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Nadiem Makarim croppedNadiem Makarim, the Honourable Minister of Education & Culture Republic of Indonesia.

COC2020 Virtual Conference 20-22 November 2020 Opening Ceremony Guest of Honour is Nadiem Makarim, the Honourable Minister of Education & Culture Republic of Indonesia.

The Honourable Nadiem Makarim will officiate the Opening Ceremony of SISWP Virtual Conference of Clubs 2020 and deliver his key insights on how we need to transform the way we educate people using innovation and creativity. Minister Nadiem is considered a highly dynamic, versatile and innovative businessperson who is determined to transform Indonesia’s education sector and bridge the digital divide. Humble and approachable, brilliant and caring, Minister Nadiem is a Harvard alumni who is tasked with the mission to revitalise Indonesia’s highly bureaucratic and outdated education system.

He is the founder of Indonesia's first startup and transportation network company called GOJEK, which in 2017 made it to Fortune’s Top 50 Companies That Changed The World, ranking 17th worldwide. In 2019, Nadiem was listed in the “100 Next list for Leaders” category by Time magazine. Under his leadership, Gojek grew to become one of Indonesia’s biggest startups with an estimated value of at least US$ 10 billion.

He was recognised as “Asian of the Year” in 2016 by Singapore Straits Times and Top Business Leader in 2018 Bloomberg 50 due to his immense contribution to improving the welfare of workers in the informal sector, creating tens of thousands of jobs across vast Indonesia. Come prepared to be amazed by his brilliant insights and innovative ideas!

MvOplease credit Marc de Groot croppedPrincess Mabel Van Oranje, Board Chair of ‘Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage.

We are thrilled to announce that Princess Mabel Van Oranje will be Global Eminent Keynote Speaker at the Opening Ceremony of SISWP Virtual COC2020. A global advocate for freedom, justice and development and a serial entrepreneur for social change, Mabel van Oranje is the initiator and board chair of ‘Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage’.

She is also the founder and board chair of ‘VOW – to End Child Marriage’ and played a catalytic role in the creation of the Girls First Fund. Mabel is a member of the (advisory) boards of Global Witness, the Jo Cox Foundation, the Malala Fund, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, and The Elders. She is also co-founder and chair emeritus of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

You can follow her tweets @MabelvanOranje


Suharti SutarSuharti Sutar, Deputy Governor of Jakarta Province Head of Jakarta Development Collaboration Network (JDCN).

Suharti Sutar is an exemplary woman. Raised in a poor family in a remote village, she did not succumb to child marriage and went onto complete her education armed with a World Bank scholarship. Suharti attained a Bachelor’s degree in Community Nutrition and Family Resource from Bogor Agriculture University. She gained a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA and a PhD from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia in the field of Demography and Social Research.

Suharti accomplished groundbreaking programmes to improve gender equality across all sectors through education and national development planning. She was Director for Population, Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection at the Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) and later, the Head of Bureau for Planning and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Education.

Suharti will deliver a Special Address on Day 2 of SISWP Virtual COC2020 where she will discuss the importance of women in leadership roles and how the Government places high priority on women empowerment. She will share how women contribute significantly to creating sustainable cities and resilient communities based upon the example of Jakarta that has 11 million inhabitants.

Suharti is passionate about Soroptimist programmes of service and is a member of SI Club of Kemang.

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Rosy Sofia Akbar, Minister of Education, Heritage & Arts, Fiji

Minister Rosy Sofia Akbar is a strong advocate for women empowerment and gender equality. She forged a multi-sectoral platform for the implementation of Fiji’s National Gender Policy and women’s entrepreneurship programs. She is passionate about empowering women to become better leaders in all facets of society whether it be at the community, district or national levels.
An exemplary leader who inspires the youth of Fiji to embrace education as a powerful tool to transform lives, develop character, adopt a positive mindset and thrive in one’s professional and personal life.

Minister Akbar was elected to Parliament in 2014 Fiji general election and appointed as the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. Following a cabinet reshuffle in September 2016 she was appointed Minister for Health and Medical Services. She was re-elected at the 2018 election and was appointed Minister of Education.

Minister Akbar joined the civil service in 1990 and began a career in the education sector. She was Vice-Principal in Ba Sanatan College. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership from the University of the South Pacific.

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Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Minister of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Fiji.

