Andhyta Firselly Utami

Student and Research Analyst in Boston, Massachusetts

Andhyta Firselly Utami

Student and Research Analyst in Boston, Massachusetts

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Andhyta is a self-trained environmental economist seeking to legitimately become one by coming to HKS. Previously, Andhyta graduated cum laudewith BA in International Relations from University of Indonesia. While initially dreaming to be a political scientist, she ended up leading the Climate Program in Jakarta at a global environmental think tank World Resources Institute, focusing on issues where sustainable environment and human well-being intersect.

Through the Institute, Andhyta tries to promote data-driven policy making process in Indonesia. Among others, she helped develop web-based applications to radically increase transparency in forestry, climate, and energy sectors. In 2015, Andhyta was involved in the development of Indonesia’s Post-2020 Climate Commitment that fed into the historic Paris Climate Agreement. She believes that research should be conducted in a spirit that inspires and informs action.

Andhyta is also passionate in finding ways to increase youth participation in politics (since a well-informed electorate is a prerequisite to democracy). As the Chairwoman of Youth Parliament Indonesia in 2014, she and her team conducted roadshows and online activities that engaged over 20,000 young people in Indonesia about the ongoing national election process. Andhyta is also the co-founder of Indonesian Future Leaders, a non-profit aiming to empower young people in Indonesia.

In her free time, Andhyta enjoys sorting out her folders and spoken word poetry.

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