About: Risa Bhinekawati

Risa Bhinekawati is an Indonesian citizen who is very passionate about improving democratic governance and sustainable development in Indonesia and other developing countries. She has more than 17 senior leadership experience in various organizations including Unilever, Ericsson, Danamon, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Indonesian Telecommunications Society. Risa holds a BA in Economics from the University of Indonesia; an MBA from the Australian National University, an MIPP in International Policy from the George Washington University. Professionally, Risa’s work on the environmental protection and community development won prestigious recognitions. Her Danamon Go Green program became the runner-up of BBC World Challenge 2009. The same project won the first place of Metro TV-UNDP/MDGs award in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Academically, Risa is the recipient of three Australian government awards: the Australian Leadership Award (2009), the Allison Sudradjat Award (2009), and the Indonesia-Australia Merdeka Fellowship (1998). She also receives the Merriman Fellowship (2005) from the George Washington University, USA. Risa is a mother who aspires to nurture her son to become a good citizen. From 2010 to 2013 she has a career break to focus on her son's education while taking PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She plans to return to Indonesia in 2014 to contribute to her country's democratic governance and sustainable development. She believes that combined leaderships and efforts of good citizens will make Indonesia a better society for the country's future generation, including her son. Risa always keeps her love, devotions, passions, dreams, and hopes to overcome her fears, loneliness, uncertainty, and risks in making her dreams come true.

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