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IDP Education in Indonesia welcomed its new Country Director on 1 July 2015. Based at the Jakarta office, Purwanto Chandra will lead the Indonesian team to further accelerate growth and maximise the tremendous opportunities in the country.
Purwanto brings with him rich and diverse operational experience across 23 years in country leadership, sales, operations, finance and marketing. He has worked across multiple industries, notably telecommunications, vision care and consumer goods.
Briefly describe your new role at IDP Education.
I am responsible for managing the IDP business in Indonesia for both student placement and IELTS. I will be coordinating its operation to the next stage of improvement. It has already had a great turnaround in 2015 and I believe we will continue to grow in the coming years. It’s one of the greatest moments for me to be part of such a friendly, cooperative and helpful team, which will help me to adapt to the new environment and culture.
Can you tell us briefly about your work roles before you joined IDP Education?
From January 2013, I was the Country Leader for GE Lighting in Indonesia. Before this, I was employed for seven years in the telecommunication industries in the commercial functions for both local and multinational companies. Prior to that, I have about 16 years of experience in FMCG and the personal care industries with companies including Reckitt Benckiser, Bausch & Lomb, BAT and Rothmans of Pall Mall.
If you didn’t work in international education, in what field would you be working? Why?
I would work in either FMCG or the industrial fields as these are where I came from before.
Which famous person would you most like to have coffee with? What would you say to him/her?
If I could go back in history, I would like to chat with the first President of Indonesia, Soekarno. He was a good leader, strong influencer and the best negotiator. His leadership style is the best that I’ve ever read about.
Where is your favourite place on Earth – and why?
I enjoy being at the high mountains resorts, where you can enjoy the relaxing cold environment and view the natural beauty of the other side of a crowded city such as Jakarta.
What is your motto in life?
Never stop learning.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Spending time with my family – we love to taste foods from new restaurants at many new malls surrounding the Jakarta area. And also doing light sport activities.
Describe yourself in three words.
Active, passionate and creative.