OBAMA FOUNDATION | Asia-Pacific Leaders

From our first interview with The President in Honolulu to our travels across Oceania to meet and film with several of his Foundation Leaders, never have we met more inspiring humans. We are so honored to share their stories.


Obama Foundation Leader Julian Aguan was born and raised in Guam and is grounded in the central Chamorro value of reciprocity. He started Blue Ocean Law with that value in mind, and today he’s doing his part to defend vulnerable communities from pressing issues in the Pacific region.

DISSA | Jakarta

When Dissa was 10 years old, she met a deaf person for the very first time in her life. She was struck by how learning and communicating in sign language could connect her with the deaf community. That’s why she started Fingertalk, a social enterprise with the mission of providing employment opportunities for deaf people in Indonesia.

Nicholas | Brisbane

Growing up in Brisbane, Australia, Nicholas saw that people in his own backyard didn’t have access to really simple things like a roof over their head, a warm shower, or a community to be connected with. That’s why he and his best friend, Lucas, had the idea of putting a washer and dryer on the back of a van and offering free laundry services to people in his community. They called it Orange Sky.