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Michelle Yeoh

Actress and Producer, Global Road Safety Ambassador for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

Michelle Yeoh, an internationally acclaimed actress and producer, has starred in more than thirty films including global hits James Bond's “Tomorrow Never Dies”, “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”,“Memoirs of a Geisha”, “Sunshine”, “Mummy 3”, “Babylon AD”, the soul-stirring biopic “The Lady” and Marvel smash Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2. Michelle recently won acclaim for her role in famous sci-fi franchise TV series “Star Trek: Discovery” as a first Asian female Starfleet Captain. Through her films, she has challenged the traditional views of Asian women by creating very strong female roles. In June 2014, Michelle was conferred "Tan Sri” by the Malaysian state government, which is the highest honor given to a civilian in Malaysia. Last year, she was also promoted to the highest French civilian distinction “Commander of the Legion of Honour” by French President Hollande, in recognition of her continuous contributions in developing and facilitating humanitarian works in France and around the world. Michelle has devoted a major part of her time to charitable and social endeavors. She has been appointed as Goodwill Ambassador of United Nations Development Programme to raising awareness and mobilizing support for the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals around the world since 2016. Michelle is also a Global Road Safety Ambassador for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and a member of the Commission for Global Road Safety, which advocates for road injury to be recognized as a global public health and development priority. Since 2008 she has been a leading campaigner for the Make Roads Safe campaign, including leading its successful ‘Call for a Decade of Action’ at the events around the world, and also travels widely to film the documentary ‘Turning Point’ which was broadcasted worldwide on the BBC in 2009. Michelle is a passionate advocate for wildlife conservation and environmental protection. She recently worked together with The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to launch a short film "Made in Forests” in order to raise awareness about on sustainable fashion and forests conservation.