Yery M. GarciaCuba (Host: Transparency & Accountability Initiative)
Yery M García has been working as a researcher and practitioner in communication, development and social change for more than five years. She holds an M.A. in Media Practice for Development and Social Change from the University of Sussex in the UK and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Havana. She has worked as a communications consultant in several international cooperation agencies such as UNICEF, WFP and Oxfam. Since 2014 she has been working as a journalist in Cuban and international media outlets covering issues related to transparency, participation and accountability. She is also a non-formal educator and has been a member of several citizen capacity building projects using new information and communication technologies.
Host Organization: Transparency & Accountability Initiative
Role at Host Organization: At the Transparency & Accountability Initiative, Yery will serve as a Communications & Knowledge Sharing Fellow. She will focus on developing and implementing strategic and digital communications for TAI, managing all of its social media platforms, growing its digital presence, and providing innovative ways to communicate TAI’s unique role as a thought leader and knowledge resource for practitioners leading change around the transparency, civic participation, and accountability field.
Patrícia ImadaBrazil (Host: Girl Up)
Patrícia Imada has over seven years of experience tackling social and gender inequalities and fostering women’s and youth empowerment in the nonprofit sector, public institutions, and social businesses. She earned a Post-certificate degree in Social Innovation Management from Amani Institute and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Her most recent experience was as head of Relationship, Diversity & impact at PrograMaria, helping the social startup achieve its mission of promoting women’s participation and inclusion in technology, considering the intersectionalities in between gender and race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic conditions, age, disability, among other factors. Throughout her career, she has worked in the management and operations of several projects addressing topics such as youth leadership and empowerment, responsible tourism and awareness about social inequalities, women’s digital inclusion, women’s economic empowerment, prevention of sexual violence against children and women, and youth political education, having worked in some of the poorest and hardest to access areas in Lima, Peru. Patrícia is constantly seeking the best ways to create a positive, sustainable, and holistic impact through her actions, aiming for a better and just world, with worthy lives for all.
Host Organization: Girl Up
Role at Host Organization: At Girl up, Patricia will serve as the Girl Up Global Operations Fellow: directly supporting Girl Up’s Senior Director, Global Operations in building and launching Girl Up’s global affiliate network, including supporting the first two pilot affiliate entities in Mexico and Brazil.
Pearl GahweraUganda (Host: Advocates for Youth)
Pearl Gahwera has over three years of experience of brand management in advertising, marketing, communication, and public relations, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Finance) from Makerere University Business School, Uganda. For the past 4 years, Pearl has been a full-time volunteer at 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation (4040), a youth-led non-profit organization in Uganda, which supports children in vulnerable communities to improve their learning outcomes. Through her work as the Head of Communications at 4040, she has provided strategic and implementation support towards the organization’s work like the Angaza Literacy Program, which supports 300 children annually to improve their learning outcomes, and the Angaza Learning Centre. Pearl recently transitioned into the Angaza Learning Centre Project Lead role where she oversaw the planning for the set-up of the learning centre as well as liaised with the community leaders where the centre is scheduled for set-up. Previously, Pearl worked at Scanad Uganda, an advertising agency, where she supported 3 brands to improve their products, communications as well as growth in the industry. Pearl is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community in Kampala for the outstanding work she is doing towards social impact in Uganda. From these opportunities, Pearl has developed outstanding leadership skills, project planning and implementation as well as great communications and marketing skills. She is interested in education, unemployment, gender inequality and civic education.
Host Organization: Advocates for Youth
Role at Host Organization: At Advocates for Youth, Pearl will be serving as an AMAZE Global Partnerships Fellow: Assisting in efforts to maintain, expand, and facilitate communications and partnerships associated with Advocates’AMAZE International work.
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.
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.
Muhammad Nizar has 10 years of experience in the public sector and has worked in the government, more specifically in law enforcement. Muhammad graduated Master of Law from Airlangga University of Surabaya, Law Faculty, majoring in Crime Section with earned scholarship from the Sinar Mas company. Previously, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Section at the same University in Surabaya, Indonesia. Muhammad serves as the Attorney General of the Republic of Indonesia and for more than ten years he has been traveling around Indonesia for his duty to serve and work in the local community. His job is to solve law problems and to give justice. While working, Muhammad also has participated to teach and give society counseling on how to know about the law and protect them from crime problems. He was able to attract the student in the school to understand and help the government against drug issues in Indonesia for the next generation. His personal passion and mission are to bring justice for all the people and give them education about the law.
