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.
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.
Ayunda is a communication professional with years of experience working for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Currently, she is focusing on the communication for development (C4D) field where she is interested in any work related to behavioral and social change. She believes that communication plays a crucial role in helping social change in the community. She is currently working for the International Labour Organization and involved in several projects related to labor issues. Prior to joining the United Nations, she worked as a Public Relations and Communications Manager at SOS Children Villages, an INGO that provides care for children who lost or at risk of losing parental care. As a communication professional, Ayunda does not dedicate herself to a particular development issue, but she is very interested in children, public health, and equality topics. Before dedicating herself to non-profit organizations, she used to work at Public relations firms where she developed her skills at developing and executing communication strategy plans for multinational and technology companies. She is now pursuing her calling as a C4D expert and wishes to explore opportunities and collaborations with more international development organizations. Ayunda holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Indonesia majoring in Communication. She later awarded by Chevening Scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in Communication for Development (C4D) at the University of Reading, the United Kingdom.
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.
Roy Hendrawan has more than 10 years of work experience in the Government of Indonesia (ministries and agency). Roy has been working with the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform of the Republic of Indonesia (MABR) as a Policy Analyst that enabled him to contribute to developing the national policies of civil service management by conducting analysis in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of policies and giving recommendation to policymakers. Previously, he had worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (MFA) as a Treasurer and General Affair Officer that supported finance and technical area. He also worked in a multicultural environment abroad as Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in France that proven his ability to work in an international context. After he had earned a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Indonesia, he continued to work in Ombudsman of the Republic of Indonesia in assisting the surveillance and complaint handling of public service, especially in the human resources area. He has good analytical skills and a strong willingness to change government for betterment and development according to best practices of management. As a Policy Analyst, his ultimate goal is to take part in transforming civil service management in order to build highly qualified civil servants that enhancing the quality of public services, as a social goal that matters to him.
Irfan Nur IlmanIndonesia
Irfan Nur Ilman has 10 years of experience working as Directorate General of Customs and Excise of Indonesia under the Ministry of Finance of Indonesia. He has been working in various departments and earned skills such as public speaking for government officials, customer service relations, and import and export regulations. His experience made him selected to represent his office in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia to compete with other Asia Pacific Countries’ representatives in the customer service program. Irfan was selected to be a part of a team to conduct Information transparency and succeed to deliver its initial program which was the launch of the Bravo Bea Cukai Contact Center. Aside from that, Irfan explored his potential in utilizing social media for a good cause. He co-founded a non-profit organization called Operasi Semut to raise the awareness of the cleanliness of the city via a trash-picking program in social media and was awarded as one of the best programs by The Coca Cola Company. Through his work on social media, Irfan had partnerships with several big companies and acquired skills in social media branding and digital marketing.
Desi Saragih holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the State University of Medan and currently a Master’s Student in Public Policy with a research focus on Indonesia Education Policy Response during COVID-19 at the Indonesia School of Government and Public Policy. Her progressive two years of experience on diverse scopes and scales of educational initiatives recently earned recognition from the Government of Indonesia with her participation in the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum 2021 under the official endorsement. Through this platform, Desi had the opportunity to share her aspiration to the forum how economic and social constraint had disrupted the fundamental human right of Education and encourage the high-level political leaders to put forward the educational access improvement as one of a strategic approach to #buildbackbetter and resilient from COVID-19 pandemic. She is also one of the leading Global Youth Ambassadors from a global non-profit organization, Theirworld.Org, advocating for inclusive and participatory Education, covering Early Childhood Education and Education Financing in Emergencies.
Yonas Desalegn AyeleEthiopia
Yonas Ayele has eleven years of experience in the civil society and nonprofit sectors and earned a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Economics from Arba Minch University in Ethiopia. Currently, he is working in Ethiopia as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with Fintrac Inc. While working with Fintrac Inc. under the USAID funded Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity, he measures the impact of project interventions made for agriculture marketing and value chains. Yonas also worked with Bright Future Ethiopia as a Project Coordinator, where he helped manage the building of schools and socio-economically empower destitute people. Additionally, Yonas worked with the USAID-funded Livestock Market Development project implemented by HUNDEE as a Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting and Learning Officer. He then served with YMCCD on the World Bank-funded project, Ethiopian Social Accountability Program phase II (ESAP II) for more than three years, where he organized public and private dialogue sessions and gave trainings on social accountability to improve the status of local public schools. Through these experiences, Yonas developed strong monitoring and evaluation, project management, data collection, and analysis skills. Yonas enjoys focusing on the areas of economic development, education, youth empowerment, and gender equality, and has a strong passion for human and institutional capacity development initiatives.
Thando Gwinji is a seasoned youth leader and gender champion with over six years of experience working with civil society organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies and a minor in Development Studies. She is the Founder and the current Managing Director of Youth Innovation Trust (YIT) based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. While working with YIT, she has grown highly skilled in the use of technologies for development. She has also excelled in movement building, gender programming, and has assisted girls in her community to embrace and utilize information communication technologies for social change. Through her role at YIT, she has assumed several roles within her community; she is a youth leader, a mentor, and a teacher. Her role as a youth leader in the country has seen her elected into several leadership positions, such as the National Coordinator of Activista Zimbabwe, and the Zimbabwe Country Focal Person for the Network of African Youth for Development. She is also the current chairperson of the Zimbabwe Young Women’s Alliance. She has also assumed the role of the Zimbabwe African Union Youth Charter Hustler. Through these experiences, Thando has polished her role as a project manager who enjoys working with young people.
Prajwal Khadka has been working as the Associate Director of Development and Partnership at Teach For Nepal (TFN) for the past eight years. He was previously selected as one of the top applicants and signed up to teach as a TFN Fellow in a rural village of Nepal for two years, where he realized that the low academic outcome of his students wasn’t merely because of classroom investment, but also of systemic issues. This grassroots experience gave him a deeper understanding of the community, social issues, and how culture, history, and politics create injustices that could be reflected in the communities. It also enhanced his leadership, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a cross-cultural setting. Having understood that larger community involvement was critical for change in educational outcomes, he then joined TFN’s core team where he now leads Fundraising and Public/Private Partnerships. His portfolio involves working with government officials, particularly at the Ministry of Education, private corporations of Nepal, and other agencies to enhance and support funding and collaboration necessary for TFN. Besides TFN, he has experience working on issues like LGBTI rights, leprosy patient welfare, public education improvement, and youth advocacy. He is also serving as a visiting faculty for undergraduate students.