The Team

Diversity is inherent. As a social enterprise, we aim to involve as many people as we can in our projects. We work with people from all over the world, each with different stories, skills and backgrounds. This revolving door of ideas and talents allow limitless dynamic of ideas!

Check out the profiles of the people who make this movement possible.

Norashahera Mertens
Co-founder, Head of Ethical Fashion
Norashahera Mertens
Co-founder, Head of Ethical Fashion

Nora graduated in MSc Banking and Finance from Queen Mary University of London, UK.. Nora is involved in the earlier years of building our Ethical Fashion team's foundation and also Biji-biji Initiative as a whole. Nora currently oversees and manages all aspects of design, sales, production, people & determines the organisation's direction. Her motivation is to influence the shift in Malaysia fashion industry to be more ethical and sustainable.

Nora graduated in MSc Banking and Finance from Queen Mary University of London, UK.. Nora is involved in the earlier years of building our Ethical Fashion team's foundation and also Biji-biji Initiative as a whole. Nora currently oversees and manages all aspects of design, sales, production, people & determines the organisation's direction. Her motivation is to influence the shift in Malaysia fashion industry to be more ethical and sustainable.

Ambika Sangaran
Partner, Head of Sales & Business Development

Ambika co-leads Biji-biji Ethical Fashion focusing on driving sales, business development and operational excellence. She aims to build business environments, ecosystems, procedures and processes that supports sustainable businesses in Malaysia. Ambika holds BA (Hons) in Tourism and Environment from Brock University, Canada.

Gwen Voon
Communications Associate

Gwen graduated from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Language Studies (Hons). Multi-skilled in digital content marketing, photography and content writing. With a strong enthusiasm for ethical fashion and a penchant for sustainable practices, Gwen had her start with an internship at Biji-biji Ethical Fashion, learning the ins and outs of handling the media and communications of an ethical fashion business.

Hannah Kamal
Production Manager

Hannah graduated from KDU University College, Utropolis Glenmarie with a Bachelor in Business (Hons) majoring in Marketing. Hannah is one of the front runners of the company. Passionate about ethical and sustainable fashion, Hannah manages the production of the bags and ensures the quality is up to standard. Having been with Biji-biji from her internship days, Hannah is well verse about ethical and sustainable fashion.

Gwen Voon
Communications Associate

Gwen graduated from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Language Studies (Hons). Multi-skilled in digital content marketing, photography and content writing. With a strong enthusiasm for ethical fashion and a penchant for sustainable practices, Gwen had her start with an internship at Biji-biji Ethical Fashion, learning the ins and outs of handling the media and communications of an ethical fashion business.

Furqan "Sultan" Aslam
The Maker

Sultan originates from Sialkot, Pakistan. His 30 years of experience makes him a true grandmaster when it comes to stitching. Sultan works tirelessly everyday, with utmost care and attention to create the beautiful bags that you can purchase on our website. He works to keep his 4 daughters in school until every one of them graduates. Sultan is also saving up towards his retirement plan to build a house on his own piece of land when he goes home.

Ashfaq Ahmed
The Maker  

Ashfaq too hails from Pakistan, from a province called Menshara. he came to Kuala Lumpur to provide a good life for his family back in Pakistan. Ashfaq has been sewing since 1985 and has 3 daughters. His eldest daughter is now in college, pursuing a diploma in computer science. She is using a laptop he purchased for her from Malaysia.

Ambika Sangaran
Partner, Head of Sales & Business Development

Ambika co-leads Biji-biji Ethical Fashion focusing on driving sales, business development and operational excellence. She aims to build business environments, ecosystems, procedures and processes that supports sustainable businesses in Malaysia. Ambika holds BA (Hons) in Tourism and Environment from Brock University, Canada.

Furqan "Sultan" Aslam
The Maker

Sultan originates from Sialkot, Pakistan. His 30 years of experience makes him a true grandmaster when it comes to stitching. Sultan works tirelessly everyday, with utmost care and attention to create the beautiful bags that you can purchase on our website. He works to keep his 4 daughters in school until every one of them graduates. Sultan is also saving up towards his retirement plan to build a house on his own piece of land when he goes home.

Ten Heang
Sales and Management Intern

A diploma undergraduate from Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI) majoring in Entrepreneurship and is undergoing his sales and management internship with us. Through a hands-on experience with Biji-biji Ethical Fashion, Ten Heang is learning the ropes on how to run a business in the ethical and sustainable fashion industry, He hopes with his experience here, he will be able to run his own business one day in the sports attire industry, (and of course ethical & sustainable!)

Hannah Kamal
Production Manager

Hannah graduated from KDU University College, Utropolis Glenmarie with a Bachelor in Business (Hons) majoring in Marketing. Hannah is one of the front runners of the company. Passionate about ethical and sustainable fashion, Hannah manages the production of the bags and ensures the quality is up to standard. Having been with Biji-biji from her internship days, Hannah is well verse about ethical and sustainable fashion.

Ashfaq Ahmed
The Maker  

Ashfaq too hails from Pakistan, from a province called Menshara. he came to Kuala Lumpur to provide a good life for his family back in Pakistan. Ashfaq has been sewing since 1985 and has 3 daughters. His eldest daughter is now in college, pursuing a diploma in computer science. She is using a laptop he purchased for her from Malaysia.

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