Milken Institute Expands in Asia with Appointment of Two Fellows

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Milken Institute Expands in Asia with Appointment of Two Fellows

Singapore The Milken Institute’s Singapore-based Asia Center continues its expansion by naming two regional thought leaders to its growing team.

Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, one of Indonesia’s foremost foreign-policy experts, and Dr. Reuben Abraham, the CEO of a leading think tank in India, are the newest Asia Fellows at the Milken Institute, an economic policy think tank headquartered in Los Angeles. Their appointments further strengthen the Institute’s policy presence and profile in the Asia-Pacific region.

Djalal and Abraham join former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank Curtis S. Chin and former Japanese Senator Kotaro Tamura as Asia Fellows. The Institute’s Asia Fellows help shape the direction and programs of the Asia Center in partnership with the center’s executive director, Laura Deal Lacey, and the Institute’s team of economists and policy leaders in Los Angeles, New York and London. Djalal and Abraham will focus on Indonesia and India, respectively, two of the fastest-growing and most dynamic economies in the region.

“We are honored to have both Ambassador Djalal and Dr. Abraham join our growing Milken Institute Asia Center team,” said Lacey. “Their vast experiences and strategic insights will be a valuable addition to our organization as the Milken Institute works to drive progress through collaborative solutions.”

Djalal, a former Indonesia career diplomat, served as presidential spokesperson to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, both as Indonesia’s ambassador to the United States and as Indonesia’s vice minister of foreign affairs. Djalal founded and organized the first World Congress of Indonesian Diasporas, advanced the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and initiated the U.S.-Indonesia Security Dialogue. For his service to the Indonesian government and community, he has received several awards, including Indonesia’s highest medal for meritorious and distinguished service, Bintang Mahaputra, in 2014; the Global Innovation Award from Emory University in 2012; and the Bintang Jasa Utama medal from President Yudhoyono in 2010.

“I look forward to working with the Milken Institute as it brings together forward-thinking leaders to propose innovative solutions and take action to increase prosperity in the region,” said Djalal. “The Milken Institute does not just talk about problems but acts to solve them.”

Abraham is the CEO and a senior fellow at IDFC Institute, based in Mumbai. IDFC’s mandate is to investigate issues of economic development and growth while keeping political context in mind. Abraham is also a non-resident scholar at the Marron Institute at New York University and a former executive director and faculty member at the Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions at the Indian School of Business. Abraham was named a Legatum Global Fellow in 2013 and to Wired Magazine’s “Smart List 2012: 50 People Who Will Change the World.” In 2009, he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, where he serves on the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals. Abraham sits on the international advisory board of Unicredit Bank and the boards of the Centre for Civil Society and THINK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership. He completed his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. at Columbia University.

"I firmly believe that we need to create wealth first and foremost in order to redistribute it for optimal social outcomes, and to create genuinely prosperous societies,” said Abraham. “The Milken Institute, which I am happy to be affiliated with, is at the forefront of bringing together leaders from various sectors to develop business-oriented, market-based solutions with the goal of creating these prosperous societies."

Established three years ago, the Milken Institute Asia Center produces impactful economic and financial research while gathering leaders from the worlds of finance, business, government and academia to address the region’s crucial challenges with actionable solutions. The annual Milken Institute Asia Summit, held in September in Singapore, is one such initiative allowing individuals with capital and influence to collaborate in ways that lead to real change.


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Published April 8, 2019