Amy Yang

Amy

Bachelor of Science • Animal Biology •  University of British Columbia

Bio

Amy graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology. Originally from Taiwan, she wanted to reconnect with her roots after graduating, so she applied to take part in Taiwan Tech Trek, a Taiwan summer internship program created by Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology, through which she completed two summer internships at Taiwan’s Academia Sinica as a behavioural analyst and at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium as a coral researcher. Wanting to learn more about her home country and expand her horizons, Amy moved back to Taiwan and successfully made the switch into business by becoming a tax guarantor at PricewaterhouseCoopers Taiwan, where she assisted foreign institutional investors to comply with Taiwan regulations and ensure that there is no outstanding tax owed to the National Taxation Bureau of Taiwan.

During the summer of 2017, Amy travelled to Palawan, an island in the Philippines, and witnessed first-hand how the Philippine government is practicing sustainability at Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tours of the subterranean river are given on boats rowed by local guides, with the only light in the dark caverns being lit by a single flashlight. This is to minimize the impact of human activity within the caves since noise from boat engines can interfere with the bats that inhabit them, and light installations will damage the fragile stalactite and stalagmite formations. Not only do these actions protect the environment, they also generate jobs for the locals and bring in tourism dollars, thus encompassing all three aspects at the heart of sustainability (environmental, social, and economical). In contrast, Amy noticed that there is still a lot of work to be done in Taiwan to make its tourism industry more sustainable.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys salsa dancing and playing board games. Keen on making a contribution towards making this world a better place, her dream is to be involved in a role where she can have a direct and positive impact in assisting others to make socially and environmentally conscious decisions that will lead to a sustainable future, including in the area of sustainable tourism.