We spent an afternoon with Grenata Oroh – the soul who was born and raised in Ambon’s hidden gem that hopes nothing but to help improving life in Indonesia. One government project at a time.
Tell us about who is Grenata Oroh
I was raised in the middle of very democratic family in a little city in Ambon where I spent my entire childhood there until I was 17 years old. My Father taught me that even though we lived in a small city, that doesn’t mean we are allowed to be a small-minded person. That – actually shaped me as person who I am today.
Where did you go to school?
After I finished high school in Ambon, I studied law at University of Indonesia in 2005. Then after my first job as lawyer, I took Master of Governance and Public Policy at University of Queensland in Brisbane.
What was your dream growing up?
When I grew up, I always wanted to be a lawyer but then changed once I got to be a lawyer (giggle).
What do you do now? Will you elaborate on that?
Now I work as Assistant Advisor at The Executive Office of The President of Republic of Indonesia. Our main job is to monitor President’s priority programs. There are some sectors that Mr. President is most concern about such as infrastructure, energy, educations, and health. Our job is to make sure that within this period of presidency the agenda is going as smooth as possible and if there are some obstacles, we will do something that is called debottlenecking which means to untangle the obstacles.
How do you end up here?
When I worked at the law firm within the first year, it was everything I always dreamed of – I was really passionate about it. Moving forward to the second and third year, I felt that I was destined for something bigger than this, I realized that I wanted to do more; not for the sake of my bank account and myself. I would like to do something impactful, so when I set my plan to continue my study, I already decided that I would work in government. When they opened recruitment, they were actually looking for someone who had law background and had experience at law firm who understood public policy.
What do you like the most about your job?
I consider my job very challenging. Our team is rather a small one but everyone has different (education) background; some have background in mining, gas and finance. So every time we have project to work together, I literally learn something new, some new insights. And the best part about my job is that knowing what we are doing is actually creating impact in people’s life.
What is the hardest job you have to do?
The hardest job we have to do is to communicate the plan or the agenda that we are trying to achieve to the people because people already have their own perspective and ways of thinking. Especially when media makes it easy for everyone to access the information. Sometimes their only concern is that government doesn’t deliver the promise as promised.
Any memorable moment with Mr. President?
Actually the most memorable moment is not only to meet him in person but also to be able to contribute the best I can for our nation and (that) is already meaningful.
What does your husband think of you working in presidential?
Thank God my husband is very very supportive regarding my work and my life plan. The fact that he works in different industry doesn’t stop me to get new insights – especially because he works in different industry, I learn plenty new things from him.
Grenata is wearing Jatuh Bangun Earrings from Nikicio White Label.
Are you a feminist? Do you consider yourself as such?
I principally believe that women can do anything they want and they should have the same opportunities as men do.
What do you think of unity in diversity?
I believe that diversity is good – very good, regardless how big the scope is, it makes us richer (as a person) but to make it work, everyone needs to be involved.
What kind of life do you picture yourself in 10 years from now?
Within 10 years, I will be able to do something significant; starting from east Indonesia. I would like to be able to be involved directly in the policy and decision-making process and actually create a meaningful difference.