USINDO Announces First Mid-Career Edward E. Masters Fellow

USINDO has awarded the first ever Mid-Career Edward E. Masters Fellowship to Ignatius Puguh Priambodo, an Indonesian diplomat working for the Secretariat of the Directorate General of Multilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (KEMLU). USINDO and KEMLU recently agreed to add a mid-career track to the Edward E. Masters Fellows program so as to put the Fellows’ education to use in key assignments immediately upon return.

 With this fellowship, Mr. Priambodo will attend the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Following completion of the program, he is projected to be one of KEMLU’s key negotiators for climate change issues.

Mr. Priambodo started his career at KEMLU in 2003, where he has worked in various divisions, including the Directorate of ASEAN Political Security Cooperation and the Directorate of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. From 2008-2011, he served as the Political and Multilateral Officer at the Indonesian Embassy in Nairobi, where he was also seconded to the Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s resource mobilization section. Mr. Priambodo has considerable experience in negotiating for Indonesia at various international fora related to human rights, the environment, and development issues.

Mr. Priambodo is a graduate from the Faculty of Law of the University of Indonesia. In 2000, he was part of the first Indonesian team which participated in the Jessup Competition, the world’s largest moot court competition. Mr. Priambodo is also a co-founder of the Indonesian Society of International Law, which organizes various events related to international law in Indonesia, notably the Indonesian National Rounds of the Jessup Competition.

The Edward E. Masters Fellows Program, a collaborative program with the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), funds the graduate education and manages the placement of top ranked officials from Indonesian ministries at leading schools in the United States. Past Fellows have enrolled at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and American University’s School of International Service.

Begun in 2009, the first four years of Masters Fellows were comprised of KEMLU junior diplomats pursuing graduate studies in international relations or a related field at some of the prestigious programs in the U.S. USINDO is expanding the program to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), to fund the education of top ranked ESDM junior and mid-career officials at U.S. leading graduate schools in energy policy, energy law, and energy business and economics.