U.S. Embassy Creates Leadership Program for Public Officials in Celebration of @america’s 10th Anniversary

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is pleased to announce the launch of the Atlas Corps x @america: Indonesia Public Sector Leadership Initiative in celebration of @america’s 10th anniversary.  This initiative will provide critical leadership skills to Indonesia’s up and coming generation of leaders in the public sector.

The Atlas Corps x @america: Indonesia Public Sector Leadership Initiative will engage Indonesia’s brightest public sector professionals in a global leadership development opportunity.  The program is now recruiting young professionals in government, politics, non-profits, education or a similar social change field for programs online and in the United States.  It is a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy’s American cultural center, @america, and the Washington D.C.-based leadership development organization Atlas Corps.

“As the world works toward solving the challenges presented by the pandemic, we need strong leadership from our governments and everyone who helps set policy,” said Heather Variava, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the Embassy of the United States of America.  “We are excited to offer an opportunity to develop key leadership skills for Indonesian professionals who play a critical role in helping their communities during these challenging times.  We can’t think of a better way to commemorate @america’s anniversary.”

“@america has enjoyed partnering with Indonesians for ten years on a broad range of issues such as environmental protection, workforce development, and educational programs for students,” said Deidra Avendasora, Director of @america.  “This initiative is the first time we have offered an in-depth leadership program specifically for the public sector with a chance for a subsequent fellowship in the United States.”

This initiative is composed of several elements.  The online curriculum includes keynote speakers, interactive workshops, self-led activities, discussion groups, and community-building activities with leading U.S. organizations and leaders.  Participants will also work on an individual project focused on local or regional social issues.  At the conclusion of the program, high achieving participants may be selected for a fellowship in the United States with an organization matched to the participants’ interests, skills and abilities.

“Atlas Corps has offered global fellowships to leaders primarily in the nonprofit sector since 2006.  We are thrilled to be partnering with @america to offer our first-ever program focused on the public sector.  These Indonesian leaders will be a welcomed addition to our global community of 1,000 professionals from 103 countries,” said Abby Robinson, acting CEO of Atlas Corps.

“During my tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia from 2014 to 2016, I worked alongside many incredible Indonesian professionals tackling social issues and benefiting society.  I can personally attest to the fact that Indonesia has talented people in the public sector, which is why I’m proud to support the Atlas Corps x @america: Indonesia Public Sector Leadership Initiative,” said former U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake.

@america will hold an online information session at 7:30 p.m. on February 18 featuring former U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake; Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal of Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI); Ivana Agustin, Country Representative of the United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO); and Meredith Newmark, Senior Program Director for Atlas Corps.  They will be joined by four Atlas Corps Leaders from Indonesia: Lukman Baihaqi, Irma Nurgrahanti, Isabella Veronica Silalahi, and Lisa Wijayani.  The information session is open to the public and the media.  It will be broadcast via FaceBook atamerica, Twitter atamerica, InstaGram atamerica, and YouTube atamerica.

The application period is now open until March 5, 2021.  The training will begin in June 2021.  For more details or to submit an application, please visit Indonesia.atlascorps.org.