#Asia Beyond the blackboard: How to stay ahead of Indonesia’s paradigm shift in education for entrepreneurs


Gain insights from Ciputra Foundation’s Ivan A. Sandjaja on challenges and opportunities for corporates and educators in the startup revolution on Echelon Indonesia’s Steer stage.


Ivan A. Sandjaja; Director of the Ciputra Incubator and Accelerator and the Ciputra Foundation, does not believe that corporations and the startup industry are mutually exclusive. Instead, they are competitors, vying for the one same resource that would keep them afloat: talent.

Appearing on the Steer Stage at Echelon Indonesia 2016 this April, Sandjaja answers an important question: How Can Corporations Deal With The Startup Revolution In Indonesia? He believes this is the important question for large corporations seeking to move ahead in the knowledge-based economy while having to juggle the complexity attracting and retaining the latest breed in the workforce.

According to a Kauffman feature on entrepreneur-led education, it is noted that the challenge for restructuring the economy requires more than catering to millennials, but instead building a high-impact entrepreneurial environment for ‘preparing talented people to make a job for both themselves and others’. For sure a daunting challenge involving a mindset shift along attitudes, competencies, and transferable culture – one which Ciputra is taking on.

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Sandjaja began his career in Indonesia more than 20 years ago as a laboratory assistant and spent more than 15 years in chemical industry until he reached the top post at an Anglo-German chemical company as the Chief Operating Officer and served as Member of the Board of the Directors until 2004. In 2005, he decided to work independently as a professional management consultant and had assisted many local enterprises which were mostly family-owned to improve their business performance, increase their market share and boost their profitability.

Before taking his current position at Ciputra Foundation, he entered the education sector in 2008 by becoming the visiting lecturer at the Asian Banking and Finance Institute and the extraordinary advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the Ciputra University.

Ivan, a native to Indonesia, received his degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Berlin, Germany and San Diego, California in the US. He received a recognition for his work from the American Chemical Society. He also studied Business Management in Düsseldorf in Germany and has years of work experience in various countries in Asia and Europe.

Through his extensive national and international network, he has developed multi million dollar worth of commercial projects for his organization and represent Indonesia as the lead delegate for the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Startup Nations.

Got a question for Ivan? Ask away in the discussions below, secure your spot to Echelon Indonesia 2016 (April 5-6, Kartika Expo Centre, Balai Kartini Jakarta) now!



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