Ryan served as a consultant on violence against children at UNICEF Indonesia at the age of 22, with key responsibilities including leading the development of Indonesia’s first national strategy to end violence against children and supporting the roll out of the #EndViolence campaign across the country.
One year later, Ryan was appointed as a national staff (child protection officer), where he led Indonesia’s advocacy strategy as one of four pathfinder countries in the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children Initiative. His work supported Indonesia’s accelerated achievement of SDG 5.2 and 16.2 related to the protection of boys and girls from violence, including child marriage.
Prior to his work in UNICEF, Ryan was a research and development coordinator with the Young People Independent Alliance (ARI), an Indonesian youth-based organization. He also engaged in a number of national and global advocacy activities related to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), education, and employment issues of young people in Indonesia and worldwide.
Ryan received a scholarship from Norwegian government to attend a course at the University of Oslo in 2016, majoring in Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries. He was a recipient of a 2011 Global Changemaker Award from the British Council and a 2017 Youth Advocate of Global Citizen, an NGO based in New York, USA.
Ryan is currently pursuing his Masters degree in Development Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and enjoys swimming and reading among his myriad interests.