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Damantoro is a social entrepreneur in the sustainable transportation sector. He worked as an independent consultant for international organizations prior to his study at USC. After obtaining his MPPM from IPPAM and MSTE from Viterbi, Damantoro was actively involved in high-level transport initiatives, including the transitional team that developed the main infrastructure policies for President Joko Widodo’s administration, as well as the development of the first port-emission measurement methodology in Indonesia with the University of Gadjah Mada and UNEP. Damantoro has recently worked as a National Advisor for the Integrated Urban Road Safety Program of Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative, where he assists with the first initiative of the Directorate-General for Land Transport to design an integrated road safety program for urban areas and develop a national technical standard for designing road furniture as a tool to improve road safety conditions. He is also working as a Transport and Learning Program Specialist for United Cities and Local Government Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC), where he travels across regions to develop and manage learning and capacity building for local governments on sustainable transport issues, which provides him with many opportunities to meet other IPPAM fellows. For Damantoro, the IPPAM program was highly fulfilling and rewarding for his professional and personal capacity. Robust and intensive courses in IPPAM helped him excel in his analytical skills and restructured his way of thinking, while at the same time improved his expression in a more academic manner. The international nature of IPPAM allowed him to become more familiar with diverse cultures, which supports him in his work with many international organizations.


Ichsan did program evaluation work for the Center for Education and Training at the Ministry of Public Works in Indonesia prior to and after coming to IPPAM, and is currently working as a teaching staff at the Faculty of Economics at the Malikussaleh University where aside from teaching, does research, designs research materials, and assesses student progress. He attributes many successes in his career to the IPPAM Program and says that his graduation from the program has opened new doors for him. These include: serving as a manager for the personnel education and training of Jakarta Regional Training Center and as a member of several training guidance formulation teams at the Ministry of Public Works in Indonesia. He says that the International Public Policy and Management Seminar had been instrumental in developing his policy formulation and program management skills which have been very helpful in his career.

Ichsan is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and was also awarded an achievement award for his outstanding academic work at IPPAM.


"I am currently the Assistant Director at the Public Service 21 Office, Public Service Division, where I examine governance practices in other jurisdictions and apply best practices in the Singapore context. During my time at IPPAM, I refreshed the fundamentals of policy analysis and stakeholder management, enhanced my understanding of core leadership skills such as empathy, delegation, managing different temperaments in a group setting, and broadened my horizons in terms of differences in Governance style in the U.S. context vis-a-vis Singapore and other countries. I also broadened my inner understanding of the diversity of people, and learnt about other cultures and learnt to appreciate and embrace diversity as a key feature in our globalized world. Dr. Bob Myrtle and Dr. Rym Kaki impacted me the most during my time at IPPAM. Dr. Myrtle is a world-class educator in professional leadership skills. He combined theory with practice and constantly encouraged us to push our limits and go beyond our comfort zones to try new things in the way we managed people and ourselves. Dr. Kaki is an intellectual powerhouse and a passionate reader of the world. Her public policy classes acted as the crucial link between concept/theory and real life, pressing issues. IPPAM facilitated my participation in the Public Administration Conference that occurred in Chicago this year, which was a great opportunity to network with academics and senior public service officers in the U.S. IPPAM was also able to provide plenty of opportunities in terms of invitations to talks/seminars by members of the Price School community. The sheer diversity of students enrolled in the IPPAM program was the biggest draw for me. Nowhere else would I have been able to closely interact with people from so many different cultures, countries and governing systems. I was able to appreciate the diversity of the lived human experience and I was humbled at the expansive nature of human history and culture. Such diversity will help you become more learned in terms of cultural sensitivities in this globalized world. IPPAM also offers exposure to the American experience. If you choose to do so, non-IPPAM classes at the Price School will allow you to immerse yourself among American classmates and get to know their culture and mindset too."


"I have been working for the Ministry of Interior, Thailand since 2007 as the Plan and Policy Analyst. I'm currently posted at the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) in Research and International Cooperation Bureau. My responsibilities are coordinating and managing projects/activities under the cooperation between DDPM and international entities such as ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), WMO/ESCAP Typhoon Committee, WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclone, ASEAN Regional Forum etc. I also have been appointed as the Thailand delegate to participate in several national and international level conferences on Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction. My work mostly focuses on disaster responses and preparation both domestically and internationally. The presentation and project management skills I’d gained from IPPAM were very valuable to my work. Also I review my notes and resources from the project management class (project design, framework development, log frame development, and evaluation) almost every time I have to prepare for a project or workshop. I think the IPPAM curriculum was very unique, and it has assisted me tremendously in my current position as civil servant in the growing sector of disaster management."


Donald Pardede, an alumnus of the inaugural IPPAM class graduating in 1999, has dedicated his life to civil service with the Indonesian Ministry of Health. Dr. Pardede earned his medical degree from University of North Sumatera (USU) in 1985 and spent his dedication period working as a physician in a remote area near the border of East Kalimantan and Sabah (East Malaysia).

In 1990, Dr. Pardede Jump-started his career during his first position by obtaining the recognition of National Best Physician, East Kalimantan. He was soon named the head of the Bulungan District Health Office in East Kalimantan. Dr. Pardede was then promoted to Deputy Director of Health Care, Directorate of Managed Health Assurance for the Ministry of Health in Indonesia. With a promising career ahead of him, Dr. Pardede was not satisfied and wanted to further his education. In 1998, he joined the IPPAM Program at USC and regards IPPAM as having been a very useful tool for his career advancements. Shortly after graduating, Dr. Pardede received yet another promotion in April of 2000 as the head of the Accreditation Section in the Ministry of Health’s Directorate for Managed Health Assurance. Currently, Dr. Pardede continues his work within the Indonesian Ministry of Health and spends any free time with his family of three children.


"I am currently heading one branch of my family business, Tesco Engineers. We established the company since 1965 and have gained much experience in construction of steel water pipes. The business also specializes in mechanical engineering for onshore oil and gas in Thailand. After graduating from IPPAM in 2008, I came back home to expand my family business in various locales in Asia, such as Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries. An offshore project with Chevron was developed as a result. My plan is to continue the expansion, and eventually take the company public in either Singapore or Hong Kong. IPPAM is a whole year filled with joy. You can feel the friendship on the first day you step into the IPPAM family. The students come from all over the world, but IPPAM brings us all together. I'm sure all the IPPAMer agree when I say that time at IPPAM was the best year of my life."