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Ambassador I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja

Ambassador I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja started his new assignment as Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands  since February 2016 and concurrently  appointed  by the Government of the Republic  of Indonesia as Permanent    Representative to the Organization  for the Prohibition  of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).  Prior to his assignment,   he was the ASEAN  SOM - Leader of Indonesia  / Director General for ASEAN Cooperation   from  April   2012 - February 2016.  He was appointed  as Ambassador, Extraordinary  and Plenipotentiary of the  Republic of Indonesia to the Republic of Austria, Republic of Slovenia and Permanent  Representative  to the United Nations and  other  International  Organizations in Vienna in March 2010.  He was  also the Governor of Indonesia for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 2011 -  2012.  From  2010 to 2011, he was the Indonesian Sherpa for Nuclear Security Summit.

Mr.  Puja has been involved actively  in various multilateral forums throughout his diplomatic career. Prior to his assignment  in Vienna,  he served as Ambassador / Deputy Permanent  Representative   of the Republic of Indonesia to the  UN bodies, WTO and other  International  Organizations  based in Geneva, Switzerland (2006-2009).

In  addition to his work in multilateral  forums,  he was  also  involved continuously  in  the  five-year long Aceh Peace  Process (2000-2005). He was a member of the Indonesian  negotiating  team to the signing of the  Humanitarian   Pause (Geneva, 2000)  and  Cessation of  Hostilities  Agreement  (Geneva,   2002) facilitated   by  the  Center  for Humanitarian   Dialogue,  as  well  as  the  Helsinki  Memorandum      of Understanding  (2005) facilitated by the  Crisis  Management  Initiative  (CMI) led by former Finnish President Martti Ahtissari.

He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in 1986. His  first  assignment  was at the  Embassy/Permanent Mission  of  the  Republic of  Indonesia in Vienna (1992-1996). He was  a Counsellor  at  the   Indonesian   Permanent   Mission  in  Geneva  (1998-2002). He  was subsequently appointed  as Director for  Human Rights and Humanitarian  Affairs, Ministry  of  Foreign Affairs  of the Republic of Indonesia from 2002 to 2006.

He holds a bachelor degree from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of Gadjah  Mada University, Yogyakarta  (1985) and a Master of Arts degree from the Horace  H. Rackham School  of Graduate  Studies, University of Michigan,  Ann Arbor, USA (1991).

He was awarded by the President  of the Republic  of Indonesia: The Satya  Lencana  Dharma Nusa Award (2006) for  his role in the Aceh Peace Process, the Satya  Lencana  Karya Satya  10 Years,  Service  Award (1997), the Satya Lencana Karya  Satya 20 Years, Service  Award (2007), the  Bintang  Jasa  Utama   Award (2010) for his role as  member of the Indonesian  negotiating team for the  Aceh  Agreement in 2005.  He was also awarded by the Minister of Health the Ksatria  Bakti Husada Arutala  Award in  2011.

He was  born  in Bali on 11 January 1962 and is married with  two sons. His hobbies include tennis, badminton, traditional  Bali dances, Javanesegamelan and classical music.


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