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UW Converge Jakarta 2023

August 11-16, 2023      

Jakarta, Indonesia

In 2023, the UW’s signature gathering for our community of international alumni and friends travels to Indonesia for a summit in Jakarta and extended program in Bali. Our new location will offer the same unrivaled access, education and connection you expect from our annual UW Converge gatherings.

This year’s UW Converge will be hosted with our UW Alumni Indonesia (UWAIN) Chapter and comprised of multiple opportunities to connect with other Huskies and experience the culture and beauty of our host cities, Jakarta and Bali.

This annual tradition is an outpost of Husky spirit abroad, not to mention an unmatched opportunity to connect with UW faculty and leadership. Be a part of UW’s global community and leave equipped with new knowledge and networks.

Registration for UW Converge Jakarta has closed. See the highlights in our wrap-up story! 

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August 11

Optional Jakarta City TourAug. 11

Get to know Jakarta like a local with this tour hosted by our local alumni.

Saturday, August 12

UW Converge Jakarta Summit
Join us at our day-long summit as we explore the impact of rapid disruption on business, innovation and human well-being. Expert speakers and panelist will cover topics from building a future-proof portfolio to cultivating personal resilience in times of change.

UW Converge Jakarta Reception
After the summit, it’s time to celebrate! Join us for an enchanted evening of fine Indonesian cuisine, traditional music and dance, as well as live music.

Sunday, August 13

UW International Chapter Board Meeting

Board members of the UW’s international alumni chapters are invited to gather in Bali for a time of sharing insights and vision.

UW Converge Bali Dinner Reception

Meet with Bali program attendees in a private dinner on the beach. Network and enjoy!

Monday, August 14

UW Converge Bali Extension Program

Join us in Bali for a deep dive on creating impact. Connect with UW leaders to explore novel ways of joining the UW’s community of supporters and help shape the way the University engages with the world of business and finance.

Tuesday, August 15

Bali Excursion

This all-day tour includes temple visits, magical kecak dance performances, and plenty to eat, including nasi goreng, one of Indonesia’s national dishes.

August 12: UW Converge Jakarta Summit & Reception

A large group of people give the "Dubs up" sign.

Packages start at $325 | Grand Hyatt Jakarta

UW Converge Summit

Indonesia Rising: The future of investment, innovation, and our well-being
Our day-long summit looks toward the future and focuses on how disruption impacts people—how new technology and ways of doing things change our lives. Recovery from the pandemic is underway for much of the globe. Yet markets oscillate with every economic and geopolitical tremor, while investors keep a wary eye on inflation and interest rates. How should we position ourselves to prepare for what’s next? How can we thrive in an future of rapid change and help others do the same? Experts from the UW and our alumni community will weigh-in.

UW Converge Reception

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate after the summit! Join us for an enchanted evening of fine Indonesian cuisine, traditional music and dance. Hear from our esteemed speakers and mingle with fellow UW alumni and friends from all over the globe.

See who’s already registered by viewing our attendee list


A collage of speaker headshots.

The day-long Summit invites top-level speakers and experts to present in a combination of keynote addresses and three different panels including prominent alumni and faculty from the UW. View our speaker page for our ever-growing roster of presenters.

Converge Jakarta Sessions & Speakers

Converge Jakarta Summit Keynotes

Airlangga Hartarto
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs
Ana Mari Cauce Virtual
University of Washington

Session #1: Building businesses and portfolios for tomorrow

The world of business and finance has seen rapid change in the last few years, including soaring inflation, massive stock price swings, huge shifts in monetary policy, a volatile global recovery and tensions between major economic powers. As the world looks for a way forward, where is the “smart money” going? What types of new businesses are poised for success? What careers should you be building skills for now? What business and investment trends, challenges and opportunities can we expect to navigate in the days and years ahead?

Session Speakers
Frank Hodge Moderator
Orin & Janet Smith Dean
UW Foster School of Business
Hendra Lembong ‘93
Deputy President Director
Bank BCA
Xuan-Thao Nguyen
UW Asian Law Center
Bambang Brodjonegoro
Former Minister of Finance, Research & Tech., Budget & Planning

Session #2: Resilience in times of change

Across the globe, individuals and countries are adapting to a changing world in many different aspects – economic, social, intercultural, environmental. A global pandemic and a world that is more digitized than ever have already brought massive change in the ‘20s. With the pace of disruption seeming to constantly speed up, how can we build personal resilience to stay grounded in turbulent times? How can nations, companies and the global community prepare and rise to the challenges of tomorrow?

Session Speakers
Denzil Suite Moderator
Vice President, Student Life
University of Washington
Ali Mokdad
Chief Strategy Officer for Population Health
University of Washington
Sandersan OnieSandersan “Sandy” Onie
Postdoctoral Researcher
Black Dog Institute
Vensya SitohangVensya Sitohang
Director of Mental Health
Ministry of Health of Indonesia
Daniel Oscar Baskoro Daniel Oscar Baskoro
COO Digital Transformation
Ministry of Health of Indonesia


Session #3: Social impacts of AI, the metaverse, digitized lives

We live in a time of rapid innovation and worldwide digital transformation. How might powerful AI that can mimic humans or the migration to living online shape our future and wellbeing? What moral and legal challenges might we find in an increasingly digital world? How can we build systems that create a more just world instead of causing more inequity? How do we design ethical technology and laws that lead to a better future for everyone?

