Welcome to The Conundrum Journal!
The name is Andhyta Firselly Utami and—for efficiency reasons—people call me Afu. As per updating this page, I just finished my journey as a public policy student at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. The two years I spent there had been one of the most formative chapters in my life; beyond a marathon for the brain, it was an invitation to revisit how I regard myself and the world around me. Aside from friendships, I also discovered a fondness (I didn’t know I have) for knowledge and the business of making it accessible to many.
My master’s capstone analysis focused on the implementation of village fund in Indonesia and I made my family proud when my professor nominated it as the most outstanding across my program. It didn’t win the award, but still counts! From then on, I decided to walk on a path that would allow me to learn more about development economics.
Prior to grad school, I attempted to fight climate change by improving transparency in the forestry and energy sectors with World Resources Institute, a global environmental-economic think tank. In parallel, I’m into convincing young people that politics and public policy is cool, including through leading initiatives like Parlemen Muda Indonesia. Even today, I continue to contribute—no matter how small—through the organization I co-founded, Indonesian Future Leaders, and the organization that appointed me to lead the Indonesian delegation to Y20 Summit in 2013, Indonesian Youth Diplomacy.
I would say that The Conundrum Journal contains ideas and sentiments that are too personal to be published on any other medium. It’s a synthesis of deeply intimate experiences and patterns out there that may or may not deserve your attention. If you’re more into serious analyses on contemporary and real-world issues, you can visit my published articles here or video essays Frame & Sentences instead.
Oh, I also love board games, spoken word poetry, and sorting out my folders.
I’m @Afutami on Twitter, Instagram, and pretty much everything else.
I also took http://afuta.me for the pun of it.
Thank you for being here!
Found this blog after I googled your name. Got your name from your article “We Should All be a Minority, At Least Temporarily” on Magdalene, that I had clicked from my Facebook feed. I thought I should let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed reading that article and a couple of your blogs (“I-used-my-official-working-hours-to-read kind of enjoyment).
I am Enny… an American citizen who will always be an Indonesian, who has lived in the US for over 13 years. I currently reside in Washington DC. Just like how you offered those readers who somehow find their way to Cambridge, I’d like to offer you the same, if you’re in town, let me show you some Indonesian hospitality “ala” Washington DC… or should it be some Washington DC hospitality “ala” Indonesian.. :)