Dr. Risa Bhinekawati is the Founder and Owner of PT Bhineka Belitung Lestari, and a
Senior Researcher of Presisi Indonesia. She has more than 23 years of professional
experience, including senior leadership positions in various organizations such as Unilever
Indonesia, Ericsson Indonesia, Danamon Foundation, Partnership for Indonesian
Governance Reform, Indonesian Telecommunications Society, and Indonesian Synthetic
Fiber Makers Association.
Risa holds a BA in Economics from the University of Indonesia (1992); an MBA from the
Australian National University (1998); an MIPP in International Policy from the George
Washington University (2006). In December 2015 she received her Ph.D in Management
from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.
Professionally, Risa’s work on the environmental protection and community development
won prestigious recognitions. Her Danamon Go Green program became the runner-up of
BBC World Challenge 2009. The same project won the first place of Metro TV-UNDP/MDGs
award in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
Academically, Risa is the recipient of three Australian government awards: the Australian
Leadership Award (2009), the Allison Sudradjat Award (2009), and the Indonesia-Australia
Merdeka Fellowship (1998). She also receives the Merriman Fellowship (2005) from the
George Washington University, USA.