Dr. Dino Patti Djalal is the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States, a speech writer, youth activist, academic, and author a national best seller.
He was previously a Special Staff for International Affairs and Presidential Spokesperson for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono - a position he had held since October 2004, and extended when SBY was re-elected by a landslide to a second term in 2009.
As a student, Dino Djalal was exposed to Islamic education (Muhammadiyah elementary and Al Azhar junior High) and western education - he graduated from Maclean High School in Virginia in 1981 at the early age of 15, and then obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and his Masters Degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada).
In 2000, he received a Doctorate Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, after completing and defending a thesis on preventive diplomacy under the supervision of distinguished scholar on Southeast Asia the late Professor Michael Leifer.
Dr. Dino Patti Djalal joined the Department of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia in 1987. He has been posted to Dili, London and Washington DC, before being appointed as Director for North American Affairs (2002-2004). In the early years of his career, as assistant to Director General for Political Affairs Wiryono Sastrohandoyo, he was involved in the Cambodian conflict, the settlement of the Moro conflict in The Philippines, the South China Sea disputes, and the East Timor conflict.
Dr. Dino Patti Djalal's first public and international exposure was when he served as spokesperson for the Task Force for the Implementation of Popular Consultation in East Timor in 1999. He was deeply saddened and severely distressed that the referendum ended in chaos and violence - just the opposite of the orderly and peaceful outcome that the Indonesian Government then had promised the UN. During that time, Dr. Dino also served as informal conduit between Foreign Minister Ali Alatas and resistance leader Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, then held in Cipinang prison. He now counts Jose Ramos Horta and Xanana Gusmao among his good friends.
Dr. Dino Patti Djalal is a member of the Governing Board of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, which was established by the Bali Democracy Forum; a member of the Executive Board of the Indonesian Council on World Affairs (ICWA); and a commissioner at Danareksa, a Government investment company.
Dr. Dino Patti Djalal has written many articles for domestic and international media. He has also written 5 books.His fourth book "Harus Bisa !" has become a national best seller in Indonesia - some 1,7 million copies have been printed. The book contains political stories, anecdotes and leadership lessons from the SBY Presidency, taken from his personal diary as Presidential Spokesperson- the Jakarta Globe calls it "the best book on leadership in Indonesia". Thousands of comments posted on Facebook have called the book "inspirational".
The book was turned into a television show by TransTV in 2009. "Harus Bisa !" has been translated into English with the title "The Can Do Leadership", and is now being translated into Mandarin. The book is also used in the educational/training curriculum of Department of Foreign Affairs, the Indonesian military (TNI) and national police. In 2008, in commemoration of the Indonesian Centennial, the book was sent to libraries of High Schools, Pesantrens, Higher Education and Universities throughout Indonesia.
Dino Djalal is married to Rosa Rai Djalal, and they are blessed with 3 young children: Alexa, Keanu and Chloe. Rosa is a dentist, a graduate of University of Indonesia and was trained at Columbia University. She also ran an elementary school which provides education, free of charge, to children from poor families in Cilegon, the Province of Banten.