ACEF Speaker 2019

Adrian Banie Lasimbang

National Government of Malaysia

In 2018, Adrian Banie Lasimbang became a senator for the national government of Malaysia, representing the state of Sabah. With extensive experience in participatory mapping, conducting community awareness workshops, enrichment planting, gravity water supply systems, and designing community-based micro-hydro systems, his work centers on improving the socio-economic conditions of rural indigenous communities in Sabah and Sarawak. He has been the Executive Director of TONIBUNG, a local NGO promoting localized renewable energy solutions, including CREATE Borneo, a village-based workshop and training facility, educating the next generation of indigenous engineers in renewable energy technologies. In 2004, Banie was awarded the Seacology Prize for Indigenous Conservationist of the year for protecting watershed areas and improving livelihoods in rural indigenous communities in Borneo. In both 2007 and 2008 he received the Outstanding Young Person Sabah (TOYPS) award for his work integrating natural resource management and rural indigenous communities. Adrian also runs Penampang Renewable Energy, a renewable energy consultancy company. He is a technical advisor for Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia (JOAS).


  • Deep Dive Workshop: Hydro Mini-Grids in the Asia-Pacific: Scaling Inclusive Enterprise-Based Approaches