INTRODUCING ALJOSJA VAN DORSSEN
I became very fond of Indonesia when I lived in Singapore from 1997-2008. As a partner at A.T. Kearney I was active in the financial services practice in South East Asia. During the Asian crises in 1997-1998 I led the 3-year restructuring of the Central Bank of Thailand. In Indonesia I was involved in the consolidation program of the State Banks in Indonesia. We recommended that four banks should be merged, which became Bank Mandiri, now the leading bank in Indonesia. The crisis was long and deep in Indonesia lasting till 2003, but coincided with the most remarkable journey of Indonesia itself, from strong centralized governance to democracy even at the village level.
What inspires me in Indonesia is – besides its shared history with the Netherlands – the amazing size, its diversity in cultures and food, its beautiful scenery of tropical beaches, volcanoes, mountains, underwater coral reefs and marine life and last but not least its very friendly and hospitable people.
I always enjoy working and traveling in this amazing country. As a consultant at Asia Value Partners I’m currently involved in an initiative to establish a Municipal Infrastructure Finance Facility (MIFF) in Indonesia in order to reduce the enormous backlog in infrastructure investments.
With much pleasure, I have served on the Board of the INS since 2013, taking responsibility for our patrons and pursuing the establishment of our sister organization INS-INA in Indonesia.