Astrid is recognized by leading green city mayors, Chicago and San Francisco, as deputy, key adviser, and savvy leader with strength in public policy and innovative sustainable strategies. Praised for common sense balance between social, economic, and environmental health, she has strong conviction in collaborative global regions, countries and individuals as the building blocks to a sustainable future.
Her experience in public policy development, negotiation, and in briefing international to local elected officials, is backed by a combined 24 years of increasing levels of experience in public and private sector policy, sustainable development and management. The work covers Southeast Asia and North America, and between cities in the USA, Indonesia, Europe, Asia and Latin America. She served as San Francisco Commissioner for the Arts and later on as Senior Special Staff to Indonesia’s Minister of Trade focusing on public policy development and coordination to move goods and services up the value chain, transforming raw-based to knowledge-based economy.
Astrid founded Urban Locus, providing strategic advisory for policy and action including activating social innovation in global cities such as San Francisco and Jakarta. Astrid also launched tenDevelopment, transforming intelligent visions into signature experiences in key places around us. Now both strengths are represented in Terra Lumen. Some of her works and initiatives for intelligent sustainable developments are expressed in signature projects such as Indonesia's first high speed rail corridor development, commercial center in key cities, as well as Indonesia's hospitality centers the like of Bali, Belitung and Lombok.
She received Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Colorado at Denver and Bachelor of Architecture from Institute of Technology in Bandung, and received multi-disciplinary training at the Helsinki University of Technology in Otaniemi, Finland, now known as Aalto University, combining art and design with economics. She regularly lecture at key universities around the world, and as featured speakers in international conferences. She received numerous planning and design awards, and was recognized as One of Seven Eco-Warriors Who Are Changing the World in the USA and as Indonesia’s Most Powerful Woman of the Year 2012.
Astrid calls Los Angeles and Jakarta as her home, and Dubai, Paris, NYC, and San Francisco as her (serious) playgrounds. Astrid regularly writes in leading media.
In elections, cities matter
"In a few days we will define the course of our nation by selecting the top pair. This exercise in democracy is expected to drive our economic growth through channels and hotspots across the country. Along the coastlines and the mountainous regions, cities — small and large — matter as economic acupuncture spots. They either work wonders or break our backs. Why should we care about our cities during this election time? " read more
On bringing the cities alive
"Indonesia desires to do more than just open its door to investment and wider cooperation. It wishes to deploy a concerted effort to move further along the path beyond the traditional “first flush” of investment to capture opportunities for shared knowledge and technological advancement. Wise eyes are always on the horizon, where Indonesian intellectual capital leads the region to transform an economy based on raw materials into one that offers innovation and enhanced products and services. In this picture of the future, quality of life becomes a critical vessel in retaining the required capital, not only to sustain a reasonable push forward but, most importantly, to commit to an incremental investment in the future generations that those citizens will in turn produce..." read more
On beauty and the big durian
"No doubt instant change to the basic skeleton of this city is out of the question. But instead of detailing how Jakarta is not Venice, Paris or London, we should look at how we can still positively shape our collective first impression. There lies the opportunity for positive, memorable experiences for residents and visitors alike..." read more
On the world without a delete button
"One could be forgiven for having low expectations about finding groundbreaking points and “real meat” in 250-plus pages written by two technology celebrities and shepherded by a glorifying list of supporters including Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Henry Kissinger. Yet Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen’s “The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business” surprisingly delivers a cutthroat view on what the future will look like..." read more