31 Rashvin Pal Singh

Ac­count­ing for Ac­tions

Prestige (Malaysia) - - Hublot -

So­cial en­trepreneur­ship has been the buzz­word for the past few years. At the fore­front lo­cally is Biji-Biji Ini­tia­tive. Co­founder Rashvin Pal Singh was an ac­count­ing and fi­nance pro­fes­sional with PwC Malaysia. What he learned there was that we had all the tech­nol­ogy, cap­i­tal and tal­ent to solve all of the world’s chal­lenges. “The only thing we were lack­ing was in­di­vid­ual, or­gan­i­sa­tional and po­lit­i­cal will. It was then I de­cided, to no longer be a part of the prob­lem and to start be­ing a part of the so­lu­tion,” says Rashvin.

The so­lu­tion came in the form of Biji-Biji Ini­tia­tive, which started out as a project that made prod­ucts from waste ma­te­ri­als back in late 2012. To­day, how­ever, it has grown to en­com­pass sev­eral in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing sus­tain­abil­ity, tech­nol­ogy, fash­ion, fab­ri­ca­tion and ed­u­ca­tion. His hope for Bi­jiBiji Ini­tia­tive is to in­spire the con­sumerist so­ci­ety to be ac­count­able for the waste it gen­er­ates. “We live in a world that is much more con­nected that we re­alise. A piece of plas­tic thrown off the waters in Malaysia might end up in the shores of Aus­tralia or Africa, vice-versa,” he says.

Rashvin’s stead­fast­ness in cre­at­ing change has left an in­deli­ble mark on oth­ers who boast the same as­pi­ra­tion. “The most mem­o­rable mo­ment was when I met this young stu­dent, whom I had met briefly after giv­ing a talk in Pe­nang. He told me a year later that after that talk, he de­cided to leave his of­fice job to start his own im­pact en­ter­prise. I was com­pletely hum­bled and im­pressed by the will power of this stu­den t.”

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