy in Asia and in recruiting new partners.
Why Aflatoun International?
Because Aflatoun is a viable international organisation that wants to bring practical and useful change to the lives of children and young people regardless of their status.
What is your focus as a board member?
Together with the Asia Programme Manager, I am focussing on capacity building of partners, partner interaction, income generation and partner acquisition.
Why is social and financial education important?
It is the basis of life management and it will also assure us all a safer and more equitable future for our children.
What do you like most about Aflatoun?
Its basic ethos of the family partnership and the constant development of the curriculum.
What is something education NGOs have to deal with that you want to fix?
To move towards a more child-centred learning approach and to realise that the capacity of children today is different from the adults at the head of the NGO sectors.
How do you see the future of Aflatoun International?
I see Aflatoun International grow in the next 10 years as the need for life skills and social and financial literacy becomes more and more relevant. And I see Aflatoun`s curricula getting integrated nationally.
Please share a motto or quote close to your philosophy of life?
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw