Fathina Diyanissa is a government employee from Jakarta, Indonesia. She is a design graduate turned public sector hustler with three-year experience in the creative economy, currently employed in the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy as the assistant to the Vice Minister. Fathina graduated with a Design major in Institut Teknologi Bandung and started her professional work as a designer for two years. Her desire to be involved in the creative sector beyond the practicing realm led her to join the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy, where she specializes in the facilitation and potential development of Intellectual Property Rights in creative industries. Upon the merging of the agency into the Ministry of Tourism of Creative Economy, Fathina joined the assisting team to the Vice Minister, closely working with and reporting to the Vice Minister on strategic programs across the ministry. This gives her a valuable chance to see the helicopter view of the governance of the creative industry, as well as how it intersects with the tourism sector. In her further career in the public sector, Fathina hopes to remain rooted in her creative background, using her opportunities and acquired experiences to advance the ecosystem of the creative industry in Indonesia, particularly in empowering local culture and communities.
Edrida Pulungan has 10 years worked in the Secretary-General House of Regional Representatives of Republic Indonesia and expert in partnership. She earned a double Bachelor’s in Economics and Education and also a double Masters in International Relations and Sociology. She currently pursues a Ph.D. in Government Science. She worked as a Parliament PR and was then promoted as a Policy Analyst in research and budget center which has opened her mind about public policy and collaborative government. During COVID-19 to recovery economy, she innovated a penta-helix model for developing creative economy under law no. 24 and proposed her innovation to the minister. She is also active in building partnerships with senators, local, central government, private sector, academician, community, and media to overcome the social and economic problem by initiating discussion Local Heroes Network which involved youth and community. Edrida was awarded as a Government Official by the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform. Edrida was concern with collaborative government, partnership, capacity building, climate change, woman empowerment, peace, and a creative economy. She published books, research, and opinion about global issues. Her book was part of the collection of Global Peace library in Paris, the title” The Peace Message of The Earth” and visited UNESCO. She is a Climate Change Leader trained by Al Gore. She also the Founder of Lentera Pustaka Indonesia which promotes literacy and the Founder of Corps International Government 4.0. She was selected to be part of Global Woman Leader ASEAN by IWB Malaysia. As a future leader, she believed her contribution to the Indonesian government and the US will increase the best partnership in the future.
Mita Puspita earned a Medical Doctor’s degree from Padjadjaran University. She has seven years of experience in clinical trial vaccines. She is responsible for the bacterial vaccine clinical trial, which handling the clinical trial from the very beginning to the end. Her main responsibility is; literature searching as the background of clinical trial design, developing clinical trial protocol, clinical trial site identification, coordinating vaccine clinical trial with the trial centers, monitoring the clinical trials, reviewing the reports, and responding to the feedback from the National Regulatory Affair about a clinical trial in the licensure process. She also has experience in managing vaccine safety data and analysis. Since graduated from medical school and was then involved in dengue research in Bandung. She also had experience as a physician in very remote areas in Yahukimo District, Papua, Indonesia. After she was involved in INA-RESPOND, Indonesia Research Partnership on Infectious Disease as a Research Assistant. She now focuses on preventive medicine and public health. Her passion to support immunization programs, that can decrease the morbidity and the mortality of communicable infectious diseases in Indonesia.
Dwi Rezeki Kirana BangunIndonesia
Dwi Rezeki Kirana Bangun is a civil servant in the Ministry of Finance of Indonesia. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Indonesia Open University. She has been working in Indonesia Tax Court for six years and has a strong understanding of taxation and management both in theory and practice. Besides that, she developed an interest in nature and the environment. She is currently participating as a Hutan Itu Indonesia (HII) volunteer, one of the leading organizations campaigning about Indonesian forests. She also participated in fundraising and collected 86 million rupiahs to adopt more than 430 trees in the Sumatra forest. Recently, HII and more than 140 collaborators declared 7 August as Forest Day in Indonesia for the first time. This action is acknowledged by the Minister of Environment and Forestry. Combining her government experience and volunteering in HII, she initiated a movement called Forest is Our Friend (FiOF). Every month, FiOF presents a talk show called ‘Forest Talk’ that invited various speakers from all over Indonesia, such as Dayak Tribe Community, musicians, filmmakers, researchers, and anyone related to the forest. Her main goal is to raise awareness for Indonesian people to know more about the importance of protecting the forest as it is the source of clean air, clean water, and home for millions of people, flora, and fauna. She encouraged people to take real action by planting trees in their homes or protecting the existing forest with tree adoption and visit national parks to support ecotourism.
