Category: Meet the Expats

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Meet James Ofili

James Ofili*, a textiles trader from Nigeria, discusses corruption, drugs and discrimination. Why do so many Nigerians come to Indonesia? Why not? Nigeria is the most...

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Skull-Rattling Retail: Meet Vera Ribeiro

Brazilian expat Vera Ribeiro and her partner Rhett Hutchence are the creators of the world’s largest skull memorabilia shop, where works of art and fashion are all...

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From Bali to the World’s Stage: Meet Melati and Isabel Wijsen

Sisters and founders of Bye Bye Plastic Bags, a campaign to ban plastic bags in Bali, share how they are implementing their movement in Bali and beyond. You were both...

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The Missionaries: Meet the Mormons

Imagine travelling halfway across the world at your own expense for a religious calling. A handful of Indonesians are doing just that to join the Islamic State, while a...

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For the People: Meet Daniel Elber

Meet the former Swiss banker who swapped his corporate life for one eradicating poverty in Bali. Tell me about your former life as a banker in Switzerland. During my 35...

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Benedicte Hansen: Business with a Purpose

Benedicte Hansen swapped a successful 20-year career at IKEA, her latest posting as Marketing Manager at IKEA Jakarta, with one running a sustainable villa in Bali’s...

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Taking the Bali F&B Industry by Storm: Meet Mimi Dougherty

Mimi has grown up living in Bali. Now 25, she is involved in several successful restaurants and clubs including Sushimi, which Tripadvisor calls “The best sushi in...

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History in the Making: Meet Michael Nicholson

Michael is an HR Consultant and Executive Coach, and founded the BritCham Toastmasters Club in Jakarta when he was on the Board of BritCham in 2004. In the same year, he...

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Art Appreciation: Meet Bruce Carpenter

Author and co-author of more than 20 books and numerous articles on Indonesian art, culture and history, Bruce W. Carpenter is considered a leading expert in the field...

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Mamma Mia: Meet Rosa Vignolo

Mamma Rosy is an Italian eatery in Jakarta with a homely and family feel, established and personally funded in 2013 by ‘genuine Italian immigrants’. Managing the...

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The Flower of Life: Meet Kathrin Austermayer

Kathrin is the project manager of the Flower of Life, an eco-dome based on sacred geometry which will be the largest energy matrix in the world; bringing together...

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The Island School: Meet Denise Walsh

Denise Walsh is the Head of Bali Island School and has been an educator for over 20 years. A dedicated professional, Denise has worked all over the world and focuses on...

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Soul Surfer: Meet Bruno Hansen

Current World Champion of the World Adaptive Surfing Championship (WASC) shares his epic story of survival and the power of the human spirit. The film Devocean has just...

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The Principals of Education: Meet Dr. Stuart Tasker

Dr. Stuart Tasker is an educator who has been an expat for 12 years. In June, he will be moving from Thailand to act as the new Principal of ACG School, Jakarta, an...