Dino Patti Djalal is a career diplomat and ambassador, best selling author, accomplished academic, youth activist, app designer (Itunes : “diplomat to do”), Presidential hopeful.
Dino Patti Djalal was born in Beograd, Yugoslavia on 10th September 1965 into an Indonesian diplomatic family. As son of diplomat, he lived in Jakarta, Yugoslavia, Guinea, Singapore, Washington DC, New York, Ottawa, Vancouver. As a diplomat, he was posted to London, Dili, Washington DC.
Throughout his life, Dino Patti Djalal has had a mix of Islamic as well as western education. He went to Muhamadiyyah elementary and Al Azhar junior high school, and completed his high school in McLean, Virginia. Subsequently, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada); a Masters Degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University (Vancouber, Canada), and a Phd in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (London, UK).
Dino Patti Djalal joined Indonesia’s Department of Foreign Affairs in 1987. He quickly rose through the ranks, with postings in London, Dili and Washington DC. In 2002, he was appointed Director for North American Affairs. In 2004, when President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono began his term, Dino was appointed Special Staff of the President for International Affairs. In that capacity, Dino assumed many roles : Presidential spokesperson, foreign policy adviser to the President, speech writer. Dino kept this job for 6 years until 2010, making him the longest serving Presidential spokesperson in Indonesia’s modern history.
From 2010 to 2013, Dino served as Indonesia’s ambassador to the United States, where he succeeded in elevating bilateral relations to a Comprehensive Partnership.
In early 2014, Dino joined the Convention of the then ruling party Partai Demokrat to select a Presidential candidate. Dino campaigned as an independent and was not a party member of Partai Demokrat.
In June 2014, Dino was appointed Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, until October that year.
In 2012, Dr. Dino won the prestigious “Marketeer of the Year”, an award that was won by President Joko Widodo when he served as mayor of Solo. In 2010, Dr. Dino received Bintang Jasa Utama, the state’s second highest order of merit; and in 2014, he received Bintang Mahaputra Adiprana, the state’s highest medal for meritorious service.
Dr. Dino has authored 9 books. Most well known is “Harus Bisa”, a book about leadership, which became a national best seller in Indonesia with some 2 million copies sold, and translated into English, Mandarin, Korean, Russian, French, Arabic, Japanese.
Dr. Dino is also Chairman of the Board of Directors, World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia, and a member of Board of Governors of Institute for Peace and Democracy, based in Bali. He also founded Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) in 2014. Dr. Dino is also widely known as the father of Indonesian Diasporas, given his role in launching the first World Congress of Indonesian Diasporas in Los Angeles in 2012.
Dr. Dino is a Guinness World Record Holder for the largest angklung ensemble, which he organized in 2011 at the National Monument in Washington DC. With over 250,000 followers, Dr. Dino has been called “the twitter ambassador”.
Dr. Dino is married to Rosa Rai Djalal and they are blessed with 3 children. They live in Jakarta, Indonesia