Maman Saputra worked at The Center for Public Health Policy Universitas Lambung Mangkurat where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. Currently, he studied in the final semester of the Public Health Postgraduate Program at Universitas Indonesia. Last year, he researched the COVID-19 policy response in Indonesia. The research analyzed the policy response from the government included the policy content, actors, and process. He contributes to policy analysis, research design, and data collection. He also evaluates the COVID-19 quick handling guidelines from the government in another research. Maman has academic and research passion, especially on one health and health economic issues. He has focused on his passion when he worked as a research and academic assistant on Public Health Program Universitas Lambung Mangkurat. He has appropriate skills in policy analysis, data management, and journal publication. Recently, he designs a stunting prevention and control project in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, related to the previous project on stunting in South Kalimantan (one of the national priority areas of stunting) in the last three years. Maman also led a non-profit organization, Edu-Kesmas, and Lakmus-IYMDS, that campaign the public and environmental health to the society directly and virtually through social media. He has also participated in several workshops and professional organizations in terms of leadership, management, and data analysis.
Siti Radhiatan Mardiah Daulay earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Accounting from Polytechnic of State Finance STAN, where she also previously earned her Accounting diploma. Siti has over six years of experience in Professional Education and Training and currently serves as a Senior Officer in the Indonesian Customs and Excise Training Center under The Ministry of Finance of The Republic of Indonesia. She became a part of a dedicated team for international training in regard to the establishment of the World Customs Organization Regional Training Centre Indonesia for the Asia Pacific Region. While working in the training delivery division, she is acquainted with not only planning and organizing training but also hosting international seminars and conferences. Through these experiences, she acquired profound coordination, planning, implementation, and evaluation skills. Siti is also skilled in English where she often translated speeches and publications, developed English tests for institutional purposes, and taught English as a private tutor. While developing tests and teaching English, she gained experience in designing curricula, preparing learning materials, presenting ideas, and talking in front of a big audience. All of which have sharpened her time management, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. She enjoys exchanging knowledge and ideas through study groups and peer meetings, where she encouraged others to keep learning and developing new skills. She always believes that education and continuous learning are ways to break the barriers of social and economic inequality, gender stereotypes, and communication.
Guntur Priadi has over eight years of working experience in the Directorate General of State Asset Management (DGSAM), Ministry of Finance, Republic of Indonesia. He received two scholarships from the Ministry of Finance in Diploma of Asset Management and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Accounting from STAN State Finance Polytechnic (Ministry of Finance’s university institution). He has some interests in the infrastructure sector, environmental economy, and youth development. His latest research is about the Optimization of State Assets in Indonesia using Sharing Economy Model. He also initiated “DJKN Muda” as a platform for young policymakers in DGSAM to make some movements related to policymaking in Indonesia. He also created a public policy Bootcamp for hundreds DGSAM’s young employees from all over Indonesia where they can learn how to make a comprehensive formula in making economic policy. Guntur mobilized the young policymakers from all over Indonesia in DJKN Muda to contribute more to the organization by internalizing the Evidence-Based Policy as a weapon in enhancing the quality of policymaking. DJKN Muda is a leading organization that has been making 50 policy recommendations from the young employee’s point of view. He and his team initiated some classes for more than 500 Ministry of Finance employees such as “Sharing Experience Class in Making Economic Policies”, “Research Methodology Class”, “Public Finance and Macroeconomic Class” so that the young employees of the Ministry of Finance could adapt the fit-for-purpose policy in making economic policies for the people of Indonesia.
Nendra Rengganis is a well-rounded content entrepreneur. Coming from an International Relations background, she chose to follow her calling in content creation and built Hipwee.com. Nendra learned to grow digital media from scratch. Using her ability to create relatable content, she won the hearts of Indonesian youth. Hipwee has the vision to become a bridge of a good cause for Indonesia Gen Z and Millenials through its content and community. Currently read by more than 10 million youth and become one of the most shareable media in Indonesia, Hipwee is now helping many NGOs, government institutions, and also private brands to connect with Indonesian Youth. She is currently on a mission to create more impact for Indonesian youth using digital platforms, content, and community engagement — especially in public and mental health.
