Indonesian Diaspora Foundation Chairman to Educate Audience on Harnessing Technology Disruption at the Atlantic Council’s 2013 Strategic Foresight Forum

Organized in partnership with the US National Intelligence Council and covered by more than thirty national and international media outlets, the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative is reconvening top policymakers, business leaders, technologists, and global thinkers to engage in cross-sectoral, dynamic conversations on key phenomena to unfold in the future.

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Sonita Lontoh

Her work acts as a catalyst for policymakers and business leaders around the world to boldly imagine and explore new possibilities in the 21st century and beyond.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) December 04, 2013

Indonesian Diaspora Foundation (IDF), a nonprofit focused on empowering Indonesian diaspora worldwide and strengthening the quality of human capital, announced today that the organization’s chairman, Sonita Lontoh, will speak at the Atlantic Council’s 2013 Strategic Foresight Forum: Harnessing Disruption in Washington D.C. next week.

Building on last year’s Global Trends 2030: US Leadership in a Post-Western World, organized in partnership with the US National Intelligence Council and covered by more than thirty national and international media outlets, the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative is reconvening top policymakers, business leaders, technologists, and global thinkers to engage in cross-sectoral, dynamic conversations on key phenomena to unfold in the future.

This year’s forum will focus on four topics: the upcoming food-water-energy crisis; the risks and opportunities emerging from the bio-ICT convergence; the rise of the second economy and its effects on global unemployment; and the increasing role of mega-cities as political actors moving forward.

This year’s speakers include, among others, Dr. Marco Annunziata, Chief Economist of General Electric; Steven Clemons, Editor at the Atlantic; Dr. Richard Danzig, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at RAND Corporation; H.E. Espen Barth Eide, former Foreign Minister of Norway; Robin Harding, US Economics Editor, Financial Times; Peter Ho, Senior Advisor to the Government of Singapore; Frederick Kempe, President/CEO of the Atlantic Council; Daniel Price, MD of Rock Creek Global Advisor and former senior White House official under President George W. Bush; Anne-Marie Slaughter, President/CEO of New America Foundation; Peter Schwartz, SVP of Global Government Relations at Salesforce.com; Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush; and Dr. David Tennenhouse, Corporate Vice President of Technology Policy at Microsoft.

Sonita Lontoh, IDF’s chairman, will share perspectives, opportunities and challenges on how green technologies can solve key long-term global challenges and reshape our energy future. She will also share lessons learned from both developed and developing countries on how the intersection of technology, policy and business can create the right ecosystem to help these technologies reach their full potential to transform the world. Lontoh is a Global Emerging Leader under 40 and a recipient of the Global Corporate Excellence and Entrepreneurship award. She had the opportunity to meet with the Indonesian President Yudhoyono and has also been invited to the White House to attend the AAPI Women Champions of Change celebration. Lontoh has diverse leadership experiences at Fortune 200 companies and venture-backed Silicon Valley technology companies. Internationally-recognized as a technology and leadership advocate, she is a frequent speaker and contributor to publications such as FORBES, CNN Money, and the Huffington Post. Lontoh is an active leader in several nonprofit and professional organizations, including the TechWomen program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to help the United States engage in “smart power diplomacy.”

"We are delighted to have Ms. Sonita Lontoh as one of our distinguished speakers at the 2013 Forum," said Mathew J. Burrows, director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative. "Ms. Lontoh is a known thought leader in green technology and global leadership. Her work acts as a catalyst for policymakers and business leaders around the world to boldly imagine and explore new possibilities to create a better world in the 21st century and beyond."

“I am honored for the opportunity to share thought leadership with the distinguished delegates at the 2013 Strategic Foresight Forum,” said Lontoh. “To ensure our world continues its growth sustainably, it is imperative that we continue to explore ways to harness technological disruption to solve key societal challenges as we enter the globalized 21st century and beyond.”

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About the Atlantic Council
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About the Indonesian Diaspora Foundation (IDF)
The Indonesian Diaspora Foundation (IDF) is a nonprofit organization focused on empowering Indonesian diaspora worldwide, strengthening educational system and developing human capital. IDF’s flagship initiatives include Computers for School, One-on-One Foster Family, Diaspora for Diaspora, and Quarter a Day programs. For more information and to get involved, please visit http://www.id-foundation.org.