Val is an activist, journalist and community organiser passionate about climate justice, digital security, gender equality and social justice. She has been working with communities in the Southeast Asian region since 2010. She has also provided communications strategy and support for international NGOs, national government agencies and development partners. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Development Communication and is currently finishing her Master's degree in Community Development. In her previous work, Val led the communications strategy and knowledge management for the Ambitious City Promises, a landmark low emission development project implemented in key cities of Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.