Novi Andriyanto has six years of working experience in the public sector of a developing country. He has been an Internal Auditor in the Ministry of Finance, the Republic of Indonesia. He holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Accounting, as well as multiple training and courses in relevant subjects of his works such as treasury, finance, economics, risk management, and internal control. Recently, he became a member of the Ministry of Finance COVID-19 Response and Economic Recovery Program Supervisory Task Force. He acted as a Project Management Office Member who oversees the performance and reporting processes of the task force that look after Rp692 billion rupiahs of the program’s budget. In this project, he acquired many skills related to managing the state budgets and helped the Ministry of Finance of Indonesia improve the effectiveness and the efficiency of the program so that it could help curb the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a policy and development professional who has always been eager to learn more about government, economics, public policy, and international relations. Furthermore, he is always passionate about building communities and has a keen interest in building a network through collaboration with other professionals.
For approximately more than 11 years, Veronika Oxtafia has been working in the Public Prosecutor Institution (Attorney General Office of The Republic of Indonesia). As a Public Prosecutor Officer, Veronika Oxtafia handled multiple criminal cases and there are parts of them dealing with crimes against children. Within her law enforcement duties, Veronika focuses not merely on law enforcement efforts, but on the other side, she as well as committing deterrence duties to overcome or at least decreasing the number of crimes against child/children, and as consequences, the children would still receive their physical and/or psychological protection amongst their society later on and still could get their bright future. Due to those reasons, Veronika has committed sort of cooperation with Dinas Pemberdayaan Anak dan Perempuan (Child and Woman Empowerment Service) under the Merauke District Government to makeover District of Merauke to be a region with its characteristic that welcome and care towards children through several deterrence efforts such as establishing a halfway house for street children in District of Merauke.
Zhifa Lailatunnazhifah is an International Relations graduate with a keen interest in public policy and community development. Her career began with the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), where her legacy of trilateral cooperation “China-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program” remains. She acquired four years of experience directing international conferences, working closely with the Indonesian diaspora across the world, and accomplished 60% growth of FPCI chapters at local universities. She assisted a female parliamentarian at the House of Representatives. During her tenure, she was accountable to aid with Commission I counterparts and delivered support in the Privacy Data Protection Bill drafting session. She is currently managing a capacity-building project for Indonesian women entrepreneurs under Kinara Indonesia and Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Her compassion to bring impact to society has been cultivated since doing community service assignments in high school. She is currently leading Think Policy Society, a community for Indonesian young professionals with a focus to promote evidence- and empathy-based policymaking in Indonesia. Her professional journey has exposed her to the urgency of implementing a gender-transformative approach in public policy. She is now working on an interesting project, where she got to support gender justice values and meaningful and inclusive youth participation with Rutgers International. During her spare time, she likes to read about world history, social movements, and behavioral studies.
Novika C. MaharaniIndonesia
C Novika Maharani was born in Malang, Indonesia. She completed a Bachelor’s of Law in International Law at Sebelas Maret University. Passionate in the international field, she is currently working as an Analyst in the Deputy of International Economic Cooperation – Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of Indonesia. Her main duties are to analyze matters related to building and maintaining economic partnerships between Indonesia and countries in the American continent countries. The analysis is not limited to trade agreement negotiation, bilateral forum meetings, and dispute settlement in World Trade Organization. Through working in her current unit and institution, she began to learn the importance of partnership as it is stated as 17th SDGs, whether it is between inter-ministries or agencies, and partner countries. Inspired by the importance of cooperation and collaboration between ministries and agencies in Indonesia, she joined a community called Abdimuda Indonesia, with other young Indonesian Civil Servants. Abdimuda Indonesia aims to promote young Indonesian public servants to have a smart mindset to contribute to their work, encourage social movements, also prepare them as the future leader of Indonesia’s government. Other than that, she is also a member of Think Policy, a think-tank for young professionals that undertakes brainstorming and research of Indonesia policy. By joining Abdimuda Indonesia and Think Policy, she contributes and encourages collaboration for young public servants and young professionals to build critical thinking patterns towards various policies and help them to reach self-development opportunities.