Senior Manager - SME Initiative, ASEAN, Indonesia, ICT
Mario Masaya joined the Council in 2014 and currently leads the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs initiative of the US-ASEAN Business Council Institute and supports the Council’s ASEAN, ICT and Indonesia portfolios. He is responsible for coordinating the Council’s partnerships among U.S. multinationals, U.S. and ASEAN governments and other stakeholders. He is the main coordinator for multi-national companies’ participation in the ASEAN SME Academy, an online training resource that provides business learning tools to increase SME competitiveness in ASEAN. He also helps coordinate the Council’s mission to the ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting and leads the ASEAN Secretariat Mission.
Prior to joining the Council, Mario worked in the External Relations Division at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, where he served as a resource person and rapporteur in the working group, senior official and ministerial-level meetings between ASEAN and its three main Dialogue Partners: Australia, Canada and the United States. One of his most notable coordination efforts was the visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to the ASEAN Secretariat. Mario also worked as a non-permanent lecturer at the International Relations Department of Parahyangan Catholic University as well as a Research Analyst at a political think-tank that empowers Indonesian legislators.
Fully funded by the prestigious ASEAN Scholarship, Mario received his Master of Science degree from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in 2013, majoring in Asian Studies at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Parahyangan Catholic University, majoring in International Relations. Mario also received full scholarship from the Chinese Government Council to study Mandarin and Chinese culture at Beijing Language and Culture University from 2011 to 2012. In 2010, Mario was also selected by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an ASEAN–Indonesia Youth Ambassador to support the Ministry in socializing the ASEAN Community among youth in Southeast Asia. His writings have been published in the Jakarta Globe and the Jakarta Post.