Bayu Ramadhan Putra has years of experience in both the private sector and government, which all of which are related to finance, economics, and education. After graduating, Bayu gained experience in marketing and sales at Prime Blue International, LLC then Corporate Banking at KEB Hana Bank, specializing in analysis and feasibility on Indonesian corporate accounts. With the knowledge and experience, he decided to serve in the government where he is currently posted at the Ministry of Trade of The Republic of Indonesia. Bayu’s previous proved to be influential in government work, utilizing it in helping to formulate regulations, increase Indonesia’s trade balance, enhance international trade cooperation, maintain stability in the domestic market especially on basic goods, and elevate local small to medium enterprises to be financially feasible and export worthy. For over the last two years, Bayu has seen first-hand the importance of how information on trade regulation and the economy is evenly spread in the country, also how education plays a huge part in shaping the economy. From previously working with multi-national companies to serving in the interests of the economy of all classes, it was obvious that the level of education and access to information influenced people’s ethics, determination, and mindset. This experience, together with organizational and social activities throughout high school and university, developed Bayu’s passion for fair trade, education, and the development of society, determined to continue working and studying in order to best serve the economy.
Patrya is the Founding CEO of INSPIRASI, a non-profit with goals to build innovative continuous professional development for school leaders in Indonesia. With only 2% of school principals already have professional training, the lack of support for school principals contributes to Indonesia’s learning crisis where quality remains low although 89% of children are in schools. Patrya studied Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and London School of Economics for his Master’s degree. He was once a teacher for Indonesia Mengajar and had policy-related and research-related posts such as the World Bank, Ministry of Education, and J-PAL Southeast Asia
Niniek Yuliani has four years of experience in the government sector and six years of work in the private sector. Niniek earned a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Trisakti University in Jakarta. During her work as an engineer in the private sector, she realized her interest and goal of working to solve social problems in the community especially in the field of education, law enforcement, and public welfare. She works at an anti-corruption agency as a Specialist in Education. In this role, Niniek managed the anti-corruption prevention program for the business sector by facilitating advocacy forum at the local and national level in Indonesia, writing an anticorruption guidebook for the business sector, establishing a national work standard competency of Integrity Officer, and conducting anticorruption socialization, seminar and workshops for business, education, and public sector. Niniek focused on developing anti-corruption education programs by encouraging local governments to establish anticorruption education regulations and implement the program at schools. Thanks to this job, she was able to attract people’s awareness to complex social problems on anti-corruption, share anticorruption values and the rule of law, facilitate sessions for various segment from students to business people to improve their knowledge and awareness on anti-corruption, and engage them to involve and take actions to eradicate corruption through creative solutions for Indonesia free of corruption, fair law enforcement, and equal social welfare. Niniek enjoys focusing on topics of anti-corruption, education development, technology, and has a strong passion for self-development and public speaking.
Ratih Paramyta has been working in development programs for over five years across different work areas ranging from technology information, food security, and education. She is currently working as a program coordinator in one of USAID development projects, named CEGAH, supporting the government of Indonesia to improve the public service quality through public complaints. This program helps the government to increase government accountability and transparency in public services. With her background in IT, she has been involved in supporting evidence-based policymaking in public services by utilizing information systems. Ratih actively assists the government counterpart in developing a national complaint-handling management system. She also involves in some individual projects concerning solving urban challenges and reducing the digital gap in the community. She has a passion for enhancing the national e-government system to be more inclusive, affordable, and accessible nationwide. She is keen to oversee this challenge globally and as a learning exchange and bring the experience back to the community.
Trained as an economist from the University of Indonesia, with over 10 years of experience in corporate & market strategy, Fajrin Hanggoro decided on a career shift toward the public sector after completing his Master’s degree with a scholarship from Chevening. His first professional experience as a Market Analyst in Krakatau Steel gave him the chance to understand the backward and forward linkage of the industry, including the critical role of energy availability for industrial development. Driven by curiosity on energy availability, Fajrin decided to work at Siemens where his role focuses on analyzing the energy market & the country’s energy policy. During the work at Siemens, He took a sabbatical for postgraduate study at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom to connect the dots of his industry and energy experience from the perspective of sustainable energy policy. As a student who was passionate about energy topics, Fajrin participated as a delegate for International Student Energy Summit 2017 in Mexico where he presented his idea about the sustainable energy transition. Those experiences gave him both the wide-perspective and deep understanding of the problem in each sector that will be critical as a consultant in public issues. Now as a Senior Consultant at Palladium he wants to bring the market expertise to support the small-holder farmers through a market system development approach. His role also includes monitoring the environmental aspect of the intervention program to ensure the program aligns with the sustainable development agenda, where Fajrin is passionate about.
Sepri Andi earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a focus on development. He has over four years of experience in building communities across different issues in Indonesia. Recently, he took a full-time job to create one of the growing mental health communities called Social Connect. Before founding Social Connect, Sepri was a mental health survivor. Through Social Connect, Sepri and his team successfully reached 3 million youth online through a self-love campaign launched during the COVID-19 outbreak. Since then, Sepri has been working to build a safe space, forums, and virtual friends for mental health survivors like himself, with more than 50.000 members to date. Sepri’s previous work was also building a community from scratch for one of the leading logistic companies to support their mission of contributing to Indonesia’s economy. His work has reached 8.000 retails with 50M transactions per month. Andi starts his career by working for one of the top e-commerce companies in SEA to build a lasting relationship with the seller community across Indonesia. Through his experience, Andi has learned, joined, spoken, and contributed to community development, mental health, and youth empowerment.