In June 2015, I was invited to participate in the third Frans Seda Seminar in Bogor. This seminar is aimed at pooling all fresh ideas and possible joint-cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands. Businessmen, marketplace professionals, and scholars alike, exchanged insights and explored every possibility for both Indonesia and the Netherlands in contributing to the betterment of the society through education, poverty alleviation and modernization. During the seminar I gave a presentation titled “Jakarta-Amsterdam: A Special Relationship” and moderated the following roundtable discussion. The Frans Seda Seminar resulted in the creation of the World Education Initiative.
About the Frans Seda Foundation:
The Frans Seda Foundation was launched in 2012 by a group of Indonesian and Dutch businessmen, professionals and intellectuals. Its core mission is to foster the crosssectoral and cross-cultural dialogue
between talented young leaders from Indonesia and the Netherlands.
Through focused projects the Foundation wants to create opportunities to debate modes of mutual cooperation, resulting in projects marked by synergy and value-added answers to challenges faced by both countries. The group feels inspired by the life-long balanced, non-discriminatory and respectful approach of the Indonesian statesman Frans Seda (1926–2009) in pursuing the global common good. An economics graduate from the University of Tilburg, inspiring relationships between Indonesia and The Netherlands at the individual and institutional levels in all societal domains has always had his special interest.