Atlas Corps volunteers are essential to the organization for making sure things run smoothly. Today, we would like to talk more about Atlas Corps Group Captains. Our Group Captains facilitate monthly peer coaching groups as part of our new Virtual Leadership Institute, an online learning community for global social change leaders from around the world.

In partnership with the U.S. Embassy Jakarta and @america, Atlas Corps launched the inaugural cohort of the Atlas Corps x @america: Indonesian Public Sector Leadership Initiative to provide critical leadership skills to Indonesia’s up-and-coming generation of public sector leaders.

Today we talk with Lisa, Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute Alumna from Indonesia, and a Group Captain for the Atlas Corps x @america: Indonesian Public Sector Leadership Initiative. Lisa helps Scholars create a productive environment for co-learning, develop leadership projects, and guide discussions about leadership and social impact. Lisa is passionate about green economy where social and economic transformation can be achieved without neglecting the importance of environmental protection.

Name: Lisa Indah Wijayani

Home Country: Indonesia

Current Organization: Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR)

Social Issue/Interest Area: Green economy, Environmental
protection, Gender Inclusion

Fun fact: I have learned 7 foreign languages (Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish,
German, English, Arabic, and Mandarin).


How has the Virtual Leadership Institute contributed to your professional and personal

The modules I learned during the Virtual Leadership Institute have developed my leadership skills and expanded my networks by connecting me with other Scholars with similar interests. I have been collaborating with Scholars from my cohort to initiate a project tackling plastic pollution in Indonesia. Finally and most importantly, the Virtual Leadership Institute has made me understand my strengths and weaknesses and helped me improve my capacity in a professional way and as a human being.

Why did you decide to volunteer for Atlas Corps as a Group Captain?

I have got many benefits by being an Atlas Corps Scholar. I would like to share my experience with other Indonesian Scholars, so they can also get the benefits of being a part of this program. Lastly, I would like to learn more from other Indonesian Scholars in terms of their area of interest and possibly collaborate to initiate and implement a social project together.

How has volunteering with Atlas Corps impacted you?

I gained knowledge on the pertinent issues of gender, social inclusion, and human rights, which are sometimes overlooked during climate policy development.

What message would you like to send to individuals who support Atlas Corps?

By supporting Atlas Corps, you have made a significant change in the world to fight against climate change, ensure people are not living in poverty, and support women as leaders in all fields.

Atlas Corps Scholar Eka C (Cohort 7, Indonesia) shares, “When I received an email notification that I had been selected to join the Atlas Corps x @america: Indonesian Public Sector Leadership Initiative, I was delighted. Unexpectedly, when the program runs, the office’s workload also increases, while I must work on my master’s program too. Fortunately, I got an excellent captain who encouraged me to keep trying to finish this program. Lisa’s story inspired me to expand my network with other Scholars. Besides that, Lisa can make peer coaching group calls fun and support each other even though we have never met in-person.”

Thank you, Lisa and our hundreds of volunteers who help achieve the Atlas Corps mission every day. Learn more about becoming a volunteer at

On November 20, Atlas Corps celebrates 15 years of engaging social change leaders. Join us to honor our legacy of service with more than 1,100 leaders from 110 countries at the Atlas Corps 15-Year Anniversary Gala. We will convene friends of Atlas Corps from all sectors and regions of the world to reflect on 15 years of engaging social changemakers and inspire towards our future. Join to connect with our community, meet Fellows, and celebrate Atlas Corps!

Photo from Lisa’s personal archive