Spotlight: Rungtip Junlah

Rungtip Junlah (Piao)
Rungtip Junlah (Piao)

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally.

Rungtip Junlah (Piao), 24
Mahidol University, Kasetsart University
Junior Expert, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation in the Land Transport Sector in the ASEAN Region, GIZ

Rungtip Junlah, or “Piao” as her friends call her, loves “studying the environment because it excites me.” As soon as she got to university, she joined a number of groups where she met other students passionate about the environment and discovered opportunities to turn passion into action. YSEALI helped Piao expand her network and got her thinking about ways she could make an impact across borders. She says it was these networks and experiences that helped her land three job offers after graduating.

Today, Piao works on a transport and climate change project aimed at promoting sustainable regional development. She is gratified to find that her work is relevant to what is happening in her society and the world. “Reading news everyday has become my habit, and I love it.”

Piao’s tips for success:

  • Know yourself – what you’re good at and what you’re looking for. Knowing what you’re looking for is to know your ultimate goals and the dots that need to be connected. Knowing what you’re good at is to know your skills and where you have room for improvement.
  • Get involved and gain as many experiences as you can. Getting involved in something you like will give you a vibe and help you learn to work with people and systematize knowledge.
  • Be alert and prepared at all times, so that when an opportunity comes by, you know to take it. Being alert means setting your eyes on any channels or dot-connecting that allows you to reach your goals. You never know when a great opportunity will knock on your door.