Yanamlyn Yana

Country Director, B3B Papua New Guinea
Founding Board Member

Yanamlyn works tirelessly to promote a culture of understanding, communication, and coexistence between men, women, youth, and children of Papua New Guinea by advocating and raising awareness about culturally normalized violence, unequal youth opportunities for academic excellence and employment, violence against women and children, and the importance of the access to quality education in the rural villages. Apart from her role as Campaign Coordinator of the Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation, she holds several leadership roles inclusing being a Country Ambassador for Human Rights Initiative Measurement — the first global initiative to track human rights performance of countries around the world. 

Yanamlyn is also Volunteer Advisor to Water Hands Hope — a Hawaii-based NGO that focuses on improving health in PNG. She is the founder and CEO of her own community initiative — Ätitäi — that focuses on helping her community improve in terms of education of the younger children by equipping schools with proper reading and teaching materials. Fortunately, the focus area has increased to include others like health, youth, and infrastructure of which she plans to deliver. Further, Yanamlyn has established herself as a young leader who was vocal during the 2016 University of Papua New Guinea Student Unrest, while studying BA Social Work. 

Yanamlyn worked with Gulf Tertiary Students Association to deliver community awareness initiatives, the Lutheran Students as their Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Family Welfare Services at their Case Coordinator, National Youth Development Authority as their intern student, and UNICEF PNG as their co-facilitator for #EndViolenceAgainstChildren Campaign during the FIFA Women’s World Cup. In 2020, she completed the Inaugural Asia-Pacific Obama Leaders Program virtually, a year-long leadership journey, as well as the International Visitor Leadership Program, a cultural exchange program offered by the US Department of State via US Embassy, Port Moresby and she was the first to participate in its Inaugural Virtual program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of PNG. She stands out among her peers and is recognized as a Pacific Island Young Leader.