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.