Butet Manurung is an award-winning Indonesian anthropologist, educator, author and acclaimed environmental activist, who has dedicated her life to educating Indonesia’s Indigenous people. After leading the education program for a conservation NGO in the jungles of Sumatra, her work evolved into co-founding SOKOLA Institute, a non-profit organization providing educational opportunities for marginalized people in remote areas of Indonesia. As an educator and activist, Butet has received international recognition– UNESCO’s “Man and Biosphere Award” in 2001, TIME Magazine’s “Hero of Asia” in 2004, “Ashoka Fellow” in 2006, “Asia Young Leader” in 2007, “Young Global Leader” in 2009, Ernst and Young Indonesian Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 and most recently the Asia “Nobel Prize” Ramon Magsaysay Award 2014.
Website: www.sokola.org