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.
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.
Masthuriyah Sa’dan is originally from Sumenep Madura and now she stays in Yogyakarta Indonesia. Since childhood, she studied in an Islamic education institution from primary school until university. Ria was studied at Al-Amin Islamic boarding school in Madura, where she learned Arabic and English from Islamic boarding school. She graduated Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. Later, she continued her postgraduate study at Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University in the Islamic Philosophy department. She graduates with a Master’s in Islamic Philosophy. After her Master’s degree, she teaches in the Sains and Technology faculty in Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University about spirituality in Islam. During her activity, she was writing, researching, and following academic forums from the national level until the international level to present her papers. She also works in a research institution with funding from USAID, all of her research project with USAID is about women and gender in Islam. Meanwhile, every weekend she helping the marginal community in Yogyakarta. She teaching about reading the holy Qur’an in the Transgender Islamic boarding school, and all the students are transgender Muslim community. Recently, she published a book about Santri Waria (transgender Islamic students). The substantive of this book is her notes with LGBT groups who learning Islam in the transgender Islamic boarding school in Yogyakarta.
Elisabeth Medina is a public official who works for the Corruption Eradication Commission of the Republic of Indonesia. She graduated from the Department of Physics, Bandung Institute of Technology. She is currently assigned to the Development Team of JAGA, a platform initiated by the Corruption Eradication Commission that aims to encourage transparency and good governance practice in public services. During her assignment, together with the team, she managed to develop two main menus that enable the citizen to file complaints, which are JAGA Bansos (social aid) and JAGA Penanganan COVID-19 (COVID-19 handling). Previously, she was a policy analyst in Research and Development Directorate, focusing on the energy and natural resources sector. As a policy analyst, she conducted desk-based research and field observation to perform regulatory and corruption risk analysis and then provide recommendations to the related key stakeholders. She is interested in governance and transparency issues, two main problems that still exist in Indonesia. She hopes her work in policy research could prevent state-capture corruption thus improving the governance, and her work in the JAGA platform could promote government’s transparency thus empowering citizens to monitor the government. During her free time, she is active in the Aparatur Muda community and loves to do occasional running or mountain hiking.
Beni Suryadi is an energy professional with a decade of experience managing research and program relating to energy, power, and climate change in Southeast Asia. As a manager, researcher, and director of studies at the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), Beni helps the 10 countries in the region to develop and implement their regional and national energy policies in achieving energy accessibility, affordability, energy security, and sustainability goals. Beni is the Project Leader at the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT), the first official integrated project on energy-climate nexus in the region, aiming to study and contribute to the implementation of energy policies for the climate change mitigation strategies. Beni is also a member of the Sustainability Advisory Council of Gojek, Agence française de développement (AFD) Indonesia Advisory Board, Steering Committee of the Global Consortium on Power System Transformation (G-PST), and Non-Resident Fellow of the U.S.’s based think tank; Energy for Growth. Beni is interested in energy poverty, just transition, and sustainable development goals.
Elena Rudneva received a Master’s degree in sociology from St. Petersburg State University, majoring in European Studies. In 2020, Elena completed professional training in psychological counseling and group leadership and currently combines work in NGOs with psychological counseling. Elena has seven years of experience in the non-profit organization Charity Foundation “Step Foward” as a project manager. Over the years, Elena has run more than 100 fundraising campaigns and organized more than 300 events for different audiences, including corporate charity projects. In 2020, Elena participated in charity fundraising for rapid tests for COVID -19 for medical facilities in the city. As an independent psychological counselor, Elena participates in the international FEM and LGBT-friendly volunteer project “Adriatica” to provide psychological assistance to vulnerable populations, people in difficult life situations and members of minorities. Elena has experience working on the city helpline to provide emergency psychological help to the population. Her main interests are in the field of protecting the rights of vulnerable groups, feminism and grassroots initiatives.
Priscilla Omebere-Iyari has nearly ten years of experience as a Brand and Consumer Marketing Professional, providing branding solutions to local and international brands across various industries. In addition to this, she has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria. In the past four years, she served as the Co-Convener of the annual Open Your Heart Camp, a Bootcamp for underserved teenagers living with autism and down syndrome in South-Western Nigeria. So far, over 75 teenagers have been positively impacted. She also currently volunteers as the Communications Manager and Volunteer Engagement Lead at MEDIC Nigeria (Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children), an environmentally and socially conscious nonprofit organization established to cater to the mental health and environmental cleanliness of Nigerian children, helping them to be socially responsible. Here, Priscilla manages beach clean-ups, volunteer engagement, and anti-plastic pollution and recycling campaigns. As a Brand Manager, she now works at Advans La Fayette Microfinance Bank, promoting financial literacy and adoption at the grassroots level. Previously, she worked in Wema Bank, where she created the Bank’s first corporate social responsibility framework and coordinated over 4,000 employees in various community projects. Through these experiences, Priscilla developed strong project coordination and implementation skills. Priscilla enjoys focusing on the topics of financial literacy, and environmental sustainability.
