Associate - SME
Vinsensius Dicky Kangen joined the US-ASEAN Business Council in June 2017 as an Associate for SME Initiatives, based in the Council’s Jakarta office. He is responsible for coordinating the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs initiative of the US-ASEAN Business Council Institute and multi-national companies’ participation in the ASEAN SME Academy, an online training resource that provides business learning tools to increase SME competitiveness in ASEAN.
Prior to joining the Council, Vinsensius served as Public Policy Specialist for Deputy I of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Indonesia (Kantor Staf Presiden), where he assisted the office regarding the promotion and dissemination of open government initiatives, particularly data digitation and data openness to ministries, institutions and regional governments. He was also among the team that co-authored the Presidential Regulation Draft (Ranperpres) regarding the One Data Policy. Moreover, he connected and executed projects with various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for the implementation of a national agenda to promote greater civil involvement to achieve greater government transparency and accountability. Vinsen also partnered with Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to establish budget transparency measures to regional governments. In 2015, Vinsen had a project-based stint at Commission I of the Indonesia House of Representatives (DPR RI) and worked as an intern for the Department of Initiative for ASEAN Integration – Narrowing Development Gap (IAI-NDG) under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) of the ASEAN Secretariat in 2013.
Under the scholarship scheme of the Indonesia Ministry of Finance, Vinsensius received his Master’s of Science degree in 2016 from University College London’s School of Public Policy, majoring in International Public Policy. He holds his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with distinction from Universitas Pelita Harapan where he also served as the President of Universitas Pelita Harapan Student Executive Board (BEM-UPH) and represented the university at Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) 2015 in Boston, MA.
Vinsen was a board member of Menyapa Indonesia, a civil development organization run by fellow scholarship holders, where he established projects such as infrastructure, sanitation and healthcare facilities provisions and social business initiatives to create better life quality of societies in Indonesia’s most remote places. Currently, with his former co-workers from the Executive Office of the President, Vinsen is working to establish an initiative to stimulate improvement in solving problems occurring in societies through technology and innovation, by connecting Indonesia’s innovators and scholars with state and private funders in a project called Inovesia. In his spare time, Vinsen enjoys photography, exercising, and mountaineering with his friends.