Diaz Hendropriyono is well known as a young politician who is innovative, creative, and always full of optimism in his views of the future of Indonesia. At only 39, Diaz has been appointed as the Chairman of the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI) for the 2018 to 2024 period. “As part of the community and nation, I feel called to contribute my thoughts, struggles, and dedication to my beloved society and country,” Diaz explains to Indonesia Tatler.
Diaz, the third child of Indonesian military intelligence figure Former TNI General (Retired) A.M. Hendropriyono, is a young man who is diligent, has a love of learning, and a thirst for achievement. He shows by example how responsible he is to his family, the community, and the environment around him.
Diaz has a Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Tech in the US and is also a doctoral candidate with a state administration major at the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy. He has also received a number of academic awards, such as Gamma Beta Phi (2007), Phi Kappa Phi (2007), Delta Mu Delta (2002), and Dean’s List (2002).
Diaz’s beginning in politics was due to his admiration for President Joko Widodo, with whom he has been familiar since his days as mayor of Solo. Not surprisingly, in July 2012, when Jokowi was running for the DKI Jakarta Governor election, Diaz became one of his supporting volunteers.
Likewise, during the campaign period before the presidential election in 2014, Diaz founded an organisation while serving as General Chairman of Jokowi Buddy (Kawan Jokowi), which supported and helped establish Jokowi as president of the Republic of Indonesia from 2014 to 2019. Currently, as the Chairman of PKPI, Diaz, together with his party members and sympathisers, has established and supported Jokowi as president. “Therefore, it is fit to say that my commitment, direction, and political vision are always in line with and support Jokowi,” Diaz says.
This story appears in the October 2018 issue of Indonesia Tatler. For the full story, grab the copy at your nearest newsstand, or subscribe here.