Polina Shubina has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video from the Saint Petersburg University, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Polina is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of a cultural foundation, Floating EKA, whose mission is to develop creative potential and build a cross-cultural dialogue between people, communities, and companies in the Baltic Sea region. After the past year of intense work in the nonprofit sphere — creating the mission, vision and strategy for the project — Polina gained experience in strategic planning, project coordination, and negotiations with potential partners and donors. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Polina spent eight years working with major international creative productions assisting a technical department, coordinating volunteers, working as a stage manager, and acting as an English-Russian interpreter. In 2018, Polina volunteered at a Bread and Puppet activist theatre, giving workshops to activist and community groups and college and elementary school students across the country. In 2014, Polina worked for two months on the Olympics and Paralympic Games ceremonies in Sochi as a Creative Department Assistant, assisting choreographers during rehearsals, managing 50 volunteers, and helping with translation. Polina believes that art and culture are ideal tools to talk about complex topics like environmental issues, peaceful society, and tolerance.
Maria Melnikova has over ten years of experience in marketing project management, where she developed skills in BTL, CRM and events, that she is eager to apply for social good. Maria’s childhood years in Libya, Syria, and Iraq provided her with an understanding of cultural diversity and the challenges faced by different communities, which subsequently led to her further interest in working in a global environment. Maria has extensive volunteering experience for AIESEC Brazil, UNV online, todogood, and ProCharity platforms in Russia. Maria graduated from the Allrussia Academy of Foreign Trade with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Trade Management and from Moscow Higher School of Business MIRBIS with a Master’s degree in Marketing Management. Additionally, Maria joined the European Center for Peace and Development as a candidate for the MBA program in 2018. She is an enthusiastic lifelong learner in cross-cultural communication. Maria believes in a world without borders and in 2020 joined the Civic Assistance Committee to work with refugees and migrants in Russia. Maria enjoys traveling, water sports, and caring for her foster labrador Martha.
Mandela Adajagsa is a social development worker with over seven years of experience in community development. He is currently working directly with smallholder farmers, persons with disabilities and youth in the Women’s Integrated Development Organization (WIDO) as a Program Manager. The organization is based in the Bono, Bono East, Ahafo, Ashanti, and Upper West regions of Ghana, where Mandela leads a team of fifteen staff to reach out to over 8,000 smallholder women farmers to improve their livelihoods through sustainable farming in the maize, vegetables, and soy value chains. Mandela is a passionate advocate against economic discrimination of women and children, and is achieving community-oriented results through the formation of groups, networking, and partnership with NGOs and community leaders. Mandela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Development Studies and a Master’s of Philosophy in Environmental and Resource Management from the University for Development Studies in Ghana. Mandela hopes to become a renowned rural development consultant who will expand smallholder farmer’s rights within major policy frameworks.
Lucia Chavez has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Ecology from the University of San Francisco, Quito. Currently, she is the coordinator of “Sarawarmi Creative Laboratory,” a startup focused on designing experiences through art, science, or games for children and adults. In this process, Lucia has a special interest in motivating kids and young people to explore books and reading. Lucía also served as Head of Education of the Metropolitan Centre of Art in Quito for two and half years. During her time there, she designed programs and ran workshops relating to the art exhibitions, and coordinated and trained the facilitator’s team. These experiences helped develop Lucia`s leadership abilities and program management skills. Living and working in the tropical rain forest periodically for the past several years, Lucia developed strong bonds with the indigenous communities in the area and a renewed passion for their conservation and sustainability. Her past experiences taught her that education is the most effective strategy to positively impact these rural and indigenous communities. Currently, her areas of focus include education, opportunity access, and using art to promote social change.
Ely Cossio is a lawyer specializing in human rights, international humanitarian law, and transitional justice. With over five years of professional experience, she has developed extensive expertise in human rights advocacy, fact-finding, research, litigation, capacity-building, and community engagement. Her work primarily focuses on ethnic rights, territorial rights, transitional justice and reconciliation, and international criminal justice. Ely received her Master’s Degree from Duke University, where she was awarded the Duke Law Pro Bono recognition for her social engagement and community service. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Transitional Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Currently, she supports the research work of the Transitional Justice Team of the UN-OHCHR.