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Tuti Alawiyah holds a PhD and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin (2013), specializing in administration, leadership, and non-profit management. She also has a master’s degree in women’s studies from the University of Indonesia (2003).


She has over 15 years of experience working with several civil society organizations and research institutes. Since early 2000, she has been involved with women’s organizations, including Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia, KAPAL Perempuan, and with the Central Board of ‘Aisyiyah,’ a women’s wing of the Muhammadiyah organization. From 2003–2006, she was a researcher at the Center for Religion and Culture (CSRC) at Universitas Islam Negeri (State Islamic University) Jakarta, researching Syari’ah, women, and human rights issues, as well as Islamic philanthropy and social justice issues.


During her academic career, she held positions as an assistant instructor at the University of Texas at Austin (2012–2013), a lecturer at the State Islamic University (2013–2015), and then at the University of Muhammadiyah Jakarta (2015–2021). She has taught a range of undergraduate courses, including Diversity and Social Justice, Social Work Ethics and Human Rights, Theories in Social Work, and Research Methods.


Before joining RWI, she had worked with international agencies for the past 7 years, including with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia and the Global Fund-Aisyiyah program. She was the Deputy Team Leader for the National NGO Study and Service Centers-Research and Design for DFAT Australia (2014–2015), managing the program and researching the enabling environment, governance, and services for non-government organizations. She worked for another DFAT Australia Program, KOMPAK (Governance for Growth) (2015–2017), to manage civil society organizations’ partnerships at the national and local levels. Most recently, she managed the three-year Tuberculosis Elimination Program funded by the Global Fund and implemented by the Central Board of Aisyiyah to deliver TB programs in 14 provinces and 130 districts (2018–2021).


She has now joined the Raoul Wallenberg Institute as Deputy Director of the Regional Asia-Pacific Office in Jakarta, Indonesia.