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Profile of the First Female Ambassador from Papua Fientje Suebu

The newly appointed Ambassador of New Zealand by Jokowi, Fientje Suebu in red. (Presidential Secretariat Press Bureau)

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia — The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, inaugurated three ambassadors, one of which was the first female ambassador from Papua to serve in New Zealand, Fientje Suebu. She comes from Papua.

Apart from serving as Ambassador to New Zealand, Fientje also served in Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga, the Cook Islands and Niue.

“I swear/promise that I will be appointed as ambassador extraordinary and in full power to be loyal to the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia and will carry out all laws and regulations as straight as possible for the sake of my service to the nation and state, “said Jokowi, followed by three ambassadors, at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Wednesday (12/1).

Fientje studied at the Foreign Service School. After graduating, she dedicated himself to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 31 years.

Prior to becoming the New Zealand Ambassador, Fientje also served as Deputy Head of Representative at the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) India. Then in July 2021, the DPR declared that she had passed the due diligence and compliance test as an ambassador.

The woman born in Sentani and the daughter of the tribal chief, will replace the former well-known Indonesian presenter, Tantowi Yahya, who has served since 2017.

Wrestling in the world of diplomacy as well as being a mother of three children is not an easy thing for Fientje. Because his profession requires him to travel to another country every few years.

One of the challenges he highlighted was adapting to education systems in other countries. However, she still has the support of her husband, Philpus Sarwom.

Fientje has a great desire to show that Papuans can also be empowered. She believes that Papuan women are capable of becoming agents of change in their respective fields.

Source: CNN Indonesia

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