Dari kiri ke kanan: Joos Meikhel Gaghenggang - Gandrie Ramadhan Apriandito - Felippa Ann Amanta - Marcella Wijayanti  - Hana Hanifah -  Ayu Kartika Dewi - Nurul Maretia Rahmayanti - Dina Novita Sari - Irfan L. Sarhindi

In October this year (2017), four of nine finalists will have the chance to engage with inspiring global leaders and take part in an immersive conference in the UK Houses of Parliament. They will also discuss the most significant global issues facing the next generation directly with the policy leaders in Parliament.

These are the nine finalists who made it to the final event:

Joos Meikhel Gaghenggang

Living in Jakarta, Joos works as Head of IT Policy Subdivision in Central of Financial Information System and Technology, Ministry of Finance. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Informatics Engineering from De La Salle University of Manado. He then completed a Master's degree in Business Process Management from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

During his study in Brisbane from 2013 to 2014, Joos was active in various activities related to enhancing global networking, including being a Head of Members Development of Indonesian Student Association in Australia, taking a role as a Brisbane International Student Ambassador, participating in ASEAN-Australia Youth Summit, ASEAN Future Leaders Summit, and G20 Leaders Summit, as well as participating in volunteering activities both at campus and society.

Upon his return, Joos was involved in community development. As a member of Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, he contributes in improving the municipal legislative process and governance. As a public officer, he also participates in developing national IT policy, especially in formalizing the presidential regulation draft for e-government and system and electronic transaction.

In terms of global change, Joos believes that the Internet of Thing (IoT) has a significant impact on economic development especially in transforming the economic growth and prosperity in the world.

Gandrie Ramadhan Apriandito

Gandrie is a transport planner with a broad practical experience in transport planning and bus rapid transit development. He holds a degree in civil engineering and transport planning from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and University of Leeds respectively.

Gandrie is currently working for ITDP Indonesia as a transport associate and based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He works closely with Transjakarta to provide technical assistance in BRT planning and improvement for route analysis, station design and pedestrian accessibility. The assistance for Transjakarta direct service routes has contributed to more than 30% of increase in daily ridership in 2016. His role now also focuses on non-motorised transport to bring about continuous and safe networks of sidewalks and bike lanes, and collaborate with authorities to get the design supervised and implemented.

Gandrie strongly believes cities are built for people and therefore, every development should put people at the centre of it. This perspective leads to a global vision of a compact, walkable and mixed-use development with decent public transport services. Therefore, he continuously urges cities to strive for accurate long-term planning and goals to achieve efficient mobility.

Felippa Ann Amanta

Motivated by her passion to drive social change, especially for women, Felippa pursued a career in policy and activism. During her college years in UC Berkeley’s Department of Sociology, she interned for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington D.C., and for the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO in Jakarta. Shortly after graduating with a B.A. with high distinction in 2015, Felippa continued that passion in the policy research centre, Centre for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE).

In 2017, she brought her international experience back home to Indonesia to further participate in the improvement and empowerment of Indonesian women and youth, through working full-time as a Programme Associate at Women and Youth Development Institute of Indonesia (WYDII) in Surabaya, Indonesia. In her current work, Felippa has successfully planned and managed training for hundreds of women across Indonesia, including legislative candidates and activists, to increase their political participation and leadership capacity. Her vision for change is to see the realization of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, especially on Gender Equality, through the power of the people and the community.

Marcella Wijayanti

Marcella, now resides in Jakarta, is a Junior Policy Advisor on Economics Strategic Issue in The Executive Office of The President in the Republic of Indonesia, where she is helping Joko Widodo’s Administration achieving poverty and inequality alleviation. She manages a wide range of policy designs from revitalization in vocational schools, cash food assistance for poor families, investment option for Indonesian migrant workers to tourism.

Marcella holds an MA in Education Economics from the University College London as an Indonesian Government scholar. Shortly after finishing her BA (Econs) from Gadjah Mada University in 2011, she took a gap year joining the Indonesia Mengajar initiative. She was posted in Rote Ndao, Nusa Tenggara Timur, one of Indonesia’s poorest regencies, where she taught at a local primary school and initiated the first innovative teaching method training in the regency involving more than two thousand teachers.

She envisions a world with less people living in poverty. After 5 years of working in high level policy-making offices in Indonesia, she firmly believes that ensuring every child in the world to have access to nutritious food and quality education are key actions to combat poverty and income inequality.

Hana Hanifah

Hana is a Researcher at The Habibie Centre’s ASEAN Studies Programme in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is involved in several projects, including a production of guidebooks to promote trade and investment in ASEAN; a production of policy recommendations to combat trafficking in persons, which is to be presented at the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting; and a development of an initiative to advocate gender mainstreaming in Indonesia’s counter-violence extremism (CVE) policy. She is passionate about integrating gender analysis to build a better CVE approach, as her global vision is to eliminate violent extremism by preventing radicalisation more effectively.