Minister Mereseini Vuniwaqa is a champion advocate for women in leadership roles at all levels of society. She firmly believes that it is necessary for women to be in leadership roles to eliminate gender based violence, ensure sustainable development and eradicate poverty.

She was elected to Parliament in 2014 Fiji general election and appointed as the Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources in September 2014. She was elected again in the 2018 election, and subsequently appointed Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

Minister Vuniwaqa is a lawyer and former civil servant. She holds a law degree from the University of Tasmania and a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. Since 1998 she has worked as a State solicitor for Fiji's Office of the Attorney General. She was appointed as chair of the Telecommunications Authority of Fiji in 2008. From January 2012 to March 2013 she was Acting Permanent Secretary for Justice.


Tri MumpuniTri Mumpuni, Executive Director, People Centered Business Initiative IBEKA 

Tri Mumpuni is an agriculture engineer who has been campaigning for decades to replace diesel power plants with micro hydro plants to develop economic growth in rural Indonesia. She pioneered the Community Private equal Partnership Model to build small power plants, with the revenue being channeled back to the villages.

Tri Mumpuni was invited to the Presidential Summit with President Barack Obama and Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. She and her organization have also received a number of awards including the Global Peace Award, the 2012 Ashden Awards given by Prince Charles, and the 2011 Magsaysay Award. In 2006, she was named the Woman of The Year in TEMPO Magazine (TIMES version of Indonesia), and received the Climate Hero WWF International award for 2005. In 2006, she was an Ashoka Fellow, and an Eisenhower Fellow in 2009.



Singgih KartonoSinggih Kartono, Spedagi Movement - Village Revitalization

Singgih Kartono used the opportunity of urban people riding bicycles for transportation or sport to create bamboo-based bicycles using materials that grow in his hometown in Temanggung, Central Java. From one petung bamboo stick, Singgih can make five to six bicycle frames, generating up to Rp 60 million from Rp. 50,000 cost of bamboo material.

The Spedagi community was established, facilitating the community to learn more about the village's potential.  The SoBike (School on Bamboo Bike) program encourages students to go to school riding bamboo bicycles. The bamboo bicycles represent the village's natural wealth that has no end to explore.  A social movement is developing. Singgih also created Magno Wooden Radio which has been famous worldwide as an Indonesian designed product, receiving many international awards.

Ngadiprono Papringan Market is one of the Spedagri Village Revitalization projects to transform the hidden asset of neglected bamboo garden (papringan) into a market for creativity. It sells creative products, healthy food using local ingredients, and even using bamboo coins as payment instruments.

Aria WidyantoAria Widyanto, Director & Chief Risk and Sustainability Officer (CRSO), AMARTHA

Amartha is a financial technology startup specialising in providing working capital for unbanked women in rural villages, now serving 420k borrowers with ~US$200 million loan disbursed in 3 years of operation.

Aria is the Honorary Ambassador of Startup Asia Berlin (SUAB) to connect and nurture startups ecosystem and business in Germany with their counterparts in Asia. He was the cofounder of an open-innovation consulting company based in Munich and the the Founder of Dandelion Foundation, a volunteer group organization to promote education in rural Indonesia.

Aria has received many honors and awards, recognizing him as the most impactful business leader in Asia Pacific, Young Southeast Asia Leader and an E-Idea Champion. He was among the 11 Global Thinkers of Asia roundtable with Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director in 2018. He has been active as lecturer and public speaker.


Helianti HilmanHelianti Hilman, Founder and Chief Creative & Community Officer, JAVARA

Helianti Hilman is the forefront promoter in sustaining Indonesia’s food biodiversity heritage by introducing and bringing indigenous food products from across Indonesia to the broader market. Javara builds supply chain, works with smallholder farmers and food producers, nurtures rural entrepreneurs and creates a wide range of fine organic food that are products of rural Indonesia, to serve the domestic and export market. She launched Javara Academy – School of Food Artisans to help young farmers, foragers and fishers becoming food entrepreneurs by creating and selling added value products and services.

Javara is recognized as Indonesia’s 1st Top Exotic Brand, Pioneer on the New Market and one of Indonesia’s 20 Global Rising Star. In 2013, Helianti was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year and 2019 Globeasia’s Most Inspiring Woman. She was among The 2016 Inspiring Women Honor Roll and one of Indonesia’s top social enterprise. She is globally recognized as a notable expert and resource person on the area of food biodiversity commercialization and rural entrepreneurship.

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