Ronny Adhikarya is 2022 AMIC Asia Communication Laureate

THE Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) announced the selection of Dr. Ronny Adhikarya as recipient of the 2022 AMIC Asia Communication Award for Transformative Leadership. 

It said the award is given to individuals who have made “significant contributions to Asian communication.” 

Dr. Adhikarya has a Master of Professional Studies degree from Cornell University’s Department of Communication Arts, and a PhD from Stanford University’s Institute for Communication Research. He has had a 50-year career in international development assistance, specializing in communication, education and training.

He worked as  Senior Trainer and Manager at the World Bank in Washington D.C., USA, and  as Country Director at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy and Islamabad, Pakistan. He also worked for other international organizations worldwide, undertaking official Missions in 52 countries, and visiting 103 countries.

He was associated with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Stanford University, East-West Center, and other universities in many countries.

He is often invited as keynote speaker at international conferences, and has given public lectures in at least 28 countries from 2005 to 2022.  

His wide- ranging topics include challenges of digital disruption, Artificial Intelligence-technology-based applications, and its impact on education, business (including start-ups), shared economy, virtual education and communication, tacit knowledge brokering, edupreneurship, generational conflicts, and societal and cultural cohesion.

Originally from Indonesia, Dr. Adhikarya was an Award-winning Journalist for Daily Indonesia Raya (1968-1971). He has written 8 books on communication, education and training, published in Germany, Italy, England, USA, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia, and many other publications. These books are available in English, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Malaysian, and Chinese languages.

He moved in 2021 from the “Silicon Valley” of California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hawaii-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (HICHAM), and the Executive Board of the East-West Center Association (EWCA).

He has served various advisory boards and committees of international development organizations in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia,  England, Switzerland, and the USA.

 He established the R-Adhikarya “Niche” Awards (RANA) at the East-West Center (EWC), Stanford University and Cornell University. The annual RANA Program Scholarship rewards and recognizes smart, innovative, and competitive young students who wish to pursue their dreams to learn, explore, and apply disruptive ideas, and “niche” innovative thinking, in their studies and future careers.

The AMIC is an international non-government organization (NGO) committed to communication media development in the Asia Pacific region.   It promotes an ethical and socially responsible communication media sector committed to the tenets of freedom and democracy in a socio‐culturally diverse region.

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