Hana volunteers as a donor and mentor for Adik Asuh Suryanara, an organisation aimed to support underprivileged Indonesian students to pursue higher education. She developed this organisation with her fellows’ awardee of Indonesian Education Scholarships, with whom she also successfully managed to construct a new bridge in Pedes village in Banten as a community outreach project.

Hana obtained an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her Bachelor of Social Science was awarded by the Department of International Relations, University of Indonesia, where she also served as a research and teaching assistant.

Ayu Kartika Dewi

Ayu dreams to see a more peaceful world. Her three keywords are empathy, tolerance, and solidarity. Ayu holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, with Fulbright Scholarship and Keller Scholarship. Upon graduation, she spent five years in Procter & Gamble, became a primary school teacher in a remote island (Indonesia Mengajar), worked at President’s Delivery Unit (UKP4), a consultant in McKinsey & Company, and held a position as Head of Urban Planning in Governor of Jakarta's office. In 2012, Ayu co-founded SabangMerauke. It is a non-for-profit organisation runs intra-nation student exchange programme and select junior high school students to live with host families who are of different ethnicity and/or religion, when these students return home; they act as peace ambassadors in their circle. Thanks to her work, Ayu was selected as one of Wardah’s 10 Inspirational Women in Education in 2017. SabangMerauke, also has won several awards and frequently appeared in national and international media.

Ayu now is Managing Director of Indika Foundation, a non-for-profit organisation focuses on diversity and nationalism issues. Ayu resides in Jakarta, Indonesia. In her spare time, she enjoys being an avid scuba diver, traveling, reading, playing violin, piano, and guitar. Recently, she picked up Krav Maga, yoga, and improv.

Nurul Maretia Rahmayanti

Nurul is a public health graduate from University of Indonesia who is recently working as a Scientific Programme Officer in an NGO, namely Asia Partnership on Emerging Infectious Disease Research. She is monitoring an AMR research project that assesses current AMR situation in veterinary and human medicine to develop intervention strategy and advocate government policy. This project is in collaboration with research centres and government institutions in Indonesia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, and Lao PDR.

Living in Depok, Nurul used to be part of a working group, in collaboration with Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture, to develop White Paper on Zoonotic Control in Indonesia. The white paper was written as an evidence for Presidential Decree No. 116 Year 2016. Nurul and the working group were trying to develop exit strategy for the National Commission on Zoonotic Control activities, by recommending Ministry of Human Development and Culture reinforcement to take over the responsibilities.

These experiences drew her interest to focus on Infectious disease policy-related issues, particularly in AMR control. Thus, to be involved in a global movement combating AMR and to witness optimal use of antimicrobial medicine in human and animal health is her utterly goal for the future.

Dina Novita Sari

Dina graduated with a Master's Degree in Corruption and Governance from University of Sussex and currently lives in Jakarta and works for Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in Indonesia as a Programme Coordinator. She is responsible for managing two projects, namely Parliamentary Strengthening and Human Rights Projects. Previously, she worked for various organisations ranging from law firm, multinational company and NGO.

Dina's global vision for change is to see a more accessible and better quality education for young generation wherever they live. The right to access education is a right for every child in the world regardless of nationality, sex, ethnic origin, or any other status. Yet, not all children in developed or developing countries can enjoy their right to education, including in Indonesia. To achieve this vision, Dina has started an initiative called “iBeasiswa” with a vision to support young generation to get education scholarships. She worked together with her team to develop the system, design the curriculum, develop the recruitment process of mentees and mentors and also develop their online platform to reach more beneficiaries. By February 2017, they have mentored more than 20 young people intensively to start their journeys to get education scholarships.

Irfan L. Sarhindi

Irfan just graduated from University College London, reading for MA Philosophy of Education, and is currently living in Cianjur, Indonesia. Besides working as a writer, He is also a researcher and a lecturer.

Irfan's area of interest includes Islamic discourse and radicalisation. He now holds a position as a secretary of research department of University of Putra Indonesia. With his involvement in Nahdlatul Ulama Cianjur Chapter Board (PCNU), BAKOMUBIN (Coordinating Body of Islamic Preaching), ICMI, and Cianjur Creative Network, he continues to provide a counter-narrative of radical Islam, as well as promote the instrumentality of critical thinking and interreligious dialogue.

He had been named to present his research and paper at Afternoon Talk at Oxford University with Professor Parker; at the 1st Biennial Conference at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; and at the 2nd Summer Conference at Jember University. Through his Islamic short-course programme, Irfan is smoothly modernizing the Islamic boarding school (pesantren) system and teaching diversity, nationalism, and tolerance to children, in the hope that these will strengthen the fortress of moderate and cultural Islam. With the increasing interest in tackling radicalism, he hopes that the world will soon witness the establishment of a strong interreligious understanding and tolerance.