Class XIV (2016-2017)

3. KRISTINA SINTIA DEWI

Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Roseville, Minnesota, USA, District 5960 

Host Club: Rotary Club of Brisbane Rocks Riverside, Brisbane, AUS  

In 2002, Kristina began as a researcher and trainer in the Center for Security and Peace Studies in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. She focused on peacebuilding issues and worked with a wide range of civil society organizations, government agencies, international organizations and academics in conflict and post-conflict zones of Aceh, Ambon, Poso and West Papua. She then became a consultant for the American Friends Service Committee, which focuses on peace values and nonviolence. As a consultant on youth and development, Kristina designed a peacebuilding program for youth in the post conflict areas of Aceh and Ambon provinces. She then worked with disaster victims following the tsunami and also with conflict victims in Aceh during 2004 and 2005. 

Afterwards, she decided to expand her comfort zone by working in Mindanao in the Philippines. There, she worked with Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), where she was able to fully apply her desire and training in peace and conflict studies. Her career with NP started as an International Civilian Protection Monitor where she monitored, verified and reported on compliance and non-compliance by conflict actors in Mindanao. After four years, she returned to Indonesia to work with the International Organization for Migration where she worked as Project Coordinator handling a Disaster Risk Reduction project in West Java province. After the project finished in 2014, she continued working with IOM on a community policing project in two provinces: Papua and West Papua, where she managed project implementation. She then moved to Brisbane to begin this Fellowship.