AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Opportunities in Gender Lens Investing: Investment Showcase Indonesia

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and Indonesia

Date & time

22 June 2021



22 June 2021


About this event

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Hear from high-powered women-led enterprises and their investors as they share their journey towards growing their businesses and achieving women economic empowerment.

Gain insider knowledge on how these entrepreneurs, who are at different stages of their journey, connect with investors and intermediaries, the opportunities and challenges they face in fundraising, and how they navigate the nuances of managing the dynamics on both sides.

If you are an investor or founder, and would like a deeper understanding of the gender lens investing model through real examples of investment and business operations, join us in this investment showcase.

This is the second installment of the AVPN Opportunities in Gender Lens Investing: Indonesia series, with a focus on women entrepreneurs. In partnership with Investing in Women, an initiative by the Australian government, this series will highlight the importance of gender lens investing for building resilience in Indonesia following the COVID-19 pandemic.

This session follows the first on 16 June, which sets the scene on gender lens investing and how it drives value for investors in Indonesia.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand how women entrepreneurs and investors realistically implement gender lens investing
  • Learn about the opportunities and challenges in gender lens investors encounter
  • Get inspired by the investment and impact potential of the outstanding women entrepreneurs from Indonesia
Dr. Julia Newton-Howes
Investing in Women

As CEO of Investing in Women, Julia is responsible for the successful delivery of all aspects of the program. Julia joined Investing in Women in November 2016 after spending 9 years as CEO of CARE Australia, one of Australia’s largest humanitarian and development organisations.Over her career in international development, Julia has held various senior positions including Assistant Director General in AusAID and Advisor at the Board of the World Bank.
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.
Romy Cahyadi
Chief Executive Officer,

Romy is a purpose-driven entrepreneur. In 2012, he decided to use his experiences as an entrepreneur to help other entrepreneurs driven by their purposes to create sustainable impact for the environment and communities. This has led him to develop experiences in supporting and working with various kinds of social purpose organizations in Indonesia and abroad. He co-founded Instellar to accelerate social innovation through incubation, advisory and investment in mission-driven companies. Instellar works with international development agencies, corporate and impact investors to run incubation and acceleration programs, and various social innovation projects with partners from Australia, Korea, Thailand, Japan, and Europe. He graduated from Iowa State University.
Mutiara Hikma Mahendradatta
Chief Executive Officer,

Mutiara is the CEO of Educourse, Educourse is an intelligent future education platform for STEAM learning with AI (Artificial Intelligence) and AR (Augmented Reality). Before her tenure in Educourse, she worked INDONESIA GLOBAL EDUCATION NETWORK I-GEN (Indonesia Global Education Network) is an organization that provides Event Organizer MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention, and Exhibition) service and Technology Support under PT. Maleo Edukasi Teknologi. She also was the Director of marketing and business development in Sekolah Repoeblijk, Social Entrepreneur focused on education in business administration for foreign labor workers who worked in South Korea.
Sandra Alfina
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer,

Sandra is responsible for company strategy and growth since 2018. Sunkrisps is a local brand of food manufacturing startup who is on a mission to transform the landscape of the nutritious & healthy food industry in Indonesia. Our vision is to nourish today’s generation by providing healthy veggie-based snacks and food for children and the family.

Sunkrisps is vastly growing and we are working hard to meet the increasing demand of today’s more health-conscious customers. Our team works in a supportive and cooperative environment, moving together to deliver our mission and to live up to our value and purpose.
Virginia Tan
Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer,
Teja Ventures

Virginia Tan is the founding partner of Teja Ventures, the first gender lens VC fund for emerging Asia. As a pioneering thought leader for gender and technology in Asia, she founded She Loves Tech, the world’s largest startup competition for women and technology. Virginia Tan is also the founder and former president of Lean In China, one of China’s leading nonprofit platforms for women with over 100,000 members across more than 25 cities and 100 universities in China, which supports the goals and aspirations of Chinese women.
Jane Marlen von Rabenau
Chief Executive Officer and Founder,

Jane Marlen is the CEO and Founder of Siklus, It provides an alternative to the FMCGs single-serving sachets of household products by providing product refills in reusable containers. Customers can bring their own containers to purchase refills of everyday needs like detergent and shampoo at a discount. She graduated from Harvard focused on policy and entrepreneurial solutions to the most pressing environmental issues.
Sara Dhewanto
Founder and Managing Director,

Sara Dhewanto is a Fintech founder with 20 years experience in business and finance. Previously Finance Director/ CFO at Millennium Challenge Account Indonesia; responsible for managing USD 600 Mio funds aimed at reducing poverty in Indonesia through economic growth.

Previously had a 10 years career with ExxonMobil and was consistently ranked in the top tier in performance appraisals every year. Last position was as Manager of Financial Planning – Head of Treasurer’s Dept. at ExxonMobil in Indonesia.

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