Congratulation to all Future Leaders Connect 2018 winners! 

Four of nine finalists are going to the UK to represent Indonesia in the Future Leaders Connect in the UK.

These are their profiles (from left to right):

Angga D. Martha

Angga is currently serving as the UN Youth Adviser for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Implementation in Indonesia, the liaison between the government and the UN Indonesia in coordinating and mobilising youth around awareness and implementation of the 2030 Agenda. 

He is a part of founding members of the Cohort 2030, a selected group of youth leaders from around the world that already driving change to deliver on the promise of the SDGs. He was also selected as one of ten young Southeast Asian Leaders to participate in a roundtable discussion in Jakarta with former US President Obama in 2018. 

Angga comes from Kerinci, West Sumatra and is a recent graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, recipient the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) scholarship, and recipient of SDG-focused Blakeley Foundation Fellowship, the 2017 Fletcher School Honos Civicus Civic Engagement Award, the 2017 Tufts University President’s Awards for Civic Life, and the 2016 Indonesian Ambassador’s Award for Excellence by the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States. 

His global vision of change is prioritising sustainable development by harnessing demographic dividend, realising young people’s potentials, and expanding civic space.

Tara Puspitarini Sani

Tara is the Scientific Director of Alzheimer’s Indonesia (ALZI). She graduated from Atma Jaya School of Medicine, where she currently holds a full-time academic post. In 2016, she received Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education scholarship to pursue MSc Dementia in UCL Institute of Neurology, UK, and volunteered for St. Joseph’s Hospice during her time in London. 

Tara constantly advocates for a better quality of life of people with dementia and their caregivers through her activities in ALZI and Atma Jaya. These range from organising over 140 dementia education sessions and capacity-building workshops for caregivers, healthcare professionals, students, and other communities; establishing procedures for researchers wishing to collaborate with ALZI to ensure good and ethical research practices; to contributing in an ongoing national dementia guidelines project and the World Alzheimer’s Report 2016. 

She currently serves as Indonesia’s project lead in Strenghtening Responses to Dementia in Developing Countries (STRiDE), a multi-national, multi-countries research project. Her vision for a global change is a world where people with dementia continue to be involved in their communities, achieved through a solid, evidence-backed policy in global and national levels to support multi-sector collaboration in addressing ageing issues especially in low-and-middle income countries.

Isti Toq'ah

Isti, born and raised in Balikpapan, seaport city on the east coast of the island of Borneo, now resides in Jakarta. She started becoming a peace activist since 2009 focusing on policy recommendations of under-represented groups whose religions/faiths have not been acknowledged by authority. She believes that sustainable peace is possible because naturally human’s mind is peaceful, thus, peace must be begun from everyone’s mind.

She obtained her dual-master-degrees in United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica; and Ateneo de Manila University in Philippines with Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship of Nippon Foundation. For almost three years, Isti worked as a researcher and administrative assistant for Lieut.Gen. (Ret.) Agus Widjojo, former Vice Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) and the present Governor of LEMHANAS (National Resilience Office), where she contributed to support the work of Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Center for Policy Studies and Strategic Advocacy (CPSSA).

Isti is a founder and chairperson of Indonesia’s Peace Education movement that’s known as PANDAI and did voluntary work at CINTA (Community for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue) Indonesia. 

Hanif Falah

Hanif envisions the world where sustainability is a norm in the private sector. He obtained MSc in Environmental Technology and Policy from Imperial College London. Upon his return to Indonesia, he joined Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD) as a researcher. He is currently working at Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), the world’s second largest palm oil plantation company, as sustainability policy and compliance specialist. He works to ensure the sustainability policy implementation of GAR’s operation in Indonesia. 

As Indonesia becomes the largest producer and exporter of palm oil in the world, it presents a conundrum between environmental conservation and economic development as 40% cultivation land owned by smallholders. 

Hanif believes good policy and implementation are the keys to achieve the equilibrium. He is currently managing two policy developments namely business and human rights policy and energy policy also a project to empower smallholders through certification. For business and human rights policy, it is the first policymaking initiative for palm oil company in Indonesia. 

Hanif was a grand finalist of Asian debating and further represented Imperial at international debates. He also volunteered to teach debate to high school in East Java. His love of travelling took him to 12 countries during his Erasmus Mundus exchange and inspired him to be a backpacker.