Session Speakers
Alvin Graylin, ’93
China President
Caesar Indra, ’05
Herman WidjajaHerman Widjaja
Chief Technology Officer, Tokopedia
Jerry Ng, ’86
Founder and Chairman
Bank Jago

Converge Jakarta Reception

Sandiaga Uno
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy
Sung KimSung Kim
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia

UW Representatives and Special Guests

Portrait of Ray LiRay Li
Assistant Vice President of International Advancement
Gigi Do
Director of International Advancement
Doug WallackDoug Wallack
Assistant Director for International Advancement
Marianne KimMarianne Kim
Assistant Director for Regional Events
Tahsin AlamTahsin Alam
Associate Dean of Advancement, Foster School
Greg CroakGreg Croak
Associate Director of Major Gifts, Foster School
Andrew DoranAndrew Doran
Associate Director for Development, School of Law
Matthew Brinton
Director of Advancement for Student Life
Randall KeysRandall Kyes
Research Professor of Psychology
Nazry BahrawiNazry Bahrawi
Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian literature

August 13-14: Bali Extension Program

A fishing boat sits in the water.

$150 per person | Ritz-Carlton Bali

Bali will offer plenty of time to relax, explore ancient Balinese traditions and take part in excursions around the island. It will also be a time where an intimate group of entrepreneurs, venture investors and philanthropically minded individuals will gather for a series of conversations focused on creating impact.

Dinner Reception

August 13
Meet other session participants over dinner on the beach. Enjoy exquisite food while building your network of Huskies who share your interest in business, finance and philanthropy.

Ventures in Philanthropy Session

August 14
Creating a Shared Vision for Founders, Investors and the UW

Innovators, founders and investors often hope their work will change the world but can also find their resources constrained by the nature of their work. These sessions will create a space where Huskies immersed in the world of venture and innovation can engage in dialogue with UW leaders, explore novel ways of joining the UW’s community of supporters and help shape the way the University engages with the business and finance world in the future.

Session Speakers
Eugene SaburiEugene Saburi, ’93 Moderator
Ken HorensteinKen Horenstein, ’10 ’16
Founder & Partner
Pack Ventures
Xuan-Thao NguyenXuan-Thao Nguyen
UW Asian Law Center
Kia Hong Lim, '81Kia Hong Lim, ’81
Chairman and CEO
SiS Group

Bali Excursion

August 15
$75 per person | Departs from Ritz-Carlton Bali

On Tuesday, attendees will be taken on an all-day tour of different sites on Bali Island to learn the uniqueness of its ancient culture by visiting temples, visiting rice paddy villages and palaces, and watching the magical Kecak Dance. Lunch is not included in the cost of the excursion.

Travel & Accommodations


We recommend international travelers arrive in Jakarta early to get settled and explore the city. Special welcome events are being planned for August 11. If you’re extending your stay in Indonesia, don’t forget to book your flight to Bali on August 13.

UW Converge Jakarta has two partner hotels for its program, the Grand Hyatt Jakarta and Ritz-Carlton Bali. Those who choose to stay at either hotel can book a special UW Converge rate through the registration portal. Special UW Converge rates below are subject to availability at the time of reservation.

To pay in Indonesian rupiah, please register through the UW Alumni Indonesia website.
A city hotel on a busy street in Jakarta

Grand Hyatt Jakarta

The UW Converge Jakarta summit and reception will be held at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta. The 5-star hotel is centrally located in the heart of the city with convenient access to shopping, dining, cultural attractions and more. UW Converge attendees can look forward to comfort and luxury during their stay in Jakarta.
A beach hotel on the water

Ritz-Carlton Bali

The Bali extension programming will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Bali. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the cliffside resort sits in front of the pristine and clear waters of Nusa Dua Beach. The five-star resort offers modern luxury interwoven with Balinese tradition and provides quiet and relaxation.


We recommend getting an Electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VOA) in advance of your travel by following these instructions from the Indonesian Director General of Immigration.

It is also possible to get a physical Visa on Arrival when you land in Jakarta, but the e-VOA will save you time waiting in line at the airport and in some cases can help with outbound travel from your home country.

Ground Transport

To get around in Jakarta and Bali, we recommend using any of the country’s most popular rideshare apps: Grab, Gojek, or Blue Bird. Road traffic in Jakarta can be substantial, so be sure to budget plenty of time to get to your destination.


We’d like to thank the generous sponsors of UW Converge Jakarta for their support.

BCA Bank logoBOGA Group LogoLCR Capital logoRA Hotel logo Rempah Bistro logo Serta logoTraveloka Logo

About UW Converge

UW Converge is the University of Washington’s signature event for international alumni and friends. Each year it is hosted in a global city by one of our international alumni communities. It offers a direct connection to the UW, its faculty and leadership, and its global alumni network. It is an outpost of Husky Spirit, a place to gain cutting-edge knowledge from experts, and a link to the University’s work and initiatives.

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