Heidi Arbuckle works from the foundation’s Jakarta office. Her grant making supports civil society, government and academic institutions in their efforts to strengthen the rights and expression of women and minority groups in Indonesia.
Before joining the foundation in 2007, Heidi spent over a decade working in the media and civil society sector. She was a founding member of a community based organisation that ran media campaigns with partners including the National Commission on Violence Against Women and the Corruption Eradication Commission in Indonesia.
Heidi has taught at the University of Melbourne in the areas of mass media in Indonesia and gender politics in Southeast Asia. She has published widely on the dynamics of gender, development and social change in Southeast Asia.
Heidi was born in Australia and has lived more than half her life in Southeast Asia. She studied Indonesian literature at Gadjah Mada University and visual arts at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta.
Heidi earned her Ph.D. in gender and Asian studies from the University of Melbourne and an honors degree in political science from Curtin University.