AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Opportunities in Gender Lens Investing to Drive Economic Growth in Indonesia

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and Indonesia

Date & time

16 June 2021



16 June 2021


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Over the years, there has been increasing efforts to achieve women’s economic empowerment in Indonesia.

There is a unanimous appetite among impact and mainstream investors to understand gender lens investing, a relatively new and emerging theme in Indonesia.

Since 2019, there has been a global inflow of gender lens investments in Asia amounting to USD 160 million of commitments (not exclusive to Indonesia) from both impact and mainstream investors. In Indonesia, these deals account for 11% of total investments by impact investors, with a focus on sectors such as Food and Agribusiness (78%), Financial Services (22%), Tech-enabled businesses (22%) and Women-led or -owned businesses (89%).

With women-owned SMEs making up almost half of Indonesia’s SME market, applying gender lens investing presents an untapped opportunity. Being a viable and commercially-sound investment strategy, it has the potential to improve financial performance, reduce risks, and expand impact.

It is with this reason that AVPN is launching a series of Indonesia-focused events. With support from Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian government, this series will explore how gender lens investing can build resilience against the pandemic and support economic recovery.

The first of this series will kick off with a high-powered panel, featuring leaders across the public and private sectors in Indonesia. It will discuss opportunities for gender lens investing and how this investment strategy can drive economic recovery in the wider region. The discussion will be tailored to investors, corporates, and individuals who want to tap into this largely untapped market opportunity.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the current and future landscape of gender lens investing in Indonesia market
  • Gain perspectives from different key stakeholders in the Indonesia market and how they play their respective roles to develop gender lens investing
  • Explore possible opportunities of collaboration within gender lens investing ecosystem in Indonesia
Mr. Allaster Cox
Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy Jakarta

Mr Cox is currently Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Previous he was head of the Southeast Asia Maritime Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra (2013 to 2017). Prior to this he was Assistant Secretary, Indonesia and Timor-Leste Branch (2012 to 2013).

Overseas, Mr Cox was Australian Ambassador to Vietnam (2008 to 2012), High Commissioner in Brunei Darussalam (2001 to 2003), Deputy Head of Mission in Kuala Lumpur (1998 to 2000), First Secretary later Political Counsellor in Jakarta (1992 to 1996) and Second Secretary in Brunei Darussalam (1988 to 1990).

In Canberra, Mr Cox has been Assistant Secretary, Policy Planning Branch (2007 to 2008) and Assistant Secretary, United States Branch (2006 to 2007). Between 2004 and 2006 he was on secondment as Assistant Secretary, Asia, Americas and Trade Branch in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Mr Cox holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) degrees from the University of Sydney, where he was President of the University Union in 1984. He worked for Shell Australia as an industrial economist in teams negotiating workplace/manning level reforms from 1985 to 1987.
Rudy Salahuddin
Deputy Minister for Digital Economy, Manpower, and SMEs,
Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia

Rudy Salahuddin is the Deputy Minister for Digital Economy, Manpower, and SMEs at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. Rudy Salahuddin is responsible for multiple roles in the government initiatives such as Chairperson of the Pre-employment Card Program Implementation Team (Kartu Prakerja) and Commissioner of PT PLN Persero.

Mr Salahuddin possesses great experience in Investment and development planning with his involvement in the Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia (Bappenas) and investment coordinating agency (BKPM) for Indonesia. He has received the Satyalancana Karya Satya, an honorable achievement for a civil servant.
Chairul Saleh
Director of Community Development & Entrepreneurship,
Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia

Chairul Saleh is the Director of Community Development & Entrepreneurship at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. He is a senior government officer with a demonstrated wide range of expertise and experience. He has integrated a strong legal background and public policy/governmental administration into a distinctive skill that would be beneficial to any organization. Experienced in Public Policy and Regulatory Analysis, Regulatory Reform, and Governmental Strategic Affairs.
Dini Indrawati Septiani
Indonesia Director,

Dini Indrawati Septiani is the Indonesia Director leading AVPN activities in developing the social investment ecosystem in Indonesia, a country that has an archipelago of 17 thousand with 270 million of total Indonesia Population. In this strategic region, she lead the development of Indonesia Social Investment ecosystem of AVPN Indonesia from strategy, operational, funding aspects and focus on promoting partnerships and innovative collaboration as the key enablers of a sustainable future in Indonesia. Her background of 21 years experiences in Financial, Social Enterprises and INGO in Japan, Indonesia and Singapore has equipped her with a unique set of skills and perspectives that helps her to build a strong engagement with Indonesia Government and also attract dozens of social impact players leveraging everything from grants to debt and equity across the continuum of capital especially in Indonesia.

Dini completed her master’s degree in Psychology with the area of concentration in Social Intervention from the University of Indonesia and she has been selected as an Eisenhower Fellowship 2020 Women’s Leadership Program and also as Obama Leader – Asia Pacific Program in 2019 and has been recognized as one of Indonesia Youngstering from SWA Magazine, and also her passion beyond career choices as an Iron Man, Marathoner, and Diver.
Maria Sutanto
Chief of Staff Sintesa Group,
Indonesia Impact Fund Team

Maria is the Chief of Staff of Sintesa Group responsible in managing overall strategic communication and corporate SDGs action of Sintesa Group in the pillar of women empowerment, impact investing and sustainability. She is currently taken an active part in the fundraising and deployment of Indonesia Impact Fund, collaborating with stated-owned enterprises bank and UNDP. She was also appointed as Deputy Co-Chair for Women in Business Council for B20 Saudi Arabia, who was responsible in providing policy recommendation for gender empowerment policy for G20 Leaders. In addition, currently she is also taken part as Deputy Asia Pacific coordinator at ICC (International Chamber of Commerce).
Marcel Neutel
Managing Director,

Marcel is Partner with Capital 4 Development (C4D) Partners and is responsible for the Southeast Asia investment portfolio. He has over 12 years of experience in impact investing and has been involved in early stage and growth companies in emerging markets across the globe. Prior to working with C4D Partners he was an investment manager with a private equity fund in Cameroon. Marcel started his career with a healthcare innovation platform, incubating and accelerating healthcare start-ups.
Stella Tambunan
YCAB Ventures

Stella is the Chief Financial Officer of YCAB Foundation and also the CEO of YCAB Ventures. Prior to joining YCAB Group, Stella was an Investment Officer at IFC, the World Bank Group’s arm that supports the development of the private sector. She specialized in investments in the Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services sectors in East Asian countries. Previous to that, she has worked for Principia Management Group and Nestle Indonesia.
Dondi Hananto
Patamar Capital

Dondi is a Partner at Patamar Capital, an early-stage venture capital investor focusing on impact businesses in Asia. He was one of the first Indonesians to work in early-stage investing since 2011, in addition to launching a startup accelerator focusing on impact businesses. To jumpstart the Indonesian entrepreneurship ecosystem, he was also involved in setting up Jakarta’s first co-working space in 2013. He has extensive experience in the banking industry, managing retail, micro, and SME lending portfolios.


Stephanie Arifin
PLUS: Platform Usaha Sosial

Stephanie comes to PLUS with global experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and she is excited to combine those perspectives in support of social entrepreneurs. She led various marketing efforts at Habitat for Humanity after founding her own company, which provides her with a perfect foundation to support social entrepreneurs on their journey.A strong believer in and deeply passionate about the power of social entrepreneurship and all its possibilities, Stephanie is excited to grow PLUS into an even more inclusive organization, lifting up social enterprises and helping them to increase their social impacts throughout and beyond Indonesia.

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