Chief Representative - Indonesia
Desi Indrimayutri joined the US-ASEAN Business Council as the Senior Country Representative for Indonesia in May 2013. She is the Council’s managing representative in Indonesia and its senior liaison with the Indonesian Government, the ASEAN Secretariat and the U.S. diplomatic presence in Indonesia. She manages the Council’s Jakarta office and brings to the Council 14 years of experience in development, especially on policy, politics, democracy and capacity building.
Prior to joining the Council, Desi served as an advisor to senior policy makers in the Government of Indonesia in three key institutions: the Coordinating Ministry of People’s Welfare, TNP2K (think-tank institution for poverty reduction acceleration in the Vice President’s Office) and the National Development Planning Ministry, under a technical assistance grant from the Australian Development Agency (AusAid). Her role as the Senior Public Policy Analyst required research on various subjects for policy recommendations. Her specific focus was on the linkages between economic and social policy for poverty reduction, public-private-people partnerships and communication strategy for policy advancement.
Desi has extensive knowledge and experience in program and policy development across the ministries, for political party leaders at national and local levels and within the legislative body in Indonesia. From 1999–2005 and in 2008, she worked for the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing democracy worldwide, where she held various positions in its Jakarta office. In 2008, she helped IRI develop work plans for USAID-funded election programs on election surveys, party election campaign training and party finance reform. In the same year, she also designed and implemented party youth pre- and post-election programs funded by the National Endowment for Democracy.
Desi also served as the primary manager for IRI’s Indonesia Governance Program where she designed programs for newly elected legislators on legislative skills, legal drafting and good governance. In other positions at IRI, she developed technical assistance strategy for political parties in Indonesia and helped the formation of women’s wings in some political parties. Desi was an accredited election observer and party poll watcher trainer. From 1999-2002, she was responsible for the administrative and financial aspects of IRI’s Indonesia country office, with some regional assignments in Asia to conduct management and financial training for IRI grantees’ staff.
In 2007, Desi worked for the Netherlands Court of Audit (NCA-Algemene Rekenkamer) research project, focusing on the accountability and audit of disaster-related aid. In the same year, she was selected as an international member of De Derde Kamer, the shadow parliament of the Netherlands, where her knowledge of aid money and grants helped in lobbying for developing country causes.
Desi holds an MA degree (second-upper honor) in Development Studies, with specialization in Public Policy and Management, from the Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands, and a BA degree (cum laude) in Chinese Studies at the University of Indonesia.