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Board Members – BASAbali

Here are some of the people behind BASAbali

Nick Ballas

Nick possesses over 25 years of experience working in the Asia Pacific region. Nick is currently President, Polymer Solutions (Vestolit) at Orbia, a global leader in polymer solutions and advanced materials. Nick serves on the Board of Indonesia's Samudera Shipping Lines and was Director of Nexans Foundation which brings electricity to disadvantaged communities.

Alissa J.Stern

Alissa J. Stern has taught at the University of Indonesia Law School and has written in the Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her book is entitled "The Process of Business/Environmental Collaborations" (Quorum 2000).

Aldwin Yusgiantoro

Aldwin Yusgiantoro has been driving the Voice of Millennials bookshelves encouraging Indonesian young community across the United States and Indonesia to share their voice related to current affairs that include social/cultural issues, politics and various other subjects.

Anak Agung Gde Rai

Anak Agung Gde Rai is mostly known as Gung Rai, the owner of Agung Raing Museum of Arts (ARMA). His dedication and love for his homeland resembled in the way he talked about it. He never painted, yet e will tell you, but it is nevertheless through painting that he found the language and means of Balinese Harmony

Catharina Widjaja

Ms. Catharina Widjaja is Executive Vice President at Gajah Tunggal Group. She is also the Director of Alun Alun Indonesia, an Indonesian retail concept which promotes Indonesian products and artisans.

Dr. Mary Zurbuchen

Dr. Mary Zurbuchen is an independent researcher and consultant with interests in Southeast Asian studies, Indonesian language and literature, and international education and now, she is a Senior Adviser to the Henry Luce Foundation’s Asia Program.

Dr. Douglas Kammen

Dr. Kammen is Associate Professor in Southeast Asian Studies Programme, National University Of Singapore. His research interests include labour and social movements, military politics, and popular political thinking.

Kadek Sonia Piscayanti

Kadek Sonia Piscayani has published books and poems on literature, manages an art community and established an independent publisher, Mahima Institute Indonesia, based in Singaraja, Bali. Sonia works on women empowerment through arts and culture.

Ketut Ika Inggas

Ketut Ika Inggas is the chairperson of Banjar Bali USA, the Balinese community in Washington, DC, and surrounding areas. Before she moved to the US in 2011, Ika worked as a development specialist on democracy and human rights projects with institutions.

Ni Made Ayu Marthini, M.Sc.

Ni Made Ayu Marthini has been a member of the Indonesian Delegation to international conferences for economic and trade-related issues since 2006, and has been highlighted as 1 of 16 Indonesian professionals with International Careers in the Book, Going Global.

Putu Suasta

Putu Suasta is one of the founders of the Wishnu Foundation, a Balinese nonprofit organization that focuses on educating and mobilizing Balinese to care for and improve their natural environment. He has published several books on cultural and political issues.

Rucina Ballinger

Rucina Ballinger has lived in Bali since 1974 (on and off, mostly on) when she came to conduct research on dance and religion. She has worked in Bali as academic Director of World Learning’s Academic Semester Abroad, as a cultural tour guide, and for the last 15 years has been in the non profit sector

Sofia Blake

Sofia Blake is an educational coach with experience working in Indonesia and the United States. She works with students and programs focusing on long-term success and education equity and access.

Former Board Members

We thank the following people for serving on prior BASAbali boards:

Professor John U. Wolff

Professor Emeritus, Dept of Linguistics/Asian Studies, Cornell University

Amrih Widodo

Lecturer, School of Culture, History & Language, Australian National University

Gouri Mirpuri

The co-founder of the award-winning The Learning Farm (

Sarah Maxim

The Vice Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley since 2003

Rio Helmi

A world-wide known photographer and writer

Mimi Sie

Mimi Sie lives in Jakarta where she enjoys design, friends and food.