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“My life has a purpose, and my time on earth is a journey to fulfill it.”

- Emmanuela Shinta -

Emmanuela Shinta is a Dayak leader, activist, environmentalist, filmmaker and writer with a reputation for leading and empowering young people.

Her work has been recognized widely in Asia Pacific, including being the icon of Asian Geographic issue 117 Planet Under Fire and featured in UNICEF Global White Paper Women Health & Climate 2017. With organization called Ranu Welum Foundation which she founded in 2016, she has trained more than 150 young indigenous people to be able to use camera to tell their causes. She has been speaking on behalf of her communities in regional and international forum about public misconception on Dayak people and bringing the stories from the ground up to global audience through short videos and documentaries. Her film entitled When Women Fight has been featured in various international festivals & forums. She is also an active minister in Christian outreach and ministry. She believes that her achievement is a gift from God so she can spread the good news and touch many lives through her platform.


Emmanuela Shinta is the founder of Ranu Welum Foundation, ALIVE Global Ministry, and EL Creative Production. She is also the founder of DANUM Magazine and author of books ENLIGHTENED (2016) and ME, MODERNISM AND MY INDIGENOUS ROOTS (2018).

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