About Us

The Indonesian Heritage Society (“IHS”) is a non-profit organization, established in 1970, by Indonesian and ex-pat volunteers just like you. 

From the initial group of 17 volunteers, today the organisation has grown to include hundreds of individuals. Our volunteers form the heart of IHS, organizing all the events and managing the daily operations of the organisation.

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Anya Robertson,

Indonesian Heritage Society President

Our Mission

We are a non-profit organization providing volunteer support and assistance to Indonesia's cultural institutions.

Our Vision

We promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Indonesia's cultural heritage through uniting diverse communities in activities focused on learning and sharing.

Our Values

Cultural heritage, 

service to the community, respect, integrity, diversity & community building.


Many Heritage Society Friends are involved in projects supporting the Museum Nasional of Indonesia. IHS sections and services related to the museum include

  1. Museum Tours in English, French, Japanese and Korean.
  2. Translation of Museum documents.
  3. School Programs are presentations in both English and Japanese organized in the international schools.
  4. Project groups with other Museums and cultural institutions in Jakarta include: 
    • Prehistory
    • Ethnography (ethnic groups)
    • Stone Sculpture
    • Textiles 
    • Contemporary Art


  1. Evening Lectures: A series of lectures presented to the public twice a year highlighting Indonesian culture and art.
  2. Explorers: Small groups get together weekly to discover Jakarta through tours and adventures.
  3. Rumahku: Monthly Morning talks held in private homes, where attendees meet and greet like-minded friends over tea, coffee, and light bites.
  4. Study Groups: Groups meet on selected topics to learn about the history, art and culture of this country.
  5. Heritage Tours: These small group tours with a cultural focus offer registered Friends the opportunity to travel to some of the fascinating parts of Indonesia.
  6. Foreign Language Sections: All French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean-speaking members are welcome to join these groups which provide many different activities.


  1. Events: This section organises the general meetings and social functions that take place throughout the Heritage Society season.
  2. Public Relations: The PR team dispatch and promote information about the Heritage Society for the public.
  3. Cultural Liaison: The purpose of this section is to act as a liaison between Indonesian Cultural Institutions, organisations, cultural communities and the Heritage Society.


  1. Library: Provides registered Friends with access to an outstanding collection of works on varied aspects of Indonesian life and culture.
  2. Registration: Coordinates registration for the Heritage Society and represents the organisation to the community at large.
  3. Sales: The Sales team coordinates the sale of Heritage Society’s calendar, books and a range of stationery items.
  4. Information Technology: Maintains and provides information on the Heritage Society website and weekly E-newsletter on the various activities of the society and upcoming events.
  5. Publishing: Indonesian Heritage Society publications include Newsletter – a quarterly newsletter, annual calendars, notecards, and books.

Meet our section committee members

Board of Management

Anya Robertson


IHS_Maria Beatrice Tragni

Beatrice Tragni


Juliani Luthan

Juliani W. Luthan


Kilian Motis Rovira

VC Museums

Meher Adi Ghandi

VC Community

Astari Dyah Sutjiningtyas

VC Communications

Indriawaty Lefevre

VC Operations

Section Commitee Volunteers

Museums Section


Catalin Ivancov

Museum Projects Co-Chair

Michaela Asselmini

Museum Projects Co-Chair

Makiko Sakamoto

Museum Training Co-Chair

Rima Sjoekri

Museum Training Co-Chair

Silena Griffin

Museum Tours Co-Chair

Tanya Varbanova

School Program Co - Chair

Community Section

Claudia Prawirakusumah

Evening Lectures Co Chair

Kelsey Hendrick

Evening Lectures Co Chair

Sina Chan

Explorers Co-Chair

Justine Clement

Explorers Co-Chair

Griselda Merrie

Heritage Tours Co-Chair

Madhulika Chandra

Rumahku Co-Chair

Arti Gidwani

Rumahku Co-Chair

Mike Nicholson

Study Group Co-Chair

Ally, Qian SUN

Chinese Speaking Section Co-Chair

Jiachi Huang

Chinese Speaking Section Co-Chair


Odyl Devaux-Zeller

French Speaking Section Co-Chair

Marie Pinot-Lieber

French Speaking Section Co-Chair

Anamaria Pazmino

Italian Speaking Section Co-Chair

Marta Zonta

Italian Speaking Section Co-Chair

Miwa Kurihara

Japanese Speaking Section Co-Chair

IHS Japan co-chair

Tomoko Hamaguchi

Japanese Speaking Section Co-Chair

Kim Sang Tae

Korean Speaking Section Co-Chair

Lee Sijin

Korean Speaking Section Co-Chair

Communication Section

Dina Ernawati

Communication Co-Chair

Zhafirah Yumna

Communication Co-Chair

Claudia Pia Schepis

Communication Co-Chair

Operations Section

Nicholas Hughes

IT Co-Chair

Sharfina Kinanti

IT Co-Chair

Maya Budimaryati

Library Co-Chair

Francesca Scuotto

Publishing Co-Chair

IHS_Regist co chair

Mimie RM Muslim

Registration Co-Chair

Sheila Tasyarina

Merchandise - Donation

Rejon Noah

Merchandise - Donation

Bhavana Sharma

Merchandise - Donation

Asnida Kasmi

Library Admin

Yesnita Sofyan

Library Admin

*All photos have been contributed by our generous members.

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