Ayu Kartika Dewi

Ayu Kartika Dewi dedicates her life to creating social change and empowering youth. Currently, she is the Managing Director of Indika Foundation. In 2019, she was appointed to be one of the Special Staffs to the President of Indonesia. Her interest in social issues can be traced back to the time when she chose to […]

About The Project

Ayu Kartika Dewi dedicates her life to creating social change and empowering youth. Currently, she is the Managing Director of Indika Foundation. In 2019, she was appointed to be one of the Special Staffs to the President of Indonesia.

Her interest in social issues can be traced back to the time when she chose to leave a well-established career at P&G in Singapore to be a primary school teacher in a remote island of Indonesia. Since then, she has held various strategic positions in the Indonesian government, including Associate Director at President SBY’s Delivery Unit (UKP4) and Aide to the Governor of Jakarta.

She co-founded several social movements: AjakGerak —a microgrant funded personally by Ayu and mentorship to empower youth’s movements, SabangMerauke —a program that provides cross-cultural experience for youth, Milenial Islami —a platform that teaches Islamic values through critical thinking, Perempuan Gagal —a movement that aims to normalize failure, and Toleransi.id —a platform to promote tolerance acts in daily lives.

Ayu has represented Indonesia on the global stage, e.g. being asked to give a speech about her work in peace and tolerance in front of Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon in London in 2017. Ayu also represented Indonesia in Future Leaders Connect, selected from 11,000+ applicants from 11 countries. Ayu was selected by the Australia Awards Indonesia to take part in the Women Leadership Program in Melbourne. She was chosen by Tempo as one of 13 “Young people who will paint the future of Indonesia in 2045”.

She has an MBA degree from Duke University (USA), supported by both the Fulbright and Keller Scholarship.

When she’s not at work, she likes to meditate, play guitar, read a book, do yoga, or write. She writes gratitude journals daily, and she is currently writing her first book about mindfulness.

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