As a Senior Manager, Marcella spearheads engagements between U.S. businesses and ASEAN Sectoral Bodies to promote a transformative trade agenda. Based in Jakarta, she serves as the regional focal point to the ASEAN Secretariat and drives the Council’s advocacy efforts on digital trade, modernization of customs and trade facilitation and harmonization of rules and standards to minimize technical barriers to trade in ASEAN. Previously, Marcella worked at the ASEAN Secretariat as a Political Cooperation Officer.
Marcella started her career with the Council as an intern at the Jakarta office from 2018 to 2019. She joined the Council as a full-time Associate in August 2019 to support the ASEAN Committee activities. Marcella rose to a Senior Manager position in March 2023, now spearheading the Council’s advocacy efforts on trade by supporting the initiatives within the ASEAN, Customs & Trade Facilitation and International Trade portfolios. Her focus of work includes building regional coalitions with the U.S. and ASEAN public and private stakeholders to promote digital economy, modernization of customs and trade facilitation, and harmonization of rules and standards to minimize technical barriers to trade in ASEAN. Marcella initiated the Council’s engagements with ASEAN’s standards and e-commerce/digital economy working groups; and led the development of the Council’s E-Commerce Report, Whitepaper on Digital Trade Priorities and Whitepaper on Cybersecurity Standards and Conformance. Marcella is also the Council’s regional focal point to the ASEAN Secretariat.
Prior to joining the Council, Marcella worked at the ASEAN Secretariat as a Political Cooperation Officer; and served as a Project Analyst at the President's Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP-PPP) before that. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Parahyangan Catholic University and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from University of Melbourne, fully funded by the Australia Awards Scholarship.