Hello, Goodbye

AmCham held a simultaneous welcome and farewell dinner for arriving and departing staff members

By Karmila Bain
Sunday, August 26, 2018

AmCham Indonesia held a bittersweet farewell/welcome dinner for departing colleagues and some new faces at the end of July.

It’s always hard to say goodbye to valued colleagues, but at the same time we are lucky to have new co-workers filling the empty seats.

First, we thank departing Events Manager Julia Lonan for her hard work and dedication. We wish her the best both professionally and personally in the next phase of the life she has chosen. We really appreciate the fact that she has been such a cheerful co-worker and motivator.

While we are sad to see Senior Government Relations Analyst Christ Ponderosa leave us, we are so proud of the fact that she has decided to pursue a master’s degree at Stanford University in the US. We have no doubt that she will be successful in school and the further in policy studies skills she develops will make her an even bigger asset to whichever company or institution is lucky enough to hire her once she has earned her degree.

We also send our best wishes for success to Communications and Government Relations Intern Joshua Rubin. Joshua brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the team, and we will definitely miss his daily acts of randomness! Good luck for the rest of your studies, enjoy your trip to Sumatra and safe flight back to Washington, DC.  

We are pleased to welcome new Events Manager Tia Ayuningtyas, to enhance the quality of our events and serve the AmCham Indonesia vision and mission. Prior to joining us, Tia was a flight attendant for Garuda Indonesia for three-years, and has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Indonesia.

The policy and advocacy team is also happy to have Yanuar Wibisana as our new Government Relations. Director. With 20 years’ experience, mostly in the financial sector, working for foreign, local and government institutions, Yanuar will help sharpen our existing focus and guide us into new areas for advocacy and growth. Prior to joining AmCham, Yanuar was working with the US Commercial Service.

Last but not least, we welcome Ellisa Kosadi to our advocacy team. She recently finished a master’s degree in international and development economics at the Australian National University, and has experience in development research (education and fishery policies), and research internships in think tanks and the Indonesia Stock Exchange.  She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in the US.

“AmCham is fortunate to be able to attract some great talent to work on our team. I am delighted with our new hires and proud of the new horizons ahead for those who are leaving,” said AmCham Managing Director A. Lin Neumann.

At the end of the dinner, naturally we took a group photo to remind each one of us that “the good people at the good place” do exist.

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